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10 Natural Remedies For Rosacea That Will Soothe Inflamed Skin

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

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

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!)

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

2. Oatmeal

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.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

3. Essential Oils

Make an essential oil treatment for rosacea using Lavender and Tea Tree 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 Tea Tree essential oil, OR add one drop of each oil. Shake the roller bottle to mix, then apply to affected areas before bed.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

4. Honey

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.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

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.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

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.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

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.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

8. Cucumber

Have a few cucumbers on hand? Place several cucumber slices on affected areas for a cool and soothing effect.

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9. Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen every day! The sun aggravates rosacea, so you’re unlikely to see improvements from any remedy if your skin isn’t being protected. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF value, and added moisturizers if possible.

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

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).

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  • I am using tretinoin (retin-a) 0.05% for acne / anti ageing but I have Rosacea. I’m not using it for rosacea per day, but i am using it to improve redness/ skin health etc so I guess I’m using it for rosacea second to acne. So happy I googled ‘Ret247get’, and got retin-a. It hasn’t aggravated it so far. I find if I use moisturiser lots it generally has been pretty good for my rosacea, it’s made my skin more healthy, which in turn has improved my redness…

  • I have been suffering from rosacea for some time now, and I have gone to a couple of dermatologist and nothing helped till now! Dermalmd serum has made the bumps almost completely disappear and reduce the redness to be slightly considerable! The minty odor and funky feel is incredible as well the hydration it brings to my pores and skin!! Dermalmd serum changed my life!

  • I get these weird itchy & flaky patches above my eyebrows sometimes & I made a great treatment for it with essential oils that also works great on my mom’s roseacea. I take 1/2 oz of a base salve (Jillee has a great recipe for one in an earlier post) and add 10 drops of geranium (I use the bourbon variety because I like the smell better), lavender and Roman chamomile, as well as 5 drops of green tea essential oil (the only brand I know of that sells it is Biofinest but they have great quality oils of multiple kinds). Two days later the redness & itchiness is completely gone. It’s also a fantastic facial moisturizer in general if you have sensitive skin, since all 4 of the oils used are very soothing. The geranium is also wonderful when it comes to getting rid of those evil fine lines around the eyes & mouth. Plus, this particular mixture has an absolutely lovely floral scent.

  • Millie, I used to have a jar with spoon like you show in your posts. I have been hunting for its replacement for years. Can you tell me where your found yours? Thanks

  • My mom tried my homemade body butter (by mass: 2 parts shea butter, 1 part cocoa butter, 1 part coconut oil; melt together in double boiler and whip as it cools until it becomes solid again) on her rosacea and she said it made it better. The body butter is great as a deep conditioning skin treatment and also works well for massage. I’d definitely recommend trying it if you can.

  • I haveocular rosacea and terrible rosacea on sides of my nose. My eyes are so sore, itchy and I have to take off my eyeglasses because they irritate my eyes and nose. I need help and nothing helps and I understand how miserable one feel with this. Is there a specialist that you can recommend my going to see?

      • While I lived in NC, I had terribly red eyes from roseacea. I went to Duke Eye Center, located in Durham, NC, and met with one of the top eye doctors in the state.

        He prescribed a single pill, to be taken once , to get rid of the rednessin my eyes. He said the medication was from some country where supposedly a secretion or something was collected and it was then made into the form of a pill. He said you would only need to take it once to remove the redness in your eyes…….and it did. It worked and it never came back.

        I don’t agree with trying these remedies if your roseacea is flaming like mine is. Maybe after it settles down you could try them. I am ALL FOR cooling it down with something. Mine is so hot to the touch and feels like it is burning from the inside out. I sincerely hope you can find some relief. I hope you can find something to help you. Roseacea is a terrible, terrible thing!

    • I have ocular roseacea and have had to have a few procedures to my eyes. Go to an ophthalmologist. The dermo is good for the skin but the eyes need a little different care.

  • https://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/triggersgraph.php

    Become familiar with Rosacea triggers! A dozen years ago I had a Harvard trained dermatologist laser and inject out all signs of Rosacea and split capillaries. Painful as well as expensive, but worth it to me at the time. My skin looked like porcelain for a not long enough time! :(

    I learned no coffee, wine, salsa, of course no sun (laser made me super photosensitive). I remember what ruined it. I had an allergic reaction to a medication and flushed like crazy. It’s hard to be human and a porcelain doll!

    However, the triggers hold, no matter your baseline status. Good to know. Don’t flush!

    Thank you, Jillee!

  • To skip all products made from cowmilk can also be helpful for Rosacea. Cowmilk causes inflammation in the body’s. Products from goat and sheepmilk is better. There is a different betwwen the milkproteins, A1 in cow milk A2 in goat and sheep and also in human brestmilk and that’s why we can consume it and feeling better.

  • What a wonderbut community. I too enjoy nearly every post, of course some don’t apply to myself, but I pass them on as well as trying to introduce you to my friends. I have several friends with rosacea as well as my 40 yr old daughter. I love you are so natural. Thank you for all your research and testing, it makes our lives better.

  • Thank you for those suggestions. I find all your posts to be right spot on and very useful. Might I also suggest another useful tool for most skin issues – Arnica gel. It stops pain in contusions, prevents or heals bruises, reduces swelling, gets rid of acne, warts, stops fever blisters, and heals other skin problems. It’s best for contusions, and not to be used on scrapes or scratches. I carry it in my purse at all times; it’s the best kept secret in America.

  • I was so excited to see this subject in my box today. I have suffered from rosacea for a good 20 years now. I don’t have flair ups, my skin is very red all the time! My chin, cheeks nose and each eyebrow are the reddest I always look like my face has caught fire and I have red scares. I have tried so many doctors and the antibiotics and cremes they prescribe; nothing has ever worked!! The only thing that will mostly tone it down is the mineral powder makeup. I can’t wait to try these remedies of things I already have on hand hopefully one will work. Keep up the good work I so enjoy all of your helpful advice.

  • Years ago when I had a slight but irritating case of rosacea, a doctor friend told me to stop eating cinnamon-flavored candies (which I loved at the time) and cinnamon-flavored gum. He said cinnamic acid, the flavoring agent used in those products, was known to irritate fair Celtic skin like mine, especially around the approach of menopause.

    Surprisingly enough, it worked for me.

  • Lovely suggestions,also applying castor oil on the face every night helps a lot and also prevents wrinkles from appearing. One can also add lavender essential oil to the castor oil.

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