Calendula Cream Can Help Ease Facial Redness
I’m the first to admit that a rosacea flare-up is crippling to your self-esteem. One homeopathic treatment for rosacea delivers great results for many, and it’s easily found in many natural stores and online. Pick up a tub of calendula cream to help ease the redness rosacea causes.
What is Calendula Cream?
Calendula cream is a gentle moisturizing agent that can be used anywhere on your body. Many new parents use the cream on their babies, but it’s also proven effective at helping rosacea-afflicted skin heal. Popular brands of calendula cream are Boiron, California Baby, JASON, and Weleda.
Calendula is a form of the marigold, the pot marigold to be exact, that’s found in many countries, including Asia, Mediterranean countries, and Western Europe. It’s an edible flower, so it’s safe to use it around your pets and children, but you should test for allergies before you use an ample amount of it.
Why it Works
Calendula officinalis (a marigold) received praise in the April 2015 edition of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The publication discussed the benefits of marigold oil in helping with cellular repair. A mixture of 75 percent water, 15 percent marigold oil, and 10 percent surfactants were tested on the wounds on rats. In each test, the calendula mixture helped boost collagen production, improved skin growth, and lead to faster wound healing.
Other studies have found that calendula can help reduce inflammation, too. It’s this research that leads many to believe calendula cream might be an excellent skin treatment for rosacea. If you think about the common complaints with rosacea, they are facial redness/inflammation, dry skin, and pustules. Calendula treats many of these complaints.
Where You Can Buy Calendula Cream for Rosacea
Calendula comes in creams, but it’s also available as an ointment, lotion, and gel throughout the world. Many health stores sell products containing calendula. You'll also find calendula cream at Amazon. Here are a few of the affordable, effective calendula creams for rosacea.
Ora's Amazing Herbal – The Touchy Skin Salve is an unscented cream that lacks irritating ingredients like mineral oil, paraben, phthalates, and fragrances. For moisturizing agents, it has grapeseed oil, coconut oil, castor oil, vitamin E, and beeswax. It has soothing herbs like calendula, comfrey, plantain, St. John's wort, and licorice root. It was designed for eczema, but it works well to ease rosacea's dry flaking skin.
Thena Redness Relief Cream – Thena's Ultra Calming Therapy helps ease redness, but the colloidal oatmeal also eases the itching that often goes hand in hand with rosacea. Main ingredients are aloe vera, safflower oil, shea butter, avocado oil, soybean seed extract, calendula, lavender oil, raw honey, and chamomile.
Weleda Calendula Face Cream – This cream is designed for babies and is gentle on delicate skin. Sweet almond oil, calendula, and beeswax are the three main ingredients. It's free of any added colors, fragrances, or preservatives.
There's one other way to add calendula to your daily facial routine. Grow it in your garden and boil the flowers in water. Allow it to cool, strain through a fine mesh colander, and transfer the water to a spray bottle. Keep that bottle in the fridge to use as a facial spray when you're feeling flushed.
I find that a cooling spray when my face is feeling hot and itchy is one of the quickest, easiest forms of relief. Try it and see what you think.