9 Natural Remedies for Rosacea

To treat rosacea correctly, it's best to go to the doctor and follow their instructions. Natural remedies should never be the first option.
9 Natural Remedies for Rosacea

Last update: 07 October, 2020

One of the most common skin conditions is rosacea. This is a disease that can affect anyone and is characterized by causing skin redness and small bumps (red and filled with pus). It’s very uncomfortable for the patient and it’s also an aesthetic problem.

The areas that are most often affected by rosacea are the cheeks, although it¿s true that it can also spread towards the forehead, chin, ears, neck, and even the chest.

A specific cause of this disease hasn’t yet been identified. However, a few factors can play a role, according to experts at the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Hereditary, as rosacea can be genetically transmitted.
  • Immunological. Bacillos oleronius bacteria are believed to be able to create immune system reactions and cause rosacea.
  • Intestinal infections. A reaction has been established between H. pylori bacteria and rosacea.
  • A small bug. A small mite called Demodex lives on everyone’s skin. In sensitive skin, it can stimulate the appearance of rosacea.

Treatment of rosacea

A woman with rosacea.

If you suspect that you suffer from rosacea, consult your doctor as soon as possible. The professional will evaluate you and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Mayo Clinic experts say that “Treatment for rosacea focuses on controlling signs and symptoms. Most often this requires a combination of good skin care and prescription drugs”.

They also indicate that the duration of treatment may vary depending on the patient’s signs and symptoms and their severity.

Rosacea is a disease that has no cure and can recur. In these cases, the most appropriate thing is to go to a specialist and follow their instructions.

9 natural remedies for rosacea

According to popular belief, the following remedies can be used to relieve rosacea. However, these remedies aren’t scientifically proven. Therefore, they aren’t recommended from a medical standpoint. By using them, patients run the risk of aggravating their problem and suffering adverse reactions.

1. Coconut oil

It’s believed that the consumption of coconut oil can contribute to the relief of rosacea symptoms. This may be because said food would have anti-inflammatory properties that would help prevent (or relieve, as the case may be) the bumps outbreaks cause.

2. Salmon

Grilled salmon.

It’s also said that there are certain types of foods and edibles (such as snacks) that can make the body get excess sodium, retain fluids, and become inflamed. This could contribute to the appearance of rosacea.

Therefore, it’s considered that consuming healthy fats within your diet and, especially, sources of omega-3 such as salmon, can be beneficial for skin health.

3. Honey

In the popular sphere, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are often attributed to honey. For this reason, people have recommended various remedies with this food to relieve the symptoms of rosacea.

4. Lavender oil

On the other hand, it’s believed that lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful not only to relieve insect bites but also rosacea discomfort.

5. Cucumber

Cucumber water.

Cucumber is a food you can make various refreshing home skin treatments with for those days when you need extra pampering. However, applying a cucumber mask for rosacea hasn’t been proven to provide relief.

6. Aloe vera

Although some aloe vera gel extracts have been used in certain studies to find out how effective they could be in treating rosacea and seem to be promising, there isn’t enough evidence on how this substance could be harnessed for the skin’s benefit in case you suffer from rosacea.

7. Green tea

It’s said that green tea has catechins and other compounds that may help treat rosacea. You can apply it to your face as a tonic to relieve discomfort.

8.  Licorice

Licorice extract is believed to have the ability to reduce irritation and redness. At the same time, it stimulates skin healing and regeneration.

9. Turmeric

Scientific evidence attributes an anti-fungal effect to the active compound of turmeric, curcumin.

Finally, it’s believed that turmeric remedies can be helpful in treating mild skin discomfort. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to it that may provide relief.

Do you have to consult your doctor first?

Before trying any natural remedy, it’s best to consult with your doctor to avoid adverse reactions and interactions. Otherwise, the risk of suffering some type of unfavorable reaction and of complicating the clinical picture increases.

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