Homemade Rosacea Treatments
Rosacea has no cure. Even its causes are not clearly understood. Instead, it is a condition of symptoms. Rosacea sufferers experience a reddening of the face and neck and may have pimple-like bumps. The condition can be treated. The only rosacea “cure” is to reduce and manage flare-ups.
Basic Care Routine
Wash your face with lukewarm water instead of hot water as heat will bring more blood to the surface and worsen the condition. Wash with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. People with rosacea should not use defoliating scrubs or strong, astringent cleansers. Skin care products with aloe vera and/or vitamin E have been helpful in some cases.
Do not use clay masks for cleansing. Instead, try a homemade mask with an olive oil base mixed with calming, chamomile tea and a little oatmeal, which has anti-inflammatory properties. After washing your face, always pat it dry with a soft towel. Wash three or more times daily, depending on how oily your skin is.
Some cases of rosacea have shown improvement from washing with pine tar soap. Some recommend smoothing on a lather, letting it dry, then leaving it on throughout the night. Wash it off in the morning and follow through by applying a bag balm to your face and leaving it on for about 10 minutes.
Try mixing mineral water with apple cider vinegar for a homemade facial toner. Spray this onto the face directly and pat it dry.
Nutrition to Help
Change your diet as part of your homemade treatment. Drink apple juice, preferably brands lower in sugar and preservatives. Eat more berries. The antioxidants in blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are good for skin. Get plenty of Omega-3 fatty acid oil. Eat more leafy and green vegetables.
Drink fenugreek tea. This has been known to be especially helpful with skin disorders, most especially acne. If you cannot find the tea, buy fenugreek and steep it in boiling water to make your own tea.
Avoid chocolate, alcohol, and fatty, fried foods and spicy foods. Tomatoes, too, can trigger rosacea flare-ups and should be avoided.