For about a year I had noticed a very small (about 2mm by 4mm) patch of rough, scaly skin under my right eye. Sometimes it would heal up, but mostly it was slightly rough and red. I was pretty sure it was a small patch of acitinic keratosis, a skin condition that can develop into skin cancer if untreated (pretty common in the over-40 blond/blue-eyed set). I’d had them several times before in the same general area, and each time I’d gone to the doctor I’d been treated with cryotherapy (a tiny spritz of liquid nitrogen). After the treatment, the area would scab up, and when the scab fell off the skin would be pink and smooth underneath.
But … I didn’t feel like going to the doctor’s office. With my broken foot and gastritis, I’d spent far too much of 2017 in hospitals and doctor’s offices. So I did an internet search to look for alternatives.
A number of people reported good results with multiple daily applications of apple cider vinegar. I decided to give it a try. Here’s what I did:
- I poured a couple tablespoons of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar into a glass jar with a lid (so I could keep it in my bathroom without smelling the place up).
- Four times a day, I used a Q-tip to apply some apple cider vinegar to the rough patch of skin. I held the Q-tip on the area for at least thirty seconds, with some degree of pressure, so that the apple cider vinegar would really penetrate. This stung slightly, but only for a minute or two after the application.
- By the fourth day I could tell a scab was starting to form.
- By day twelve the scab fell off, revealing slightly red skin beneath.
- By day fourteen the area looked fully healed, and was smooth to the touch.
The area has remained fully healed for a full month, so I guess the cure worked!
Bragg ACV is fancy, organic, and expensive, with live cultures, but I’m pretty sure other types of apple cider vinegar would work as well. I imagine the acetic acid irritates the skin enough to provoke a strong healing response. But maybe there’s something special about the Bragg brand–I have no idea.
Try at your own risk, and if your condition worsens, get thee to a medical professional!