Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acne Rosacea
- Anti- Dandruff Shampoo, Baking Soda
- Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Glycerin
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
- Avoid Citric Acid
- Black Walnut Hull Tincture, Wormwood and Cloves
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Ciclopirox Olamine
- Chamomile Tea, Rubbing Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil
- Chinese Medicinal Herbs
- Colloidal Copper
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, Probiotics, Neem, Sarsaparilla
- Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, Aloe
- Essential Oils
- Evening Primrose Oil
- General Feedback
- Gluten Free
- Green Tea, Aspirin Topically
- Honey and Milk Mask
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil
- Lysine, Vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vaseline
- Manuka Honey
- Manuka Honey, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Manuka Honey, Zinc Oxide
- Master Cleanse
- Mites Connection
- Moisturizer, UV Light
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Neem Oil
- Over the Counter
- Over the Counter, Seabuckthorn Oil
- Pure English Lavender
- Raw Food Diet
- Remedies Needed
- Sulphur Soap, Emu Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedy Reader Feedback
- Ted's Remedies
- Vitamin a for Rosacea
- Vitamin C and Lysine
- Vitamin D
- Witch Hazel
- Zinc Oxide
- Znp Bar
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that causes facial redness. Rosacea affects mostly adults, usually people with fair skin, between the ages of 30 and 60. Approximately 14 million Americans have rosacea, which is more common in women. Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. However, in many sufferers, rosacea is cyclic, so your skin may flare up for a period of time and then lessen before flaring up again. Rosacea is frequently mistaken for acne, skin allergies and eczema.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
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|Tea Tree Oil||5 YEAS|
[QUESTION] 05/18/2009: Ian from Stockport, Cheshire, England: "Hi, I was diagnosed with rosacea many years ago, but wonder whether I really suffer from this as I don't have general reddening. After reading the postings here, I have my doubts, after years of using mynocycline I developed dark patches on my temples, confirmed as a side effect, and have stopped the treatment. my problem is small painful pustules mainly around the nose and centre of the face, and also seeming to home in on facial hairs which I have to remove with tweezers if I notice a slight swelling. I can go for a time without any problem but after 50 years I am unable to find a cure or preventative. Do I really have rosacea?"Replies
05/19/2009: Andrew from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Sounds to me like you might have a problem with demodex mites, especially seeing as develop acne in and around hair follicles; supposedly these mites like to live in hair follicles. i recommend trying Ted's recommendation of applying wet borax powder to your face at night. i think this will help greatly. it has helped me with the similar problem."
[YEA] 10/05/2009: Anniea from Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa replies: "ROSACEA / Anti-dandruff Shampoo
I am so excited! About 5 months ago, the skin on my forehead, upper cheeks & chin went bright red, began to dry, flake & peel as though thoroughly sun burnt. Coincidentally, I'd just changed my usual facial wash from Garnier to Neutrogena, so figured that, that was the cause & immediately stopped using the Neutrogena, but ALAS! the problem continued to worsen. I'd go the odd week or so with a fairly clear complexion, then BOOF! the redness & flaking would return. I tried Bio-Tissue Oil but that didn't work at all, in fact it made it worse. This past Saturday, after reading every comment on this forum pertaining to ROSACEA (which I have never had medically diagnosed - yet it sounds all too familiar to what other sufferers have mentioned here), I decided to try a remedy which a Swiss dermatologist had recommended to my son to remove some white fungal spots from his face.
Sebiprox an anti-dandruff shampoo - simply Google it - not available in the USA under this name, but by another. The main ingredient is 15mg Ciclopirox-Olamine.
VOILA! It worked. Just before bed, I rinsed my face with warm water & whilst wet, washed it with SEBIPROX & rinsed it off. I patted my face dry with a clean towel & reapplied a little SEBIPROX to my entire face (avoiding contact with my eyes), left it on for 5mins & then rinsed it off & went to sleep.
The following morning my face was clear & without any redness whatsoever. Really smooth & soft & my pores noticeably closed.
I cannot tell you how excited I am! Thank you for making me aware of a MITE issue, as I would never have thought of such myself. One of my pet birds has a mite problem around his neck, so maybe that's how I picked this up in the first place.
~@nnie~ Durban / South Africa"
11/08/2009: Annie from Durban, South Africa replies: "Annie back again to let you know that 1 month later & my Rosacea remains GONE ~ thanks to simple antidandruff shampoo! It obviously contains an ingredient that the mites loathe. HOORAY!"
04/14/2010: Leila from Beirut, Lebanon replies: "Hello Annie,
Thanks for sharing this valuable info. I have the same condition and was wondering for how many days you kept applying the shampoo to your face?
04/29/2010: Dane from Bellingham, Wa, Usa replies: "Dear Friends, I was hoping that some one might be able to tell me what I might have.I have a problem with my facial skin being red all the time. My nose is kind of a dark pinkish/reddish color and my cheeks are a pinkish/reddish color. My ears are also always red. I think I might have rosacea but I'm not sure. I'm also thinking it may be due to poor circulation, But I'm not sure either. anytime I do any physical activities my face lights up like a tomato. Its very frustrating and embarrassing. If any one knows what I might have and how to treat it, I would really appreciate your advice. Thank You And Best Wishes"
04/29/2010: Angie from Phenix City, Al, Usa replies: "To Dane from Bellingham, WA: It sounds like you may have Rosacea, as I have for over ten years now. There seems to be a correlation between "triggers" - either something taken into the body or environmental, and flare-ups. You may consider doing a "trigger diary" to find out what may cause it for you - everyone is different. Many common triggers are alcohol, caffeine, certain foods, extremes in temperatures (very hot to very cold), wind exposure...The Rosacea Society has a very good site with information, a list of possible triggers, and a diary that you can download and print to use. Their site is www.rosacea.org"
05/22/2010: Angela from Louisville, Ky replies: "I always wondered why havent they tried an anti-parasitic on rosacea patients, then I ran across a doctor who said she did and it worked. She tried treatment for scabbies. She noted case studies by other doctors in her blog, and asked anyone and everyone to try it and get back with her. I am going to try it as soon as I can get some scabbies lotion. For now I am trying sulfur ointment, it to is used for scabbies. I have severe rosacea and i want it gone!"
05/26/2010: Angela from Louisville, Ky replies: "Ok, so I went out and bought sulfur soap. It has been used to treat scabbies for YEARS. It is also a treatment for rosacea. I have been using it day and night for 3 days. I have SEVERE rosacea, and so far it has lessened it by HALF. Most all of the swelling is gone. My nose used to remind me of WC Fields, it is now returning to normal, and the redness has diminished considerably. I still use tea tree oil after i wash my face with soap. I will try to get some sulfur ointment, the pharmacist told me you can only get it with a prescription because it has to be mixed. I will see about maybe a health store. I really hope you try this. If rosacea is due to mites in the skin, sulfur kills them, thats why they use it for scabbies. I will keep you all updated."
05/26/2010: Pat from Athens, Al, Usa replies: "I have rosacea and just saw my dermatologist this week. I actually got him to talk about the very "possibility" of demodex mites! He suggested I try a popular lice shampoo a.k.a. RID or generic equivelent as a face wash and also perscribed the topical cream for scabies to be used just in the affected area at bedtime. Just getting a dermatologist to consider the very possibility of mites is big in itself let alone have one suggest an actual treatment! I had seen something on a message board for rosacea from a gal in the UK who couldn't think of the name of the shampoo, but it would probably be different in the UK than in the USA anyway, but the main ingredient was the same. Just a thought."
08/02/2010: Clare822 from Atlanta, Ga replies: "The name of the Ciclopirox shampoo in US is Loprox and it's available by prescription. Your doctor can give you a Medisave card so you only have to pay $10. for it. I got it for my seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp and am going to try it on my rosacea too!"
08/23/2010: Carol from Los Angeles, California replies: "I feel that I'm finally in control of my rosacea. It's not cured, but seems to be totally under control. The secret is "zinc oxide" which is available in products for sunscreen and baby diaper rash. I also use a face cleaning product with Salicylic acid that I feel is an additional help. The 2 specific products I use are reasonably priced and generally available. (1) CVS Pharmacy Sunscreen 45 with Zinc Oxide (goes on clear); and (2) Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleaner. Believe me, I stand waiting for a bus in the sun in the summer and I still don't have the return of full blown rosacea (or even light rosacea) that I suffered from for years -- so long as I use these 2 products once in the morning and once at night. Check it out and perhaps they (or a variant) will be as successful for you."
[YEA] 09/02/2010: Mellyone from North Vancouver, B.c., Canada replies: "I have noticed a huge difference in my skin using aloe vera plant on my face daily. I generally put it on after I get out of the shower and before I go to bed while putting an organic rose cream on my face on top. For me I get the little red bumps and severe dehydration. It has calmed down the redness, the red bumps and stopped the flaking. I generally have the worst reaction to chlorine and it has prevented any sort of reaction from swimming in the pool which is great. I'm definitely not cured but it has helped immensely. I have had several compliments on my skin in the last few weeks from clients and coworkers (while wearing no make up). Its worth a shot!"
03/06/2011: Rick from Hubertus, Wi replies: "I am 19, and appearntly rocasea is suppose to affect people that are between the ages of 30-50. I am a fair skinned male. And for about 4 years now I always get severe redness to the face. Cheeks and nose. I always look flustered but it tends to get worst and deep dark red when im nervouse, angry, tired, stress, hot and cold changes. I assume this is rocasea, I never went to the doctor cause I cant afford to. The redness doesnt hurt just is very very hot. Almost like a fever but only effecting my cheeks and nose. I am unsure what this could be, and really with my age its quite embarrasing. Is this rocesea, and can I treat it? please email me back :/"
03/10/2011: Patty In Lincoln Nebraska from Lincoln, Nebraska, Usa replies: "Rick in WI: I've suffered from Rosacea for over 20 years and have tried many things. I have found that there is several foods that trigger my redness and they are citrus (like oranges and lemons) and raisins. I have just recently started using a sunscreen that has "clear zinc oxide" ing the sun screen and with it have seen a great improvement. I have purchased the clear zinc oxide at a local pharmacy and paid less then 5.00. I apply it every morning before going out for the day."
07/11/2011: Chaitu from New York replies: "First of all, am sorry if I am not supposed to post the below in earth clinic -
I am not sure, if any of you are considering alternatives. I came across an intersting link between Small intestinal Bacterial (SIBO) linked to rosacea. Doctors seem to be treating this and not just skin (I felt, though am not sure). Here is an interesting except I found.My experience with rifaximin as an attempted treatment for papulopustular rosacea:
After I discovered the information about the allegedly uplifting results others had seen with this drug in despair of the disfiguring consequences we are all too familiar with I spent my last money on a trip to Barcelona, Spain, where rifaximin is produced and sold under the brand name Spiraxin available for purchase in any pharmacy without prescription from a doctor. I actually took 1200 mg/day for two weeks, not just ten days. When taking my first dose, my rosacea was worse than ever, pretty much. Well, long story short, aften five days I noticed improvement, on day ten I was CLEAR! Since then (three weeks post-treatment), my skin has been so much better, with only the occasional little pustule or papule if I eat unhealthy as a little reminder to struggle with I now have cleaner skin than most people my age (I`m 19):) SIBO was obviously my problem, and fortunately the bacteria reacted positively to the drug thank you, life! How long it will take before I experience complete remission is unknown, but I'm at least hoping for a few months rifaximin does not trigger resistant bacterial colonies in your gut and can be used repeatedly with approximately the same effect over and over again. Just remember to take probiotic supplement between courses. I`ll keep you updated whenever something remarkable happens, enjoying a renewed self-esteem and life quality in the meantime.
So, for others, try it; you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. I love and empathize with you all, stay strong and don`t give up no matter how troubling rosacea can be to how we judge ourselves. We are beautiful xanthochroids regardless."
This is directly related to SIBO controlling and kind of new invention. This means rosacea is internal digestive system trigger and not just at shallow level (skin). The bad bacteria is causing rosacea inside stomach and controlling this, slowly improving your digestive (good) bacteria sends rosacea into remission.
Also, why dont you guys try for homeopathic which is very effective for rosacea -"Homeopathy is one of the more effective and natural treatments available for Rosacea and its symptoms. Homeopathic medicines are natural, and are chosen based on your current condition and symptoms. Below are the most effective homeopathic medicines that you can use to treat your Rosacea.
Easy Instructions 1 Take the homeopathic medicine known as Rhus Toxicodendron if you have Rosacea and suffer from puffy and inflammed skin with acne like lesions. This treatment works especially well if your Rosacea worsens with cold or harsh weather conditions 2Take the homeopathic medicine known as Arsenicum Album if you have Rosacea that is dry and flaky. This treatment works especially well if your skin feels hot but you also seem to get cold easily. 3
Take the homeopathic medicine known as Hepar Sulfuris if you have Rosacea with pus filled spots that are painful to the touch. This treatment works especially well if your Rosacea is relieved with warm applications. Read more: How to Treat Rosacea with Homeopathy | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5260070_treat-rosacea-homeopathy.html#ixzz1RqYBgbOj"
New York"01/09/2012: Chris_south Africa from Kimberley, South Africa replies: "Hi Annie, Can you tell me the exact name of the anti dandruff shampoo used to treat your rosacea... I googled Sebiprox and South Africa and literaly no resluts.... please help... appreciate."02/06/2012: Kevin from Durban, South Africa replies: "In South Africa, try selsun blue shampoo..."02/20/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "SULFUR SOAP (azufre), and many other specialy/medicinal/herbal soaps are available at most Mexican Stores, and very reasonably priced @1.00 per bar.
Helpful Hint: The bar lasts much longer if you take it out of the box/package and let it "air dry" and harden for a few days before using it; and it lasts alot longer if you keep it dry after using it (i. E not in a damp area of the bathroom). Once it is hardened I just dry it off and put it back in the box it came in. I keep all my "special" soaps in an open weave basket near the window (on the window sill in winter) and they last 10 times longer than the soaps left in the shower stall."03/22/2012: Justin from Dallas, Texas replies: "I had a terrible case of rosacea on my forehead until my friend recommended me to a doctor in the DFW area that developed a topical cream that helps get rid of rosacea. I've been rosacea free for about 3 months now. The cream is called MD Matrix Cream and it's full of natural ingredients such as broccoli, vitamin D & E, and therapeutic oils. It supports healthy tissue which I believe led to curing my rosacea. I highly recommend it."11/17/2012: Lori from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I have had rosacea on and off for years, but never had it treated since I don't want to use prescription drugs to try and cure it. I woke up three days ago with a lot of red bumps on my checks and spots on my nose and decided to look up a cure on Earth Clinic. After reading all of the posts, I tried the two products I happened to have in my home and they worked beautifully. I washed my checks with Selsun blue in the morning. I did not add water, but just rubbed it into my cheeks and left it on for five minutes then washed it off. Don't let it get into your eyes. Right before bed, I applyed a few drops of Tea Tree oil to a cotton ball I soaked with water and rubbed it on my cheeks. Also, keep this away from your eyes. Three days later I have just a few spots left on my cheeks. I can't believe the difference in how my face looks. I am going to continue using both products and hopefully my face will be completely clear in a few days. I hope this helps someone!"02/19/2013: Bck7780 from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Hi, I was wondering what kind of Selsun Blue everyone was using for their Rosacea? Selsun Blue Natural, Medicated, Moisturizing, Normal to oily?"03/30/2013: Lauren from Austin, Texas Usa replies: "The kind of Selsen blue recommended for rosacea is the original formula that contains selenium sulfide. It works really well!"
Anti- Dandruff Shampoo, Baking Soda
[YEA] 09/19/2011: Dita from London, Uk: "I want to say very big thank you to people here who recomended using Sebiprox shampoo for rosacea. I have rosacea and stopped taking all antibiotics almost a year ago. Instead I wash my face with BICARB SODA and Sebiprox shampoo and my rosacea is almost gone! My skin looks so much better and healthier! I wash my face with sebiprox 2-3 times a week just before I go to bed. The rest of the week I wash it with bicarb soda (mix with a drop of water) also before I go to sleep. I don't use any other products. If you need to moisturise your skin I would recommend mixing a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of milk and apply it on your face as a mask. My skin looks better than ever! Thank you!"Replies10/14/2011: Mark from London, Uk replies: "Hi, You say you bought sebiprox shampoo from the uk? I am from London and have looked for sebiprox shampoo both in shops and online with no luck. Is it called a different name in the uk? If not please could you tell me where you purchased it from?
Thank you, mark"02/06/2012: Hilda from South Wales Uk, Uk replies: "Hi, I am looking to buy Sebiprox shampoo. Does anyone have any idea where I might purchase it from?
Many thanks."02/08/2012: Cats from Cowbridge, Glamorgan.uk replies: "Hi Mark, Just to let you know I have just purchased Stieprox(Sebiprox) off eBay. Comes from Canada. £25.00"10/31/2012: Claire from London, Uk replies: "Hi I just bought Sebiprox on uk ebay for £4.50."
Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 04/08/2010: Mags from Cheshire, Uk: "I think i have finally managed to rid myself of this horror condition rosacea. Two weeks ago my face was red raw, full of red bumps and the itch drove me mad. I now take 2 apple cider vinegar tablets a day and 1 B complex. I wash my face with natural sulphur soap, i then wash a second time by using an anti dandruff shampoo / shampoo for flaky and dry scalp. This shampoo contains a chemical called ciclopirox olamine. Leave this shampoo neat on a wet face for no more than a minute then rinse. Do not use around the eyes. Wash your face morning and night following the above or more if you need to. Once your face has been washed then use a diluted tablespoon of ACV to swab on the red and bumpy areas of face with cotton wool, allow to dry and then moisturise with a natural chemical free and fragrance free cream. To wash and cleanse your face this way yes is a pain but to see the difference within 4 days, i couldnt believe it. My spots had cleared, the redness calmed and the very very dry skin i had was now soft and healthy. Worked for me. I had also read on the net that Lysine could help, i tried this by tablet form and this made my face swell so that was no good for me. It is finding something that suits you. I was diagnosed last year with this and given antiobiotics to clear it. It worked but after time the biotics gave me thrush and constant tummy ache. So the natural way i now use is much better and does not make me feel ill. The shampoo is use on face i cannot name but begins with an o. (uk)"Replies05/08/2013: Trisha from Sioux Falls , Sd replies: "Has anyone tried colloidal silver for rosacea??? I can't wait to try the anti dandruff shampoo. Mine keeps moving to new locations which made me think more along the lines of questioning parasite. Especially since I have pets.. All great ideas. Keep you posted on what works for me.. Namaste"05/09/2013: Om from Hope, B.c., Canada replies: "Colloidal silver is the remedy I have used it with excellent results. Once in a while I have had to repeat a mild recurrence just by soaking a cotton ball with CS and dabbing the skin. The present medical system claims it is not curable. How come then I cured myself at hardly any cost. It is good for itch, sore eyes and internally. You don't have go out and look like the head of a match stick. All the best. Om"05/10/2013: Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa replies: "Can you suggest the strength or type of colloidal silver that you used? I know we aren't allowed to mention brand names, but there are many kinds on the market, so a little guidance would be very much appreciated. Thank you."
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Rosacea
Holistic Treatment Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Filtered Water
- Cotton Swab (aka Q-Tip)
Topical and internal use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can cure rosacea in a few weeks. Use a cotton swab to apply undiluted ACV to affected patches of skin 2-3 times a day.
Additionally, take the ACV tonic 1-3 times a day with meals—one teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water (honey optional). Increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass as your body tolerates it.
02/03/2012: Dodofi from Melbourne, Victoria: "Hi, I have suffered from pustular rosacea for about 4 years now. I tried doxycyline, rozex and prosacea to no avail. I have been on the rosacea ltd discs for 5 months and they have improved the condition about 20%.
After reading about Apple Cider Vinegar I have been drinking it in water regularly every day for 7 days and wash my face with a acv/tea tree oil mix and the results are hideous! My pustules are the worst they have ever been! Some are infected (first time!! ) I just don't know where to go from here. I'l love some advice or suggestions. Thank you!!"Replies
02/04/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Dodofi, I feel your pain! I don't have any experience with your problems but I have just read a little book called Skin Fitness, safe and healthy skin care! The authors have some good tips also for rosacea and the main thing is not to use anything abrasive on the skin. They talk about tea tree oil...... They also talk about the importance of not overheating during the night (or the day for that matter.... ). Maybe worth reading!"
[YEA] 02/13/2012: Eilidh from Glasgow, Lanarkshire replies: "I have been using this for a few weeks now and find it amazingly useful for my rosacea. I take a spoon in water, through a straw for the sake of my teeth, every morning on an empty stomach. I also wash my face with oatmeal, very gently, every night, a little hemp seed oil to remove mascara and then dab my whole face with ACV and water ( 50/50). I sometimes use a little straight on particular spots or this strange fungus PD I had around my mouth and after a week of using it cleared up.
My digestion is better and my skin is so much better. All of the bumps have cleared up and it feels cool and smooth. I don't wash my face again in the morning usually, sometimes a splash of water and a very little bit of moisturiser. Mario Badescu Control Cream is good for me or Hemp Seed oil.
The most important thing to mention is that it got much worse before it got better. I was afraid with the ACV as my face turned bright red and stung for the first few days. It had strange blotches on it and my eyes streamed! But, now two weeks later my skin is calmer than it's ever been since I've had this condition. It seems to be getting its own oils back again. So perhaps you have to persevere for a few weeks before you really know if it will help or not."
[YEA] 05/29/2012: Bill from Vancouver Bc, Canada replies: "I am 85 & have had many drugs for terminal illnesses. As a result I have toe fungus, a rash on the glans of my penis & acne/rosacea. I have consulted a dermatologist for 3 years and recently asked why his ointments show no progress. He replied that I would have to take liver destroying drugs for the fungus, circumcision for the rash & laser treatment for the rosacea.
I have the Dr. JervisMD book "Vermont Folk Remedies" so I started taking 2 tablespoonfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar in a small amount of water twice a day & applied ACV to the problem areas by finger & a capful. After a couple of weeks the rash was completely gone & the other areas showed marked improvement. I fully expect total elimination of the symptoms and deeply regret the hundreds of dollars wasted by the dermatologist."
08/13/2011: Angieanco from Woodford Green , Essex Uk: "Found the Earth Clinic site and hope someone can shed any light or give an opinion on my problem..
I have been diagnosed with Rosacea Acne for a couple of years - I am 46 never had great skin but never as bad as this! I have been using Metrogel for a year or two but recently tried Elderberry tablets and fish oils which seem to be helping although having constant but minor breakouts.
However, I have just been learning to Scuba dive in Tenerife (4 days) and have erupted in lumps and bumps and white head spots all over my neck shoulders and face!
Could this be down to the sun, sun creams, saltwater and or pressure (diving max 18 metres) or a combination of all? I have never had this so bad. Used the metrogel everyday as usual.
As I suffer from occasional coldsores (am under a lot of stress at present) and have been advised to try ACV to lower my acid levels I am interested in the posts that suggest use for this kind of acne too and will try it asap!
Many thanks for any advise or info.."Replies
08/13/2011: Ti from Houston, Usa replies: "Hello,
Try adopting a gluten free diet for a few weeks, and you will notice a big change in your Rosacea. Hope it gets better soon!"
08/14/2011: Teru from Paris, France replies: "The only thing that really help me so far it's apple vinegar. I put it on all my head."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/12/2010: Jerome from Brooklyn, New York, Usa: "After trying a myriad of other remedies, both internally and topically, which included oil of oregano, borax and Ted's alkalizing remedies, I discovered that the most effective treatment for my rosacea was undiluted apple cider vinegar applied topically. That is not to say that Ted's remedies were ineffective--I absolutely noticed a difference, including a first "die-off" when I tried borax internally, including a strange white 'crust' shedding off of my face for days afterward that was not dead skin. The topical oil of oregano (which I alternated with, undiluted) worked to a degree too. However, the pace of improvement was very slow, and I began to grow impatient. I wanted something that would zap the hell out of whatever was causing my rosacea instead of just beating it back slowly.
So I took a leap and applied ACV generously to my face, undiluted with a cotton ball. The moment the first drop touched my face it felt like I had splashed battery acid on myself. It stung terribly, like jellyfish stings all over my face. And what's more, the minute I applied it to my face, bright red blotches began to appear exactly where my rosacea stung the worst. It was like I had found the ultimate "trigger" and gave myself rosacea on steroids. Something told me, however, that this was no ordinary rosacea flareup. My intuition told me that this was the mother of all die-offs, and I had just committed mass murder to whatever disgusting organism/bacteria/yeast was causing my rosacea. When I woke up the next day and looked in the mirror, my face looked like I had just gone 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao. It really was that bad; red and even a bit swollen. Only the skin around my eyes was white, so I looked like some sort of weird raccoon. In fact, it was so bad that I had to make up an excuse to my boss at work about having gotten treatment from the dermatologist that caused my face to become red.
Over the next few days, the skin on my face began to peel like crazy. It was like I was coming back from the mother of all sunburns. However, despite the terrible appearance of my face, I noticed something that encouraged me a whole lot: my rosacea stinging was all but gone! I felt a little tinge of sting here and there throughout the day, but it was NOWHERE NEAR the intense stinging I used to feel regularly every day for the past year when my rosacea was feasting on my face. Finally, after about a week, almost all of the redness and peeling subsided. My face looked 100x better than it had in over a year, since I came down with this disgusting condition. And the really interesting thing is, when I apply ACV to my face now, IT HARDLY STINGS AT ALL! This tells me that the initial intense stinging was not the ACV irritating my facial skin, but rather the rosacea bacteria/organisms/etc. going bananas as they were being killed by the ACV. Amazing. So while I do still have a small amount of redness on my nose and under my eyes, that too is slowly (very slowly) disappearing with each night's ACV treatment. I'm not so concerned though, since I have read that rosacea around the nose area is the slowest to disappear, and could take many months.
In sum, after this whole ordeal, it is clear to me that my rosacea was the result of one cause: POOR DIET. Specifically, for over a decade I ate and drank a ton of refined sugar and almost no fruits or vegetables. I now understand that my poor diet and numerous courses of antibiotics (to treat afflictions I naturally came down with as a result of my terrible diet) left me with severe candida and, finally, rosacea. I now hope that correcting my diet will allow me to retain at least some of the vitality I once had before my idiotic lifestyle led me down a path of so many avoidable health problems. Good luck to you all, and my message to you is don't buy the doctors'/dermatologists' claim that "There is no cure. " If you're reading this website, you have taken one major step toward understanding that the modern-day commercial medical establishment is full of hot air!"Replies
[YEA] 12/16/2010: Roger from Craig, Co replies: "I suffered for several years with rosacea and found my deliverance by using ACV as suggested in the above, plus changing my diet by completely abstaining from all forms of sugar as much as possible. (just check how much is in a milk serving) That, plus a higher protein diet has made my rosacea nothing more than an a bad memory! Please try this! "
[YEA] 02/22/2011: Jerome from Brooklyn, New York replies: "I would like to give an update on my use of Apple Cider Vinegar to treat rosacea. It has now been over two months since I first applied ACV to my face. Being though I felt like all signs of my rosacea had pretty much disappeared, I decided to resume what used to be one of my worst triggers--taking cold showers in the morning. It's now been over a week of taking a cold shower every morning and still no sign of my former rosacea whatsoever! I should add that I am also drinking lemon and baking soda twice a day, every day. With that said I have to give ACV a big YEA!"
[NAY] 02/24/2011: Joann from Chicago, Illinois replies: "A couple of months ago I broke out in red bumps, and papules/postules. The first dermatologist diagonosed it as Contact Dermatitis and prescribed Doxycycline Mono and Fluocinonide 0. 05% Ointment. This medication made my condition worse and I developed an allergic reaction. I later found out that the 1st derm I saw was just a Resident doctor who had not seen the type of Rosacea I had that often.
I went to see a 2nd dermatologist who said the 1st derm (the Resident Dr.) misdiagnosed my condition and that I had Acne Rosacea. The 2nd derm perscribed Prednisone and Metronidazole 0. 75% topical cream and Sulfamethoxazole. Well, guess what, these medications improved my conditon just a little but I developed side effects. The 2nd derm also took a culture and biopsy, which indicated my condition was consistent with Rosacea and ruled out Dermodex Mites. I was also told to use Domeboro, which is an astringent solution for relief of itching. The Domeboro did help with the itching. However the 2nd derm acted as though I was over reacting and seemed less the empathetic to my condition. Needless to say I won't be seeing this derm again.
Yes, I went to see a 3rd derm who perscribed Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Suspension USP 1% (I've seen little results with the CPTS USP 1% after 1 month) the derm also gave me some Clinique redness solutions daily relief cream and Clinique redness solutions daily protective base SPF 15. The C... Redness solutions daily relief cream made my conditon worse. However the C.. base SPF 15 did help to reduce some of the redness.
After searching the Internet, I came across Earth Clinic's site and saw that apple cider vinegar looked like a potential cure. Well I used it for 3 days now (50/50 water & ACV) and it made my conditon worse. I now have more bumps and redness, along with peeling, as well a few more pap/pus. I'm now at my wits end and feel that it's time to see an herbalist. I beginning to think that my Rosacea stems from a digestive/bowel problem since I've had some problems with my d/b. Does anyone recommend a good herbalist/alternative health care practioner in Chicago. ;-("
02/24/2011: Nana from Calera, Alabama replies: "My dermatologist told me the same thing acne roseasa. He perscribed some cream for me also and I got it filled but never used it. I'm too afraid of these pharma meds and their side effects. What I have found is that there is something going on inside of me because I keep getting other skin problems. Plus got myself a vaginal yeast infection for the first time in years and years. Dr. prescribe Difulcan, one pill. Then I was just diagnosed with Grovers Disease.... (red bumps on my back) not contagious or anything and they don't know what causes it.
Well I think I do, I think it's an overload of yeast in my system, so now I'm trying to detox my body. I'm juicing carrots, drinking filtered pure water all day and staying away from sugar and breads. Also picked up some Olive Leaf Extract and I'm using Virgin Coconut oil several times a day. I have cut my coffee intake to 2 cups and hopefully soon it will be none. Green Tea instead. Exercising by walking 30-40 minutes a day. We shall see but also I'm drinking 1 Tbls. Of ACV with 8 oz. Of water every morning on an empty stomach... I do this first thing when I wake up. My skin on my face is clearing up nicely since starting the ACV. I also put Tea Tree oil on my face. I cleanse my face and then while it's still wet I apply the Tea Tree Oil. Everything looks as if it is working fine.
Good Luck! Nana"
04/14/2011: Marie from Wigan, Greater Manchester - England replies: "Hello Jerome from Brooklyn
Can you tell me, how often do you apply the ACV? Do you still apply it every evening? Did you still apply is every evening even after that initial application when your face was very inflamed & red? I have tried Permethrin cream from my dermotologist but it doesnt seem to be working. Like you I just want them gone! I do not have pustules or papules. I flush quite a bit, but mainly my face is inflamed all across my forehead & sides of face, bumps on my neck & chest. I want my old skin back. It's been 7 months, & some people have had it years! I agree that my diet wasn't great & I was going through quite a bit of emotional upheaval when it first started, classic case of low immune system I think. I have since ploughed everything I can into getting healthy, but still these little beggars survive! If you can tell me your routine I would be very greatful. I have some time off work coming up & I am willing to hide away until the redness subsides if need be! The tickling sensation is driving me crazy!
I just hope you are site checking this thread!
08/12/2011: Linda from Zuid-holland, Netherlands replies: "I am suffering from a major flare-up of rosacea on nose and chin for a week now (i ate cheese and bread, which I dont tolerate). Today I was thinking I dont want to go outside, I look horrible. At this very moment I have a cottonball with undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar on my nose as a compress. It hurts terrible, but I can literally see the rosacea just dissapear! I even woke up the kids to show them, its like a mirracle. The skin on my nose turned from purple to normal/white, just cant remember my skin looking normal so I keep looking in the mirror if this is reallly true lol
so thanks thanks thanks for your post!!"
10/14/2011: Princess Fiona from Sydney, Australia replies: "Thanks for your comments Jerome. You are a really funny guy!!! What an amazing story you tell. I do wish you well in your good health quest and with your skin issues. Best wishes."
11/28/2011: Kirsten from Rapid City, Sd replies: "Before I found this thread, I had read somewhere that Sea Buckthorn was the only known remedy for Rosacea. I doubt that is true, but I suddenly realized why my Aubrey's Organics Sea Buckthorn lotion seemed to be helping my hubby's rosacea. He continued to use it every day because his face also seemed very dry. I found Sea Buckthorn oil at the health food store and he used that too. It appears to be completely gone and was not at all a painful remedy. My understanding is that the mites burrow in and destroy the hair follicles and cause inflammation. So adding straight ACV would definitely be painful because the skin is already raw. Once while we were camping the only moisturizer I had brought had Ester C in it and it stung his skin terribly, probably for the same reason.
The article I read said that the mites may be responsible for thinning hair too. I have been trying to figure out how to use the oil for that, but this borax remedy seems like it would be easier."
[YEA] 03/08/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "For scalp rosacea, mix a few drops of seabuckthorn oil in jojoba oil and massage into scalp. Put on a plastic shower cap and sleep with it on. Wash hair in the morning."
[YEA] 04/29/2010: Mike from Yakima, Wa: "apple cider vinegar-rosacea
came across your site while looking for cure.they say there is none. have been mixing 1 tablespoon of acv with a glass of water 2 times a day. results have been incredible in the two plus weeks. skin on nose has smoothed out- no break outs. redness is gone. skin feels moist and smooth all over. always tried topical treatments, that would cause dryness. works for me, hope it helps others. mental outlook as well as overall physical has improved. thanks."Replies
[YEA] 07/16/2010: Swquantum from Shelton, Ct replies: "Began using raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar on my face - two applications - one in the morning and one at bedtime. Within a few days, my rosacea was gone. I had tried using several expensive ointments recommended by my dermatologist but nothing provided more than only a temporary relief. I am delighted to say that raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and I are now best friends. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!"
[YEA] 02/15/2011: Marla from Atlanta, Ga, Usa replies: "I've suffered from rosacea for over 18 years, since it first appeared when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. After reading about ACV for rosacea relief on this site, I mixed ACV 1:1 with water and used a cotton ball to smooth it over my face, then rinsed, then repeated. WOW! In less than 2 minutes my face feels about 90% less inflamed and is much less red, except a couple of small pimples which actually got redder. All the drugstore "redness relief" formula cleansers and lotions only ever made my face more inflamed, but this actually worked! Thanks, everyone."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/09/2009: Janice from Utrecht, The Netherlands: "ACV externally inproved my rosacea 90%
lavender oil around the eyes inmproved my condition 90 %"
EC: Thanks for the feedback! Are you using lavender oil for dark circles or another condition?
[NAY] 10/14/2009: Gunjan from Delhi, India replies: "I have been suffering from Acne rosacea since last four years. Fortunately I landed on this site & read about apple cider vinegar treatment. I have tried it for almost 10 days.. I am taking it internally one cap twice a day & as well as applying 50-50 ACV with water on my face for whole night.
But the reaction is just opposite of what was expected.
Now it has affected my complete face ( full cheeks) and is getting worst with each day.
Please sugest, should I discontinue it?
I really want to get rid of rosacea :-("
10/18/2009: Mage from Los Angeles, Us replies: "Use apple cider vinegar ONLY when you have the papules and postules. It is too drying and it can cause the condition to worsen. Diluting it is a good idea. I mix two teaspoons of apple cider, one teaspoon of purified water and I add no more than two drops of tea tree oil and dab it on the affected area with a Q-tip or organic cotton ball. I leave it on for about ten minutes or so and then rinse with purified water (make sure there is no bleach on the water). Follow with a good mosturizer for sensitive skin and one that contains ingredients known to help rosacea sufferers such as licorice, feverfew, green tea, colloidal oatmeal, lavender, chamomile, calendula, licochalcone, arnica montana,white willow bark, jojoba oil, and many others."
10/19/2009: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa replies: "I have posted many times on this subject , but after 10 years of Dermatologists , with no improvement and following this sites recommendations of Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax and Tea Tree oil with slow and mixed results. I have tweaked the formula. I now mix the Borax in a separate jar and make sure there is crystals in the bottom so that the solution is saturated. Before, I only used a few drops of Tea Tree Oil....... now, I make sure the coke cap is very oily. I mix all three in a coke cap. I coat my nose outside and inside twice a day. This is my best results. At 73 and a very ugly nose after all these years of our Demodex buddies, I consulted a noted plastic surgeon on what would make my nose pretty again. He said I got to burn it bad with a CO2 Laser. I got to think about that. M J burned his nose off and had to use a fake one. I'm an Arkansas Razorback fan, but I don't want to look like a pig. We need to take care of our health problems, but we don't need to lose our sense of humor."
07/04/2010: Morena from Homestead, Florida Usa replies: "To Gunjan in Delhi: it sounds to me you are very acidic. Drink one big spoon full of acv in a glass of water before you eat in the morning at noon. Drink 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in also a glass of water, squeeze a lime in it before you drink it. Before you go to sleep, do the same as you did in the morning and also drink the baking soda with water again.Do not eat meat of any kind for a month and no junk food "no sugar". When you wash your face, use aloe vera fresh from your garden. You can leave it on all day. Also take zinc. Do this for a month and you will be fine!!...:)"
08/10/2010: Jimmy from Buxton, Derbyshire, England replies: "Hi I have rosacea and my cheeks are red all the time. I went to the doctor and he said it's a mild case but it's not mild to me. Please will someone tell me how to get rid of my red cheeks-they're red all the time and it's starting to effect my life. I don't get spots or anything like that just redness."
08/16/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc replies: "Put milk of magnesia on your face with a cottonballl before bedtime and it will take out most of the redness of Rosacea."
[NAY] 07/20/2009: Tara from Clarkston, Washington: "Okay, I've been reading about how mites or bugs cause rosaces. Do they also cause the redness? I do not have the acne associated with it but have extreme redness. Will these bugs cause that? If so, how do these mites make the capillaries burst and cause this extreme redness? Has anyone cured the redness? ACV has not worked. Pls help if you can. Many thanks."Replies
04/11/2011: J.p from Flint, Mi replies: "maybe you have hyperpyrexia it is often confused with rosasia I just now seen it up on a website it sound extacty like what I have. the doctor is in texas I lived in michigan I guess there not too many dr's know what this is thats why they called it rosasia I'm going to call some dr's 2morrow to see if this is what I have so check it out. you have this too good luck"
[YEA] 06/09/2009: Ann from Columbia, Maryland: "Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) does seem to work! My method: I use a Q-tip to apply liquid that is 50% ACV and 50% water. The water is just tap. The ACV is just regular brand. I use the Q-tip sparingly-- one tip is used just for the nose, then a fresh tip for the left cheek and a fresh tip (or 2) for the right cheek. I use the ACV application in the morning and in the evening before bed. I sometimes rinse and sometimes just leave it on. I am not clear whether rinsing makes a difference or not. At the same time, I am changing my pillow case every 2 nights. I use one side the first night, flip the case the next night, then on the third night, replace it with a fresh case. Results: The first 3 days, immediate improvement. The next few days, I was back to usual. It is now day 8; I have experimented for a week. I awoke this morning and for the first time in years, my face looked almost perfectly normal in shade and had just one acne bump (break out). Yay!!!
Background: For those who want more detail-- my rosacea has been fairly mild. My nose was always red and often broke out, my left cheek was ruddy with red dots under the surface, the right cheek had it bad with higher red color, many red dots under the surface, bumps and semi-frequent break outs. Before trying ACV, I helped my rosacea by reducing the hormone level of my birth control pills, limiting soap on my face to scent-free either soy soap with goats milk or a yogurt soap, and reducing stress. Still, I had lots of unmitigated redness and outbreaks. Future: I plan to continue with ACV and clean pillow case method. I also plan to replace pillow entirely. I intend to report back with an update on the results of this procedure."Replies
06/16/2009: Ann from Columbia, USA replies: "Week two-- update. I would say that the ACV and changing pillow cases has cleared up the rosacea by 80-90%. The weekends are the worst, with midday sometimes showing lots of redness. This may be due to sun exposure or just simply being hot (its summer and I am not inside 8 solid hours like weekdays). HOWEVER, there has not been one pustile or even a serious zit this entire 2 weeks. The ACV brings all little bumps down flat within a day. .... I am adding calcarea sulphurica homeopathic remedy-- 30c, 5 of them, 3 times a day. I would like to have this completely gone, not just much better. I will give this a week, then see about adding or replacing with another remedy."
08/04/2009: Ann from Columbia, Md replies: "After about 4-6 weeks, all improvement levelled off and it felt like the ACV might be too harsh. I consulted an herbalist, and switched to making a cream of whole fat organic yogurt with lavender oil. I use it 1-2x a day for 20-30 mins then wash off. This seems to keep the rosacea to a low level, without making my skin feel overly dried out. It even prevents zits from going nuclear, reducing them without going hyper red or white head.
I continue to switch out my pillow cases, using once, flipping it over, then changing to a new clean pillow case.
I have found that the best results I get come from meditation. If I meditate regularly, my rosacea becomes almost non-existent. Stress really is a factor.
Others may be happy to hear that I have chatted with 2 other rosacea sufferers and all 3 of us concur that dairy does NOT aggravate rosacea. Eat cheese, drink milkshakes and be merry!"
[YEA] 05/09/2009: Elizabeth from Nashville, TN: "I have had the red and blotchy skin associated with rosacea for the past 10 years ( I am 29 now)....I've tried all the creams and lotions you can buy but they either A) Just mask the problem or B) Not very effective. So I decided to replace my expensive dermabrasion crystals with just plain ol' baking soda (it does have a similiar consistency). It left my skin uber smooth...but still red and blotchy. So I pulled out the organic ACV and filled the cap 50/50 with water and ACV. I then get a Q-tip and smooth the ACV mixture over my face (concentrating on the blemishes). I let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse off. In just a week my skin has improved about 70% (a lot less red and the blemishes disappear quicker). My skin feels GREAT... Thanks earthclinic for having such an open-minded site!!!!"Replies
05/09/2011: Thinkn1 from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "I was dealing with rosacea that had pustules, itched, unsightly redness, scabs and swelling. I no longer get flareups. I attribute resolution to "dumb luck. " I purchased Costco's NeoCell collagen to help knee pain. After about a month a friend noted how great my face looked-and it did! (And I only take 2-3 tabs, not the recommended 6. ) Initially, I had seen some improvement in my skin after starting to use Costco's complexion clothes with aloe and chamomile but the dramatic improvement has been a regime of taking the collagen tabs with appx 1 TBSP of _____s Organic ACV daily on an empty stomach and not eating anything for half an hour (plus I no longer get acid reflux). It took about a month initially but it has been more than a year and no flareups. I also use moisturizer called DermaMagic (aloe & emu oil) and organic coconut oil. (I tried oil of oregano with less than remarkable results. ) My rosacea developed after a severe allergic reaction to Clinique's face wash and Turnaround cream."
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Amy from Tekonsha, Michigan: "I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis and it drives me nuts! I've always had a flaky scalp, but it got worse in college. To manage it, I use Neutragena T-Gel everyday, which kind of works. It usually causes the itching to subside for a day ... until I wash my hair the next morning.
I also suffer from rosacea on my cheeks. It recently started getting worse in the evenings. I'm getting married in August and definitely don't want to be dealing with it on the big day. Like I said, it really only flares up in the evening before I go to bed.
I came across EarthClinic for a cure for rosacea and decided to start drinking ACV everyday to see what happened. As of today (10 February 2009) I have been drinking 1 tablespoon ACV mixed with a cup of orange juice every morning for 17 days. I've only missed one day. Here's what I've noticed:
* The itching in my scalp has subsided, only a tiny itch every once in a while
* My scalp is flaking significantly less than before
* The rosacea on my face has gotten better ... but isn't completely cured
* My skin has an overall healthier look
I haven't noticed any adverse side effects from the ACV. I still use the T-Gel about two times a week for the seborrheic dermatitis just because."
[YEA] 09/13/2008: Teresa from London, London: "I had to write and leave feedback as another testimonial that ACV is a miracle cure. I have suffered with Dermatitis/ Rosacea (the doctors couldn't decide what it was) on my forehead for 6 years. I used steroid creams for years that controlled it but never cured it but even they stopped having an effect in the last year or so. I saw ACV testemonials on this website so I tried it. Within a day or 2 the ACV I applied had stopped the spots appearing, the the redness and swelling went down. I use it every night and i'm now free of all symptoms - it only took about a week to cure it all together! It's so so frustrating that doctors don't/ can't tell you about these things. Thank you so much to this website - It's changing a lot of people's lives."Replies
12/31/2008: Sherry from Woods Cross, UT replies: "Hi, I was just wondering how do you use the apple cider vinegar. Do you put it directly on your face or injest it? I've suffer from this redness for awhile and would like to try this. Thanks Sherry"
EC: ..."Within a day or 2 the ACV I applied had stopped the spots appearing"
[YEA] 05/08/2007: Linda from Orlando, FL: "I was recently diagnosed with Rosacea and prescribed an antibacterial gel to apply to my face 2x a day. According to the dermatologist I would probably have to do that the rest of my life. After having indigestion one evening, i got online and found this site. I decided to try using Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tbsp 3 x a day mixed with water or grape juice) for the indigestion. Amazingly after only 1 day my indigestion was totally gone, but the best part was that almost all signs of my rosacea were gone. My sinuses were clear and I felt better than i had in years. I just wanted to say thanks to all that have posted here. This website and these testimonials have changed my life for the better. Thanks to all who have posted before me."