ACV contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids which can be used to cleanse the skin, improve acne-prone skin by helping to unclog pores, and reduce scalp scale.
Which begs the question that if it can remove excess gunk and build-up—and also soothe inflamed skin, as it does in the bath—ACV should be the perfect treatment for dandruff (which is caused by the yeast malassezia), right? New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, says yes. "Apple cider vinegar has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is reported to effectively kill both bacteria and fungi on the skin," he explains. "It's also been proven that ACV kills yeast and likely lowers the levels of related yeast involved in the development on dandruff."
Likewise, Mark P. Seraly, MD, a dermatologist based in Pittsburg, also notes its efficacy in treating dandruff. "Specifically, ACV contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids which can be used to cleanse the skin, improve acne-prone skin by helping to unclog pores, and reduce scalp scale," he says. However, there's just one caveat. "Full-strength apple cider vinegar may irritate the skin when applied directly, but you can create a mix of it and tap water for a similar effect for more sensitive skin."
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