Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Dry Scalp

Have you ever used apple cider vinegar? Hearing about the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar, I hadn’t ever tried it until recently! While attending a National Eczema Association seminar they suggested using apple cider vinegar as an “alternative treatment” for eczema.

Online I’ve read stories of those who’ve used apple cider vinegar directly on the skin or in a bath as an inexpensive and readily accessible remedy to subdue their eczema flare ups.

For the past couple months my scalp has been extremely dry and inflamed. Finding myself constantly itching my scalp, I attempted to identify the possible culprit. I changed my cosmetic products, yet it didn’t result in any relief. Upon reflection I’ve experienced some stress and have strayed a little from the low-nickel diet by eating a couple of salads. In addition, I live in a very dry climate and it’s currently the middle of winter.

After reading this article on home remedies for scalp relief, I decided to try using diluted apple cider vinegar. Participating in their “method 3: apple cider vinegar rinse,” I originally left a plastic 1/2 cup and a small bottle of apple cider vinegar in my shower. Before I shampooed my hair I’d rinse it with a mixture of a 1/4 cup of warm water and a 1/4 cup of the apple cider vinegar.

I decided to change my methods after not being able to prevent the mixture from getting in my eyes. Now I use a spray bottle with the pre-mixed one to one water and apple cider vinegar mixture. The spray bottle allows me to target where on my scalp I want to treat it without it getting the mixture in my eyes. I let it set in my hair before rinsing and then shampooing. This process has worked wonders for my dry scalp when I use it a couple times a week.

If you’ve used apple cider vinegar to treat your eczema, I’d love to hear about how it went for you!

  1. After years and years of Doctor’s appointment and medicines and arguing with an allergist… I continued to do my own research and have stumbled upon this Nickel Allergy info and the information regarding eating More Vitamin C. I am so relieved that I have finally found support around this skin issue which felt like madness wrapped in people’s opinions- me being over reactive. I have finally found some resolve to comments like just pat your skin, just don’t scratch, and being thrown so many medicines that when I go to the Doctor, they see the list of meds and think oh here Is another one always looking for a problem… such a relief and I’m wondering why Nickel allergy wasn’t ever mentioned to me. To keep this short, thank you for sharing… it feels like a miracle that I have stumbled across this info on the internet. Thank you for sharing your stories and recipes.

    1. Hi Monica,
      Thanks for your comment and appreciation! I’m so happy to hear you found my website while conducting your research. So many people who don’t experience severe eczema don’t understand how condescending the comment “don’t scratch” can be. There are times when I don’t even notice I scratch and I know I scratch the back of my neck in my sleep.
      Often my spouse will say she thinks my allergy is the “canary in the mine.” Nickel is EVERYWHERE. Until you become aware of its presence, it’s easy to not notice it’s negative impact on your body, especially when you’re body is more sensitive to nickel. Unfortunately it seems like the more people are becoming sensitive and developing systemic nickel allergies instead of just contact nickel allergies. If you try the low-nickel diet, I hope it provides you the relief you’ve been seeking!
      Warm regards,

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