Can using apple cider vinegar topically be good for rosacea? The truth is, there is no evidence that supports the use of apple cider vinegar for rosacea.
You might have heard about the multitasking kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar (ACV). In recent years this ingredient has been said to be anything from a brilliant kitchen cleaner to a cure-all skincare hack. But can using apple cider vinegar topically be good for rosacea?
The truth is, there is no scientific evidence that supports the use of apple cider vinegar for rosacea.
The rest of the internet is still singing the praises of apple cider vinegar, but we think this harsh vinegar could cause more harm than good when it comes to natural rosacea remedies.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects more than 14 million people in the US.
Rosacea causes skin flushing and redness throughout the center of the face, visibly broken blood vessels, dry skin, a tendency to blush easily, and rosacea related acne-like breakouts are a very common symptom as well.
Some may experience burning, stinging, swelling, thickening of the skin, and skin sensitivity.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, rosacea is common among those who are fair-skinned and those of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry.
Well, there really is no evidence that supports the use of apple cider vinegar for rosacea.
This alternative natural remedy may actually worsen rosacea symptoms if you aren’t careful.
Those with rosacea should steer clear from the chemical exfoliant lactic acid -- which is found organically in apple cider vinegar. (This is not a bad chemical in general, it’s just not great for those with rosacea.)Because of the harshness of apple cider vinegar, it has the potential to disrupt and weaken an already vulnerable protective skin barrier. Which could cause even more skin inflammation, irritation, sensitivity, and redness.
Those with rosacea often already have an impaired skin barrier function which might contribute to the condition itself. Although the cause of rosacea is still unclear, some hypothesize that the root problem is an impaired skin barrier. So using harsh ingredients like apple cider vinegar, chemical peels and harsh face washes could worsen symptoms by impairing the skin barrier further.
On the flip side, protecting and strengthening your protective skin barrier could reduce inflammatory rosacea symptoms.
Using apple cider vinegar for rosacea is a risky move. Although some people with rosacea have found anecdotal success using apple cider vinegar, it’s possible this could have the exact opposite effect for others.
Read more: 7 Easy Ways to Calm Your Rosacea Flare-up
Instead of using harsh chemicals to treat your rosacea, air on the side of soothing and strengthening your protective skin barrier.
We understand that the overarching goal of those treating rosacea is often to reduce and control the appearance of redness. This can be achieved with much gentler ingredients such as azelaic acid. (Don’t fear this acid, it’s one of the good guys when it comes to rosacea.)
Unlike the acids in apple cider vinegar, azelaic acid has been proven safe, and effective for those with rosacea. This is largely due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of azelaic acid.
Using azelaic acid is an FDA approved and dermatologist-recommended treatment for rosacea.
Here at Strut Health, we have carefully formulated gentle rosacea formulas just for you. If our medical team finds you are a good fit for our prescription strength rosacea treatments, we’ll ship it right to your door.
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