The itching associated with rosacea can be quite annoying, added to the fact that the more you scratch the redder and more inflamed your skin will become. The sensation that triggers the urge to scratch is rooted within our immune system. When the skin identifies an intrusion or attack on the skin’s surface, our immune system is stimulated to a response. It rushes anti-bodies through the blood to the area of intrusion. This is what we observe as a reddened raised patch or area on the skin. The body is trying to protect the internal organs. That being said, it doesn’t solve the fact that the itches, it’s red and uncomfortable.
Apple cider vinegar has been used in a variety of ways as a treatment for the symptoms of rosacea. The apple cider vinegar addresses mainly the surface issues of itching and the flaking skin that some experience with rosacea. The vinegar has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Its acidity level can aid in changing the pH of the skin thus interrupting the action of the immune system response.
The apple cider vinegar can be applied to the skin by dipping a cotton ball or swab in a capful of vinegar and applying it to the affected areas of the skin. This can be applied twice a day, although some note that the odor of the vinegar is unpleasant. The full strength of the vinegar may too harsh for those with very sensitive skin and if this is the case it may be diluted with water before the application. Others actually drink the apple cider vinegar by mixing 8 ounces of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and often add honey or lemon to modify the taste. Apple cider vinegar is available in some areas in a tablet form also which can be a little easier to swallow. This all natural is not a quick fix for relief of your rosacea symptoms. It’ll take patience to see results, usually after 6 to 8 weeks of daily use.