Let’s clear up one thing, while many people say there are natural or homeopathic cures for rosacea, the truth is that there is currently no cure. People have found remedies that greatly improve the condition, but a flare up can occur at any time. What seems to be a cure for your facial redness, bumps, and pustules may eventually stop working. This is normal, so don’t let it get you down.
You may have even seen some off these miracle rosacea cures. One man reported curing his rosacea by using pin worm medication. Two months later, his rosacea flared up worse than ever. When that failed, he switched to sulfur and a solution commonly used to treat scabies in dogs is having success. These are just a few of the homeopathic remedies for rosacea that are out there.
No matter what you read as a miracle rosacea cure, however, it’s always best to talk to a dermatologist first to ensure what you have is, indeed, rosacea and discuss the best treatment plan for you. Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to topical and oral Medications, herbs, creams, and essential oils.
Cucumbers have long been touted as a way to soothe the face and eyes. The same cooling effect can help with rosacea. You want to puree a cucumber in a food processor and then spread on the face. Let it sit for 30 minutes before you rinse it off.
Foods and Supplements
Some doctors recommend taking supplements that are rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This omega-6 fatty acid stimulates skin grown and reduces inflammation. You’ll find gamma-linolenic acid in black current seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, and spirulina capsules.
Some people with rosacea have good luck easing flare ups by taking zinc supplements every day. Zinc is both an anti-inflammatory agent and helps with renewal of skin cells.
Another recommendation many doctors share is to add anti-inflammatory foods and spices to your diet. Make sure the options you pick are not Triggers, as some foods that are anti-inflammatory can also fall into the list of common triggers for rosacea patients.
Ginger is a popular anti-inflammatory spice, and it’s really easy to add it to your diet. Grate a 3-inch root of fresh ginger into a pan and add six cups of water. Bring to a boil and then turn off the burner. Stir in a few tablespoons of honey, another anti-inflammatory ingredient. The amount of honey you add depends on how sweet you like your tea. I do not like my tea overly sweet, so I use two tablespoons. Let the mixture steep for an hour and transfer to a clean pitcher or Mason jar. To drink the tea, you can put it on ice or warm it up. Here are some other anti-inflammatory foods:
- Fennel bulb
- Greens (Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, and Swiss chard are good choices)
- Olive oil and olives
- Oily fish (Bluefish, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna are popular choices)
- Onions and leeks
- Red and yellow peppers
- Whole grains (Try barley, brown rice, cracked wheat, quinoa, and wild rice.)
Tea Tree Oil
Personally, tea tree oil irritates my skin, but others have had amazing success with it. You gently blot some of the oil on the affected areas in lieu of a moisturizer. Tea tree oil works as both an antiseptic coating and an anti-inflammatory.
Many rosacea patients report success in easing their red face using vinegar as part of their cleansing process. Mix three cups of boiled water with one-half cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, let cool, and spray that onto your face once a day. The vinegar inhibits yeast and bacteria, two things that some feel plays a role in rosacea.
I’ve had better luck mixing raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and using that as a homeopathic treatment for rosacea. This powder is 100 percent calcium bentonite clay. It forms a cooling facial mask that cleans pores. Don’t scrub it off. Scrubbing irritates rosacea skin. Instead, use lukewarm water to rinse it thoroughly. I do this once a week, and this was the first winter that my skin did not dry out and peel once the pellet stove was turned on.