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As a chronic disease of the skin, Rosacea mostly develops in young people with fair skin around their 20s with its symptoms worsening in their 30s and 40s. It most commonly spreads around the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin and it shouldn’t be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems because it is a skin condition that should be treated differently.
Namely, Rosacea is considered as a skin condition that has no solution, at least not by today’s modern medicine. This makes it confusing, and there are a lot of people affected by it without them even knowing. In fact, in a recent survey, 90% of the people who had Rosacea didn’t know anything about it, they only thought it’s something they were born with and stuck till the rest of their lives. If you were among them until now, it’s time for you to acknowledge your skin situation and take some action towards treating it.
Before I go on and help you find the most suitable Rosacea remedy for you, let’s see the symptoms this disease causes, so you know for sure what you are dealing with:
- Redness in the face, especially toward the center of the cheeks and nose
- “Spider veins,” which are visibly broken blood vessels
- Swelling and painful skin
- Sensitive skin that quickly reacts to the sun, skin care products, feeling hot or sweating
- Stinging and burning in the skin
- Dry, rough, itchy or scaling skin
- Easily blushing when embarrassed
- Acne-like breakouts and overly oily skin
- Large, visible and inflamed pores
- Raised patches of skin called plaques
- Bumpy texture to the skin
- Parts of the skin that thicken, especially prevalent around the nose (but also can appear on the chin, forehead, cheeks, and ears)
- A sensitivity of skin around the eyes, including watery or bloodshot appearance, redness, dryness, stinging, itching, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, cysts, and pain
Rosacea can start as a small rash or patch of bumps or redness, before spreading and becoming more intense. The condition isn’t contagious, and often, symptoms can come and go depending on how stressed and run-down you feel, whether or not you’ve been spending lots of time in the sun, and if your diet is triggering any autoimmune reactions.
Rosacea’s now known to have 4 subtypes, but some people develop symptoms from more than one subtype at a time.
- Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea): characterized by facial redness, flushing, visible blood vessels (the most common subtype)
- Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea): characterized by acne-like breakouts and sensitivity (most common among middle-aged women); alongside persistent redness, bumps (papules) and/or pimples (pustules) are frequent
- Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea): characterized by swelling, fluid retention (edema), thickening skin (especially around the nose, or rhinophyma), redness and various symptoms from other subtypes
- Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea): characterized by rosacea around the eyes
Regardless of the subtype, the symptoms don’t necessarily get worse over time and for many people can stay relatively constant for many years if necessary steps to resolve symptoms aren’t taken. So, let’s see what those necessary steps are for you to take and lessen the condition you are in.
Natural Rosacea Treatments
Chamomile is used in cosmetic salons to prepare the skin for treatment and to soothe it afterward. It is a great anti-inflammatory agent that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to even out the skin tone and bring back the healthy glow. Here are the steps to prepare the chamomile:
- Soak three to six chamomile tea bags in three cups of boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and place the bowl in the refrigerator until the water is cold.
- Dip a cotton cloth in the cold solution and wring out the excess liquid.
- Place the damp cloth on the affected area for 15 minutes and do light gentle massages.
- Repeat the remedy three or four times a day until you notice an improvement.
Be consistent and repeat this compress for 3 to 4 times per week plus whenever you get redness and inflammation for an instant soothing effect.
Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help reduce redness, itching, and inflammation. Except as an excellent option for breakfast, oatmeal is highly soothing to the skin as well. This is the recipe
- Mix one-half cup of powdered oatmeal and one-fourth cup of water in a large bowl.
- Apply this mixture to the affected skin areas. Lightly smooth the oatmeal over the skin, but do not rub the skin.
- Leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with cool water, and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
- Repeat this treatment twice daily for several days for best results.
For optimal results, repeat the oatmeal soak for 2 to 3 times per week no matter if your skin is inflamed or not, it will even out the tone and will give you a matte skin look.
The Honey Effect
Honey is the nature’s superfood, and we all know it. It is used in almost all of the cosmetic products that promise to soothe your skin, and because it holds antimicrobial, powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it won’t only ease the redness from the rosacea, but will also remove any acne due to the bacterial buildup on the top layers of your skin.
- Gently massage one to two tablespoons of raw honey on your face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and apply a light moisturizer. Do this twice a week to help reduce inflammation and redness and promote healing.
- Mix two tablespoons of organic honey, one tablespoon of olive oil and one and one-half teaspoons of almond or oat milk. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this one to three times a week.
Honey helps keep your skin moisturized without making it oily, so you don’t have to wait for rosacea to make your skin red or inflamed to use it. Make it a part of your daily routine, and you will get nourished, glowing skin in under 3 weeks.
Aloe Vera Nourishment
Both aloe vera gel and juice can be used in the home treatment of rosacea. Due to the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of aloe vera, it can rejuvenate the skin and reduce redness and irritation. It can be used both orally and externally to treat rosacea.
It is best if you have fresh Aloe Vera extracted from the plant’s leaves just before applying it to your skin. This way all the beneficial properties will be preserved, and nothing will be destroyed as it might be in the processing and packaging process of the store-bought Aloe Vera.
- Extract fresh gel from the aloe vera plant and apply it on the affected skin. Let it dry on its own and then rinse the area with lukewarm water. Follow this treatment twice daily for at least two months to heal rosacea symptoms like redness and inflammation completely.
- Drink one tablespoon of aloe vera juice twice daily. This will help detoxify your body and in turn speed up the healing process. Follow this remedy for several months.
The remedies mentioned above have helped many people and reduced their rosacea irritations up to 70%, however, to experience specific changes and improvements you also must change parts of your daily life and habits and implement other treatments.
Here are some of the best practices dermatologists recommend their patients in the process of healing rosacea:
- Changing your diet to remove any allergies, irritants or common gut irritants
- Being careful always to wear sunscreen, which helps prevent irritation from UV light, redness and flare-ups
- Receiving skin treatments from your doctor including dermabrasion, emollients, laser therapy or other forms of light therapy (like electrocautery)
- Taking eye medications or drops when rosacea spreads to the eyelids
With all this said, I hope you are better informed of your condition now and that you don’t feel helpless any longer. The truth is, nature holds a remedy for everything, and we need to be persistent in the search and patient with the usage.
To Your Glowing Skin,