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Last Modified on Nov 09, 2015

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Posted by Caba (North Carolina, US) on 03/06/2015

I have tried just about every conventional remedy for my rosacea. Metro cream/gel, sulphur cleansers, etc. I cut out caffeine, spicy foods, etc. and still no relief.

I had been experimenting with VCO and ACV topically for a while, but....

Then, one day, I came across a web posting about what we see on the outside is a reflection of something going on inside. Most every ailment we have can be contributed to poor gut health. Well, that lead to further research. What I discovered in my research was that Candida Yeast/Fungus infections and intestinal parasites can cause many problems, including skin problems that look and act like Rosacea.

I finally went to a Naturopath and was tested. Sure enough, I had a Candida fungal infection that had become systemic!!!!!! I had suffered for years and not once did I ever have a traditional medicine doctor suggest Candida. I have been treating something I didn't even have.

I am still in the early stages of treatment and have a long way to go, but ACV and VCO have been 2 components of my recovery protocol and I can attest to the benefits I have seen.

Initially my skin looked better, then it got worse (due to "die-off" or Herxheimer reaction), and after a few weeks as my body detoxified from the culprits, my face cleared up and no longer looks flushed. The red bumps, postules, and dry, itchy, crawling skin have all disappeared.

So Rosacea may not be Rosacea after all. Moral of story. You may not have Rosacea, so get evaluated for Candida AND don't give up too soon on ACV and VCO, because your body may simply be fending off the toxins as they die off.

Chamomile Tea, Rubbing Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by Una (Toronto, On, Canada) on 12/26/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Una
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.

Replied by Doug
Jamestown, Tn
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.
Replied by Una Rose
Toronto, On, Canada
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.

Change Pillows Daily, Multiple Remedies
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Posted by Jillery (North America) on 12/09/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi All, Been reading and reading about rosacea here and on peoples pharmacy pages. I have some sort of rosacea but overall my skin is very very dry or can get that way very quickly. I keep my face clean but immediately have to put lotion or coconut oil on it so it does not dry out. If I use lotion I use a oatmeal based one without mineral oil in it. I just have to gently rub my nose or face and I will get a red splotch on it for a minute or two. What I have been doing for the last week is:

-Changing my pillow case daily

- Wash just my nose and under my nose with dandruff shampoo (with zinc in it)-- I basically wash the rest of my face with water. I pat most of the water off and the use Colloidal Silver on my breakout areas of nose and under nose. The areas calmed down quickly and are still on the mend.

A person posted about how her rosacea kind of morphs and I feel my case is like that also so I will keep you posted on how this does, but I used oregano oil and ACV on it and my face was so flakey and dry within a day even with smearing coconut oil and almond oil on it afterwards.

Are there any other sensitive delicate faces out there also? Any different approaches? ~jillery

Replied by Jillery
North America
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   So I continue working on my rosacea issues... Overall my rosacea is not THAT bad (red bumps and redness on nose, cheeks, a bit between my eyebrows, some breakouts/redness above and below lip) but I have hardly had a pimple in my 58 years that this condition is making me a bit nuts. lol.

You can see from my other posts what I have been doing all along and that I feel my rosacea kind of morphs from a treatment getting better and then worse after a few weeks.

Most currently I am wiping down my face with hydrogen peroxide and then I use a sulpher ointment on the Tzone. I let it dry. Then because the general condition of my skin is dry, I put on some oatmeal based generic lotion. My face is calming down more and more. The sulpher stuff I used was a product specfically for rosacea-- main stream.

The other thing that seems to make a difference is taking 2t of apple cider vinegar with about 4 T of water-- like a shot of booze. I had been drinking the ACV thru out the day but doing it in shots twice a day seems to be better for me. This also helps diminish my HOT FLASHES.

The vitamins I take everyday is zinc/copper, vit D (3000-6000 mg per rx. my D is/was sub normal) and magnesium (400-800mg). I was taking these things prior to the sulpher and ACV also.

My skin was quite dry this morning but my skin cycles from a bit oily to extremely dry and right now I guess I am in a dry period. So I also used some castor oil mixed with almond oil with some esssential oils in it (lavendar and orange)

That's it. I hope this helps someone.


Chinese Medicinal Herbs
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Posted by Neena (Chicago, Illinois, Usa) on 10/09/2009

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Andrew
Vancouver, Canada
Can you provide more details about the herbs you are taking so that readers may be able to replicate your success?
Replied by Neena
Chicago, Illinois
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!
Replied by Jordan
Chicago, Il
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.

Thanks, Jordan

Replied by Jeannette
Las Vegas, Nevada
[YEA]   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.

Replied by Joann
Chicago, Illinois
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?
Replied by Joann
Chicago, Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.

First Practioner:
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).

Second Practioner:
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, 2131 S. Archer Ave. Suite B, Chicago IL, 312-842-2775.

Good Luck!

Coconut and Lavender
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Posted by Kathy (Ontario, CA) on 08/10/2014

[YEA]  Hello to all!!

I am so happy because I have been using coconut oil with lavender essential oil mixed in and using it every night to remove my make up. In a very short time my rosacea has been starting to lessen!! What I do is use a small bowl with about 4 Tablespoon of oil and 6 drops of lavender, mix well, take a little bit and smear it all over my face and neck. (I keep this in the bathroom and it lasts a few weeks) Then use a wash clothe that is pretty warm and place over my face and wipe off my makeup. I then use a little more for moisturizing around my eyes. Sometimes I add frankincense around my eyes too. I am really loving essential oils.

Colloidal Copper
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Posted by Sarah (Chattanooga, TN) on 12/29/2007

[YEA]  ROSACEA RELIEF. One word: Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Along with a daily Centrum or equivalent vitamin!

Replied by Ina
Brooklyn, New York, NY
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.

Replied by Linda
West Newfield, Maine
Hi Ina, I've been using colloidal silver on occasion for several 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!
Replied by Eh
Atlanta, Ga
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 archives!

Replied by Francis
St-Georges De Beauce, Quebec, Canada
Thank you so much!! You changed my life!!
Replied by Christine
Grimsby, On
Do we have a consensus on colloidal silver or copper? If so, how much was used and how was it used? Thanks!
Replied by Devon
Johnson, Vt
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!
Replied by Margaret
Calingiri, Wa?australia
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.
Replied by Jillery
North America
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   So Sarah from TN who first replied about colloidal copper (CC) never got back to us on how she used it. I've been using CC kind of as a toner and it helps some. I did try colloidal silver with no results. I'm thinking I should take CC internally also. I wish Sarah would check back in with an update...

Diatomaceous Earth
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Posted by Kathy (Lv, Nv) on 06/18/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Rosacea update: I am still taking the diatomaceous earth every day 1 Tablespoon mixed in water or juice and I also make a paste of it (water and diatomaceous earth)and smear it all over my face. I leave it on for 10 minutes (about 3 times a week) and then rinse it off. So far between drinking the earth and using it as a mask on my face, my rosacea seems to have cleared up a little, 30% or so. I was hoping for a complete cure but this is better than none.

Replied by Pbird
Everett, Wa, Usa
I have rosacea also and in my experience, if I eat no sugar or flour products of any kind my skin remains clear. It's as predictable as clockwork. If I dip into the goodies I will pay for several days with a breakout.

Dietary Changes
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Posted by Katela (Silver Spring, Maryland, Usa) on 04/22/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Olddude
Chattanooga, Tn, Usa
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
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Posted by Linda (Dublin, Ireland) on 06/10/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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
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Posted by Afh (Abq., Nm) on 03/24/2012

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.

Replied by Cat
Papamoa, New Zealand
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.
Replied by Susan
Bath, England
When you say Copper, do you mean colloidal copper? Many thanks!
Replied by James
Ormskirk, Lancashire, Uk
In reply to afh's post from 2012, I've got broken vein rosacea which is getting worse and driving me nuts too. Gut issues must by relevent for mine, as the rosacea worsens immediately following food. I've had IBS for years and have become intolerant to dairy, gluten, fruit, chocolate, nuts which is a pain. choc and nuts in particular right now make my rosacea awful.

I've got low stomach acid (using the bicarb soda on empty stomach test - no real bubbling felt) and have been on betaine hcl tabs for a while. Due to recent higher stress I needed more tablets and started using ones with higher pepsin also, for breaking down proteins, thinking I could be low in that as it is produced in the stomach.

On the higher tablet level my nose veins became much worse, but this also is during a period of higher stress which could also be the dominant factor. If not just the stress, maybe I was acidifying my body too much, or the stress was reducing my pancreatic enzymes.

I got lab tested and my pancreatic enzymes were normal few years back, though this could have changed.

I have found enzyme supplements help digestion to varying degrees, find one or a combination that suits. A nutritionist informs me that evidence shows they don't lower your own enzyme levels, which had always been a caution for me. I've found previously they benefit the skin and reduced the onset of redness and nose veins.

So I've tried to cover all bases - reducing stress with mindfulness practise, and opted for aloe vera to calm the guts, and am about to start ght's active digestive enzymes again to help the nose veins.

I'm adding alkalising drops to help rebalance my body if over acidity is a factor as well. Also starting o2 drops again for fatigue (have helped previously, but only at high dose and lose gains when stop - I'm recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome). fingers crossed, I can report back after a few weeks with any knowledge gained.

Replied by Kathy
Lv, Nv
Hi James, I started taking diatomaceous earth on May 8th, about 1 Tablespoon per day and I also use it as a face mask about once a week. I think the DE is helping my roscea. I am not as red as usual. And I just notice that my hair is returning to a darker color!!! The DE kills parasites, so perhaps if it is mites it is helping. I also have red broken veins. I had laser trtmnts a few years ago but it did not help.

Dishwashing Soap and Vinegar
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Posted by Linda (Murphy. Nc) on 02/17/2015

[YEA]  My husband suffered for years from red, itchy face and scalp in the summer and the worst hair, beard, and eyebrow dandruff imaginable in the winter. Our doctor prescribed all kinds of meds for what he said was rosacea. Well, nothing helped for long and the meds were expensive. I stated to search and experiment for a way to cure or at least control whatever was happening to my husband.

Octagon soap/white vinegar controls the problem. Unfortunately, Colgate Palmolive stopped making Octagon soap several years ago. I found that Colgate Palmolive Original Green dishwashing soap has much of the same ingredients as their discontinued bar soap.

Use the Palmolive "Green" dish washing soap as you would a shampoo and body wash. Do not add to bath water as it will be too diluted to work. Rinse with white (less expensive) or apple cider vinegar cut 50% with water. You must shower/wash affected areas EVERYNIGHT BEFORE BED as mites breed in darkness. You can break the chain of infestation by washing every night.

Also, we switched to a waterbed with a regular vinyl water mattress. Mites cannot live on vinyl. I wash our white sheets, blankets in any laundry detergent with a cup of bleach per load.

It's been 5 years since he started this regimen. It worked immediately and continues to work. My husband doesn't suffer anymore. This regimen controls the problem so well that he no longer has any rashes or dandruff.

Please give this a try. It's inexpensive.

Essential Oils
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Posted by Molly (San Francisco, CA USA) on 03/25/2008

[YEA]  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!!

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Posted by Karen (Alpharetta, Georgia/USA) on 04/05/2009

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
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Posted by Grandmaa (Sacramento, Ca) on 10/13/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Diane
Ottumwa, Iowa, Usa
Skin Update. Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorder.

Supplement with Borage, or Evening Promrose and Flax Seed Oil and Carnitine.

Totally Cured.

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.

Best Wishes.

Replied by Maggie
Calgary, Alberta, canada
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.

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Posted by Angela (Witham, Essex, Uk) on 09/13/2012

Just found your excellent and common sense site, thankyou for all the increased ideas for Rosacea.

I have been wheezing for much of the past year and my doctor sent me for an asthma test. It proved negative. I fell to looking at other treatments creams on the web and then wandered to the side effects. Oh yes! There was wheezing, tightness of breath, coughing. Reported to the Gp who had no idea but took my word. Stopping the latest cream Finacea, my wheezing and coughing was all gone a week later. However in an effort to claw back some sleep disturbed by the heavy coughing, I elevated pillows to three from my normal two and awoke next morning with a 'mild' crick in the neck.

Twelve hours later I was in real agony and trembling with shock. Waves of pain and swelling have responded to masses of anti-inflammatories/hot treatments and so on. Its a week on now and I would say I am 98% better this morning.

The motto is to understand that skin is highly absorbent to anything you use and that in a search, ALL prescribed Rosacea creams do carry the wheezing warning. This week ( and the past year) has been a terrible train of events all stemming from a 'useless anyway' Rosacea cream.

I am holding the worst redness with arnica but have been attracted to a hand gel with Grapefruit Seed Extract in it which I have massaged in lightly and will repeat tonight. GSE has antimicrobial properties and is the only product to have rid me of Giardia some years back.

I will see how this goes and then start on one on the list taken from this site, perhaps the sulfur soap or the anti-dandruff shampoo with Olamine.

Many thanks to all the contributors who have written in.