Apple cider vinegar is known for its healing properties, and many people have had success using it to treat their keratosis pilaris. It can be ingested or sprayed directly on the skin to treat your KP.
Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic qualities and balances the pH of the skin. It is well known to help get rid of dandruff and is also used to fight off germs and infections.
You want to get one that is raw and unfiltered. Bragg is a popular brand that you can get at your local health food store. You can also order it online if you can’t find it at the store.
If you want to try ingesting apple cider vinegar, you should mix it with water or another drink such as apple juice because it can irritate your throat if you drink it straight. It can also be harsh on the enamel of your teeth if you drink it straight. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons a day, depending on how your stomach can handle it. Some people get nauseous.
Some people also mix it with baking soda to achieve a perfect pH balance. If you want to try this, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, and take it once a day. You can add water or apple juice to the mixture to dilute it.
Another way to use apple cider vinegar to treat your keratosis pilaris is to spray it directly on your skin. After you get out of the shower, you can spray it on like a “toner.” You may want to dilute it with 60% vinegar and 40% water if you find it is too harsh on your skin.
After it dries, you can follow up with a moisturizer. Coconut oil is good for keratosis pilaris as well, so you can try using that as your moisturizer for better results. Combining the two has worked for a lot of people to help minimize their KP, and it is completely natural. If you are looking for natural treatments, these are two great ones to start with.
Here are some testimonials from a keratosis pilaris forum:
“My skin is sooo much softer. By drinking the apple cider vinegar it helps with your internal PH balance. By spraying on your skin it helps with balancing your skins PH balance. My Keratosis Pilaris is 80% gone in just one week.”
“It has been just over 1 month where I have been trying this out and I have noticed significant changes and I can say they are directly related to DRINKING the ACV. My KP ran from hips down to just below the knees, being most bumpy all around my thighs – also quite rough on back of arms. Now that I have consistenly been drinking this it is considerably smoother!! Sometimes I just have to run my hands along my thighs to remind myself how damn smooth they are!”
“It is still working for me it improves a little everyday. I no longer have the tiny red dots and my arms are smooth but the arm is still a little shade of pink its hard to describe but the kp on my thighs is completley gone. I drink it with apple juice twice a day and it tastes so good that I actually look foward to drinking it. It really does work for the skin, everyone tells me that my skin is like glowing now.”
Not everyone sees results, but as you can see from the tesimonials, it has worked for some people. Finding the treatment that actually clears up your keratosis pilaris can take a lot of trial and error. Apple cider vinegar is a low-cost, natural treatment that is easy to try, so you might as well give it a shot and see if it clears up your KP.