Side Effects of Detoxing with Apple Cider Vinegar?

by Lesley

I am wondering if the boils/blisters which have appeared on the wrist and part of the palm of my left hand could be due to my starting a detox with this vinegar?

Ironic, as it apparently gets rid of same?

Would anyone know if this is possible? I am generally pretty healthy and have yet to have any health issues at all (I am 48).

Thanks in advance; I'd like to clear up this mystery.


Hi Lesley,

That's an interesting question about the side effects of detoxing with apple cider vinegar.

The only side effects I've been aware of are actually positive ones, apart from the damage to the enamel on your teeth if you aren't diluting it in water.

Of course, just because I haven't heard of a particular negative side effect to apple cider vinegar, doesn't mean there are none.

You're right about ACV being a remedy for the skin condition you are experiencing. Strange, isn't it?

My mother-in-law was showing me a very itchy patch of dry skin on the palm of her hand last week. She said she gets it recurring every so many months. (She does use ACV in water each morning and has for a few years to help reduce her cholesterol levels).

She was applying alcohol to the affected area and I suggested that she try applying some of the organic apple cider vinegar instead. She did so, then told me that the rash was completely gone in no time at all.

There's no doubt that each of us have different sensitivities. These blisters or boils you are experiencing may be the result of your detox, or they could be completely unrelated.

Try to
think if you've had any other recent changes in soaps, detergents, etc., in your home or even a new food you've been eating recently.

I assume you aren't on any medications since you said you've been blessed with good health. So that probably rules out a reaction from a combination of the ACV and the chemicals in prescription drugs.

I guess the best way to test your theory about the side effects of detoxing with apple cider vinegar would be to go off the ACV for a while until your hand clears up. Then start back up again and see if you get the same reaction.

I know that's rather tedious, but it may be your only real option.

I will be really surprised if you discover that the ACV is the culprit. Unless you are taking an absurd amount rather than just a little each day, your body really shouldn't be detoxing fast enough with the apple cider vinegar to cause the toxins to be released through your skin in such a harsh way.

Has anyone else experienced these side effects of detoxing with apple cider vinegar? Please chime in and help Lesley out, if you can.

Although I use organic apple cider vinegar for various things on a regular basis, when I want a thorough detox, I use Herbal Fiberblend for a complete digestive cleanse.

I then use Herbal Release for cleaning the lymphatic system and Redibeets for cleansing the liver.

I look forward to hearing back from you, Lesley, when you determine what the real cause of your blisters stems from, whether it be the ACV or something else. Do keep us posted.

To your good health!

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Jun 05, 2019
Side effects NEW
by: Lauren Knowles

I have just started taking ACV and lemon juice the last couple days. I have been experienced head aches. Die off i am assuming from candida/parasites

Mar 22, 2018
by: patti gallagher

Taking acv 1/4 cup in one cup water daily for one week for gallstones.......itchy rash all over my chest ad back, sore personal female areas.used plain yougurt and stopped acv for now.cannot tell yet if this will stop the rx but it was most unpleasant and painful. A healing crisis is when we get worse before we get better, but I am resting my body for now! Patti

Feb 22, 2018
Rosacea problems with ACV NEW
by: KH

I wanted to add my comments as I noticed some other people who said they had problems with their rosacea flaring up while taking ACV. I kept going for a while thinking that this was perhaps die-off. However, it continued to get worse and worse. I was taking 2TBSP of ACV per day. When I saw my natural health practitioner and asked her about it, she said she has seen this in other patients as well. Those of us who are sensitive to fermented foods can have pretty strong reactions to ACV. As soon as I stopped taking it I began to feel better. She recommended I take a probiotic to counter the effects of the ACV on my system. I know that many people love this stuff, but not all of us can take ACV. Also ACV can lower your potassium levels and this can lead to bone loss over time. So be careful!

Nov 18, 2017
Hives rash NEW
by: Sarah

Hi, I read about the benefits of taking ACV this brought some I took a tablespoon with water then a few hours later I was ltching, I went to bed and the itching got worse so I got up to see a rash hives all over me, my ears had swollen up it was on face hips back arms. I tried to look on the internet to see if this was caused by the acv as that is all I could think I had done differently. I have taken a anti allergy tablet and hope that helps. I have read acv is meant to help with hives.

I don’t think I will take it again, is this due to detox or am I allergic to it? Is there a test I can do?

Aug 31, 2016
Blisters NEW
by: Deborah

Yes, I am experiencing the blisters down my spine. They itch and hurt at the same time. I had it around my neck but it improved. Then the blisters started in on the spine. I have no been thing that the yeast that I have in my body was coming out thru tge skin.

May 12, 2015
Basal Cell Carsonoma NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Crystal,
It's hard to say for sure if your swollen glands are related to the ACV or something else. Usually, swollen glands indicate an infection or inflammation in the body. How much ACV are you taking?

I've found the best thing for skin cancer is to use black salve (also called cansema) as a topical application. It eats away the cancer cells and then the body fills the gap in with new healthy skin.

This isn't an "approved" treatment, but I've used it myself successfully as has my husband and a number of friends. It would be worth you looking into.


May 07, 2015
Glands under tongue swollen NEW
by: Crystal

I just started using ACV for a basal Cell on my nose. My moth is dry and the glands under why tongue are swollen. Do you think I'm detoxing?

Mar 09, 2015
ACV for Weight Loss
by: Angie from

Hi Renee,
Congratulations on your wonderful results using ACV for weight loss. That's really terrific and you must be so very pleased!

I know you still have a few pounds to lose, but it might be best for you to reduce your ACV intake if you suspect that it is the cause of the blisters you are experiencing.

You may still be able to get the beneficial results you are enjoying without the negative effects by using less each day. It's worth attempting.

Let us know how you make out.

Mar 08, 2015
ACV reactions
by: Renee

I have been taking 2 Tbs ACV in a large glass of water once a day for several months for weight loss. It really works for weight loss. I have lost 30 lbs so far. I was not planning on detoxing, but I am getting worrisome little red blisters on the palms of my hands and the tips of my toes have large red bumps on them with the skin scaling. I am thinking of cutting out or cutting back on the ACV, but I am in 8 lbs of my weight loss goal and really don't want to cut it out. Also, I feel great. No colds or anything this whole winter season! Anyone with advice would be welcome.

Apr 29, 2014
You my be allergic to fermented foods
by: Ready 4 change

Soy, beer, wine, vinegar, are fermented.. fermented yeast in dough many others things etc..(browse fermented foods and allergies)this could be a possible cause of different skin irritation testimonies, I know because I am, but STILL going to try the apple cider vinegar!! :) strong statement huh?? Thanks for reading, hope this helps someone!!

Nov 08, 2012
Bumps on skin after starting ACV
by: Deborah

After starting the ACV for detoxing, I got what looked like acne all over my back. I asked my massage therapist about it and she said it was definitely the results of the ACV. The impurities were coming out through my skin. The "acne" did not hurt or have any infection in the bumps. When the bumps were pricked, just a small amount of liquid came out. It took no time for the bumps to go away. I continue with the ACV daily and really feel great. I can tell a total difference since starting the ACV. And no more "detox bumps" since the initial outbreak. Works great for me and would suggest anyone try it to see if it works for you.

Mar 06, 2012
by: Cindy

I started taking Bragg's apple cider vinegar 2 tsps, 2 or 3 times a day for 2 wks. I then broke out in a severe case of hives, starting on my torso & radiating out to my hands & feet. Horrible itching & pain with no relief. One night I couldn't sleep & had constant restless legs syndrome. I had a sore throat & swollen mucus membranes. The worst of it lasted 3 days & then tapered off with residual itching lasting for wks. I stopped the ACV after the first day, when I realized it could be the cause. The fact is & should be noted, that any & all new procedure to your body should be introduced sparingly & not full on gangbusters. My body could not detox "normally" fast enough for as much ACV it was receiving, so the only way it could get rid of toxins quickly was thru my skin. After being off it for 2 wks I slowly started back but now I only take 2 tsps once a day & if I forget, I don't make it up. Occasionally I still have some itching on my face or arms. I also was told it is good to take some time off it as when you are on it your organs are working harder & they need time off to recoup.
I hope this was helpful.

Jan 06, 2012
Apple Cider Vinegar for Rosacea
by: Angie

How much apple cider vinegar is your daughter using to treat her Rosacea? Is she using it internally or topically?

I don't suffer from Rosacea myself, but I've read a number of testimonies from people who have had good results with ACV for their skin conditions, including rosacea.

If your daughter is applying it directly to her skin, perhaps she should cut it down with water (50/50) so that it isn't too strong.

For internal use, she should really only take 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water up to 3 times per day (preferably with meals).

It's hard to give a cut and dried answer for most health concerns and natural remedies because different treatments work for each person depending on the underlying causes of their condition.

Has anyone else had experience with using organic apple cider vinegar to treat rosacea successfully?

Jan 06, 2012
by: Anonymous

My daughter has been taking cider vinegar for about ten days and her skin condition (Rosecea) and over the last few days is it the worst it has ever been. Is this the detox effect.....has anyone had a similar experience as she is concerned that the cider vinegar is doing more harm than good. Thank you for your help

Nov 16, 2011
Apple cider vinegar
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to throw in my observations concerning ACV. I have been taking Braggs ACV in water with a little apple juice thrown in for 2 yrs. or so. It has become my favorite drink. 1/4 cup ACV in 1cup water & top it off with apple juice in a 16 or 20 oz. glass. I feel exeptionally healthy at 43. I have been clearing out toxins from my body using a variety of compatible methods. I have had unpleasant thing exit my system, and I realize that this is the process of healing. Close analogy: " To re-set a bone, you must some times need to re-break it to exact a more complete healing". Or it also be compared to a "system recovery" on your computer. Yucky stuff will come out of your body. That is what "DE-tox"ing is! So, keep the faith that you are doing the best for yourself regardless of what any one says, even me. Joy.

Jul 10, 2010
Lesley - blisters of unknown origin -ACV?
by: Cece

I quit taking ACV when I noticed red eruptions appearing on my face. I'm still getting them (as well as a few on my arms and legs) even though it's been more than a month since I stopped the ACV.

I was taking 2 tablespoons a day.

The red spots do go away but not quickly.



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