Home Remedies for Rosacea

Home Remedies for Rosacea

Rosacea can be extremely frustrating for those who suffer from its effects. Rosacea is a condition of the skin in the facial area, where blood vessels become enlarged. Cheeks and nose become red or flushed. Skin that has rosacea tends to be sensitive with flare-ups that occur easily. It is quite hard to treat rosacea because many things can cause it to flare up. Home treatments should be used with ever so much caution as some people can experience sensitivity or irritation with certain treatment. Before trying any of the following treatments it is recommended to patch test these on a small area of your skin to prevent irritation.

 

Vinegar

 

If you haven’t heard, vinegar is great for the skin. Why? It’s acidity acts as a buffer for the skin to bring it to a neutral pH level because the pH level of our skins acid mantle is similar to that of vinegar. It acts as a toner for skin. Apple cider vinegar has natural alpha-hydroxy acids which stimulate circulation and also keeps the skin young and fresh. Vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant and helps decrease the number of yeasts and bacteria on the skin. Vinegar may also cause rosacea to flare up in some people so try patch testing your skin before using this remedy on your face.

 

Dilute some vinegar with water and do some facial soaks once a week. Do this by mixing 1 part vinegar with 6 parts water.

 

Green Tea

 

Soaking your face in green tea is great for rosacea skin. This is because green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenone, a type of green tea extract, can help reduce rosacea significantly. Green tea also has great anti-aging properties as well so using green tea or products with green tea is no time wasted.

 

Honey

 

Apply honey as a mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Do this once or twice a week to help calm rosacea. Use raw or Manuka honey. Honey works great as a moisturizer and as an antioxidant that fights bacteria.

 

Over the Counter Remedies

If you rather just stick to over the counter remedies make sure you are gently washing your face no more than twice a day with a mild cleanser. Harsh detergents on the skin or rubbing the skin can cause irritation. Always apply SPF if you will be outside. Aim for a SPF 50. Stay away from skin care products that contain alcohol or other irritating ingredients such as astringents, menthol, ammonia, benzalkonium chloride, citrus juices. For a list of common skin irritating ingredients click here.

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