It’s time for another guest post! This article was written by HealthyNewAge which is a holistic cures blog. The only personal experience I have with Rosacea is through an ex-boyfriend who had it and was a little bothered by it. So even though that helped me grow empathy for the condition, the lack of my own experience makes me a little clueless on how to best treat it. Which is why it was wonderful for HealthyNewAge to kindly write this article for us …
Some people naturally have a red face and working outside each day can give a red, weathered, jolly farmer look. That’s ok for farmers but myself, well I work indoors at my computer and I am also naturally fair skinned.
For months I thought that I was having a "bad skin day", as I experienced redness on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. I began to think that this flushing might be because I spend so much time sitting in front of my computer, perhaps even connected to radiation from the screen (as this is not uncommon).
Consequently I bought a very expensive shield for the screen for a good precautionary measure. I then noticed that the red areas were not smooth like the rest of my skin but lumpy with spots that looked similar to acne. I also had tiny, spidery thread veins appear, a burning sensation on my eyelids and my eyes felt gritty, irritable and dry.
As time went on the flushes lessened and I had a permanently red face. Had I wasted my hard to come by earnings on a useless computer screen? I typed “red face” in the Google search box and was surprised to find the first website I encountered, American Family Physician, showed pictures of Rosacea, which I easily identified as my problem.
Reading on the subject, I found that the cause of Rosacea has not been discovered, its not infectious but may be partly genetic. Some researchers think it might be an allergy to a microscopic mite that lives in the hair follicles, stress, too much alcohol, or a reaction to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, but there’s no conclusive evidence.
My physician confirmed I had Rosacea and prescribed an anti-biotic gel and he told me it could take up to eight weeks to work. I was totally frustrated by the whole situation, as this gel had to be applied twice a day and left a sticky film on my face, which was difficult to cover with make-up.
More research on my computer led me to learn about the benefits of using natural essential oils for Rosacea. I also discovered that spicy foods, hot drinks, ultraviolet light, sudden temperature changes, steroid creams, perfumed soaps and other skin cleansers can act as a trigger. Its ok, I forgive my physician for not having the time, or "taking the time" to explain this to me.
Before I digress further into my relationship or lack of relationship with my Physician, I will tell you about the essential oils that are a natural cure for Rosacea.
Essential oils for Rosacea
German Chamomile essential oil is beneficial for Rosacea because it soothes and calms the skin, aids tissue regeneration and heals. It is used in aromatherapy as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic and fungicidal.
Helichrysum essential oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and known for fading bruises over night. It is excellent for skin rashes, irritations and Rosacea, especially when blended with German Chamomile.
Neroli has a sebum balancing effect to balance oily and dry skin and is often blended with other essential oils to cure Rosacea. I find the aroma out of this world.
Rock Rose or Cistus essential oil not only smells wonderful but is also offers therapeutic care for mature skin and works well blended with other oils for Rosacea.
Lavender essential oil is widely used. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. High altitude French lavender is most often used in blends for acne and Rosacea.
Rosewood essential oil is noted for increasing elasticity and soothing the skin, so is an ideal addition to a blend if you have mature skin as well as Rosacea.
Although a natural remedy, it is important never to use essential oils directly on the skin but to dilute to 1% or less using a carrier oil that suits your skin type. I also advise reading a good book on the subject or researching reliable information on the Internet as misusing essential oils can cause skin damage.
It is also possible to buy synergistically blended essential oil preparations for Rosacea.