Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis With Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems like every day an advertisement for a new drug appears on the TV. Promising to cure this or that, often alongside a list of side effects. The thing that most people do not realize is that there are often safer, cheaper, and even more effective ways to treat ailments through ‘natural cures’. These so-called ‘natural cures’ (a term I hesitate to use due to the negative connotation) are legitimate methods of treatments that rarely come with harsh side effects.
One such ailment, seborrheic dermatitis, is a very aggravating and particularly annoying condition to live with. Luckily, without the need to pay to visit a doctor and get a prescription that may have awful side effects, seborrheic dermatitis is treatable with a household staple.
It’s not uncommon for people to have one, or several, ailments and not even realize it. They may suffer from symptoms, but not realize that there is a root cause (pun intended – you’ll see). Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition that affects the scalp (see?). The primary symptoms are an unusually itchy scalp, red patches, and dandruff. For people with long hair, the red patches on the scalp are not easily visible. This may cause the diagnoses to go undetected for a long period of time. Although less common, you may also find these red patches on your skin, particularly the neck area. On the skin, these patches are often mistaken for an allergic reaction or psoriasis.
While we can diagnose seborrheic dermatitis, its origins are not completely known. Scientists believe that it is due to one or more of the following factors: your heredity, stress levels, skin and gut bacteria, current specific illnesses, and weather patterns. And no, don’t worry, it’s not from a lack of hygiene. Generally, it occurs in middle-aged adults, and more often than not, men.
Next, we will look at the main ingredient in our natural cure remedy. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank!
Seborrheic Dermatitis Apple Cider Vinegar
Today we will be focusing on an often used ingredient for a wide array of ailments (some more effective than others, of course). That ingredient is apple cider vinegar. Found in any grocery store for less than $10, apple cider vinegar is a very pocket-friendly buy that can take care of your scalp woes.
Apple cider vinegar comes from the fermentation of apples. The end product is very acidic and that is thought to why it may be effective: fighting against an overgrowth of bad bacteria that is most often the cause.
While some prefer to soak the affected areas with the apple cider vinegar, others take it a step further and decide to drink it in hopes of ridding their illness. Next, we will discuss ways to treat your seborrheic dermatitis.
The most obvious (and my preferred method of treatment) way to treat seborrhea is through direct contact with the seborrheic dermatitis apple cider vinegar. In order to do that, a little bit of preparation is required.
First, it is a good idea to water down the apple cider vinegar since it may be too harsh. This is done by simply adding 10 cups of water to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (or less using the same ratio). You can reduce the amount of water over time if you are not irritated in the rag application stage explained below.
Next, find a rag of some type and soak it in the solution of water and apple cider vinegar. Be aware, the next step may start to burn or be uncomfortable. If so, remove the rag at once and wash the area with water. So, next, you will apply the rag to affected area for at least 20 minutes. I prefer to use waterproof tape to hold the rag in place to soak for a longer period of time without having to think about it, but depending on where the patches are, this may not be possible.
Repeat this direct soak for one week, and more likely than not your seborrheic dermatitis will see substantial improvement.
Next up we will discuss blotting.
Seborrheic dermatitis apple cider vinegar blotting is an interesting method. Some people’s skin is more sensitive to apple cider vinegar than others. If you are more sensitive try using a watered down solution, but consider blotting instead of soaking.
Blotting is similar to direct soaking, the only difference being that rather than laying an apple cider vinegar soaked rag laying on your skin, you gently blot it. This will allow less contact time for the vinegar to hurt your sensitive skin, but should still be effective in at least reducing your symptoms, if not clearing them up altogether.
Perhaps you should begin with blotting, rather than soaking, to test your skin’s reaction to the seborrheic dermatitis apple cider vinegar. If you are one of the unlucky few who are so affected by it, you will appreciate not having soaked your skin more than necessary.
Above, we discussed how to direct soak and blot your affected areas, as well as the difference between the two applications. If those did not work for you, or if you are looking for a bit stronger treatment method, we will next discuss ingesting apple cider vinegar.
Shots of Apple Cider Vinegar
First, I’m going to go on record here to say I do not like the taste of apple cider vinegar. At all. In fact, it’s one of the most repulsive smells and tastes that I have personally come across. So while I will not be using the following treatment methods, I have included them for all of you.
Now as the headline alludes to, some people decide to go full bore and take a shot of apple cider vinegar in order to fight the condition from the inside out. This is because some believe that the gut microbiome is the true moderator for seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis apple cider vinegar is known to positively affect our gut bacteria by feeding good bacteria to keep our guts in check.
Warnings, please read carefully:
While this method takes longer to rid one of seborrheic dermatitis, it’s very effective. Pure apple cider vinegar is very strong. Therefore, too much can upset the stomach. Take a few shots and you will be running to the bathroom all day. Take it easy and do not take more than a couple of tablespoons to start. The idea behind the name “vinegar shots” is not necessarily the size, but how it is necessary to drink quickly and ignore the taste. It is also a good idea to use a straw in order to protect your teeth from the strong apple cider vinegar.
Last, this method of treatment often takes a few weeks, and may not work in the end. This is why I prefer to begin with blotting and soaking the areas as well. At the end of the day, if the vinegar “shots” don’t help your seborrheic dermatitis, it may still help improve the overall health of your guts.
Products That Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Using seborrheic dermatitis apple cider vinegar to help clear up skin is no secret. You may have just heard about it for the first time, but it well known. In fact, rather than buying a bottle of simple apple cider vinegar, there are many store beauty products featuring this vinegar. This ranges from simple cremes to fancy facial masks. The advantages of purchasing a beauty product that uses this ingredient are mainly that you will not need to mix your own soaking solution, and you can ditch the rag altogether. Simply take a swipe of the product and rub it on your red spots. Check your local beauty supply for available products.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Apple Cider Vinegar Conclusion and Recommendation
I bet you haven’t read the words “apple cider vinegar” that many times in your life! When it comes down to our health, we prefer to use natural remedies when available, before resorting to doctors and their prescription pads. Not only due to the cost, but due to the side effects that many medications carry (often being worse than what the pill is treating us for in the first place!)
Seborrheic dermatitis is no laughing matter and can become extremely irritating. We suggest a two-pronged treatment solution: both the blotting/soaking method, as well as ingestion. While the blotting and soaking treatment is more likely to result in success, there is little reason to not also drink the vinegar if you can stomach it. If the drinking doesn’t assist, then you gave your gut bacteria a little boost anyways.
Disclaimer: As with any medical issue, although we do not love their prescription pads, it is important that we defer to your personal medical doctor with this, and any other health issue. We love to help our readers live their best life and provide tips with that in mind, however, we are not medical professionals.