Rosacea is a common skin condition, often mistaken for acne or eczema, which mainly affects the facial skin. Common symptoms include red patches, a burning sensation and irritation in the eyes, watery eyes, swollen eyelids and swelling of the face. The main reason behind rosacea is the swelling of the blood vessels below the surface of the skin. Factors that can worsen the condition include: extreme temperatures, spicy food, stress, alcohol, and sunlight. People with a lighter, fairer skin tone are also more prone to rosacea.
Here are some natural remedies to help get rid of rosacea.
Liquorice reduces redness, itching and irritation caused by rosacea.
- Take liquorice powder and honey in equal proportion.
- Remove the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf.
- Extract the gel.
- Add 1 tsp of aloe gel into the mixture.
- Mix well.
- Apply the mixture evenly onto the face.
- Allow it to remain there for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water
Cucumber contains Vitamin A, C and E, so a cucumber mask is the perfect cooling remedy to reduce redness and swelling of the face caused by rosacea.
- Take a chilled cucumber.
- Blend it into a smooth paste.
- Spread it gently over the face.
- Leave it for half an hour.
- Rinse off with cold water.
Chamomile has a calming effect on skin suffering from symptoms of rosacea.
- Soak 3 chamomile tea bags in three cups of boiling water.
- Dip a clean cloth in the chamomile water.
- Apply it to the affected area.
Green tea is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and these have been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of rosacea. Cooled green tea can be applied in the same way as the chamomile compress above.
Tea Tree Oil
The anti-inflammatory properties in tea tree oil are particularly useful in combating rosacea naturally. Natural oils found in products, such as Revitol rosacea treatment cream, are useful at regulating the natural oils in the skin.
- Take pure tea tree oil.
- Pour a few drops of oil on a cotton ball.
- Apply the oil directly over the rosacea reddened face.
Oatmeal is a natural moisturiser and an excellent exfoliator. You can prepare an oatmeal mask in the following manner:
- Take some powdered oatmeal (you can grind it in a coffee bean grinder).
- Add water to make a smooth paste.
- Apply it to the skin.
- Let it dry completely.
- Splash water to rehydrate it.
- Rub gently to exfoliate.
- Wash off with water.
It renders the epidermis hydrated, nourished and oxygenated.
Due to its soothing effect, aloe vera is highly beneficial in curing rosacea redness.
- Take a fresh aloe leaf.
- Cut it open.
- Extract the gel.
- Apply gel directly on to the affected skin.
- Do this twice a day.
Aloe vera can also be taken orally to help relieve inflammatory skin conditions.
Lavender is useful against a variety of skin conditions including rosacea. The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help shrink the facial blood vessels that cause rosacea.
- Take a few drops of lavender oil.
- Add a carrier oil (almond oil or jojoba oil or olive oil).
- Mix well.
- Massage gently into the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar stimulates the release of enzymes and these help in the removal of toxins as well as increasing blood circulation to the skin.
- Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to water. Keep the ratio 1:4.
- Dip a cotton ball in the liquid.
- Squeeze out the extra liquid.
- Apply to the face.
Apple cider vinegar can also be taken orally.
- Take 1 cup of water.
- Add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.
- Add a little honey.
- Drink every morning and night.
For optimum benefits it is recommended to follow both of these methods.
The above mentioned natural remedies are effective and long lasting in the treatment of rosacea.
Pauline Simons is a skincare expert by profession and loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites and blogs. In her free time she loves to travel, go to fashion shows and listen to music.