Seborrheic dermatitis is a one of the common dermatitis mainly affecting the scalp and can extend to the oily surfaces of the body such as face and the upper chest. It causes scaly patches on the skin and dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis has also been referred to as seborrheic psoriasis, dandruff and seborrheic eczema. In infants, it is usually known as cradle cap.

The common signs of seborrheic dermatitic include skin flakes on the scalp, eyebrows and chest, reddening of the skin, itching/stinging feeling and patches of greasy skin covered with flaky whitish/yellowish crust on the affected surfaces. Although seborrheic dermatitis doesen`t affect the entire health it can cause discomfort and embarrasment.

There are many recommended natural remedies which claim to eliminate the dandruffs and restore the skin`s health. Reading from many testimonials, there is a trend of the most common effective products which include apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, honey and vitamin E oil among others. Throughout this article, we will dwell on the most effective and one of the oldest dermatitis remedy, apple cider vinegar. We will discuss how the apple cider vinegar is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis.

Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis

Head Seborrheic Dermatitis

What is apple cider vinegar? (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is has been used for ages due to its medicinal values. It was a popular skin beauty product. It is a fermented acidic liquid prepared from apples.

Bacteria and yeasts are added to the must of the apples to jumpstart the two stage fermentation process where sugars are converted to alcohol and later into vinegar hence the sour taste due to acetic and malic acids.

Research has shown that the malic acid found in ACV is the main culprit resposable for its skin toning properties. However, you can never underestimante the effect on the other components.

Types of apple cider vinegar:

There are two types of apple cider vinegar based on production process, non-pasteurized ACV and commercial vinegar. The difference is that the regular commercial vinegar undergoes heat treatment and more processing than the raw apple vinegar. In natural remedy the raw apple acidic vinegar is more preferred to the commercial one due to its natural state although the regular will work as well.

Methods of using apple cider vinegar to cure seborrheic dermatitis:

Dabbing vinegar solution directly on the dermatitis

The easiest and most popular way of treating acv is dabbing a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water onto the affected skin. The ratio of ACV and water mixture is usually 1:1. When the mixture is dabbed on the skin, it is left to soak in the skin for a few minutes and the wash off and let the skin rest. If you feel a burning sensation, wash off the vinegar mixture and let the skin dry. This method can irritate the skin initially and it`s advisable to start off with lower vinegar concentrations such as 10:1(ACV:water). With this method the results are seen almost immediately with reduced skin flaking and itchiness. With few days of daily applications, the skin tone should even out.

Skin soak in apple cider vinegar

This method involves soaking the affected skin in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for a few minutes. The concentration of the vinegar should be lower in this method (5:1 – ACV-water).

Drinking apple cider vinegar to cure the cause of seborrheic dermatitis:

seborrheic dermatitisDermatologists believe that the fungus is one of the root causes of seborrheic dermatitis. When the apple cider vinegar is ingested it goes to aid in digestion and boosting the immune system so as to fight off any fungal infestation. The recommended dosage for oral ACV is 1-3 tablespoons daily. Each tablespoon is mixed in a cup of water and drank best through a straw to prevent teeth erosion due to the acids. Through this method, the results are delayed for a few weeks or month hence this method is best recommended as daily routine in healthy living lifestyles.

Apple cider supplemental pills

Many companies have come up with ACV capsules which achieve the same purpose although the vinegar taste is eliminated due to encapsulation. Above are three most common methods. Apple cider vinegar can be mixed with other products to achieve a synergistic effect. Such preparations include apple cider vinegar with baking and ACV mixed with clay facemask for facial seborrheic dermatitis. Apple cider vinegar has loads of other health benefits including other fungal infections such as Athlete`s foot, candida and nail fungus, acne, allergies, sore throat and sinus infections among others.