Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acne Rosacea
- Anti- Dandruff Shampoo, Baking Soda
- Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
- 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
09/02/2012: Fullofgrace from La, Ca: "My friend was obsessed with finding a cure for Rosacea. And spent tons of money on docs, and products with no resolve. So here is a wonderful natural inexpensive solution for Rosacea, Get a small glass bowl and mix the baking soda & hydrogen peroxide..."
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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01/01/2009: Wrwk from Kansas City, MO: "I'm considering trying the Borax internal remedy for my rosacaa - however I have high blood pressure that is proving a little difficult to control even with 2 meds. So, what effect might this remedy have on my blood pressure? Should I seek elsewhere for another remedy? Or, should I only apply the Borax combo to my skin and forget the internal routine?"Replies
04/11/2011: Carol from Bainbridge Island, Wa replies: "Anybody consider colon cleansing? "
08/15/2011: Beauregard from Plattsburg, Missouri replies: "This has nothing to do with borax or Apple Cider Vinegar (which I have but have not used yet). I have been taking for about 4 months now ACNEED capsules for Rosacea (a Chinese Herbal blend product) from Merry Clinic (on-line). They claim it is a stomach thing. It has greatly helped with my red-ness & the bumps. It's pretty expensive but in my case it has helped therefore it is worth it. I am still having problems with the bumps located between my eyebrows. Any suggestions?"
08/19/2011: Christine from Singapore replies: "Hi I am an sufferer of rosacea for 7 years, my skin started from acne and worsened to redness and sensitivity due to incorrect use of products. Sad to say, my derma can't actually determine my case, eczema or rosacea or both and the possiblity of mites infection was not suggested to me either. She prescribed me with a rosacea gel, doxycycline 100mg, I am applying jojoba oil too. Been taking it for few days, not much effect. Recently, I found out that low stomach acid and mites infection on skin might be the reason. I am really tempted to try out consuming hcl or apple cider vinegar to see whether it aids my process however, I am afraid that I can take it with doxycycline medicine. Actually, I wished to try apple cider vinegar and a shampoo (but don't know which one is right) on my face. But of course, was afraid it will make me worst. Btw, I tried zz cream before ( supposed to be mites killer) not much effect. Can any suggest how should I go abt it and what is the trial period to determine whether the vinegar suits me?"
[YEA] 09/07/2011: Vimal from Nadi, Fiji Islands replies: "Hi Christine, I had similar skin condition like you, Rosacea. Even am not sure whether it is eczema or rosacea however I am living with this problems since I was 11 yrs old, am 36 now. At the age of 24, a derma diagnosed me with rosacea. I was taking tetracycline plus metro gel, but metro gel is not effective at all for my rosacea. Tetracycline did improve my blushing but until I was taking tetrcycline as prescribed.
I am an Indian and I knew about Neem which can cure any skin related disease but I was really oblivious to neem to use as rosacea treatment. I have been taking neem capsule and applying neem oil on my face and just over couple of days I found the redness has minimized plus my complexion has improved a lot. Neem oil has very strong odour but that should not deter you from applying it on your face. There are neem creams as well soap which you can also use. Don't stop the treatment with neem if it clears your rosacea, continue with creams or soap or even shampoos which contain neem. You may discontinue with neem capsule but keep using external application. You can also do bit of research on Neem if you are in doubt but Neem really works."
[YEA] 09/17/2011: Debbie from Sterlington, Usa replies: "I have had rosacea for about 20 years. I can't afford Metrogel right now. Read online that someone had success with sulfur mixed with sunscreen. I mixed a teaspoon of sulfur with about a half cup of sunscreen and have been using it for 9 days (morning and night, after washing my face with borax), and the result is great- better than metrogel.
I had tried washing with borax, then dabbing with apple cider vinegar, but the redness continued and the sores just stayed scabby- wouldn't heal. My face had gotten really bad because I had been without Metrogel for about 3 months; looked like it would bleed. Now I am washing with borax, then applying the sulfur/sunscreen mixture and the redness is almost all gone, the sores healed, and I now only have about 3 little places that are slightly swollen, and they are getting better. My nose, which had been sore to the touch and scabby for so long, is completely well. The sulfur is a little drying, but the sunscreen helps to counteract that. My sulfur is some I got from my mom. My dad worked in a lab and brought home about 5 lbs of it thirty-five years ago, and it has been under the sink in a glass jar ever since, but is obviously still potent.
I have also discontinued washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner, and am using baking soda/borax water to wash, and citric acid water for rinsing. Also am drinking 1/8tsp borax and 1/8tsp sulfur in a liter of water everyday. Just hope this helps someone else. My skin has never been this soft, and it looks better now than it has for a long time. I am 50 years old."
09/27/2011: Debbie from Sterlington, Usa replies: "Update on my earlier post. My skin is completely clear of sores/pimples/pustules. Only slight slight vague redness on cheeks. I continue to scrub twice a day with borax, then apply the sulfur/sunscreen mixture. I believe this is the ticket for my particular case. I have noticed my usually normal blood pressure has climbed a little, so I have quit taking borax internally, but am still taking a little sulfur in water or in a spoon of peanut butter or honey. Love the way my hair is looking since quit using shampoo and went to borax/baking soda to wash and citric acid rinse. My nails are longer and stronger too- maybe from the sulfur. If anyone else tries this, let us know how it works for you."
09/28/2011: Stonefieldsian from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "What sort of sulphur are you taking internally?"
12/09/2008: John from London, UK: "Hi i am considering using borax for rosacea but would be interested to know if sodium bicarbonate works as well? And is it better to apply it topically to the skin as well as take it internally. John"
[YEA] 09/08/2007: Pamela from City Withheld, Washington: "I have suffered with Fibromyalgia/Rosacea and TMJ for over 10 years... My first symptoms appeared shortly after I began taking Paxil. After about 8 months when I found the Paxil side effects intolerable, my doctor switched me to Prozac. Well...within 2 years, I had gained 75 pound, couldn't get my temperature to a normal 98.6 (it wouldn't budge above 96.6), broke out with a fierce case of Rosacea (skin blistering & pealing in layers off my cheeks), was chronically fatigued and suffered from TMJ symptoms.
After reading the FLUORIDE information on EarthClinc and researching the chemical formulas of the many antidepressants that I had taken over the last 10 years, I had an epiphany...My problem was FLUORIDE!!! Incidentally, the' symptoms of FLUORIDE TOXICITY are the same as Fibromyalgia so it wasn't surprising to learn that FLUORIDE is the primary ingredient in MANY widely prescribed antidepressants, including PAXIL and PROZAC!!!
Without delay, I began adding 1/8 tsp of BORAX and 1/8 tsp of NATURAL (UN-bleached) SEA SALT to a liter of
DE-CLORINATED water. This regimine just happens to both neutralize the FLUORIDE and KILL the nasty mites that cause Rosacea.
I began drinking 1 liter per day for 5 days. On the 2 off days, I simply drank purified, bottled spring water.
The results were nothing short of MIRACULOUS, within two weeks my face cleared, the redness faded and best of all, my temperature normalized TO 98.6 and my energy level began to steadily increased. (Do expect the break out to get worse before it gets better as the mites die off.)
In just one month, without dieting or changing my daily routine (other than adding BORAX & SEA SALT to my drinking water), I dropped 4 pounds and I continue to drop weight at about a pound a week. I attribute this to my increased body temperature and elevated metabolism.
ALSO...when I eliminated the FLUORIDE in my toothpaste, my gums stopped swelling and bleeding and all PREVIOUS phantom tooth/jaw pain simply disappeared.
Thank you, EarthClinc and Ted...The information you shared has truely been a blessing in my life...I wholeheartedly encourage anyone that is suffering with FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC FATIGUE, TMJ or ROSACEA to try this simple remedy as I have had only POSITIVE results and absolutely NO SIDE EFFECTS!!!
Incidently, this BORAX & SEA SALT water is extremely ALKALINE with a pH between 8 - 9 pH."
EC: We must also express our extreme gratitude to Jason Uttley for the chronic fluoride poisoning link in his article, The Cause of Fibromyalgia.
05/26/2008: Kate from Pasadena, CA replies: "Are you talking about borax as in "20 Mule Team Borax" use for cleaning and other household purposes???"
EC: Click here for more information about borax.
10/09/2008: Robert from Thalang, Phuket, Thailand replies: "Could someone please let me know how I can purchase Borax in Thailand? Or where I can find it? I have tried remedies from dermatologists for what I have just discovered that I have rosacea. Thank you."
EC: Already answered on the site by Ted, a Bangkok resident: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax_questions.html#Question_100
12/30/2008: Angie from Windsor, Canada replies: "i am taking levothyroxin for an underactive thyroid. trying to get rid of rosacea...what interaction will borax have on this medication. should i take borax with this medication?"
03/10/2009: Robin from Auburn, Washington replies: "Pamela, I think you may have hit the nail on the head, regarding the "cause" of rosacea. You mentioned you developed it after taking Paxil. I find it interesting that many people develop this problem after they have upset the balance of good vs bad bacteria in their guts by taking prescription drugs. I believe rosacea could be due to a candida overload in the system, and since you live in WA state I can tell you that you don't get enough Vit D from sunshine. I live in WA, and Dr. Wright of the Tahoma Clinic (Kent) told me that we all need a minimum of 1,000 IUs of Vit D daily in the NW. I have read research that shows a clear link to vitamin D levels being low and an elevation in rosacea cases. Vit. D is a critical hormone, that also affects the thyroid; many here in WA report losing weight and lessening of head hair loss after proper supplementation....it is a powerful hormone necessary for hormone balance in women. Hope this helps. And, I would apply apple cidar vinegar to the face 2x per day, with a Vit E or Jojoba oil lightly applied before bed, to counter possible dryness. Hope this helps!"
10/10/2009: Rease from Brookville, Md replies: "Robin, I was floored after reading your feedback. I have had a horrible case of Rosacea for 20 years now. Just a year ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and have been on synthroid. (Can't begin to tell you how much better I feel.) But the rosacea is AWFUL. Then, just a couple months ago (in the THICK OF SUMMER) I was told I'm *severely* deficient in Vitamin D. So, after reading your post, I'm now wondering if my rosacea is a result of my hormone imbalances and Vitamin D deficiency.
I've read a lot of posts in this forum about treaments for rosacea, like taking 1 tablespoon of ACV 3xs a day diluted in a cup of either juice or water. Or, by taking borax in water. Has anyone done BOTH? Is it dangerous to do both? I'm so desperate to try something -- just not sure what to do first!
Am trying the ACV topically tonight, along w/ the Aloe. Hoping for some improvement soon."
10/10/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "Might be worthwhle at some stage to do a survey on what we think causes rosacea. I would be vitamin d deficient purely on the basis of where we live. You couldn't get enough sun here if you tried. I also have hormone imbalances and have taken antibiotics akin to paxil.
I have taken acv using the water I prepared with the boraxed water and had no adverse reactions. Ted has done a list of the combination that are ok and what not to mix somewhere on this site. Search Ted's Combination List."
11/20/2011: Redcairo from Miami, Ok replies: "Please be sure you get Vitamin D3 (natural) not D2 (synthetic). D2 has a pretty low max dosage and research has made clear it's the D3 that is useful. Fortunately it is really pretty cheap. Research shows 10,000 mg per day semi-long term in adults did no damage (and that disease-states, particularly cancer, are hugely correlated with low D3 status in the body), and some docs I have known have prescribed way more than that (like 5x that) for people in the flux of a disease. PJ"
Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
07/14/2011: Joellelee from Landisville, Pa, Usa: "Hi everyone!
I have so many questions and concerns regarding hydrogen peroxide for rosacea. I have moderately bad pasule rosacea with redness.. Only thing that gets rid of it for awhile is antibiotics... I am considering going back to a low dose of antibiotics along with using Floresta (sp?) probiotic which works well with the antibiotic... therefore not hurting my gut flora.
I was doing the borax/peroxide mix until I realized I misunderstood... I was using pharmacy 3% and not the food grade! Hope I didn't do any longterm harm! So, I decided to try and get food grade (35%) until I have read many researchers saying that it is not good to take food grade peroxide throughout the day... Should be taken on an empty stomach and NOT to be mixed with any iron and especially not to be mixed with vitamin C!!! This can make it very much full of dangerous free radicals! I know that Ted from Bangkok on here recommends taking the peroxide/borax mix throughout the day! I have read it's very helpful to put a cup of food grade peroxide in a warm bath and let your body absorb it instead of the stomach where it can cause serious damage! Any thought or concerns?
Also, when anyone applies the peroxide/borax on the face... Do you use the food grade?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/04/2011: Just Me from Vancouver, B.c Canada: "I am so glad I found this site!! .. After suffering with rosacea or rosacea like sysmptoms for the last couple of years. I tried a borax with ho2o mix and in just one night, I look the best I have in a long time! it's not "cured" but much better as it seemed to be only getting worst, I'll just say it's half gone!!! But still... Only one night! I will post back again as I go along with this... IT'S WORKING!!!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! "Replies
02/06/2012: Erica from Coquitlam, B.c. Canada replies: "I have a very mild rosacea on my face so I am using T plus Riversol cream. The wash, serum and moisturizing cream for three weeks and my face has cleared up a lot. You can hardly see the rednes on my face."
Borax, Ciclopirox Olamine
[YEA] 05/22/2011: Tm from Brisbane, Australia: "Hi all, firstly thanks for all your fantastic posts and advice. I just wanted to relay my experience with treating Rosacea with Borax and Ciclopirox Olamine. I had been told several times over the years that I had Rosacea, but it was never really that bad, so I did nothing about it. The reason I started taking Borax was to treat my hair loss. My hair was falling out in fist fulls all day long. So I started on the internal 1/8th tsp in 1 litre of water 4 days on/3 days off and the external Borax and hydrogen peroxide (I only have 3% solution at home) mixed with water 1:1:10 for 10 mins then wash out. This helped with hair loss, and my Rosacea went crazy. I had major die off with a crust forming over my Rosacea. Another side effect of the Borax, was into the 2nd week I started getting pain in my back and legs, by the third week it was really bad and my legs and feet were really swollen. I realized I was detoxing from flouride and believe me, it was not pleasant. I was back to normal by week 4 though.
My Rosacea had stabilized, but was not really improving. I washed my face with Borax and a oil cleanser I had made of Macadamia Nut & Neem oil morning and night, used a toner I made of ACV, hydrogen peroxide and Colloidal silver, but was really only controlling the Rosacea. It was still red, raw with pustules.
I decided to try the anti-dandruff shampoo remedy I had read about here, so I found out it's called Stieprox here in Australia. I washed my face & hair with it left on 5 mins, rinsed off and repeated as per the instructions on the box. I had another die off and the crust forming over my Rosacea that night, but the next morning, the improvement was huge! I've been washing my face with it morning and night for 3 days now.
The Ciclopirox has really worked and I would definitely recommend it. I will update if it isn't all it's cracked up to be after a month, but otherwise I'd say it has really worked so far.
Sorry it's so long winded, but I hope this helps someone else :-)"
Chamomile Tea, Rubbing Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/26/2009: Una from Toronto, On, Canada: "Camomille tea, rubbing alcohol and Tea Tree oil cured my rosacea
About four months ago I had my first bout of rosacea. I had a few episodes of redness that lasted a few minutes on my face and tips of my ears before but until a few months ago it always went away on it 's own. My first bout was pretty bad as it was mainly my chin that was red and stayed red. I used make up during the day to cover it and that worked. At night I would tone it after washing with cold camomille tea and tea tree oil. This did lessen the burning feeling and the redness a bit but not by much.
My rosaacea, three months later, is now at the point almost completely gone. Here is what I have been doing. I noticed a dramatic change right away and hopefully this will work for you as well.
1. Every night, after washing my face I apply a homemade toning solution made of 1 cup cammomille tea, 1/2 cup rubbbing alcohol and about 10-15 drops of tea tree oil. I apply it with a make-up sponge, completely covering the red areas twice. I leave it on overnight. After a week of this, the redness was reduced by at least 80%. I'm still a bit pink and have flushing but nothing out of the ordinary and the flushing subsides. My skin is also super smooth, blemish free and very soft now, a bonus!
2. I stopped eating soy sauce and vinegar as I always would get redness after eating food with these ingredients.
3. I ate alot of root vegetables, citrus fruit and bananas, foods high is potassium and vitamin C. I gained five pounds but my rosacea did really noticably reduce. I plan of losing the weight and hopefully my rosacea will not return as well.
4. Other things I did that I don't normally do is I ate alot of spicy foods once (vegan Kimchee), and applied a commonly prescribed rosacea cream three times. The cream felt funny and has perservatives so I stopped. I don't know if this had an affect but it may have helped. Spicy foods is supposed to aggravate rosacea but it seemed to have the opposite affect for me.
So far this regime has had a dramatic affect on my rosacea. I will update you in a few months and let you know if this is just a temporary solution or if for me it's a real cure."
05/28/2010: Una from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "This unfortunately wasn't a cure for my rosaecea. It is still present and flares up. This toning solution which I still use does cool it and temporarily reduces the heat and redness. I am still looking for a more permanent solution but this works fine for me still. I have also started to exercise aerobically three times a week. My face is a lot redder but feels less hot. I will keep it up and see what results. I also use Metrogel now occasionally.
I still eat no yeast, sugar, alcohol, salt, soy sauce or vinegar which I am sure helps.The funny thing is the few times recently I've eaten hot peppers my rosacea redness really diminshed to the point my skin looked like normal again.Only temporary as well but it was nice to see myself looking like normal again.
My rosacea is strange. I have a red chin with occasional flushing of my nose and cheek. It comes and goes but the redness on my chin is almost permaneent and requires makeup to cover.
I will keep trying and searching for a cure. Maybe lasers in the future. I will keep you posted."
05/31/2010: Doug from Jamestown, Tn replies: "I have had rosacea for about 10 years and have tried several meds prescribed by the doctor. None worked. I heard about colloidal silver and started using that both topically and internally. I take a tablespoonful by mouth three times daily and I apply a compress of CS to the affected area at bedtime. In my case it is my nose and cheeks. The redness is gone and my nose now looks normal. I highly reccomend it. You can make your own colloidal silver very easily. There are several good CS generators on the market for around 100 dollars."
11/25/2011: Una Rose from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "My rosacea has toned down considerably. I use Metro cream now occasionally whenever it gets really bad. It was only on my chin and really red and noticible. That problem has stopped. Now it is more of a drying out and peeling of my skin and rash like redness on my cheeks with pimple like bumps. I use the Metro cream to combat that (it works really well) and still use these methods of treatment. My rosacea now is nothing really to worry about, sometimes barely there and easily covered with makeup, so this is a managable working cure for me."
Chinese Medicinal Herbs
[YEA] 10/09/2009: Neena from Chicago, Illinois, Usa: "After exhausting many attempts with various recommendations for rosacea cures, I finally went to a Traditional Chinese Medicine practioner after reading about other peoples successes. I was skeptical, but have found one doctor who really knew what he was doing. I have been taking the herbs for a month now. My symptoms are 90% gone. I did have a moderately severe case of rosacea. Now, I actually have pretty skin again. I had gone to another doctor at first, but his herbs were not as good. I think every doctor has his own formulas. These herbs really heal the problem of a "hot" stomach. Rosacea is only a symptom of this problem. Good Luck!"Replies
10/10/2009: Andrew from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Can you provide more details about the herbs you are taking so that readers may be able to replicate your success?"
10/11/2009: Neena from Chicago, Illinois replies: "I would like to just tell you the website that you could buy the herbs, although I don't know if you can buy them without being seen by the doctor. He has so many formulas that you really do need to be seen by him. I am being given three different formulas. One of them is specifically for the rosacea. The other two are for overall wellbeing for some of my other issues. The one for rosacea has these herbs : Forsythia fruit, Wooly Grass Rhizome, Agastache, Eupatorium, Mint, Round Cardamom Fruit and Chinese Hawthorn Fruit. It might be difficult to buy these herbs individually. Also, your pulse and some other personal details are studied in order to come up with the right herb combinationl. Since I cannot give you his name or website, I don't know what else to tell you. Just remember, the TCM doctors view rosacea as a symptom of a stomach issue. The face and stomach meridians are tied to each other. Healing the stomach will remove the rosacea symptoms. I don't believe this doctor ever mentioned to me that these are little mites living in my face. That was a good thing in my opinion!"
12/31/2009: Jordan from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi Neena, it's great to hear that you found something that worked very well for you. Being in Chicago myself, I would be very interested in hearing more information about the practitioner that you went to and how I could set up an appointment.
[YEA] 05/09/2010: Jeannette from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "Hi all!
Just wanted let you know my experience with rosacea. I cured it with acupuncture and herbs. But before that I tried EVERYTHING. I happened quite suddenly last spring and I had no clue what I had. All I knew was that I was really hot on my face and it was horribly itchy.
I spent hundreds of dollars on supplements I researched online (oils creams vitamin deficiencies, you name it) the only thing that made it better were the papaya masks I'd put on my face(preferably cold papaya mashed or blended by itself All OVer) and I'd leave it on for an hour. It was my happy place...the rest of the days were horrible and I seriously wanted to die from the pain and I couldn't sleep without scratching.
I even researched fasting and switched to a raw food diet. I fasted for 18 days and came out with a juice diet for a week with wheatgrass and organic fruit. That actually helped, it totally went away. But when I started eating normal again it started to come back. So then I found an awesome acupuncturist here in Vegas. So after the first visit I immediately saw my face change color and kept my treatments while maintaining a vegetarian diet (with cooked foods).
My acupuncturist said that I had to stay away from yang foods which include spicy, chocolate, coffee, alcohol type of stuff. And the amount of time to get rid of it would be based on how long I originally had been having symptoms and how well I stuck to my regimen. This was all due to a Yin deficiency. So I kept taking the herbs and going to my sessions, which started out a couple times a week then went down to one visit a week and then monthly maintenance. Now I just take my herbs and rarely eat Yang foods. I had rosacea severely for four months and then the symptoms started to recede throughout the next 6 months. Acupuncture must maintain constant in order to see any results but that's the way natural healing works. I never went to a dermatologist and I refuse to take medication eventhough I was desperate.
I hope my story helps all of you, I know the pain and how horrible it feels. Keep your hope because I got rid of mine and you can too."
02/24/2011: Joann from Chicago, Illinois replies: "This is for Neena from Chicago.
I live in Chicago too and have been looking for an alternative way of curing my Rosacea. I'm tired of all the medications, both internal and topical, that I've taken and that have little or no affect on my condition. Could you possibly provide me with the name of the TCM practioner that you saw in Chicago? Or provide the name of the specific area where he/she is located? sonoma_co(at)hotmail(dot)com"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/24/2011: Joann from Chicago, Il replies: "This is an update to my post of 2/24/11.
After making many phone calls and verifying credentials of TCM practioners, I made an appointment.
It's been three weeks since I started taking herbs for my Rosacea and the results were mediocre. I originally started with a TCM practioner located on the northside of Chicago, who gave me herbs combined with accupuncture. The first three weeks I did see some improvement (pustules were almost non-existent) but redness and papules remained. However, I did notice that when I received the second accupuncture treatment, the paplues were reduced in size, if not almost gone, and the redness still remained. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest recommendation), I would rate this TCM practioner a 5).
I decided to see another TCM practioner that was closer to where I lived. After this second TCM practioner reviewed my health profile, checked my pulse, checked my tongue for color, checked my palms and nails, and asked me about any other ailments I had, I was given several herbs to injest. Within the first week, the redness was diminishing, pustules were almost absent, and just a few minor papules. By the third week, the redness on the left side of my face was just a blush of red, pustules are gone and a few smaller bumps. Needless to say, the herbs are working.
While my Rosacea has not totally disappeared, I can finally go outside without trying to hide my face. I still use makeup to hide the residual effects of Rosacea, which makes my face look normal. I would strongly recommend that you see a TCM practioner, rather than trying to take herbs on your own.
I think it's important to understand that while the herbs are working, you won't see changes over night, especially if your Rosacea is sever like mine is/was. Here is the website link to TCM practioner in Chicago http://www.liferising.com, 2131 S. Archer Ave. Suite B, Chicago IL, 312-842-2775.
[YEA] 12/29/2007: Sarah from Chattanooga, TN: "ROSACEA RELIEF. One word: Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Along with a daily Centrum or equivalent vitamin!"Replies
11/24/2008: Ina from Brooklyn, New York, NY replies: "How did you use colloidal silver, please? Internally or externally? How much? How soon you so the result? Does it last? Thank you very much."
EC: Great questions. FYI - colloidal copper was used, not silver.
11/26/2008: Linda from West Newfield, Maine replies: "Hi Ina, I've been using colloidal silver on occasion for several months....it can be ingested, properly diluted and can be applied un-diluted directly on your skin. Silver has anti-bacterial, fungal and viral properties and I would use as long as necessary....until your skin clears. It's a little expensive but a little silver goes a long way. Hope this helps!"
09/08/2009: Eh from Atlanta, Ga replies: "So.... which is it? Colloidal COPPER or Colloidal SILVER?? Does anyone here know which one the first poster was referring to?"
EC: The first poster used Colloidal Copper.
On a separate note, we just found an interesting article from 1913 on Colloidal Copper for Cancer in the NYTimes.com archives!
02/18/2010: Francis from St-Georges De Beauce, Quebec, Canada replies: "Thank you so much!! You changed my life!!"
09/28/2010: Christine from Grimsby, On replies: "Do we have a consensus on colloidal silver or copper? If so, how much was used and how was it used? Thanks!"
04/25/2012: Devon from Johnson, Vt replies: "I'm a little confused. People keep coming back to CS although the post was created citing CC Colloidal Copper. If you own a CS generator to make CC you can do it easily. Simply get your hands on some 14 gauge copper wire and file it down if you need to to fit into yoour CS generator. The voltage is plenty to make CC but not enough to make CG Colloidal Gold. Now people please do not start asking about CG. Let's keep with the thread!"
08/11/2012: Margaret from Calingiri, Wa?australia replies: "I have had rosacea for years and treated with no long term effect. I now spray my face twice daily with Colloidal Silver and have had no sign of Rosacea since. My skin is now clear and blemish free and that horrible redness across my nose has gone. I have also discovered other benefits of its uses."
[YEA] 04/22/2012: Katela from Silver Spring, Maryland, Usa: "I wanted to share my experience with successfully combatting what my dermatologist repeatedly told me was 'rosacea'. Three years ago - at age 30 - I suddenly developed the redness and dryness and eye irritation associated with rosacea on my face. I went to the dermatologist who told me I had rosacea (on multiple visits). She gave me a cream which, of course, only temporarily relieved this condition I was very self-conscious about. I tried other suggestions - coconut oil, etc, but to no avail. And then I decided to go to a naturopath. The naturopath, after a lengthy consultation, had me take an allergy test. The test came back positive for dairy and soy. And, interestly enough, the symptoms of a dairy allergy are very similar to rosacea. I cut dairy and soy out of my diet and, within a few weeks, the rosacea went away. Completely disappeared. A few months later, I started eating yogurt again as a little test and the tell-tale redness came back. I now eat minor amounts of dairy when I most want it but generally avoid it all together. And my "rosacea" has completely disappeared. I know this isn't the cause for everyone, but I strongly encourage you to think about cutting out dairy and soy and limiting gluten. The redness and dryness I experienced were the outward signs of imbalances in my body and this dietary easy shift in my life has had both cosmetic and internal benefits. I am extremely frustrated with the dermatologist who repeatedly misdiagnosed me and also with my insurance which would only cover the dermatologist and not the naturopath - but that is another topic all together."Replies
04/22/2012: Olddude from Chattanooga, Tn, Usa replies: "Try equate diaper rash ointment, works for me. P.S. I use a light baking soda wash on my face, and don't rub hard, it can burn slightly, don't panic, it tingles some. The ointment is 13 percent zinc oxide, so a little goes a long way. It works for me."
Dietary Changes, Probiotics, Neem, Sarsaparilla
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/10/2011: Linda from Dublin, Ireland: "hi, havent been to site in a while but I thought id leave a little feedback on helping rosacea. Im not sure if I actualy have rosacea but I my face was always red and would glow sometimes, say after eating , drinking a beer or god forbid I got hot. I done a lot of reading. The first thing I discovered is that diet is huge in this fight. I took out a wide range of foods, anything hot like chillies etc or anything fermented like cheese or vinegar.
My supplements consisted of neem and sarsaparilla and a good bacteria. These things cleansed the blood, cleared heat and inflammation and the good bacteria helped well with lots of things. Anyway 2 months in and iv lost weight(that was a side bonus) and my skin is still a little red but I havnt burned bright red like I used to and I even toned down my make up. I hpoe maybe someone else might benefit from this.x"
Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, Aloe
03/24/2012: Afh from Abq., Nm: "While looking up possible pancreas problem cures for a friend, I ran across a site where they were saying they felt that rosacea may in some cases be caused by mites, but that they felt it was mainly due to severe inflammation in the digestive system. They recommended digestive enzymes, probiotics and aloe beverages. They felt the skin was thinning due to inflammation in the digestive system. It was interesting that they were saying that ACV caused inflammation and although I love my ACV pills, I have noticed my skin is really looking older and much more red. Has anyone tried enzymes? I'm desperate to try anything that will work. So tired of this!! I don't really have the acne but the broken veins are driving me nuts."Replies
03/24/2012: Cat from Papamoa, New Zealand replies: "Afh from Abq., Nm: Although I never really had the broken veins, I did have some form of Rosacea on my face - mainly nose - to the extent that it was almost glowing! I reported on EC a few weeks back that when I started taking Molasses (with copper in it), it has disappeared completely almost straight away and I'm soooo much more confident out in public and now need no make up to cover this horrible problem. I'm taking 2tsp morning and 2tsp evening. I hope this goes some way towards reducing the redness in your skin."
04/29/2012: Susan from Bath, England replies: "When you say Copper, do you mean colloidal copper? Many thanks!"
[YEA] 03/25/2008: Molly from San Francisco, CA USA: "I found a cure for Rosacea!! I've tried everything. I was using the Rosacea therapy with Skin Actives, and it was controlling it OK, but not completely. I'm 51 and have "mature skin", but I prone to breakouts if I use the wrong products.
I've really been getting into aromatherapy and have been reading a lot about essential oils.
Helichrysum! Also Patchouli.
So I got a couple of ounces of Jojoba oil, and free poured these two oils into the mix. I slather it on, wipe off the excess but don't completely remove it. It took about 3 days to see a difference.
I only get really good quality oils, like from Natures Gift or Mountain Rose Herbs. Only steam distilled.
I added some Sea Buckthorn Berry oil to the mix lately, as well as a drop of lavender and a drop of sweet fennel (for pores).
I really think I'm onto something. I cannot believe how great my skin (two girlfriends and my husband) looks!!"
04/05/2009: Karen from Alpharetta, Georgia/USA: "My eyes and throat were so dry I could not sleep at night. Nothing helped, not vitamin A, eye drops etc.nothing. For some reason, I reached for some natural estrogen with pomegranate that I had had for months but never taken. They were from a major on line supplier of health supplements. My dry eyes and dry mouth symptoms disappeared as well as my Rosacea. Now instead of using Vitamin C and Lysine (works too but doesn't take care of dry eyes and mouth) for Rosacea I take natural estrogen tablets. Since then I have researched this and there are numerous testimonies of people who have used bio-identicial estrogen for Rosacea. I no longer take Lysine and vitamin C. Men have estrogen too. So, maybe Rosacea is a hormonal problem."
Evening Primrose Oil
[YEA] 10/13/2009: Grandmaa from Sacramento, Ca: "I have had excellent results for roscea with primrose oil. I take one capsule per day. It took about 2 or 3 weeks to really work well. Now I take it every day."Replies
01/10/2012: Diane from Ottumwa, Iowa, Usa replies: "Skin Update. Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorder.
Supplement with Borage, or Evening Promrose and Flax Seed Oil and Carnitine.
This is also posted in Dermatitis because the symptoms can be misdiagnosed. Many times I thought I had rosacea from the descrption alone.
Symptoms: red, flaky skin, lifting off in very large flakes with white pustules like small cysts, forming rapidly under the skin. I did not have just the redness and broken veins that some people have. We need to be very specific about the symptoms here, since the symptoms can be easily mis-diagnosed.
It was diagnosed by my Dr. As "perioral dermatitis". Drs should be embarrassed to even say this to patients, I mean we all know we have a rash around our mouths, right? It was a mess, and I had it for approximately 8-9 months before I figured out what it was.
This is for people who have tried everything. Believe me. I tried everything listed on this website and more.
I treated it as: a pathogen (like a bacteria like strep or staph), a fungus, mites, (rosacea), (yes, I drank the damn borax), scabies, leishmania, malessezzia, (seborrhea), acne, I tried three different antibiotic gels from the Dr, (metrogel, ciclopirox, clyndamyacin). I would get excited, because some things seemed to work for a few days, then the condition always returned and got progressively worse. A fatty acid metabolism disorder will mimc the symptoms of Dermatitis with few other noticeable symptoms. My only clue came after I took a big dosage of Cod Liver Oil and I saw what looked like chicken skin under my eyes the next day. I knew something was really wrong. Started Flax, and Borage Oil capsules the next day. Took L-Carnitine on an empty stomach, (just happened to have it, and knew it was good for fatty acid metabolism disorder from a study I saw on the web regarding Acidura and Carnitine). The Acidura, (a condition of acidity in the body) interferes with fatty acid metabolism processes in the body. This combined with a genetic predisposion called kryptopyluria and six cups of coffee a day meant I was not able to process fish oil of any type. This also explains why some of the other remedies like vinegar and baking soda, alkinalizing the body, and the liver cleanses, and the digestive enzymes seem to work for some people also. You will know within three days if this will work for you.
I saw healing within one day, the flakes stopped in three days and the redness went away in a week. My skin is perfectly clear and has been for two months. I still continue with the Carnitine, Flax and Borage only because I'm afraid to stop. Please note: I did topical applications of Sulfur, (sublimed pwder mixed into mayonese as a carrier) and bought MMS, (chlorine dioxide) just before trying the Flax, Carnitine and Borage. The sulfur may have lessened the white pustules, but I still had the red, flaky skin. If the pustules don't go away, you made want to try the sulfur or the MMS.
06/22/2012: Maggie from Calgary, Alberta, canada replies: "Hi Diane, I have been battling rosacea (or at least that is what I've been told it was by a doctor and a dermatologist) for many LONG years. At the time I thought they had to be wrong because my white bumps weren't red like all the photos I researched online that were described as rosacea. But needlessly I continued trying unbelievable amounts of products, supplements, waiting to see a difference. $$$ I couldn't quite understand why some of my symptoms were the same as rosacea but the pustules were definitely not. They are never red; they never leave. They are not filled with liquid like some descriptions - they are full of a very hard substance that is almost impossible to get out. Some days they look more prominent than other days. Anyway, as you know this is just an endless circle of trying things; getting frustrated; trying something else. Some days thinking you are going to go crazy obsessing over finding something - anything that will make a difference.
I know last summer a couple picked off and I couldn't be sure what I had done right -- always trying new things - somethings one or more before knowing if the last new addition has worked or not. Waiting weeks, months, for a change to the bumpy (dare I call it - chicken skin??) face. If you think I could possibly have the same fatty acid metabolism disorder as you, please kindly write me back so we can compare notes.
I do have evening primrose tablets I take off and on when the mood hits; I take small amount of flaxseed meal in my oatmeal daily. Still have these terrible bumps. Right now I am currently trying the borax (ugghh); magnesium oil therapy; blackstrap molasses, ACV with baking soda; iodine - all remedies recommended for rosacea. So sick and tired of obsessing for the last 4 years... I am 52 years old and noticed this around the same time I knew I was going through menopause.
One other interesting note; about a year ago I had a thorough blood work done to confirm I was in menopause and a couple of things stood out on tests - one that I was a little high in B12 and also that my cholesterol level was a little high. I look forward to hearing from you with the hopes I have found someone who has the same condition I have been battling. Many thanks."