While many consider apple cider to simply be something you keep in your kitchen to add to your meals, it is more than that. Apple cider is a natural acid that can be used for various benefits such as conditioning your hair, weight loss, prevent acne and many other purposes. One of the most popular uses for apple cider is for skin, particularly those with scars. Millions of people have scar tissue, especially keloids, then apple cider vinegar may help improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
A specific type of scar tissue forms in some people and they are known as keloids. When your body heals skin, it forms new blood vessels in the injured area and the blood is responsible for providing the site with nutrients and oxygen. The site is directed by chemical messengers sent by your body to make collagen. Collagen is a protein that serves as the structure for newly formed skin tissue. The new skin tissue is built around the collagen and all that remains is a small scar, which eventually fades.
A keloid occurs when your body produces collagen in excess. This causes the scar that forms to be raised and darker than the skin that surrounds, as well as being quite hard and shiny. Keloids tend to grow for a while after you get injured and take as long as months to stop forming. During this, a keloid can be quite painful and itchy. Anyone can develop a keloid, and they have links to inflammation, darker skin and a family history of keloids.
Apple cider vinegar is prepared using fermented apple juice. The cider is obtained by crushing and squeezing the apples. The fermentation process is then put into action by adding yeast and bacteria, which cause the sugars in the apple to convert into alcohol. After this, bacteria is added to form acetic acid which turns the alcohol into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has a high concentration of acetic acid. This acetic acid that is added to apple cider vinegar is proven to be effective in killing off bacteria. Acetic acid is also an antioxidant which boosts your immune health. The mildly acidic nature of the apple cider vinegar is what enables it to be helpful in the treatment of keloids.
Apple cider vinegar for keloids is one of the most popular and common home remedies for treating keloids. This is because they are highly effective in reducing inflammation as well as redness. Acids help to thin the toughened layers of the skin and the outer layer of the skin to loosen up. This has a halting effect on keloids and can prevent them from growing and becoming tough and raised. Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic which makes it the ideal remedy for removal of dead skin, it is also used to aid in increasing circulation which helps to speed up the healing process. Applying apple cider vinegar to a developing keloid helps in reducing swelling and eases any itching that you may be experiencing since it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Regularly applying it can help in the flattening and softening of the raised and tough scars. Since it is mildly acidic, you may experience some slight irritation. If this occurs you must not pick at the scar or try to peel it off since it can cause it to worsen and further inflammate. While the acetic acid present in keloids is known for removing bacteria from your skin it can also aid the healing process of your keloid. It achieves this by helping your skin in regenerating the right way and by reducing the size of any keloids that may be present in your skin.
If you are someone who is prone to developing keloids then it is highly important that you begin treating any existing scars as soon as you can to prevent the scar tissue for becoming overgrown. Treating your skin with apple cider vinegar and keeping it safe against the sun helps heal your skin faster and prevents more keloids from forming.
There are many methods to treat keloids with apple cider vinegar. There are two methods that are popular and known to be effective. The first is known as diluted application.
Since apple cider has a tendency to irritate the skin quickly so it is best to prepare a diluted solution by adding water to the apple cider vinegar. This helps in achieving promising results for the treatment of keloids without experiencing skin discomfort. If you experience burning or have sensitive skin then diluting your apple cider vinegar is your best bet and the safest way for you to apply it. The method is to dilute the apple cider vinegar by adding equal parts water to the apple cider vinegar and then applying it directly to the scar tissue or keloid using a clean piece of cotton. Then, leave the apple cider vinegar on for 30 minutes and afterwards rinse it off using warm water. Repeat this twice a day for a month for best results. If you can, it is good to massage your skin gently every time you apply the apple cider vinegar to your skin as this speeds up the healing of the keloids.
Another popular method is to add raw honey to the diluted apple cider vinegar solution as this is know to be able to speed up the healing of the keloids, as well as killing bacteria. Honey also helps in increasing circulation which helps your skin recover faster, honey and apple cider vinegar together make a powerful combination. The process of application is the same as the one mentioned above, except once 15 minutes have passed of the initial application of the diluted solution, you must take a small amount of raw honey and gently massage it onto your keloid. Let this remain on your skin for 30 minutes before washing it off with warm water.