About 5 years ago I started noticing excessive redness of the skin on my cheeks and nose. Although I’ve never been diagnosed by a doctor, I’ve been treating it as a mild case of Rosacea, and have had a lot of relief from the following remedies.
Rosacea is a common skin disease that commonly affects facial skin. Symptoms include redness, swelling, acne-like breakouts, and even eye problems. Rosacea sufferers can experience physical pain, but many sufferers experience emotional pain as well. Rosacea flare-ups can cause sufferers to feel embarrassed and uncomfortable, disrupting their daily lives.
While there is no known cure for rosacea, there are treatments available that can help alleviate the symptoms associated with rosacea flare-ups. A dermatologist can prescribe topical or oral medications to control rosacea, and there are many natural remedies that can help soothe rosacea-affected skin.
Here are 10 natural remedies for rosacea that can help alleviate symptoms and soothe your skin.
10 Natural Remedies for Rosacea
1. Green Tea
Make a cup of green tea, then place it in your refrigerator for 30 minutes. Soak a cloth in the chilled tea, then apply the cloth to affected areas. Green tea has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which helps reduce redness and inflammation. Drinking green tea helps for the same reasons (and gives you added antioxidants!)
Grind a handful of oats in your blender or food processor. Take 1/2 cup of ground oats and mix with 1/4 cup of water to create a paste. Apply to affected areas, wait 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry (no scrubbing!) Oatmeal is great at nourishing and calming skin.
3. Essential Oils
Make an essential oil treatment for rosacea using Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils, which both possess anti-inflammatory and healing properties. In a small roller bottle, add 1 Tablespoon of your carrier oil of choice (like coconut, avocado, or almond oil) with 2 drops of either Lavender or Melaleuca essential oil, OR add one drop of each oil. Shake the roller bottle to mix, then apply to affected areas before bed.
Honey is perfect for rosacea because it’s an excellent humectant, meaning it helps your skin retain moisture (without making it feel oily). Massage a bit of honey on affected areas, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people consume apple cider vinegar (ACV) every day to help promote balanced pH levels inside the body, which may help improve rosacea symptoms. Mix one teaspoon of raw, organic ACV with 1 cup of water and consume (adding honey if necessary to improve the taste).
You can also use ACV as an external treatment. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 tablespoons of water. Soak a rag in the solution and apply it to affected areas for 10 minutes, rinsing afterwards. Perform once daily. This ACV treatment helps exfoliate skin and even out skin tone.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a well-known skin treatment for sunburns, but works just as well for a number of other skin concerns, rosacea included. Apply aloe vera gel (from a bottle or straight from the leaf) to affected areas and let dry, then rinse and dry gently. Perform this treatment up to twice daily.
Aloe vera juice is often consumed to promote healthy skin as well. Proponents say that drinking 1 tablespoon every day can help speed up the skin’s healing process.
7. Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is another popular ingested treatment for rosacea. Flaxseed oil is rich in fatty acids, which are an important part of a healthy diet, and can help reduce inflammation in the body. One popular treatment is to consume 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil three times each day.
Have a few cucumbers on hand? Place several cucumber slices on affected areas for a cool and soothing effect.
Apply sunscreen every day! The sun aggravates rosacea, so you’re unlikely to see improvements from any remedy if your skin if your skin isn’t being protected. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF value, and added moisturizers if possible.
10. Lifestyle Changes
Inflammation can be caused or worsened by stress, so a few lifestyle changes can often go a long way towards clear skin. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress, try stress relieving activities like yoga or meditation. If your diet may be an issue, try cutting out fried, processed, and sugar-laden foods. And make sure to include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet where you can, like turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, green tea, and cruciferous veggies (like cauliflower and broccoli).