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Cure for Rosacea

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Multiple Remedies   3  3   

Posted by D (Small Town, Ia, USA) on 07/16/2012

[YEA]  Ivermectin. Sesame Oil. Lactoferrin. Enzymes, Probiotics. Antibacterial hand sanitizer. Providone Iodine.

Ivermectin. Topically applied every three days, for as long as you need to. You will know when to stop. Use it for at least two weeks to be sure. Buy it at a farm or animal store. If you tried everything else, then at least try ivermectin. It could be mites or a nanoinsect deep in the skin. Just a note, if it is mites or insects, it will look a bit worse before it gets better, the insects will fight the medicine. Use at least three times, spaced two or three days apart to kill the ones that hatch. This is essential if you have the little white dots and pimple-like rosacea that appears rapidly and does not respond to any other treatments.

Sesame Oil. Antibacterial and antimicrobial, kills staph, strep and other bacteria. Applied topically. Controls the flaky skin, and the little red dots of infection, which is what I believe is caused by a secondary bacterial infection due to staph or strep. Use the unprocessed, golden kind. This is a good choice to try for children, or if the skin is very tender and irritated. Sesame oil will take at least three days to work, but if it is going to work for you you'll see gradual improvement.

Lactoferrin. Enzymes, Probiotics. The only helpful thing my doctor said to me was, "perhaps your flora has changed". I'm positive there is a something going on in the immune system of anyone with skin conditions. Lactoferrin will help knock out the mycoplasmas that may be overwhelming your system.

Antibacterial hand sanitizer will control the flaky, red skin and make your skin look more normal, but must be used everyday a few times a day. Providone iodine, not a cure, but may help some of you.

This is for all of you who may have tried everything, and nothing has worked for you. It worked for me, and believe me, I tried everything.

Best Wishes.

Posted by Princewith2spleensit Is Great That A Variety Of Pe (Sheffield, England) on 08/30/2011

It is great that a variety of people from varying cultures have come together to share their insights on this sensitive subject area. Rosacea is a terrible condition and I for one am greatfull to earthlink, for providing us with this unique platform. I have benefited a great deal from all of you! Thank you all.

One common denominator that all rosacian's suffer from is, 'stress' myself included. Rosacea is a progressive condition and it feeds of our negativity, anxiety etc. I would suggest to anyone suffering from Rosacea to attempt to remove yourself from the cause of your frustration be that a circumstance, situation or person. I meditate and would recommend it in combination with your own health regimen.

Beware of the Sun.

Sun Sense daily face suncream (SPF 50 ) is the best sunblock I have used. When outdoors (during daylight hours) I religiously apply sunblock. When the sun is bright I wear protective eyewear and a broad brimmed hat. When my skin is partcularly sensitive I use an umberella that has a protective lining against harmful ultra violet radiation these things are commonly available online these days. I am also starting to wear specialist clothing which I also acquired on the web. My rosacea is aggrevated enormously by sunlight and I tend to have to perform my daily exercise during the night. Exercise and stretching is important, so don't let yourself go!

It is also important that we act resposibly when taking topical drugs. Antibiotics do come with side effects, many of which, front line doctors know little about. My GP prescribed me 'oxytetracycline', which I believe is commonly prescribed to individuals with Rosacea in the UK. Unfortunately, soon after taking the drug I developed an allergic reaction which has left my entire body sun-sensitive. Sun-sensitivity is a systemic problem and I am writing a cautionary tale as I do not wish offers to suffer the same plight.

We need to get educated and understand the limits of our 'new' bodies, to deter even more severe problems like skin cancer from surfacing. We need to eat appropriately, avoid smoking and drinking and protect the young, share our insights and remain vigilant.

As many have you have already learned, it is important to remain positive, as every new dawn offers fresh hope. Good luck to all of you and keep writing. Things will improve.


Replied by Dud
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
Dear Princewith2spleens (Neil);

Why don't you try some of the remedies detailed on earthclinic.Com, instead of just treating the symptoms? Forget the applying of some B.M.A. Doctor's cortisone cream and go for the gold instead. You sound like you have given up on a healing taking place. Shake youself free from your belief in failure.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
According to the link I have attached rosacea is caused by a lack of B2.

If that is the case then why don't you try a good B complex vitamin or just have the so called superfoods which contain pretty much all the vitamins and minerals (chlorella, spirulina... etc.)

I would also think swimming in sea water would clear up the condition as it is like having a "mineral bath". If you can't get to the sea.. Buy some unrefined sea salts and put into hot water to dissolve and wash your face with it for a day (don't be stingy on the amount of salt) or put it in a bath and splash it on your face.

Dud is right, don't treat the symptoms, research at what is causing the deficiency. Your body is lacking in something... Why?

Posted by Grateful For Earth Clinic (Livingston, Montana, Usa) on 01/21/2011

Thank you Earth Clinic! I broke out with rosacea 8 months ago after adopting a street dog in Costa Rica. She had alopesia and I felt there was a connection. I've been to two dermatologists, an Acupuncturist, a medical doctor, an esthetician and a veterinarian all with no good results. My rosacea progressed to cystic acne so finding this site I started applying 1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 3/4 c green tea twice a day followed by coconut oil and the acne went away but the rosacea still persists.

Finding out about the mites connection I did some further internet search and found these sites and wanted to share. They have great info about the mite connection and the mites themselves.

Due to cost and toxicity I'm going to try Ted's remedies first along with baby shampoo and/or Dandruff shampoo for me and my pets. I'll let you all know how it goes. Good luck and thanks again!

EC: Sorry, your links you provided did not work.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tenn.
HI U GRATEFUL, , , , , , , , After treating my nose for Demodex mites for many years, I now have them under control. I got the formula from this site, but have refined it somewhat. First, mites live in your hair follicles, because that is where the nutrients are. If you got nose mites then treat only the hair inside your nose. I now mix up a concoction in a soda cap that includes tea tree oil, borax, vitamin E oil and hydrogen peroxide. The active ingredient is tea tree oil so add it until it has a strong smell. I have posted many times concerning this and think you can only control the little devils. Over time the most important thing I have learned is that the little buggers must have hair and that's what you need to treat.

We just finished a 10 day liver and lymph detox , finishing Up with a liver flush. Got lots of stones this year so I got to start living closer to the cross and not do the second martini. At 75, I was going out at 78 , but have now set my goal at 92.

I appreciate this site but Few people talk about the big picture. Your health is a whole body thing and not something specific. This BV thing puts me into the top of a tall, tall Pine Tree, but it consumes this site.

It's kinda like Aids. Behave yourself and that will not be a problem. Illegitimate children just happen, kinda like S---, stuff.

I'll get chastised for that remark. It's a PC thing. I'm too old to worry about such drivel. I would encourage new folks to read first and post when they cannot find the answer.

Out of spit, =====ROBERT HENRY=======

Posted by Christal (Kyle, Texas) on 12/30/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been struggling with skin problems since I was 11 years of age. I had horrible body acne and some facial acne made worse with the products they sell us that say they help prevent or cure these problems which were caused by eating horribly and drinking soda and coffee, rarely any water.

Anyway, it wasn't until two years ago that I really started to look into natural methods and organic foods and such, I have been completely CONSUMED by all the information I learn daily, I am OBSESSED with remedies and health and nutrition, so much so that I have decided to become an herbalist/healer/nutritionist. I don't really know where to start on that journey so if anyone has information that would be super, but that aside, I have been trying several things to cure my Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis for quite some time now, my dermatologist took one look at me and said I had rosacea and dermatitis but I haven't cured the roacea yet. I am going to try Ted's remedy for that but I don't know how safe it is while breastfeeding, I have an eight month old.

Anyway, I keep telling you my life story, I believe the rosacea and dermatitis is caused by a candida/yeast infection, I have been taking coconut oil internally daily for a few months now and my vaginal yeast infection is GONE, has been since the first week, I no longer will EVER go to the dr with any problem unless life threatening like I was in a car accident or something, but I won't ever take antibiotics or any prescription pain med ever again, I won't buy any shampoos or body wash for me or my child, I have been using water on his hair and its so soft and shiny and doesn't smell at all, I use water mixed with baking soda for my hair put on my roots and its so full of body and soft and shiny as well, been doing that for a few weeks now and I love it, I went back to shampoo twice during the first few weeks and it made my hair super gross and my scalp itched even more than it does now, a side affect of consuming so much sugar and white flour throughout my life. I am using Ted's remedy for that as well. I am going to get some Borax next week when the paychecks come in, for the rosacea and itchy scalp.

That aside. I mixed 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (with the "Mother") and 1 Tablespoon Hydrogen Peroxide with water so the ratio is 1:1:10, water being the most, and washed my face with water using a wash rag, removing any dirt or excess oils, then with the same rag, I apply the mixture to my face blotting it on or rubbing gently, and then let that air dry. Then I add Extra Virgin Olive oil to my face, Just a tiny amount is all thats needed and I did this last night for the first time and I couldn't BELIEVE how quickly my skin has cleared up and looks and feels AMAZING, I did it to my husband who actually has a terrible case of acne and then applied teatree oil on a QTip to the acne bumps and blackheads, MY BLACKHEADS ARE ALMOST GONE! I have had blackheads on my nose deep in my pores since I was 11 years old, I am 21 now and I can't believe the results!!!! I want to share everything I know with anyone and everyone! Email me with any questions! Cici28602(at)yahoo(dot)com

I should have taken before and after photos! I may still do it for my husband because his is bad but looks a million times better!

Posted by Chrisatl (Atlanta, Georgia) on 10/13/2010

First, thanks to all who post on Earth Clinic. This is my go-to guide whenever I have an illness. Recently, I had Rosacea. I can say "had" now because its all gone. Thanks to Earth Clinic. I compiled what I believe was the safest and inexpensive suggestions to cure Rosacea from the 4 to 5 pages on the website and tried it all at the same time.

Here is what I used and it costs less than 25 bucks:

Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Lysine, Tea Tree Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Witch Hazel and water with lemon juice. Throughout the day I would drink tap water with a freshly squeezed lemon. In the morning, afternoon and night I would take 1500mg of Lysine and 1500Mg of Vitamin C, and 2 pills of Vitamin A (8000 IU each). Also, twice a day I would digest 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and once a day I would digest a tad bit of Baking Soda, but with food. Also, I never took the vitamins and lysine without eating something first. In the morning and night I would wash my face with Witch Hazel and at night I would add tea tree oil to my face.

Within a 2 days I saw a noticeable difference and within 4 days my face looked better than it did before the Rosacea. By the way, I am 24 years old, a drinker and cigar smoker, and a light skinned male. I hope this helps you all like it has helped me. I am very self conscious and was going through a crisis in my life because of this and I thank everyone who posted there experiences. Also, last but most importantly, I prayed a few times a day to the Higher Being I believe in and I recommend you do the same.

Posted by Ann (Birr, County Offaly) on 08/30/2010

I am totally confused I think about how best to treat my rosacea. I have started the baking soda washing soda plus the h2o2 drink twice a day on an empty stomach. I use the oil cleansing treatment castoroil/ olive oil to remove my make up at night and apply the h2o2 6% as it is the only 1 I can get here in Ireland. After half an hour I apply the borox soloutin and leave both on over night. I'm working towards my diet, this being the most difficult part especially eliminating wheat and dairy but I'm taking 1 at a time.. Is this a good procedure ted or can you advise me... I'm 52 and have been suffering with the facial condition for 21yrs. I have tried the anti-biotic road but as soon as I stop the condition flares up again. I'm desperate to try and cure myself so that I can enjoy my last years with good skin. My aim is to wear make up only if I chose not because I have to..

Replied by Addy
Flowery Branch, Ga
My sister in law had rosacea flare up after giving birth to my nephew. I read on EC to wash your face with a good dandruff shampoo.. Recommended she try it. She used a popular over the counter brand and it worked like a charm. Her face was a little dry at first but she cut back to doing the regimine twice a week. Her skin is back to normal.

Posted by Piper (Toronto, On) on 03/23/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I had a rosacea outbreak and I have tried a few things. For the red dry skin hydrating seems to be what works best. Moisturizer or baby zinc cream.

The pimples were challenging. The skin affected is a mass of pimples. I tried honey, urine. No real difference. Medication didn't do anything. I have just started applying my mineral salt stick which I use as a deodorant. This seems to be working. Skin texture seems to be improving and pimples drying and healing.

Posted by Amy (Brattleboro, Vermont, Usa) on 03/14/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  greetings everyone

i have spent the past five days reading all the posts here, about a week ago i woke up with an outbreak of what i think is rosacea. i am 45 years old and have never had it before, and have always had very good skin. My symptoms were identical to rosacea.

i sympathize with those of who have suffered with this for years. i am a trained herbalist, and spent alot of time researching herbal remedies for rosacea and wanted to share with you what i learned, and what i have tried and what seems to be working. already my condition is improving.

i tried almost everything that was posted on this site.

i began taking lots of lysine (1500 mg 2x a day) and vit C (1500 mg 2x a day). i also took a TBSP of ACV in a little water 2x a day. Linda Rector Page in her book, Healthy Healing, points to the liver and the immune system. she also says heavy smoking contributes to the condition, so any of you smokers out there might want to try quitting. she also recommends a 3 day liquid fast with lots of fresh veggies and fruit juices. (fresh green cabbage juice helps to clear heat from the body)i also made a batch of veggie broth by boiling up carrots, onions, celery, garlic, parsley and seaweed, and then added miso for alkanilizing my system.(don't boil miso, as it destroys the micro-organisms...just add it to warm broth)

Page also recommends the herb pau d'arco...which i learned alot about while living in costa rica last year, where i was studying tropical medicinal herbs. in central america pau d'arco is considered a sacred tree and treats many conditions. it is primarily a immune stimulant, but is also an anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. many plants in the tropics have these properties, as the wet climate creates the perfect conditions for fungus and parasites.

i drank alot of pau d'arco tea and also combined it with a strong calendula tea and used it externally as a wash several times a day. Pure cider vinegar dabbed on my face with a cotton ball helped to relieve the stinging sensation.

additionally i took an herbal tincture of burdock root, nettles, and cats claw 3-4 x a day.

Michael Tierra in his book "Planetary Herbology" says that pumpkin seeds help to destroy and dispel parasites. He also says that borax is quite toxic internally, so i didn't use it that way. But what i did find very helpful was to wash my face with a solution of borax, peroxide and water, then let it dry and then rinsed with warm water and applied a thin layer of neem oil, which feels very soothing.

with this protocol my skin is improving daily, and is hardly noticeable...i am no longer embarrassed to go out in public and the stinging sensation is gone.

i hope this helps others out there with this condition.
i am happy to answer any questions


Replied by Flea
Sebring, Florida
[YEA]   I have tried EVERYTHING for my rosacea. Mine started after using Paxil. I just recently made a discovery that has completely changed my skin. I wash my face with an olive oil soap (Kiss my Face), and then apply organic olive oil as a moisturizer. The change has been dramatic (in only a few days it was incredibly noticeable), I have had so MANY people notice. I have had no breakouts, just smooth "un-red" skin!!!!!! From reading this thread, it seems different things work for different people. If what you are trying does not work, do not give up and try other alternatives. Try the olive oil, it might work for you like it did for me. To think of all the money I have spent on lotions, and all the aggravation!!!!

Good luck!!!!

Posted by Amanda (Cape Town, South Africa) on 11/22/2009


Hi, I'm new to this site, and came here for Thrush remedy, which after 2 weeks, is now all but gone. Oh, but even though I got the thrush from a very stressful situation on top of a terrible freshly baked bread 2-week splurge...MY ROSACEA DID NOT COME BACK!


I've had Rosacea all my life..the systemic kind: blushing, red spots, papules that expel waxy cheese...the whole thing. Horrible, embarrassing and painful ( I felt like I had a bad sunburn a lot of the time...I would be out having fun, and could not wait to get home and jump into the cool shower--face was covered with grease, beet red and yet dry and burned feeling) In other words, I had the whole thing.

I tried everything OTC and from dermatologists . Nothing worked and many made it worse.

I avoided "facials" like the plague, because they often left me red-faced for a month afterward.

About 8 years ago I had an ayurvedic facial ( can I say Dr Hauschka?) anyway, very expensive, but I was desperate and someone recommended. The facialist(?) saw me and immediately told me what to do...

I did use the products ($$$!) for about 1 year, but since then have developed my own protocol which keeps things at bay. I still treat myself to the products about once a year, and use monthly as a "facial treatment" instead of a daily thing.

So, if you can afford the Dr H whole shebang, I say go for it...if not, keep reading, because I've developed a less expensive routine for my long-term use.

Okay, here's what works for ME:

stop all scrubbing, rubbing, hotsteaming, reaming, pinching and anything that is not gentle to your face and rest of body. Think of your skin as a fragile little baby that needs coddling and care! Use products you make or buy that support skin.

wash with tepid or cool water, never ever sauna--use steamroom only for short times, don't shock system with any hot/cold treatments. Shower tepid, avoid long hot baths (sorry!), don't get sunburned.

Avoid hot, spicy foods--even the ones that are good for you, like ginger. (I use ginger/hot pepper once in a while when treating colds, etc..careful, sparingly)
Eat all the veg you can and drink water all day long.
TED'S LEMON ALKALIZER? FANTASTIC!! I used to use just lemon juice, but I am trying this now.

4) USE SKIN PRODUCTS AYURVEDIC/HOMEOPATHIC OR HOMEMADE --some OTC are OK--read the labels like a nut, even if you have to use a magnifying glass in the stores! I often write to companies and ask them to send me entire lists of ingredients in products...very good results. Sometimes you can find OTC creams, lotions that have the great ingredients in them ( quality oils, vitamins, etc) these are easier to use. I have found several reasonably priced ones here in Africa. I put them on before I go out if I don't want to look too "greasy".


wash type 1:
2 part almond meal (buy or grind raw almonds)
1 part dried ground orange peel (just buy one organic orange, peel it and dry out the peel
1 part dry milk.
Mix a little of this powder with water or milk or yoghurt and pat onto face. Gently rub to wash, or let it dry and gently rub off ( takes off more oil). Rinse with cool/tepid water.

wash type 2: (gentler)
Mix the above with plain yoghurt ( full cream is nice) or heavy cream. Option add: few drops lavender oil and/or drop or two of tea tree. Experiment, start with just the lavender. Rub gently or let sit for a couple of minutes while you relax ( if time) or wear into shower and wash off at the end.

type 1: Mix pure witch hazel ( no alcohol!)and real rosewater (no alcohol!) with a few drops of lavender oil and dilute with water. Or, add a few drops of rose oil istead of the rosewater. Keep in a spray bottle and spritz on face after washing. Start with maybe a few ounces of the Witch hazel and find a solution strength that leaves your face feeling clean, but not tight and dry. You can also add tea tree (sparingly) or geranium essential oil. Experiment a little bit...this is what worked for me. The lavender, rose and witch hazel are the mainstays. Rub on a few drops of cocoanut or soy oils and let air dry. Do not wipe off!

type 1(emergency cool and moisturize): Put heavy cream mixed or whipped with lavender oil on face and leave on for a few minutes. Wipe off and spray with the toner. this is good for flareups, sunburns and upsets.

type 2: glycerine, lavender and rose oil. Hey, it works for me! Mix a dab of this with enough water to cover the face lightly. Experiment until it does not feel too greasy. I sometimes toss a little ACV water (very dilute) on top of this, especially in hot weather.

type 3: a few drops of coconut and soy oils put on face damp from toner.

type 1: whip heavy cream add few drops oil and leave on for 10 minutes while you put your feet up or bathe.

type 2: Take half an avocado, mush it up very soft and smooth (no lumps) add some lemon juice--take enough to cover, then add few drops lavender oil and put it all over your face, head hair and neck. If you cover your whole head with feels fantastic and soothes, cools and moisturizes all at once. Go outside or maybe lay in's a little messy. Leave on for 10-15 minutes ( don't let it dry too much or it's hard ot get off)...this is my FAVORITE one, and I use it daily during avo season! You can make guacamole with the extra!

Mix plain yoghurt with pureed apple and put all over face and body and head and hair(if you have time to wash up fully afterward, if not, just do the skin parts, but the full-head treatment is very cooling! Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer if you want. Relax while it is working. Roll yourself in a clean sheet (washed in borax, not detergent!) and then follow with a tepid shower and put a little lavender mixed with soy or coconut oil all over wet skin and maybe give face another yoghurt/lavender oil treatment if it is still very irritated. Keep cool!

I have had very good luck with rubbing a little straight lavender oil on the worst spots. A recent one absolutely cleared up with this treatment.

I am in Africa, so I have to load up, and sometimes they irritate. I am just experimenting with making my own using zinc oxide added to a gentle face cream with soy. Let you know. It's hard to find the raw ingredients here--they cost a fortune or are unavailable or suspiciously unregulated.

1) have a clean pillowcase every night! or at least turn the pillowcase so that a clean side is up and change every other night. Wash bedding in borax, or special laundry soap from health food store. Add a couple drops lav oil to rinse.

1. NEVER do "hot" or bikram yoga..nearly 3 months to get red out of my face!
2. don't eat spicy foods
3. don't drink every day -I have champagne about 1x a week and it seems OK. Hey, I'm in Africa,home of the sundowner!
4.stand on your head, or learn easier yoga makes your face red..then clears it up!

You don't have to use everything, but key is the washing protocol. And the yoghurt, I think. This is a great book for more ayurvedic ideas... Absolute Beauty by Pratima Raichur.

I am just about to start Ted's borax/H202 treatment to get rid of THE LAST active papule I have on my chest. It is invisible for years, but still there, so is a great experimental spot! Let you all know.


Replied by Pbird
Everett, Wa, Usa
Wow Amanda. Thanks for your astoundingly thorough exposition! I am way too lazy for all that but I have learned from it.... and will be encorporating some of it. Sometimes I think the treatment that works is the one we believe in with all our hearts or feel that has been sent to us. Gotta keep an open mind. Thanks again.

Posted by Lucinda (Dayton, Ohio, USA) on 03/17/2009

[NAY]  I have had rosacea for about 1 & 1/2 years. I am 55 and always had very clear skin all my life, never bothered by lots of acne like most teens. So it has been very frustrating and depressing for me to have this nasty stuff on my face. I am allergic to many antibiotics so I never took that "remedy". My dermatologist confirmed the diagnosis of rosacea and gave me a couple of perscriptions for topical products. I used them until they ran out but never renewed them as I did not see any improvements. I have tried several natural products: aloe, hydrogen peroxside, rubbing alcohol, a tea tree oil acne treatment and some products I got off the web that are all natural. Nothing is working and it just seems to get worse. I am going to try your ACV and HP recipe.

I often feel like putting a bag over my face when I leave the house. I hate the way I look with these "pimples" on my face. I wanted to pass along a couple of tips. Never scrub your face with a cloth. This tends to aggravate the rosacea. I always just use my fingers and just pat my face dry - never rub. Secondly, ladies, try using a makeup that is all mineral and in powder form. I use the original mineral makeup and it never clogs your pores and it covers the bumps very well.

I'll leave feedback after I have tried your solutions.

Replied by Andrew
Vancouver, Canada
For the last five days, I have been applying _____ 45 SPF Clear Zinc Oxide to my face in morning for sun protection. The redness on my cheeks appears to be subsiding rapidly since commencing application. Really. Maybe others will have a similar experience. I will continue to put it on my face in the morning. I will report back in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you want to try the product, a small 1oz pot can be ordered online for a measely few bucks.
Replied by Andrew
Vancouver, Canada
It has been over a week since i posted. I am pleased to say that my redness is continuing to subside. I cannot be sure whether it is the zinc oxide, though it seems plausible. I am take borax powder internally and externally ala Ted's recommendations. I have been using borax for about 45 days.
Replied by Lucinda
Dayton, Ohio, USA
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been using the apple cider vinegar applied topically on my face (directly from the bottle with a cotton ball) since my first posting (3/17/2009). I also was drinking it (i Tbspn in juice twice daily) for the first month or so. Then I added the 1000mg L-Lysine + 1000mg Vir C taken 1/2 dose twice daily that was recommended by another posting on this website. I do not rinse off the ACV. When it dries I apply a moisturizer for sensitive skin. I have seen a 90% improvement. It's not gone, but is so much better. Still get bumps in my T-zone (forehead, nose, chin, but can't complain too much. I plan to try the borax and baking soda solutions also. I would love to see this rosacea go away completely! Thanks to everyone for their solutions. This is a great website!

Posted by Yosh (New York, NY, USA) on 10/24/2008

[NAY]  Hi, I'm new at this site, so please forgive me if I make a boo boo.
This posting is regarding rosacea.

I've been suffering with what seems to be rosacea for ahout 4 years now. My derm dr. is not 100% sure. Pathologist says it could be rosacea or whatever else I forgot. Dr. gave me metrogel and other topicals, a whole bunch of them, but nothing helped, except to make the matter worse. I quit going to the doctors for this problem.

Currently, I'm using only Jojoba oil on my face, because my face has become so sensitive to anything, I can't even put Zenmed cream for sensitive skin.

I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, for which I take strong medications, such as Humira, methotrexate, prednisone, plaquenil. With all 4 combined, my sed rate is still soaring above 100.

Recently, I found out that I was heavily mercury poisoned, as well as aluminum poisoned. That is probably causing me all sorts of medical problems.

After removing the amalgams, I went to a NAET acupuncture treatment to help elliminate allergies. After each treatment, my face flared up, like my capillaries might burst, and after 5 sessions, my face has gotten so bad, developed chronic situations, and I'm now in desperate search for cure.

My problem is that I react to almost every treatment, supplement, and remedies. (it is always my face that react. Why?) So I'm being very careful.

My detox specialist says that (he uses kinesiology) my face is a result of aluminum poisoning, and that the toxins are coming out of my facial skin. So then he gave me some tinctures to take care of the problem, and now my face is all swollen like moon face.

I would like to try some of the remedies mentioned here, but I don't know which one is best, since I am so sensitive to everything. Any suggestions? Any advice?

Just to give you more idea, I've been going to colonics regulary for about a year now. My diet is pretty much vegetarian, and my Ph is.. as far as my saliva is concerned, it's about 6.8.

After the NAET crisis, I seem to have developed ocular rosacea. This scares me. I'd appreciate your help!!!

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
Reply to Yosh..You sound in dire straits. It might be worth a look at , at least there are no supplements involved in that therapy. Good luck
Replied by Eh
Atlanta, Ga
I starting having problems with Rosacea about 10 years ago -- not severe, but enough to make me self-conscious. When I started taking a Probiotic for my candida, it also helped my rosacea. It is all but gone at this point, even though I still have very sensitive skin. A naturopath that I know well says "the state of your colon affects every part of your body, including your skin." Make sure you take the kind of probiotic that is refrigerated (live bacteria). I take one that has 3 different types in it -- can't mention brand names here, but I "swear" by this one. It works wonders!
Replied by Abby
Cincinnati, Ohio
How long have you been taking prednisone? It can cause a moon face, weight gain, and a myriad of other problems. I was on low dose prenisone for 15 years for lupus and it caused me more problems than the lupus. I would research your meds to see if they could be causing the problems with your skin.

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Posted by Sara (Chattanooga, TN) on 12/03/2007

[YEA]  Hello, I have been trying to figure out how to cure/reduce my rosacea symptoms for years now. I finally think I have come across something that works. My daily regimen includes a host of vitamins Vitamin B complex, Selenium, Vitamin A, Amino Acids, Zinc and Omega 3's. I *really* noticed a difference with the addition of Selenium. I found sulfur soap at Dollar General for around 1.75 or so and use that every day. I moisturize only with aloe and also tone my skin with colloidial silver or copper. This combination seems to have worked.

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Posted by Bonni (Mcminnville, Or) on 01/27/2013

[YEA]  I believe I have found the cure for my rosacea/eczema... whatever was eating my face. It is [a neem, turmeric, sulphur] antifungal. You can only get it off ebay. It is from India. After 3 days and nights, my face is 100% more clear, with only some dry patches that need to heal. I am more than thrilled. ACV was not much help to me. The antifungal took away all the redness and swelling bumps and pain. I used it on my childrens ringworm and it worked in a couple days. Hope you have such luck!

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Posted by Jillery (North America) on 11/27/2013

Has anyone used oregano oil for rosecea? I saw a clip about taking the oil internally (4 pills a day) and using a diluted oregano oil on the areas on your face. I have been using it for the past two days and my results aren't 'in' yet-- it seems to have calmed things down a bit but I will not attest for the results as of yet. Anyone? Anyone?

Replied by Jillery
North America
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I am checking back in again-- I previously read a post that I continue to look for. It was from a woman who mentioned that her rosacea seems to kind of 'morph' each time she tries something out. Her rosacea will calm down for a week -+ and then whatever remedy she is using seems not to work anymore-- that seems to be happening with me also-- If anyone knows this post I would like to read it again-- I keep search for it.... EC do you have easy access to this post?

I tried Oregano oil and it was helpful for a few days but then my face got horrifically dry-- like leather! I used it sparingly and diluted topically. I also took oregano pills.

Diluted apple cider vinegar is helpful but not great.

Zinc oxide cream was good for a few days-- even my bf said my face was less red but then my face started to dry from that too.

I used collodial silver as a toner. Not much of anything there but my face did not react from that.

I also tried tea tree oil dotted on the breakouts (diluted). Too harsh for my skin.

I change my pillow case every few days.

Now I am using borax and HP to wash with-- dab it on and let it dry-- and that calms it. I then apply a Eucerine zinc oxide/titanium dioxide senstive skin cream to nose, upper lip and an oatmeal lotion to the rest of my face. I have less break outs but I am still not happy with the results.

Right now I am sitting here with yogurt on my nose/lip. lol. It feels nice!

I am thinking I need to keep rotating different remedies for my particular problem... I do not have rosacea bad but the redness and few zits are noticable. I am 58.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
Dear Jillery,

I haven't seen the post you mention, but what you described about the poster saying her rosecea seemed to "morph" struck a cord with me.

For the last several years, I have had a bit of skin trouble on and off. What might start out as nearly nothing would become red and itchy. The first couple of times it happened, I thought it was ringworm. It looked like ringworm to me. I have treated that in the past on a child and on cats. But nothing would work on me. I spent 7 months trying different natural remedies (and finally tried something OTC) and nothing was working. I did finally find a GSE cream that got rid of it after 7 months of different remedies. Each thing I tried seemed to be helping, then suddenly the patch would become larger and what was seeming to help would not. I went through this a couple of times with spots on my legs and it was frustrating. (The next time the GSE stuff didn't work.) Last year this happened on my arm. But it didn't look as much like ringworm and I didn't connect this to the previous problem. It seemed more like eczema. But again, nothing worked for long and after some improvement, it would become worse and the spot would get bigger. I kept trying different EC remedies. Finally I tried Borage Oil. 3 capsules a day. It totally worked! As long as I kept taking it, I had no trouble. If I ran out of Borage, the spot on my wrist would begin to return. Well, I ran out of Borage a couple of months ago and decided to test it. The spot did not seem to be returning.

However, a couple of weeks ago, I started with a spot on my ankle. It reminded me of the other spots on my legs and I thought, Here we go again! It looked like ringworm, like before. Nothing was helping, like before. Suddenly, a light bulb went on. I thought, maybe this is the same thing I had on my wrist! I ordered some Borage Oil and started to take it. (3 per day.) Within a couple of days I could tell it was working. It has been maybe a week and the spot is almost 100% better.

So, I have no idea what I had on my wrist or leg. Ringworm? Eczema? Something else? Now I think they were all the same thing. In any case, it appears that Borage Oil is very helpful for skin issues. It makes me think I am missing something nutritionally that Borage is supplying. I was pregnant and/or nursing for years and think I am got pretty depleted.

Borage Oil can also be used topically. Castor Oil may also be helpful topically. I love to use it on my face at bedtime.

Anyway, I thought I would pass this information along as I also seemed to have a "morphing" skin issue.

Let us know what you try and how it is going!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Tina
Cambridge, Ma
Dear Mama to Many, I was very interested in your borage oil post. I have rosacea on my face too and have been taking high doses of evening primrose oil and pharmaceutical grade fish oil every day. Have also tried vitamin e and vitamin d after reading about it here. During the winter, nothing really helps. So now I will try borage oil even though as I recall it is quite similar to evening primrose oil, no? Thank you!
Replied by Jillery
North America

I forgot to mention I did try castor oil for a number of days also... I actually have some on my T-zone right now along with a little coconut oil. Although the area is more calm than it had been THIS GIRL AIN'T HAPPY. lol.

I will look into the Borage oil-- I had not considered that... I was thinking of trying another oil.... can't think right now... seathorn or something like that.... also I was thinking of the maluka honey too... then of course there is always colloidal COPPER--

Yesterday I did try urine wiped on my nose (my own... not some as even though slightly gross it makes sense in a way... it didn't make it worse or better but it did feel... different...

I want to be one of those people who slather something one and the next day it is gone!!!

I wonder why your rash travels? I used to get psoriasis -- a kind of rash on the inner bend of my arm when I was a kid... kinda like hives... I remember the smell of the creme my mom would put on it.. but not the name. but it was some old timey type of stuff so I doubt it is around anymore.

Thank you for responding to my post-- I did spend more time looking for it today and pages 1-6... and I know I have checked thru page 10... so who knows... Feel free to write me at dancingpretzels at the Y-- I like your name Mom of many...

oh yes... also tried milk of magnesia dabbed on too-- just add that to your list to share... it was listed on peoples pharmacy radio show in NC.

Jillery. xo

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
Dear Tina,

Yes, I had assumed that Evening Primrose and Borage would be pretty similar. Although, I have been taking EPO for the last month (just for kicks...I had some in the house and took it since it is good for menopause/premenopause and I am 46.) and it wasn't helping my skin issue. So, I looked the two oils up to see why one might work better...turns out that Borage Oil has 5 times as much GLA (gamma linolenic Acid) as Evening Primrose. GLA is suppose to be important for healthy inflammatory and immune response.

So, it will be interesting to see if Borage helps with Rosacea!

Dear Jillery,

Your post made me smile--you want to be one of the people who gets cured right away with one thing! :) I agree!

I wonder what your mother put on your psoriasis? And, I too wonder why my rash travels. It does seem to begin when I have had a tiny cut or bug bite in the skin.

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Cj
Tauranga, New Zealand
I suffered from rosacea for many years and finally got rid of 90% of it by taking Blackstrap Molasses every day - about a tablespoon and followed that with a glass of water. Although about the same time, I was also regularly having MSM (powdered sulphur) each day, about 1/4 tsp and still do. My rosacea seemed to disappear within about 24-48 hours. Have you tried oil pulling? I did this also for about 8 months and loved what it did for me but then just suddenly stopped and haven't done it since. I believe that could also have a marked effect on your rosacea. Worth a try.

So I can't truthfully say which of those alleviated it, but I think it was the molasses.

Replied by Jillery
North America
Thank you Tj for your information and guidance. What does the MSM powder taste like? I would assume it has that stinky eggy smell to it? If so, what do you do to get it down easily?
Replied by Jillery
North America
and OH I do have molasses in the cupboard!!! Thanks!

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Posted by Patti (Toledo, Ohio/usa) on 11/21/2011

I've been diagnosed with rosacea. I have a mild case as it isn't noticable except when I wash my face at bedtime and use hot water. There is a patch on each cheek, on either side of my nose, and a band across my forehead. It doesn't flake, itch nor do I have pustules. A regimine that is working for me is, washing my face with a diluted solution of Miracle II green soap (not the moisturizing type), rinse with cool water and pat dry. Then I apply a thin coat of PAV ointment. This product was recommended to me by a medical doctor. The package says it contains tree-resin, petrolatum and olive oil. It is good for infections, burns, fungus, diaper rash, acne & rough hands.

My daughter, who is a surgical intensive care nurse, says that it is one of the best products she has used for the very dry skin on her hands that occurs from her frequent hand washing at the hospital.

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