If you have a dry scalp you can use apple cider vinegar for dandruff and to get rid of it for good. It doesn’t not cause your hair to dry out or become oily. As the name sounds, it is a type of vinegar that can be made from both cider and apple. They are found to be capable of curing everything from flu to fighting against diabetes and heart problems. Even though many of its health benefits are not proven yet, experts believe adding this to your daily routine may bring your health benefits.
However, it is assumed to be effective in getting rid of dandruff because the enzymes present in vinegar are so powerful that they are capable of killing both bacterial and fungal infections.
The main reason that is believed to be the cause of dandruff is excessive production of yeast on scalp. It is the presence of bacteria on the surface of scalp that leads to dead skin cells which in turn causes flaking and itchiness. So the use of Apple cider vinegar on an optimum amount can prevent the formation of dandruff at a rapid pace without leaving any side effects.
In case of intense dandruff problems, it is better to mix one part of vinegar along with very little water. In fact, it is fine to use vinegar alone without water. But the problem with this is the bad smell of vinegar, so it is better to add in some quantity of water if you want to avoid carrying an acid odor on your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne
I bet you did not know that you can use ACV for acne as well. Insulin is the cornerstone in hormonal acne. It can increase the levels of other hormones linked to acne and make your skin more sensitive to them. That’s why I’ve written about the importance of reducing insulin so many times.
This is one of the more plausible claims made for apple cider vinegar. A handful of small studies have shown that vinegar indeed reduces post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels. A recently published study on women with PCOS showed daily ingestion of vinegar reduced insulin resistance and improved hormonal profile. In this study the women had 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar every day for 90 days. The effect on insulin resistance was quite small and didn’t reach statistical significance. Another study on diabetic patients showed 30% decrease in insulin resistance.
The problem with all these studies is that they are very small, only 8 to 12 participants per study. As far as scientific evidence goes, this is very weak and you can’t make strong conclusions based on such small studies.