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Many people use apple cider vinegar to treat atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Patients with atopic dermatitis are more prone to colonization by a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have antibacterial effects, but does change the skin microbiome in atopic dermatitis? Our study showed no difference between the skin microbiome after treating with water or apple cider vinegar daily for 2 weeks.

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Although apple cider vinegar is a common home treatment for atopic dermatitis, or eczema, it does not appear to be an effective method of altering the skin bacterial microbiome, and may not be effective in treating atopic dermatitis.

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This page is a summary of: Apple cider vinegar soaks do not alter the skin bacterial microbiome in atopic dermatitis, PLoS ONE, June 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252272.
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