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Natural Remedies for Rosacea

| Modified on Nov 14, 2021

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Natnmargie (Washington, United States) on 03/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Having Rosacea is a difficult disease to deal with and having tried just about everything for it, I finally found something that works for me.

I diluted ACV 50/50 with water and applied it to my face with a cotton pad, left it on for a couple of minutes, then wiped it off with a clean, wet with water cotton pad. It burned a little, and then within 30 minutes my face looked better than ever before. I then wash my face with a gentle cleanser and put on some moisturizer. I now put this on morning and night, and my skin looks better than in my entire life. The burning on my face stopped within a couple of days, and now it just feels good.

I am also using this on my eyelids for blepharitis and am having great results.

As a side affect. I have blackheads on my nose, and they are diminishing greatly since using the ACV on my face.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Phil (St. Augustine, Fl) on 10/25/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sunshine (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/01/2013
4 out of 5 stars

I want to take the opportunity to post about my rosacea experience and at the same time thank everyone who's posted here.

I got rosacea after an illness. My body wasn't taking in nutrients and I lost about 10% body weight. I'm slender, generally very fit, 54 years old. Losing this weight put my body under enormous stress. Add to this the emotional stress of a failed business venture, and the on-set of menopause, it was a difficult time. About 10 years ago I had minor rosacea that my derm treated with antibiotics, I took them for a few weeks about two or three times per year and thought nothing of it. My skin looked perfectly fine.

This time, weak and emotionally exhausted, I got odd pimples which within a few days turned into full blown rosacea. Red, raised, angry skin, symmetrically on both sides of my face and on my nose. Lots of ugly pimples. No pain or stinging but it looked horrendous. It took over a month for me to get to my derm who prescribed an anti-scabies creme against the mites and antibiotics. I goggled the scabies creme, and, finding what it contained, trashed it. I read everything I could on Earth Clinic and related sites and did this: washed my face with a gentle pure olive oil soap to which I added a few drops of tea tree oil. Moisturised my face with a carrier oil (I alternated between olive oil and sesame oil for the face) and a few drops of tea tree oil. When the crawling sensation of the mites got too bad, I'd take a facial steam bath with added camomile tea, to sooth the skin. This procedure is based on the abstract of an article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19774398) which states that demodex mites die at about 58 degree C. The steam bath (the 'pot of boiling water and towel' type) always got rid of the crawling sensation for the night. I sometimes did the steam bath 10 days in a row till I had no more nightly crawling sensation. I'm not sure how hot the steam is (obviously boiling is 100 degrees C, but how hot is it when I put my face over the pot - perhaps 50 degrees C?)

When the results were too slow in coming (I am a manager and have a lot of people around me), I took antibiotics (tetracycline) for 20 days exactly. I wasn't cured but thought I'd do all the rest naturally. I paid particular attention to my diet. In my case, I am doing the GAPS diet which is great for anyone who is undernourished due to intolerances. It's a difficult diet, because it requires lots of cooking. I drank apple cider vinegar in the morning and the evening; took lots of supplements such as double doses of Vitamin B, zinc, primrose oil. My naturopath felt I was low on copper, so I took that as well.

My rosacea nearly cleared within 2 months, and then I got a second bout. Different from the first. No pimples, but red, raised, angry skin, this time on my cheeks. The red skin hardened, practically scabbed. I felt and looked horrid. And more so- the skin burned and stung. I believe it may be seborrheic dermatitis.

Back to the internet, back to Earth Clinic. This time I'm doing all of the above, but have added Oil of Oregano. My thought is that this outbreak may well be related to mites, but feels and looks more like some fungus. I tried Selsun Blue which burnt, and it sort-of felt wrong to put a chemically-based shampoo on my cheeks. I turned to Oil of Oregano 3 times daily, 3-5 drops ingested with honey or in vegetable juice (beware, it burns and tastes horrid). I use one drop mixed in a carrier oil on my skin, twice daily. Especially on the angry, hard, raised welts. The oil is amazingly strong, so if you try it, be careful. Oil of Oregano is said to be an anti-fungal. It burnt but I feel it has worked. In three days my face is nearly (not quite) at a point where I can go out without makeup.

My conclusion about rosacea: a very complex, multifaceted disease, defiantly related to stress, and majorly related to the gut (I'm currently sugar, grains, caffein and alcohol free). Once we've got it, I believe we need to get rid of the mites and whatever else there is, on an external basis. But it is an internal disease which expresses itself externally. The GAPS diet is right for me, but others may need to do a raw food or juicing diet - whatever it is that has led the body to be out of sync. I'm dealing with my menopause by taking black cohosh and am feeling more in sync with myself. I drink lots of water with fresh sliced ginger and some lemon. About three litres per day. These past three months have been the most horrid of my life. I have, and can, face many hardships, but when my face looks so horrid, I find it so terribly hard to face up to my ex, or my colleagues, or face the world.

I pray to the Universe this is the last bout of this demoralising, humiliating and humbling illness and that I'll be cured soon. And I pray to the universe that everyone struggling with this disease find their cure.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jerome (Brooklyn, New York, Usa) on 12/12/2010 7 posts
4 out of 5 stars

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!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Denny (Conway, Ar) on 12/10/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Having become a victim to rosacea in my early 60s and which condition progressed until I had the worse case scenerio with severe breakouts, blood blisters under the skin and scarring. I searched for remedies because the antibiotics and creams prescribed did little or nothing. Monodox initially helped with the inflamation, but over time I had to double the dose and triple it during breakouts. My brother sent me a news article saying that someone applied Vick's vaporub to their rosacea and it healed them. I tried Vick's and found that it did help a great deal, but did not alleviate my problem.

Quite by accident, my wife told me I had bad breath and I searched for a remedy on the Internet. The solution I found was a 50/50 solution of household hydrogen peroxide with distilled or filtered water and to gargle continuously for one to one and a half minutes.

The explanation for this mixture was that the odor causing bacteria in the mouth could not tolerate oxygen and by using this remedy it killed the bacteria. It did not eliminate it, but eliminated enough of the bacteria between treatments that you could go most of the day without experiencing bad breath. What happened to my amazement is that my rosacea disappeared. I can only speculate that like taking sub lingual B-12 vitamins, you get greater amounts of the vitamin by absorption under the tongue. I am assuming that whatever causes rocasea is some form of bacteria or other organism that cannot tolerate oxygen and my gargling with the hydrogen peroxide solution eliminated whatever was causing my rosacea. I hope this helps someone else in healing this terrible problem.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ken (Durango, Colorado) on 07/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adriaan (Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa) on 08/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been battling with Rosacea for 10 years flaking skin and itching, pimples on my head that sting like a needle when I popped them. My ears were always full of loose skin and when I took it out it was red and sore. Then my face turned red like you cannot believe. I spent hours in the sun cleaning the pool and garden work. It came to the stage when it looked like my face was going to start bleeding. I started looking for help on the internet because the gels and antibiotics the doctors gave me did not help much and was so expensive. Well I found Earth Clinic by accident I read a lot there and decided to try the organic apple cider vinegar. And it was like a miracle. I wash my face with pure glycerine soap and used the vinegar 50/50 with water at first and the redness and itching was gone. Then after it dried I used a mild moisturiser. And If I have to go outside for a long time I use zinc/oxide powder mixed with aquous cream as a sunblock. It works wonders but try and stay away from UV rays of the sun as much as possible. ACV is the best and I tried many medicines and creams.


Bitter Chinese Herbs
Posted by Mary (Boulder, Co) on 12/28/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 36-year-old female and I had rosacea that lasted for a very long year. After much research and experimentation I was actually able to get rid of it completely. I would mainly accredit my "cure" to two main things: 1) a very healthy, clean diet is necessary and 2) I was able to find the right Chinese herbal formula (which I will happily share) that eliminated my skin inflammation within a few months.

I have noted through my research that there are many types and causes of rosacea. Some people can simply give up certain foods or topically apply something to their face and their rosacea disappears! I'd say those are the lucky ones who are able to do that. I was not one of those lucky people and I imagine there are many more like me. For many people they must get to the root of the problem, which can sometimes be complicated, but firstly does involve cleaning up the diet (no gluten, no sugar, no dairy; eat alkaline foods, vegetables, greens, green tea, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar; avoid spicy foods, too much red meat; take probiotics, work on healing the gut, etc, etc. You can read the details on other websites.)

Rosacea is caused by a certain inflammation in the body, meaning something is out of balance and this causes a type of heat to rise upwards and usually (according to Chinese medicine) this heat can involve or come from organs such as the liver, stomach or lungs. So get that diet cleaned up first, BUT sometimes cleaning up the diet is not always enough, at least it wasn't for me. (For some people it will be, however.) I had to take special herbs to finally get rid of it. (It also might be helpful to read up in Chinese medicine about a diet that supports "Yin" in the body.)

It's interesting to note also that the location of rosacea acne on your face can sometimes tell you which organ the inflammation is coming from. Typically if it's all over your cheeks then it might be coming from the lungs. If it's around the mouth or nose area then it could be stomach and/or liver. Good to know, because there are different herbs to take if it comes from one or the other! I'm no expert and I would really advise you to see a Chinese acupuncturist if you can (acupuncture can help bring that heat down as well as herbs) but here's what I have observed: If it's on the cheeks you can seek out an herbal formula containing gypsum, rehmannia, scutellaria, gardenia, forsythia, (and probably a few other ingredients), and see if that may help.

My rosacea however was more around my nose and mouth area so I tried an herbal formula containing very bitter herbs to drive the heat and toxins from the liver and I supposed it helped my stomach as well. This type of heat and toxins must exit the body via the bowel...and bitter herbs help to accomplish this.

So the ingredients were COPTIS (very important and very bitter), Bupleurum, Scutellaria/ Scute/ Skullcap (same thing), Gentiana, Lonicera, Forsythia, Gardenia etc. There were a few other ingredients but those are the main ones. I would say if you're interested just look for a formula containing those ingredients, more or less, and give it a try.

When I tried this formula (I took the tablets 3 x daily) my face started to clear up within a month, so I stopped, but then it returned, so I took the formula for another 2 months and it went away completely after that. I couldn't believe it! I had tried everything under the sun. NOTHING topical ever worked for me. The cure had to come from within the body. After I finished taking this formula for about 3 months I then took another Chinese formula called "Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan" as a maintenance protocol (for several months) to keep my "Yin" healthy and I think this formula has helped to keep the rosacea from returning. It is a cooling formula. But I needed to take those really bitter herbs first to clear out the toxins and heat and then continued with my good diet and maintenance protocol after that.

I should add that taking these bitters herbs containing Coptis are quite potent and should only be taken for the short term. They can be very drying and you will feel them working. You may need to adjust or cut back the dosage to fit your needs. Drink lots of water between meals while taking them. And if for some reason this herbal formula doesn't work for you, I would say look around for some other Chinese herbal formulas and you may find one that fits your needs. But I wanted to share what worked for me. I hope this may help someone.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jillery (Rawlly, Nc) on 07/31/2018 90 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I could never tolerate ACV until I added a 1/4 t of baking soda to it. (3 T of ACV) This was a remedy for a type of fibro. I also take 500 mg of magnesium. It was for the pain of arthritis but wow... my rosacea has improved so much too!! And I have more energy. The arthritis is much much better too. The BS makes the ACV turn to malic acid. I'm so happy!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Patricia (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) on 02/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Roger (Craig, Co) on 12/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered for several years with rosacea and found my deliverance by using ACV as suggested in the above, plus changing my diet by completely abstaining from all forms of sugar as much as possible. (just check how much is in a milk serving) That, plus a higher protein diet has made my rosacea nothing more than an a bad memory! Please try this!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jerome (Brooklyn, New York) on 02/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to give an update on my use of Apple Cider Vinegar to treat rosacea. It has now been over two months since I first applied ACV to my face. Being though I felt like all signs of my rosacea had pretty much disappeared, I decided to resume what used to be one of my worst triggers--taking cold showers in the morning. It's now been over a week of taking a cold shower every morning and still no sign of my former rosacea whatsoever! I should add that I am also drinking lemon and baking soda twice a day, every day. With that said I have to give ACV a big YEA!


Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Jillery (Durtham, Nc) on 07/19/2020 90 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Since it was COVID season I decided to give it my all and try and resolve my rosacea. I researched and decided mine was 'mite based'. I had tried all the stuff from the Dermo but it always came back and the antibiotics caused me other problems besides. My rosacea presented as redness and weird little zits that could last for weeks. I never had a blemish as a child so at 57-65 this was weird to me. I decided it was a mite based issue as the other reasonings seemed a bit off for my issue.

I cleansed my face with borax that I fine-ground and coconut oil. 50-50 ratio. I'd wash with cool water and rinse with cool water. Then I applied the coconut oil and borax powder afterward too. I was just sitting at home so I'd apply this as the day went on as well. I had more breakouts but I felt like I was aggravating the mites.

I also put my bed pillow in the dryer for about 20-40 minutes incase there were mites on my pillow.

After about 5-7 days of borax/coconut oil I then switched to putting just coconut oil on my skin and then applying tea tree essentiall oil on top of it. I was amazed at how soothing the TTO was to my skin as I felt TTO would feel quite harsh to me but did not!!

I'd rinse my face during the week with cool water.

I'd apply coconut oil (or tamanu oil. kinda stinky but good for redness) and then add tea tree essential oil to my skin over the oil. I guess you could mix your own but I am lazy. LOL.

Within a week my zits and bumps and redness were much less. I also tried using Manuka essential oil and Lavender essential oil here and there too.

At about the 6 week point I had no zits left. The mild redness I have is becoming less and less as well.

I hope this helps someone!!!!


Sulphur
Posted by Carlos (Barcelona) on 09/16/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I've been battling rosacea for years. I thought my skin was burned because of sun exposure but the truth is there were many factors combined that developed into very harden dry oily red skin all around my nose and cheeks area and in between my eyebrows.I didn't recognize my skin.I did a lot of research and discovered demodex mites. I've been obsessed with killing those parasites. I used bentonite clay to clean my face for years but the next day there was still that little black stuff coming out of my pores. Demodex mites reproduce very quick and you need to be consistent.cleaning your face is not enough you have to kill them. and that's where sulphur soap comes. To make it short, Sulphur soap is renewing my skin. Buy it as soon as you can. I used it one or twice daily. I let it sit for 1 minute and rinse. I'm also taking a collagen supplement that is helping rebuilding my skin form the damage

I've noticed a tremendous improvement with sulphur soap in my skin texture and redness too. Add this to your routine.great for acne too


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cheryl (Illinois) on 04/09/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Rosacea: I had major flushing on my face recently. The only thing stopping it has been ACV. A tablespoon in a glass of water will stop the flushing in ten to thirty minutes. I also noticed if I drank it before a shower, I eliminated flushing from the warm water. In retrospect, my diet was questionable. I loved yogurt, dark chocolate and a lemon ginger tea. It was a highly acidic diet. Many dietary changes have been made including no sugar, but I still have mild rosacea and continue with the ACV three times a day. You might also consider using 1/4 tsp. of baking soda in a glass of water to decrease acidity. What do you have to lose? Try these two remedies.

Olive Leaf
Posted by Carlos (Barcelona) on 03/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I can testify that olive leaf helps rosacea.I dont have full blown rosacea with pustules thank God but I do have redness in my nose and cheeks and enlarged pores. After reading about the antibacterial and fungal properties of olive leaf I went to the park and grabbed some leaves..its that easy and cheap here in Spain...I placed a few leaves with half glass of water in my blender, I filtered the result and I had an olive leaf tonic.I applied it to my face after my bentonite clay daily cleansing. I just let it sit and forgot about it. Hours later I looked in the mirror and I could not see my pores. I had to come close to the mirror and the redness was greatly reduced too. Now I'm trying it internally because rosacea is said to be related to the gut health and OLE is said to be great for intestinal health. After chewing 6 leaves I can tell the skin in my face is smoother and I also felt circulation in my feet right after eating them. I suffer cold feet and light impotence I have bad circulation. I'veread OLE helps with circulation as well so its an added benefit to have warm feet.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 03/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday morning I was anticipating the long awaited important day/evening and to my horror, when I looked in the mirror, my nose was bright red!!! It's currently summer here so I put it down to being hot and bothered but I hadn't seen it like this in a couple of years.

I knew make up would run in the heat of the day and was pretty despondent as my red nose used to stand out like Rudolf - you can imagine my aversion to cameras!! I knew EC would provide the answers but I had no idea I would actually find a remedy that worked instantly (albeit praying I would) - I didn't have Colloidal Silver which was popular but I do have plenty of DE so I made up a paste - about 1 tsp and probably similar amount of water - and applied with a cotton pad to my nose and immediate area. I left to dry for about 10 minutes then carefully washed off with cool water. Within 1 minute, my nose had gone from bright red to about 50% of what it was. I was amazed and so pleased.

A couple of minutes later, the 50% had diminished even further and I can honestly say, I would have had no more than 10% of the redness that I did 15 minutes prior!!! I was SOOO relieved and couldn't believe it!!! The skin on my nose was way smoother as well. I would definitely recommend DE as worth trying - I'm sticking with it as well as going back to my daily intake of Blackstrap Molasses, which also helps immensely.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Billy (Herts) on 12/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hydrogen peroxide 6% used as a skin cleanser is a very effective way to rid yourself of Demodex folliculorum (Rosacea), using a thumb sized piece of soaked cotton wool... be diligent and rub it into the skin for 4 weeks 2x a day. Be careful around facial hair as it will bleach the hair. I wasn't concerned about the bleaching of my hair I just wanted to be rid of it ...now I use it 1x or 2x a month whenever I feel an itching or see a red spot. I've been free from Rosacea for 18 months now :) I eat and drink whatever I like... its a no brainer people ...just do it



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