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12 Natural Remedies To Manage Rosacea + Types, Symptoms, And Causes

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12 Natural Remedies To Manage Rosacea + Types, Symptoms, And Causes October 4, 2018

Around 415 million individuals are estimated to be suffering from rosacea worldwide, according to the National Rosacea Society (1). If left untreated, rosacea can cause complications and even lead to permanent damage. Hence, it is important to treat its symptoms as soon as possible to manage the condition. In this article, we have compiled a list of natural remedies that can help in reducing the severity of the symptoms to a great extent. Read on to know all about rosacea and how you can manage it.

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What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory chronic skin condition. It usually affects the face and is more common in fair-skinned people. Most affected individuals confuse rosacea with acne, eczema, or skin allergy due to which treatment can be delayed. Rosacea tends to worsen with time if left untreated for too long.

While this condition can affect people of any age, it usually affects middle-aged fair-skinned women.

Let’s take a quick look at the symptoms.

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Signs And Symptoms

One of the most prominent signs of rosacea is that your cheeks and sometimes your chin, nose, and forehead become red. In rare cases, your chest, neck, ears, or head may also become red.

Other symptoms associated with rosacea are:

  • The appearance of broken blood vessels on your skin
  • Swelling and/or thickening of the broken vessels
  • Redness, swelling, or pain in your eyes
  • A stinging or burning sensation on your skin
  • Some patches of your skin may become dry and rough
  • Your pores become larger
  • Small bumps around your eyelids

These symptoms can be mild to severe, and you may see them come and go from time to time. However, leaving rosacea untreated can cause these symptoms to become permanent.

Doctors and researchers are yet to determine what exactly causes rosacea. The following factors are believed to play a significant role in causing this condition.

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Causes And Risk Factors

Factors that can contribute to the onset of rosacea are:

  • Genetics – A family history of the condition
  • Problems with your blood vessels that may worsen by sun damage
  • Mites – There are mites (insects) living on all our faces. But some individuals may have more of them, which may cause irritation.
  • Bacteria – A bacteria type called H. pylori lives in your gut. It can, at times, raise the levels of a digestive hormone called gastrin in your gut. This increase can cause your skin to look flushed.

Other risk factors for rosacea are:

  • Possessing light skin, eyes, or hair
  • Age – Those between 30 and 50 years of age are at a higher risk, though other ages can be affected as well.
  • Gender – Women are more affected than men.
  • Past acne lesions
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Medications like niacin, steroids, excess antacids, or antibiotics

Rosacea is classified into four major types based on the symptoms each type exhibits.

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Types Of Rosacea

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: It is characterized by redness and flushing of the skin, along with the appearance of blood vessels,
  • Papulopustular Rosacea: This type causes redness and swelling of the skin that may also be accompanied by breakouts that look like acne.
  • Phymatous Rosacea: It exhibits symptoms like thickening of the skin and a bumpy or coarse texture.
  • Ocular Rosacea: Individuals affected by ocular rosacea may look like they have a stye. It is known to cause irritation and inflammation of the eyes and swelling of the eyelids.

There is no cure for rosacea, but treatment can help manage most of its symptoms.

Here’s a list of home remedies for those looking for natural alternatives to manage rosacea.

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How To Manage Rosacea Naturally

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Turmeric
  5. Ginger
  6. Aloe Vera Gel
  7. Raw Honey
  8. Burdock
  9. Chamomile
  10. Comfrey
  11. Green Tea
  12. Oatmeal

Home Remedies To Manage Rosacea Symptoms

1. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or any other carrier oil or moisturiser)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix four drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of any carrier oil or moisturizer.
  2. Apply the mixture to your skin.
  3. Leave it on overnight or for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil has significant anti-inflammatory properties due to the high levels of terpinen-4-ol in it. Hence, its topical application can tame rosacea flare-ups (2).

b. Lavender Oil

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops of lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut (or any other carrier oil or moisturizer)
What You Have To Do
  1. To a teaspoon of any carrier oil or moisturizer, add three to four drops of lavender oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes or overnight.
  4. Rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Lavender oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate redness, inflammation, and swelling (3). It can also alleviate stress, thereby preventing rosacea symptoms from worsening (4).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon or two of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and drink the solution.
  3. You can add honey to improve the flavor of the mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

You can consume this once daily before meals.

Why This Works

The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar are no secret. Many individuals swear by it to treat inflammatory conditions like rosacea (5).

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3. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

1-2 teaspoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take one to two teaspoons of coconut oil in your palms.
  2. Massage it gently onto your face.
  3. Leave it on for an hour before rinsing it off.
  4. You can also use coconut oil as a nighttime moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply coconut oil 1 to 2 times daily for best results.

Why This Works

Coconut oil has excellent emollient properties that can moisturize the affected skin (6). The lauric acid in it helps soothe the inflamed skin (7).

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4. Turmeric

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You Will Need

250-500 mg turmeric (curcumin) supplement

What You Have To Do
  1. Take 250-500 mg turmeric supplement daily.
  2. Alternatively, you can mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with water and drink it.
  3. You can also make a paste of turmeric with yogurt and apply it to the affected skin.
How Often You Should Do This

You must take turmeric once daily for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Seek your doctor’s advice before taking the supplement.

Why This Works

The curcumin in turmeric imparts exceptional anti-inflammatory properties to it (8). Turmeric can soothe inflammation whether it is consumed or applied topically.

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5. Ginger

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 inches of ginger
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add 1 to 2 inches of ginger to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for a few minutes and strain.
  4. Drink the hot ginger tea once it cools down a little.
How Often You Should Do This

You must ideally drink this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Gingerol, the active compound in ginger, exhibits anti-inflammatory activities that can alleviate swelling, inflammation, and redness caused by rosacea (9).

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6. Aloe Vera Gel

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You Will Need

Aloe vera gel (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser.
  2. Take some aloe vera gel and apply it to the affected skin.
  3. Leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes and rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply aloe vera gel to your skin twice daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera exhibits wonderful anti-inflammatory and healing properties due to its beneficial composition. It is thus another great option to manage rosacea symptoms (10).

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7. Raw Honey

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You Will Need

Raw honey (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some raw honey and apply it evenly to cleansed skin.
  2. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice daily for best results.

Why This Works

Raw honey has been used for centuries to treat various skin problems (11). Honey has anti-inflammatory and healing properties that help manage the symptoms of rosacea (12).

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8. Burdock

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of burdock root
  • 2 cups of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two teaspoons of burdock root to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes and strain.
  4. Allow the tea to cool down for a while and then drink it.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this 2 to 3 times daily for a couple of weeks to see results.

Why This Works

Burdock has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation in your body (13).

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9. Chamomile

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chamomile tea
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two teaspoons of chamomile tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Strain and allow the tea to cool a bit.
  4. Drink it.
  5. You can also use chamomile tea as a toner or compress.
How Often You Should Do This

You can drink chamomile tea twice daily.

Why This Works

Chamomile is an herb with medicinal properties. It contains volatile oils that possess anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in dealing with the symptoms of rosacea (14).

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10. Comfrey

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You Will Need

Comfrey oil or creams containing comfrey

What You Have To Do
  1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser.
  2. Pat your skin dry and apply some comfrey oil/cream to it evenly.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Comfrey contains compounds like allantoin and rosmarinic acid, which exhibit soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe swollen and inflamed skin (15).

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11. Green Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Steep for 5 to 7 minutes and strain.
  3. Refrigerate the green tea for an hour.
  4. Soak a cotton ball in some cold green tea and apply it all over your face.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this twice daily.

Why This Works

Green tea polyphenols possess anti-inflammatory activities that can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and redness that surface with rosacea (16).

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12. Oatmeal

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup of ground oats
  • ¼ cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind half a cup of oats.
  2. Blend the powdered oats with one-fourth cup of water.
  3. Apply the oatmeal mixture to the affected areas.
  4. Leave it on for at least 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can apply an oatmeal mask once daily.

Why This Works

Oats contain phenolic compounds called avenanthramides that exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. These activities can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and irritation caused by rosacea (17).

In addition to these remedies, following an anti-inflammatory diet can also help a great deal in alleviating the symptoms of rosacea.

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Best Diet For Rosacea

What To Eat

Anti-inflammatory foods that can help reduce rosacea flare-ups include:

  • Berries
  • Cardamom
  • Zucchini
  • Turmeric
  • Nuts
  • Melons
  • Leafy green veggies
  • Grapes
  • Asparagus
  • Coriander
  • Celery
  • Probiotic foods

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce inflammation. These foods include:

  • Fatty fish like salmon
  • Ghee
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds

What To Avoid

Some foods can have a negative impact on your condition and can aggravate the flare-ups. Hence, it is best to avoid such foods. They include:

  • Sugary foods
    Refined foods
  • White rice and pasta
  • Processed vegetable oils
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Processed meat
  • Food sweeteners, preservatives, and additives
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Foods that increase your body temperature like tea, coffee, cinnamon, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and chocolate

Foods that contain histamine or cause your body to release more of it can worsen symptoms of skin flushing and redness. Avoid these foods:

  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Sardines
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Tuna
  • Vinegar

You can also follow a few tips to prevent your condition from worsening. These tips involve making simple changes to your lifestyle.

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Tips To Manage Rosacea

  • Always wear a sunscreen with SPF 20 or more.
  • Protect your face with a scarf during extreme winters.
  • Refrain from rubbing or touching your face too often.
  • Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
  • Avoid using products that contain alcohol or any other skin irritants.
  • Use a moisturizer if your skin is too sore.
  • Use non-comedogenic cosmetics and skin care products.
  • Keep your skin cool.
  • Practice yoga and breathing exercises to manage stress.
  • Do low-intensity exercises that do not leave you feeling exhausted.

Individuals suffering from rosacea should aim at soothing their irritated skin first as not doing so can cause permanent damage and scarring. So, go ahead and try the tips and remedies given here to manage rosacea flare-ups. If you see no positive results despite doing this, you must seek treatment from a dermatologist immediately.

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If you have any more queries to be addressed, ask us in the comments below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can rosacea be cured?

Rosacea cannot be cured, but early treatment can help in controlling and managing the signs and symptoms of this chronic skin condition.

What is the best antibiotic for rosacea?

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline to address the bacterial component of rosacea. These medications also exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.

How can I reduce the redness on my face fast?

You can reduce the redness on your face by following any of the remedies discussed in the article and sticking to the prevention and diet tips.

Does rose water help rosacea?

Yes, rose water can also help in dealing with rosacea symptoms with its soothing properties. It is ideal for those with sensitive skin.

When to visit a dermatologist for rosacea?

If the remedies and tips mentioned in this article do not soothe your symptoms, it is best to consult a dermatologist immediately for medical assistance to treat your condition.

References

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  10. Antiinflammatory activity of extracts from Aloe vera gel”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, US National Library of Medicine
  11. Honey: A Therapeutic Agent for Disorders of the Skin”, Central Asian Journal of Global Health, US National Library of Medicine
  12. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of honey: the involvement of autonomic receptors”, Metabolic Brain Disease, US National Library of Medicine
  13. Anti-inflammatory and radical scavenge effects of Arctium lappa”, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, US National Library of Medicine
  14. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future”, Molecular Medicine Reports, US National Library of Medicine
  15. Comfrey: A Clinical Overview”, Phytotherapy Research, US National Library of Medicine
  16. Anti-inflammatory Action of Green Tea”, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, US National Library of Medicine
  17. Avenanthramides, polyphenols from oats, exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itch activity”, Archives of Dermatological Research, US National Library of Medicine
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