Home Remedies For Rosacea

Home Remedies For Rosacea

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  1. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition afflicting mainly women between the ages of 30-60. Men are less likely to develop rosacea, but when they do their symptoms tend to be more severe. Generally fair-skinned people are more prone to develop this persistent skin disorder. The effects of rosacea can worsen if left untreated. There are a number of prescription treatments available, but many sufferers opt to use home remedies for rosacea.

    Symptoms of Rosacea

    Rosacea is a skin disorder which affects the small blood vessels of the face. The condition causes the blood vessels in the face to enlarge resulting in a red, flushed appearance of the skin. Although it is not associated with a prior history of acne, it is sometimes referred to as “acne rosacea” for the acne-like lesions that are often scattered over the nose and cheeks. Unlike acne, there is no development of whiteheads or blackheads with rosacea. Most sufferers of this skin condition consider the symptoms to be troublesome and unsightly.

    • Papules (small, solid bumps)
    • Pustules (inflamed, pus-filled bumps)
    • Firm red nodules
    • General redness of the face
    • Prone to blushing easily
    • Appearance of small blood vessels on nose or cheeks ( telangiectasia)
    • Burning eyes (ocular rosacea)
    • Red, bulbous nose (rhinophyma) over time if not treated
    • Facial stinging, burning or itching

    Traditional treatments for rosacea include oral antibiotics for their anti-inflammatory properties or a topical antibiotic cream. Since there is no way to eliminate rosacea altogether, the use of prescription medications or home remedies for rosacea will only relieve the symptoms of the disorder. Avoiding potential “triggers” of an outbreak is another traditional treatment for rosacea. Triggers can include, but are not limited to, sun exposure, spicy foods, hot flashes (in menopausal women), stress, hot drinks or soup and alcohol consumption.

    Causes of Rosacea

    According to the National Rosacea Society, there are numerous theories on the causes of rosacea but the exact cause is unknown. None of the theories has been proven, but potential inflammatory channels have been identified in ongoing research.

    • An antimicrobial (disinfectant) protein known as cathelicidin triggers an immune response in the body.
    • Certain bacteria found on microscopic skin mites (Demodex) induces an inflammatory response.
    • Some believe rosacea could be due to sun damage to the connective tissue below the skin or irritation of hair follicles.

    Rosacea is not contagious and there is no evidence that it can spread through skin-to-skin contact or through breathing in air-borne bacteria.

    Home Remedies for Rosacea

    Vitamin A, converted by the body from beta carotene, is healing to the skin and strengthens capillaries.  Taken as a daily supplement, beta carotene can help reduce the symptoms of rosacea. The B vitamins, especially vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin C and zinc are also healing to the skin. One home remedy involves crushing up zinc and B12 tablets, mixing them with a small amount of water to create a paste and then applying the paste to the affected areas. Once dry, the paste can be gently washed off with a soft warm washcloth.                            

    Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and reduces inflammation when taken orally. Grape seed extract is another anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and helps in the formation of new collagen.

    Potato Juice

    Another effective home remedy entails creating a thick paste from one tablespoon of extracted potato juice mixed with one tablespoon of Fuller’s Earth. When the paste is applied to the skin it helps lessen the signs and symptoms of the disease.

    Sulphur Powder

    A sulphur mask can also be used to help prevent the effects of rosacea.

    • 1 teaspoon of sulphur powder
    • 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s Earth
    • 1 beaten egg white
    • Bottled water

    Mix the ingredients using sufficient water to form a smooth paste and apply to affected areas or all over the face. To rule out allergies to sulphur, first test the paste by applying a small amount to the inside of the elbow and checking for a reaction.

    Oatmeal and Yogurt

    Areas of the face affected by this skin disorder can also be treated with an oatmeal and yogurt mask. Mix fine oatmeal and yogurt to create a thick paste; spread on skin and allow it to dry completely before washing off the mask. Fruit, herb or vegetable extracts can be added to the paste as skin type dictates. For example, apple extract contains moisturizing and anti-aging properties that are helpful for dry or mature skin.

    Chamomile

    Many people believe the best herbal remedy for rosacea is chamomile. Boil chamomile in water for ten minutes, strain the water and store it in the refrigerator. Wash your face in ice cold water then dip a clean washcloth into the chamomile water and press it to the affected areas.

    Alternatives

    A number of other topical treatments have been shown to reduce rosacea symptoms.

    • Pure English lavender
    • Mixture of turmeric and water
    • Tea tree oil
    • Mild baby shampoo for eye cleansing or lavender oil applied under the eyes (for eye irritation)
    • Sunscreen containing titanium dioxide
    • Cold compresses for flushing

    It is believed that diet will also have an effect on rosacea and its symptoms. Avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, chocolate and other caffeinated drinks can prevent progression of the disease.

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