Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is affected by the body's immune system. According to The National Psoriasis Foundation, people with psoriasis experience extra growth of skin cells, which results in raised patches or lesions, in addition to a buildup of dead skin cells. These patches are often itchy or painful. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several treatments available, from prescription medication to over-the-counter topical solutions. If you choose to treat your psoriasis at home, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be an effective soothing agent. Use these tips to learn how to use apple cider vinegar for psoriasis.
Method One of Four:
Use ACV for Spot ApplicationsEdit
1Prepare an ACV compress to treat your psoriasis.
- Dampen a washcloth with warm water to use as a compress.
- Make a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water.
- Use the warm washcloth as a compress. Apply the ACV solution directly to the affected areas and hold the compress on the skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Apply several times a day as needed for itching. ACV makes the pH levels in the skin more acidic, thus reducing irritation.
2Use pure ACV to soak nails. Many people with psoriasis find that their toenails and fingernails become affected. To treat these areas, soak them in a bowl of ACV for 5 minutes daily.
3Use a cotton ball to apply ACV at night. For itchy patches or legions, saturate a cotton ball with pure ACV and apply to affected areas. Leave the treatment overnight and shower off in the morning.Advertisement
Method Two of Four:
Bathe with ACVEdit
Method Three of Four:
Moisturize with ACVEdit
Method Four of Four:
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Things You'll NeedEdit
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cotton balls
- Hand/body lotion
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A"Information was helpful and simple to understand and follow. It was also nice that other than the vinegar, every other item is easily available or on hand."..." more
JS"Drinking ACV has helped certain parts of my body affected by Psoriasis."
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