Vinegar for Eczema
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Vinegar for EczemaEczema (Atopic Eczema) is a chronic skin disorder identified by skin inflammation of epidermis which results in rashes and skin scaling on different parts of the body.

Eczema most often runs in families and is caused by the hypersensitivity reaction to an allergen. It is non-contagious and there is no cure.Other symptoms include swelling, itching, blistering, cracking, and bleeding of the affected skin.

Vinegar is a liquid mainly consisted of acetic acid and water, produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. It is not only used for cooking purposes but also for industrial, medical, health, and beauty purposes. Using vinegar as a natural eczema cure will not only ease eczema outbreaks, but also help the body ward off future outbreaks.

Does Vinegar help to treat Eczema?

Vinegar contains natural properties which help control eczema.Many people believe that white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar (ACV) will offer the best relief from eczema.

Always use raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized ACV containing Mother. The vinegar has to appear dark and cloudy with the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

  • All forms of vinegars contain immune-boosting abilities, mineral salts, riboflavin, vitamin B1, and acetic acid which treat eczema.
  • Vinegar relieves itching and dryness caused by eczema.
  • Vinegar contains lactic, acetic, and malic acids containing antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which combat dry skin and skin infections, relieving inflammation, itchiness, and dryness.
  • Vinegar alkalizes the body and slows yeast growth which contributes to dandruff and eczema.
  • Vinegar contains detoxifying elements which cleanse and detoxify the body and result in clean and healthy skin.
  • ACV contains a myriad of essential vitamins and minerals including pectin, beta-carotene, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, Sulphur, and iron which boost the immune system and help control eczema.
  • ACV has an antioxidant called beta-carotene which improves the skin cell renewal process and skin health, providing eczema relief.
  • ACV contains high amounts of fiber which prevents constipation and prevents a dangerous accumulation of toxins leading to skin disorders like eczema.
  • ACV is rich in potassium which eases allergenic effects. It also acts as a natural astringent that balances skin pH levels, treating eczema quickly.

How to Use Vinegar for the Treatment of Eczema:

Follow these methods to effectively treat eczema.

1. Diluted ACV

  • Mix equal amount of ACV and water. (Note: For sensitive skin, dilute the ¼ cup of ACV with 3 cups of water.)
  • Apply to the affected area using a cotton ball.
  • Repeat twice daily for best results.
  • Note: Alternately pour into an empty spray bottle and spritz the affected area.

2. ACV Bath

This process restores skin moisture and removes dead skin cells.This process is ideal for sensitive skin or those with widespread eczema sores.

  • Add 2 cups ofACV to warm bath water.
  • Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Repeat three times weekly for best results.
  • Note: Add 1/3 cup of sunflower or safflower oil to the bath to treat dry skin patches.

3. ACV Liquid

This process provides potassium which many eczema sufferers lack.

  • Mix a tablespoon of ACV and 16 ounces of warm water.
  • Add a little honey, maple syrup, or blackstrap molasses for flavor.
  • Drink 3 times daily 30 minutes before meals.
  • Note: Alternately add ACV to fresh fruit or vegetable juice instead of water.

4. ACV with Baking Soda

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Once the fizzing stops drink the liquid.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.
  • Note: You can mix this with tea and honey.

5. White Vinegar for Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic Eczema is a form of eczema characterized by the development of small, itchy blisters on the hands and feet which become infected if left untreated. A kind of chronic dermatitis, the cause of this skin condition is unknown. Vinegar treats Dyshidrotic eczema effectively by relieving the associate itching, scaling, and dryness.

  • Add a cup of white vinegar to warm bath water.
  • Soak the affected area for 40 minutes.
  • Repeating twice daily for best results.


  • Always dilute vinegar before any application. Failure to do this can result in a burning or stinging sensation on the skin, throat, or stomach. It can also ruin tooth enamel.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps, detergents, dyes, and fragrances which irritate and cause eczema outbreaks. Use mild detergents and soaps free of irritants.
  • White vinegar is a natural fabric softener. Add 1/2 cup during the wash cycle to your laundry, but avoid mixing vinegar and bleach as they produce toxic fumes.
  • Vinegar is a drying agent, so use moisturizer after any of these methods.
  • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, reducing stress, caring from your skin, and wearing soft clothing all help with eczema and its symptoms.
  • Always consult a doctor before consuming vinegar. Those suffering from diabetes, chronic indigestion, heart burn, or peptic ulcers or pregnant and breast feeding women should be especially careful. Additionally, vinegar can interact with certain medications and insulin levels.

Have you tried any of these methods? Have you tried any other home remedies to treat eczema like coconut oil, olive oil and tea tree oil? Share your experience with us!


    1. Baking soda helps in reducing the inflammation and detoxifies the skin. It acts as antifungal and antiseptic. ACV contains antioxidant called beta-carotene which improves the skin cell renewal process and skin health. All these properties are important to reduce the symptoms of eczema.

  1. HI, i live in Glasgow, Scotland and think i have Dyshidrotic Eczema and would like to buy white vinegar to clean and bath my skin to see does it help.

    I searched and all i see retails selling is ‘distilled’ vinegar or online it will be non brewed white vinegar e.g. in amazon, can you confirm are they both ok?

    If not where can i buy the right white vinegar and what is the specific type i need for the above treatment?

    Many thanks.

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time as everyone is different. Apart from trying the above methods, avoid using harsh soap and shampoos; eat nutritional food to boost your immune system.


  3. I have that hand exzema and have been fighting it for 5 years. I want to try natural remedies due to steroids thinning my skin. I have found relief by using neoteric diabetic advanced healing cream. Although I’m not a diabetic this cream is amazing. Is it okay to use after my treatment with vinegar?

    1. It is good to know that you found a healing method for eczema but it is better to avoid commercial creams. You can use it after the vinegar treatment if you want.

  4. Hi I have got this pompholyx eczema for the last two weeks first time ever from cleaning my hands too much and using detergents. I just soaked my hands in the Braggs apple cider vinegar diluted with water but now what do I do? My hands are so tight from the blisters and the burning itch is unreal soaking them is thr first bit of relife I’ve had so now what will I moisturise them in? Coconut oil? Olive oil? Help 🙁 Christine…

    1. Both coconut oil and olive oil are good as moisturizers. Make sure you use only virgin cold compressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.

    2. I have used Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil and found it to moisturize better than coconut oil and olive oil You can buy it from amazon or From Nature With Love. FNWL has a 16 oz size that is about a couple of dollars more for twice amount.

  5. I used Palmolive soap for bathing and noticed that it reduced at least fifty percent of my eczema. Only Palmolive white or green works, but white is best.

  6. I have it on my hands & feet, how much vinegar & water do I mixed together to soak? And; do I need to include anything else with it?

    1. Add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath tub and soak for 20 minutes. Bath normally and apply any moisturizer of your choice. Natural moisturizers like coconut oil, shea butter or cocoa butter would be of a great help.

  7. You suggested diluting vinegar before use. May I know on what strength is it calculated on? The vinegar I have is an ACV of 5% strength. Thanks.

    1. Even if the vinegar has only 5% strength it is better to dilute it with some water as the skin affected by eczema is very sensitive. The amount of water to dilute depends on the strong solution you can handle.

  8. I have Eczema located in my ear canals. Can I use Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in my ears? How about other products—-Extra Virgin Olive oil, etc?

    1. Both the ingredients work well for treating Dyshidrotic Eczema. It is difficult to choose any as everyone is different. The one which works for me may not work for you and vice versa. First try with one ingredient for few weeks and see if there is any improvement. If not, you can try other ingredient.

  9. I only have it on my hands, so I don’t want to soak my whole body, how much vinegar should I put in a basin of water, how long should I soak, and how often? I soaked today and noticed my skin feels softer.

  10. I only have it on my hands, how much vinegar should I put in a basin of water and how long and how often should I soak?

  11. Can I use ACV for my 5 year old to consume.. she has eczema and definite yeast overgrowth in her system.
    Thanks Grainne

    1. Yes, it is safe to consume acv for a 5 year old. Make sure to start with a very small dosage. Check if it is causing any stomach cramps or other discomforts. If you observe any negative results, then please avoid further usage.

  12. I can’t take a bath because I have a wounded leg but I have a rash on my body what can I do to Sooth the itch

    1. Yes, it is safe to consume and apply for your 5 year old kid. It is better to start with very less dosage and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon. For your 1 year old, it is better to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with ACV.

  13. I have Dyshidrotic Eczema for 2years it come n go at my finger blister full of fluid im really sick of it!! Plssss help me!!! Doctor give me prednisalone, yeah it work when the blister wanna to come out it turn dry n scaly for the next day. It great yeah But its just take a week when the scaly over and back to normal skin the blister will come again andddd again repeatly till now!!! :'(

    Any ointment can suggest? Previously in malaysia im use SHAKLEE HERBAL BLEND MULTY CREAM it really work then i move to australia they no way to get that product anymore.

    Today i will try this remedies vinegar!


  14. today i used white vinegar and 2 teaspoon of salt to soak my infected fingers in. The feeling was so strong but since my eczema is very serious , I felt relieved rather than irritated. After soaking for 10 mins, the blisters became white spots. Then I dried my hands and put on castor oil. Now I feel much less itchy and will soak again tonight.

  15. My eczema seems to be spreading to other parts of the body… It itched so much, i am full of blisters and scars because I can’t stop itching… I am using apple cider vinager (pure) and applying moisturizer after.. but the vinager makes it itch as well.. Is there something that would give me at least some relief… I am scared that the eczema might start appearing on my face… before it was just the legs, now it took my torso and arms too

  16. I suffered from dyshidroic eczema on my palms for years and I used clear medical tape on cracks. This helped by keeping cracks from splitting open and also hydrated my skin. Finally, a doctor suggested I see an allergist and it turned out I was allergic to wheat!

    1. Yes, you can try apple cider vinegar for treating face and finger eczema. The anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar provide relief from itching and swelling.

  17. Can I apply diluted ACV to my 6 month old son with bad eczema on his cheeks?

    We have tried everything short of hydrocortosone cream and nothing is working….

    1. Yes, you can. However, we recommend starting with a very low dosage like 1/4 teaspoon diluted in 8 ounce of water. We recommend trying a patch test before starting the treatment. If it is causing discomfort to him then try any subtle ingredient like coconut oil. You can find remedies in this article –

      1. Thank you for sharing all the information. I have eczema on my scalp, torso, hands and arms. My ears are very. Itchy and I have raised glands in my neck. I have started the ACV treatment and continue to use epiderm emollient. For my scalp I use avocado oil with a few drops of good tea tree oil. I have only begun this regime three days ago. Also I am e peri envying with diet. I am along term vegetarian who eats healthily. I have stared by cutting out wheat for seven days and then I will try cutting out dairy. This started six months ago, I am 63, the doctor prescribed prednisolone tablets and corticosteroid cream. The tablets helped during the time I was taking them but when they were stopped the who,e condition came back with a vengeance worse than ever.
        Any further advice would be gratefully received.


  18. Can I take drink ACV
    I av eczema on my neck and face

    I saw in a video dat d lady drank it and den applied castor oil on a affected area
    I want to try this method
    Is it advisable??

    1. Drinking ACV is safe; you can try mixing it with water if the taste of pure ACV is too strong for you

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