Last Modified on Feb 04, 2016
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disease causing facial redness, bumps and pimples. Demodex mites are suspected as the cause. Flare-ups are often triggered by sun, wind, exercise, stress or certain foods. Prescribed treatments are Doxycycline and medicated creams. The most commonly used natural cure for rosacea is Apple Cider Vinegar.
The other successful cure for rosacea is a borax/hydrogen peroxide/water mixture. Some report that both treatments are painful when first used and the skin seemed worse, but in 2-4 weeks the rosacea was gone. Some used an anti-dandruff shampoo. A gluten-free diet, reducing sugar and acid foods and maintaining pH at 7 are helpful.
Cure for Rosacea
- Always use a clean pillowcase.
- Apple Cider Vinegar wiped on face and let dry. Drink ACV tonic with meals: 1 tsp. ACV in glass of water (honey if desired). Gradually increase ACV to 1-2 TBSP.
- 1/2 TBSP Borax and 1/2 TBSP hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little water. Put on face; rinse off in 30 seconds. Optional: 2-5 drops tea tree oil. Mix 1/8 tsp. borax in 1 liter drinking water, drink throughout day.
- Selsun Blue or other anti-dandruff shampoo. Before bed, rinse face with warm water, rinse off. Reapply again, leave 5 min. and rinse off.
- Zinc oxide and a face cleaner with salicylic acid used morning and night.
- Aloe Vera, MD Matrix Cream, tea tree oil or colloidal silver dabbed on face.
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[YEA] 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!
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[YEA] I've been dealing with mild rosacea for over 20 years and have tried many products with minimal success. It's been getting worse, so I've been praying for and searching for a cure. I recently read posts on this site about anti-dandruff shampoo as a treatment. In just a few days of use, it's working! I've been using Selsun Blue w 1 % selenium sulfide. I do a couple treatments a day of applying the shampoo to my face and leaving on for about 30 min. It stings a little, and at first seems to make it worse. But now, the bumps are getting smaller and the redness is fading. I'm assuming the shampoo is killing off the bacteria caused by the skin mites. Btw, I also use it on my hair and make sure I have a clean pillowcase to sleep on. In between treatments I apply aloe, which soothes the skin and tightens the pores. I must say, I'm looking pretty good!
I tried topical ACV treatments but it burned my skin and caused scabs. I wasn't too thrilled about that. I say go with the Selsun Blue and aloe! I appreciate those who have volunteered their testimonies in an effort to help others...and felt like I needed to do the same. I'm thanking God that I was led to this site!
P.s. I'm also taking a tbsp. of ACV with water every day. I don't know if it's doing anything, but it sure tastes good! LOL
Can't wait to try the anti-dandruff shampoo. Looking back I think my rosacea first showed up after I had a rescue dog with demodex mange. I didn't realize it was rosacea for a couple of years after that. just a note, if this is caused by mites, you will have to wash all bedding in hot water and toss your old pillows and get new or will keep re-infecting yourself. I can't afford to replace my mattress but will spray it and my cloth furniture with the cedar oil based spray I use to kill fleas, ticks, ants, etc.
[YEA] For some reason, I was looking at my rampant rosacea and thought, "this is all red, itchy, flaky, why don't I try dandruff shampoo since these are the symptoms of dandruff. " Immediately, I noticed a difference in my skin. The redness diminished tremendously as well as the pustules, flakiness and all. My skin almost looks normal, and it's soft again. I thought I'd invented the wheel or something! Good to know I was on the right track. I don't know what is in the shampoo, probably some sort of sulfide.
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[YEA] 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)
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Apple Cider Vinegar
52 User Reviews | 16 YEA | 4 NAY | 2 BETTER BUT NOT CURED Treatment
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.
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[YEA] I have some rosacea on my nose and at first wen to the dermatologist. They gave me some ointment which did nothing. so I lived with it and eventually tride Emu oil which Is moderately affective.
Then I read the posts here and decided to try apple cider vinegar. I apply it morning and night and now after a few weeks the rosacea is totally gone! Definitely works for me.
[NAY] Spent nearly a month drinking this horrid stuff 2tbsp in 8oz water twice a day in effort to rid myself of this horrid disease. Was so disgusting I wanted to puke, but I kept going because I thought it could help me, even just a little. Saw zero improvement. Same with using it externally. Burned TERRIBLY and made things MUCH worse. After this experience I truly don't understand the hype for this stuff.
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Tauranga, New Zealand
[YEA] For years several Dermatologists have precribed any number of chemicals. I believe my Rosacea (per doctor's opinion) is caused by nanomites. Whenever I start feeling the familiar itchy crawlies - I wipe with ACV. No need for chemicals. This completely resolves the issue with the added value that ACV is being absorbed through the skin for other benefits! NOTE: At first I get an immediate reaction that makes my skin red but this passes and my skin feels smooth with NO itching or blotching. I also bathe with Selsun Blue Shampoo - hair, body and face - eyebrows, lashes - leave it on for a few minutes and rinse; followed by a rinse of ACV. I found all this information here on Earthclinic and am eternally grateful!
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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!!
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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..
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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!
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[YEA] 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.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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?
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Buxton, Derbyshire, England
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[NAY] 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.
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[YEA] 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.
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