How To Cure Rosacea Naturally By Using Essential Oils







How To Cure Rosacea Naturally By Using Essential Oils

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 …

******

hiding under a hat

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.

6 comments… add one

  • jan

    WOW! thannk you ladies. my doc suggested the antibiotic cream and i had hesitations; now i am stopped from the topical application. diet is ok, except for ingestion of coffee!! will try the alternatives and hope for the same success that some of you have had and maybe consider elimination of coffee. I’m glad i visited this site!

  • Evelyn

    Fran,
    The same thing happened to me, regarding the doctor. I used it for a week, definitely felt that smoother skin. However, I stopped using it due to the paraben and other chemical stuff. I’ll definitely try the essential oil. Thank you!!!

    Kitty,
    My doctor told me it would take weeks for the antibiotic to work. I used it the first week and decided to stop because I didn’t want any paraben on my face.

    Very informativem, guys

  • Great guest post. I used antibiotics and as other readers suggest; not a long term solution! Glad to see the lovely lavender gets a mention. So much better using natural herbs that chemical on our face eh??!!
    Another situation to add to my own blog on the many uses for lavender. The list just keeps growing :-)
    Patricia Perth Australia
    http://www.lavenderuses.com
    all things lavender

  • Susan

    After 10+ years of using Metronidazole, I’m throwing the tube away. I’ve recently changed my diet to a very healthy one so after reading your experience I think I may not need it anymore. If my rosacea returns, I plan to treat it with natural oils. Wish me good luck!

  • Kitty

    Oh boy I’ve had a hectic week with no time to post, but YAY I’m finally here! lol :D

    I’ve taken a totally different approach to above and cured my rosacea. It feels great too, especially after initially being told there was no cure and that I would be stuck with difficult, red, burning, sensitive skin for good.

    For me it has been increasing my fibre intake, totally wiping out any refined foods, going as organic as possible, increasing my protein intake (mostly via whey shakes) and over-hauling my supplements, and a change in my skincare and my whole attitude toward skincare… but most importantly clearing as much stress as possible from my life…

    Ignoring what the GP and the dermatologist told me to do worked significantly too! Initially I did what they said and it totally stuffed my body up. My biggest word of caution to other rosacea or even acne sufferers that get prescribed the long-term antibiotics is: DON’T TAKE THEM! They may initially clear your skin but the damage to your body, especially your liver is not worth it… The most important aspect of healthy skin is a healthy liiver, so forget the antibiotics… ;)

  • If you have rosacea, you should check out the Rosacea Awareness Program – http://www.rosaceainfo.com. The site has several tips on skin care:

    http://www.rosaceainfo.com/skin_care.asp?lang=en&sid=1

Leave a Comment