How to Clear Up Rosacea Without Medication

Four Methods:Cleansing Your SkinUsing Herbal Remedies to Treat RosaceaMaking Dietary ChangesDiagnosing Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and swelling of the face and often produces small, red bumps filled with pus. It most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. If left untreated, rosacea can worsen over time. The symptoms of rosacea may flare up for a period of weeks to months. Then these symptoms will slowly fade before flaring up again. It can be mistaken for acne, allergic reactions or skin problems. Rosacea is different from acne, although they can coexist. Unlike common acne, rosacea occurs most often in adults between the ages of 30 to 50.[1] As far as causes, there is no single known cause for rosacea. It does appear to be associated with genetic factors, an impaired immune system and either a bacterial or a mite infection.[2] While there is no cure for rosacea, treatments focus on controlling the symptoms.

Method 1
Cleansing Your Skin

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    Choose an oil-based cleanser. The sebum that clogs up your pores and can cause irritation in rosacea is an oil. The best substance for dissolving oils (and dirt, cell debris, dirt, bacteria, etc.) is another oil. We are so used to thinking that oils are bad for the skin. This makes many people forget that the skin has natural oils to protect and moisturize it. As a result, we may use cleansers with (often) irritating chemicals.[3]
    • Choose your primary oil from a list of non-comedogenic oils. Non-comedogenic means that the pores won’t be blocked.[4] Some of these oils are more expensive than others, and some may be easier to find than others. The most non-comedogenic according to the American Academy of Dermatology) with a rating of 0 or 1 out of a possible 5 are:
    • Hemp seed oil (0)
    • Mineral oil (0)
    • Shea butter (0)
    • Sunflower oil (0)
    • Castor oil (1): Castor oil can be moisturizing for some people, but it can be drying for others.
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    Test the oil cleanser on a small area of skin first. Make sure your skin reacts well to the oil cleanser that you choose. Test it on a small patch of skin first and wait a day. If your skin condition worsens, stop using this cleanser and try a different one.
    • Avoid cleansers that might trigger allergic reactions. For example, if you have a nut allergy, don’t use hazelnut oil.
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    Massage oil onto your face. For oil cleansing, pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Gently massage the oil onto your face for two minutes, using small, circular motions.
    • Use this method twice a day and after heavy sweating.
    • You can add essential oils to your oil if you choose. Add one to two drops of essential oil for every ½ cup of oil. Some scents to choose from include:
    • Oat
    • Chamomile
    • Lavender
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    Press a warm damp washcloth to your face. Use a washcloth soaked in warm water and apply the washcloth to your face. Let it stay on your face for about 20 seconds. This helps the oil absorb into your skin.
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    Gently wipe off the oil from your face. Use the warm damp washcloth to slowly and gently wipe off the oil from your skin. Rinse the washcloth in warm water and repeat until you have wiped all the oil off your face.
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    Pat dry your face. Use a cotton towel to gently dry your face. Do not rub your skin, since this may irritate your face.
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    Apply oil-based moisturizer. Once your skin is clean and dry, moisturize it with an oil-based moisturizer. It doesn’t need to be the same type of oil that you use in your cleanser. But if you notice that your skin is improving with the oil-based cleanser, try a moisturizer made of the same oil.
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    Use an oil-based cleanser on other affected areas. If your rosacea affects your skin anywhere else on your body, use the same basic approach as you use for your face. Apply oil, allow it to get absorbed and rinse off with warm water. Apply an oil-based moisturizer over your entire body.
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    Wear sunblock. Protecting the skin also involves protecting yourself from the sun and heat. Use a sunblock if you are going to be spending extended time in the sun. This is usually more than 15 minutes in full sun. Be sure to limit your time in the sun.
    • If your skin is too sensitive for chemical sunscreen (most conventional sunscreens), consider trying a physical sunscreen. This type of sunscreen contains ingredients that actually help reflect the sun's rays from your skin. Look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. You might also try a natural sunscreen, such as retinyl palmitate (a form of Vitamin A), vitamin E, or beta carotene.[5]
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    Use a cool compress to cool your face. Rosacea can get worse in hot temperatures, so keep cool! You can make a cool compress by soaking a clean cotton towel with plain cool water. Press this gently to your skin to help decrease redness.

Method 2
Using Herbal Remedies to Treat Rosacea

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    Apply a mixture of herbs and oil to your skin. Most herbal remedies used to treat rosacea are primarily anti-inflammatory agents. These include lavender, chamomile, ginger, holy basil, cinnamon, garlic and turmeric. You can use either dried herbs or essential oils mixed with the oil that you use for your cleanser.
    • To use these herbs, add ½ teaspoon of dried herb or one to two drops of essential oil to a carrier oil. The carrier oil can be the same one used for your cleanser.
    • Mix the herb or essential oil well with the carrier oil and apply directly to the skin.
    • Leave on overnight if possible, or, leave on for 30 minutes to one hour twice a day.
    • Gently rinse off with warm water.
    • Pat your skin dry with a clean cotton towel.
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    Be careful with certain herbs. Some herbs, such as turmeric and cinnamon, may stain your skin yellow or brown. Take care when using these herbs and be prepared for your skin to have a slightly yellowish or brownish tinge to it.
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    Wash your skin with colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is a special type of oatmeal that is commonly used as an emollient (moisturizer). It can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe and protect skin.[6]
    • Put a small amount of oatmeal on your fingers and massage it into your skin. Use a soft, circular motion. Gently rinse off and pat dry.[7]

Method 3
Making Dietary Changes

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    Try following an anti-inflammatory diet. Since rosacea has inflammatory components, following an anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial. The anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes whole foods, preferably organic foods if possible. It also avoids all preservatives and additives.[8]
    • Some foods that are known as “anti-inflammatory” include salmon (with omega-3 fats), spinach. garlic, whole grains, beans and legumes, berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blackberries), fruit and fresh vegetables like kale, collard greens, spinach and broccoli.
    • Avoid all processed and prepared foods, sugar and sugar substitutes, and red meat (unless it is grass-fed).
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    Eat more fruits and vegetables. Increase the number of fruits and vegetables so that they constitute about half your food. Include a variety of fruits, berries, nuts and seeds. Make sure to include a variety of vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables such as Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and field greens.
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    Avoid foods and beverages that cause your skin to flush. Hot beverages, alcohol, coffee and hot spicy foods can open up the blood vessels and cause flushing. Avoid them to reduce redness in your skin.
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    Consider taking supplements. Many supplements boost your body’s natural abilities to fight inflammation, strengthen your blood vessels, and provide other benefits to your skin. Consider increasing your intake of the following supplements:
    • Riboflavin: B vitamins will correct a deficiency that can occur in people with rosacea. It can help the growth of skin cells.[9][10]
    • Pancreatin (8-10× USP): Take 350 to 500 mg before meals. Pancreatin is a digestive enzyme that may decrease inflammation.[11]
    • Zinc: Take 60 to 75 milligrams of zinc every day. Be careful, however. Do NOT take this amount of zinc for over three months. High zinc levels can be toxic. Or, you can try topical zinc. This can be used as a 15% azelaic acid gel, which is a natural acid that can help treat rosacea. Talk with your healthcare provider about using azelaic acid.
    • Vitamin C: Take 500 milligrams of vitamin C every day to help strengthen blood vessels.

Method 4
Diagnosing Rosacea

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    Know the different types of rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin disease that appears as a tendency for reddened skin, primarily on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. It can also appear on the ears, chest and back. There are four main types of rosacea:[12]
    • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: This type involves redness and visible blood vessels that appears like a spider web
    • Papulopustular rosacea: This type involves redness and swelling along with acne-like breakouts.
    • Phymatous rosacea: In this type of rosacea, the skin gets thicker and bumpy.
    • Ocular rosacea: The eyes are involved in this form of rosacea where the eyes are reddened and irritated. The eyelids can be become swollen. Ocular rosacea is often described as if the person has a sty.[13]
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    Examine your skin for signs of rosacea. There are a number of symptoms that are commonly associated with rosacea. Take a look at your skin in the mirror to see if you are experiencing any of the following:[14]
    • Flushing and redness in the center of the face.
    • Spider veins (broken blood vessels)
    • Swollen skin
    • Sensitive skin
    • Skin may sting and burn.
    • Skin may be dry with some roughness or scaling.
    • In Papulopustular rosacea, acne like breakouts are common, especially in areas where the skin is very red.
    • In Phymatous rosacea, the skin and nose can become very bumpy and the skin pores may be very large.
    • In Ocular rosacea, the eyes appear watery or bloodshot and may sting, burn and feel like there is a foreign blood vessel. The eyes can be very sensitive to light.
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    Determine if you are more prone to developing rosacea. Rosacea is quite common and generally occurs between the ages of 30 to 50 years. Individuals tend to be fair-skinned and have someone in their family with rosacea. Women are slightly more likely to be diagnosed with rosacea. [15]
    • Also, people who tend to blush more easily than other people are more likely to develop rosacea.
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    Get diagnosed by a dermatologist or doctor. Rosacea is diagnosed primarily by a physical exam. A doctor may recommend treatment with medications, moisturizers and antibiotics. You do not need to use these treatments, but a professional diagnosis is a good idea.
    • If thickened skin is present, laser surgery may be used to remove the extra layers of skin.
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    Tell your dermatologist if you are trying home remedies. Even if you are trying natural remedies and skipping medications altogether, you should still inform your dermatologist or doctor about your skincare routines. He or she can work with you to find a good solution and to caution you about adverse effects of certain natural remedies.[16]


  • Rosacea must be diagnosed by a qualified physician. If you do not see any improvement in your skin within one to two months, talk to your physician.

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