Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Rosacea

Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Jillery (Durtham, Nc) on 07/19/2020 89 posts

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!!!!

Sea Buckthorn
Posted by Natnmargie (Washington) on 02/21/2018

Rosacea: Sea Buckthorn Oil and Sulphur Excellent Results!

Rosacea has been my biggest issue for long time now. I still do some of the ACV on occasion, but for the past 6 months, I have been doing the following:

  • After cleansing my face, I just a facial lotion that has "sea buckthorn oil" in it as one of the ingredients, boy, does this work...pustules are way down, as is the redness in my face.
  • I also use a sulphur powder prior to putting on my mineral makeup. (it has a yellow-ish, green cast to it)

I believe between the sea buckthorn oil and the sulphur, that it has made all the difference to my rosacea.

I am at 10% of my worst with rosacea.

I am quite aware that what works for me may not work for you, but I thought I would share.

Vitamin C and Lysine
Posted by Kat (Santa Cruz, Ca) on 01/12/2017

I found this remedy for Rosacea on Earth Clinic and it has worked well for me. L-Lysine 3000 MG per day in divided doses on an empty stomach. Along with each divided dose take 1000 MG of vitamin C. I like Sodium Ascorbate. It's buffered and supposedly is absorbed easily, but any buffered form of C should be fine. My red bumps started to clear within 3 days. My cheeks have remained red, but the bumps were 95% gone after 1 week. I am also aware of food trigers. Mine seems to be eggs if I eat them for several days in a row.

Olive Leaf
Posted by Carlos (Barcelona) on 03/18/2016

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.

Posted by Rob (Cape Hatteras, Nc) on 12/28/2015

I mixed about a 1/3 of a cup of Borax with water to a paste consistenancy. Let it stay on my face for several minutes. Then rise. It works wonders. I did it once a day for about a week and now I am doing it every other day. Amazing results for me:)

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Billy (Herts) on 12/14/2015

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 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

Posted by Teresa (Ellensburg Wa) on 05/12/2014

I have suffered, yes, suffered for years from Rosacea. I half heartedly tried a lot of things, including what the dermatologist gave me. Metrogel, antibiotics, etc. Some days I would be so depressed that my face was so red, or that I had the little spider veins, or the pustules, or the scabby flaking tender skin.

Recently, after reading about Borax on this site and several others, I decided to give it a try. I started taking 1/4 tsp in purified water, along with enough lemon juice to kill the taste. I also started scrubbing my face with a mixture of borax and coconut oil in the shower, leaving it on as long until I finished washing my hair and body, and then rinsing it off. Soon after I began this, I had another dermatologist appt. She was rather horrified when she saw my face, and finally pried out of me that I hadn't been using my metrogel etc, and had begun with borax. She begged me to stop, and said it wouldn't help. She then gave me a prescription for another antibiotic and a cream. She also said that a sulfur mask OTC may be helpful. So I picked up the prescriptions, found a sulfur cream to purchase, and went home.

I never opened the prescriptions, I used the sulfur cream for awhile, and continued taking the borax. I still looked like hell for awhile, and then one day I looked in the mirror and realized that my face was almost "normal" looking! I was amazed. It was maybe about 3 weeks? I had another dermatologist appt 2 months after the previous one, and she was MUCH happier with the condition of my skin. I very smugly told her that I never used the RX stuff, but just the borax and sulfur cream. She assured me that it could only be the sulfur cream. Well, I hardly ever use the sulfur cream anymore, and I only scrub with Borax once every couple of weeks or so, and very rarely ingest the Borax anymore.

My face remains in great shape. I don't believe anyone looks at me and wonders what happened to my face anymore..... sunburn, rash, etc. It just looks mostly normal. I still can see some spider veins, but I no longer get depressed with redness etc or feel like a freak! Now when I see someone who is obviously suffering with severe Rosacea, I just want to tell them Borax! Borax! Borax!

But you can't answer a question that hasn't been asked......... without being rude that is!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Karen (Rothschild, Wi) on 02/09/2012

I have been diagnosed with rosacea for over 10 years. Dermatologists have given me Metrogel (no help) and sulfa based creams (very drying and made my skin peel). After trying many things, I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar; both drinking it three times per day (2 Tbsp ACV, 1 tsp raw honey, 6oz water-150 degrees) and topically. For the topical mixture, I use 2 parts distilled water to one part raw, organic ACV. I put this in a small spray bottle and spritz it all over my face after washing with an aloe based cleanser twice daily. I leave the mixture on to dry, and then moisturize with a small amount of organic coconut oil.

I've used this regimen for 3-4 months and have no traces of rosaeca. I have combination skin, which is hyper sensitive and I'm allergic to many substances. This regime has worked better than anything else I've tried. My skin looks fantastic; poreless, soft, smooth and no redness or bumps.

Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer and has many antinflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is so soothing to the skin and helps with the redness. I'm 53 years old and do not have a wrinkle on my face. I firmly believe the ACV must be used topically and taken internally to help with the rosacea. If the ACV burns your skin, try diluting it with more water. I first tried a 50/50 mixture and it stung my face a bit, so I went to a 2:1 ratio which is so mild I don't even rinse it off.

I also sufferred from dermatitis on my scalp. Flaky, itchy scalp that actually hurt. After washing my hair with an organic shampoo, I use the same ACV solution on my scalp that I use on my face. Just spritz it on my scalp at the roots and leave it in. the vinegar smell fades in a few minutes and it relieved the itching immediately!!

This site is a Godsend! Thanks so much for all the wonderful advice!

Multiple Remedies
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.

Manuka Honey
Posted by Carlos (London, Spain) on 08/31/2010

I think here at earthclinic should create a different category for Manuka Honey. Even tho every raw honey is beneficial Manuka Honey deserves its own category. I thought it was a myth and that it was just like any other. But I've used it on my face and my rosacea is gone my skin is smooth and I look 10 years younger. I have not take it internally but Manuka honey is 20 times more anti bacteria and anti inflammatory than tea tree oil. It's selling millions all around the world improving every kind of ailment. I have to say I have not used anything better. I rank manuka honey 1st and ACVwith olive oil 2nd. It also should be added in the founatin of youth category and acne. I thank God for allowing me to try this elixir. If it does this in my skin that fast I can't imagine what it can do in the blood stream. Truly miracle

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Om (Hope, B.c., Canada) on 05/09/2013

Colloidal silver is the remedy I have used it with excellent results. Once in a while I have had to repeat a mild recurrence just by soaking a cotton ball with CS and dabbing the skin. The present medical system claims it is not curable. How come then I cured myself at hardly any cost. It is good for itch, sore eyes and internally. You don't have go out and look like the head of a match stick. All the best. Om

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ann (Columbia, Maryland) on 06/09/2009

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) does seem to work! My method: I use a Q-tip to apply liquid that is 50% ACV and 50% water. The water is just tap. The ACV is just regular brand. I use the Q-tip sparingly-- one tip is used just for the nose, then a fresh tip for the left cheek and a fresh tip (or 2) for the right cheek. I use the ACV application in the morning and in the evening before bed. I sometimes rinse and sometimes just leave it on. I am not clear whether rinsing makes a difference or not. At the same time, I am changing my pillow case every 2 nights. I use one side the first night, flip the case the next night, then on the third night, replace it with a fresh case. Results: The first 3 days, immediate improvement. The next few days, I was back to usual. It is now day 8; I have experimented for a week. I awoke this morning and for the first time in years, my face looked almost perfectly normal in shade and had just one acne bump (break out). Yay!!!

Background: For those who want more detail-- my rosacea has been fairly mild. My nose was always red and often broke out, my left cheek was ruddy with red dots under the surface, the right cheek had it bad with higher red color, many red dots under the surface, bumps and semi-frequent break outs. Before trying ACV, I helped my rosacea by reducing the hormone level of my birth control pills, limiting soap on my face to scent-free either soy soap with goats milk or a yogurt soap, and reducing stress. Still, I had lots of unmitigated redness and outbreaks. Future: I plan to continue with ACV and clean pillow case method. I also plan to replace pillow entirely. I intend to report back with an update on the results of this procedure.

Posted by Debbie (Sterlington, Usa) on 09/17/2011

I have had rosacea for about 20 years. I can't afford Metrogel right now. Read online that someone had success with sulfur mixed with sunscreen. I mixed a teaspoon of sulfur with about a half cup of sunscreen and have been using it for 9 days (morning and night, after washing my face with borax), and the result is great- better than metrogel.

I had tried washing with borax, then dabbing with apple cider vinegar, but the redness continued and the sores just stayed scabby- wouldn't heal. My face had gotten really bad because I had been without Metrogel for about 3 months; looked like it would bleed. Now I am washing with borax, then applying the sulfur/sunscreen mixture and the redness is almost all gone, the sores healed, and I now only have about 3 little places that are slightly swollen, and they are getting better. My nose, which had been sore to the touch and scabby for so long, is completely well. The sulfur is a little drying, but the sunscreen helps to counteract that. My sulfur is some I got from my mom. My dad worked in a lab and brought home about 5 lbs of it thirty-five years ago, and it has been under the sink in a glass jar ever since, but is obviously still potent.

I have also discontinued washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner, and am using baking soda/borax water to wash, and citric acid water for rinsing. Also am drinking 1/8tsp borax and 1/8tsp sulfur in a liter of water everyday. Just hope this helps someone else. My skin has never been this soft, and it looks better now than it has for a long time. I am 50 years old.

Avoid Milk
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 03/10/2017

A thin application of Manuka Honey applied to red patches on face is said to kill the pesky mites that are a cause of Rosacea.

Worth a try.

Cheers, Michael

Manuka Honey
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 11/25/2016

I see that on this Site there are quite a few people who claim success in treating their Rosacea by using Manuka Honey. Wonderful that this simple treatment can free people of such embarrassment - they often have the redness in the very place where they don't want it I.e. nose, forehead or cheeks! News is out that purified, medical grade, KANUKA Honey may be even slightly more effective than other types of honey but most types of honey will probably be effective to some extent for this troublesome problem, especially if you happen to be a teenager! As an alternative to taking antibiotics, it should be tried out first in my humble opinion. Apparently there is a mite that gets into the skin, causing the Rosacea and the ingredients in the honey will deal with these pesky creatures quite effectively. Antibiotic resistance worldwide is becoming a huge problem anyway.

If you are a sufferer, then you really should check out the many postings on this Site under the heading "Rosacea". You may be surprised just how many folks have had success with Honey!!

Cheers, Michael

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 07/18/2013

ACV really is a miracle in a bottle. It may not have worked for your rosacea - and it didn't work for mine - but it works for almost everything else. Bear in mind, different remedies have different results for people so dissing ACV is silly. Try something else. I used Blackstrap Molasses for a few months and that was when I really noticed a huge decline in my rosacea. It's never returned even though I haven't had the BM for over a year. Don't give up, I was determined to deal with mine after putting up with for years and years, and I have finally. I no longer worry about getting photos taken and looking like Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer!!!

Posted by Olddude (Chattanooga, Tn, USA) on 01/30/2013 21 posts

Male, age 67. Rosacea, had red potmarks, red vessels on cheeks, other red marks and it was not good. Read in here about remedies and other places. Was reading what some women had done and they used diaper rash ointment. So I go and buy diaper rash ointment, the walmart brand and smear it on lightly on cheeks and forehead. Yes you will look silly, but hey, its just me. I suggest you put a towel on your pillow. So off to bed I go with this white paste on my face. I wake up the next morning in hopes Santa brought me a new face......... Wow, was I surprised....... A lot of the redness was gone, so for 3 more nights I did this and I am a happy camper and I still use it 2 times a week. Yes it did work for me and Im not trying to sell diaper rash ointment, lol. Note: I had tried some expensive stuff at another store and it makes my face more red, but not the diaper rash ointment which is mostly ZINC. I wash it off with a face soap.

I hope someone has the success I did.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Virginia (Washington) on 08/29/2015

I have had problems for years with redness and spots that stay raw and painful. I changed my life style in January to gluten free, because I had also become allergic to nightshade plants which all peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, pears etc. anything that ripens in the dark.

I am 81 years old. I use all fresh and cook from scratch. I am using the vinegar on my face, also coconut oil. I also am using the vinegar and oil on my legs that are also red from poor circulation. There is a big improvement and hope to clear it completely. I find variety is important.

Borax, Ciclopirox Olamine
Posted by Tm (Brisbane, Australia) on 05/22/2011

Hi all, firstly thanks for all your fantastic posts and advice. I just wanted to relay my experience with treating Rosacea with Borax and Ciclopirox Olamine. I had been told several times over the years that I had Rosacea, but it was never really that bad, so I did nothing about it. The reason I started taking Borax was to treat my hair loss. My hair was falling out in fist fulls all day long. So I started on the internal 1/8th tsp in 1 litre of water 4 days on/3 days off and the external Borax and hydrogen peroxide (I only have 3% solution at home) mixed with water 1:1:10 for 10 mins then wash out. This helped with hair loss, and my Rosacea went crazy. I had major die off with a crust forming over my Rosacea. Another side effect of the Borax, was into the 2nd week I started getting pain in my back and legs, by the third week it was really bad and my legs and feet were really swollen. I realized I was detoxing from flouride and believe me, it was not pleasant. I was back to normal by week 4 though.

My Rosacea had stabilized, but was not really improving. I washed my face with Borax and a oil cleanser I had made of Macadamia Nut & Neem oil morning and night, used a toner I made of ACV, hydrogen peroxide and Colloidal silver, but was really only controlling the Rosacea. It was still red, raw with pustules.

I decided to try the anti-dandruff shampoo remedy I had read about here, so I found out it's called Stieprox here in Australia. I washed my face & hair with it left on 5 mins, rinsed off and repeated as per the instructions on the box. I had another die off and the crust forming over my Rosacea that night, but the next morning, the improvement was huge! I've been washing my face with it morning and night for 3 days now.

The Ciclopirox has really worked and I would definitely recommend it. I will update if it isn't all it's cracked up to be after a month, but otherwise I'd say it has really worked so far.

Sorry it's so long winded, but I hope this helps someone else :-)

Posted by Shaun (York, Olde England) on 11/28/2010

In the UK (and in the rest of the world) "Borax" is Sodium Tetraborate and "Sodium Bicarbonate" is... Sodium Bicarbonate. They are NOT the same. Sodium Bicarbonate and Sodium Carbonate (. E "washing soda") are sold together in the UK as "Borax Substitute".

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mags (Cheshire, Uk) on 04/08/2010

I think i have finally managed to rid myself of this horror condition rosacea. Two weeks ago my face was red raw, full of red bumps and the itch drove me mad. I now take 2 apple cider vinegar tablets a day and 1 B complex. I wash my face with natural sulphur soap, i then wash a second time by using an anti dandruff shampoo / shampoo for flaky and dry scalp. This shampoo contains a chemical called ciclopirox olamine. Leave this shampoo neat on a wet face for no more than a minute then rinse. Do not use around the eyes. Wash your face morning and night following the above or more if you need to. Once your face has been washed then use a diluted tablespoon of ACV to swab on the red and bumpy areas of face with cotton wool, allow to dry and then moisturise with a natural chemical free and fragrance free cream. To wash and cleanse your face this way yes is a pain but to see the difference within 4 days, i couldnt believe it. My spots had cleared, the redness calmed and the very very dry skin i had was now soft and healthy. Worked for me. I had also read on the net that Lysine could help, i tried this by tablet form and this made my face swell so that was no good for me. It is finding something that suits you. I was diagnosed last year with this and given antiobiotics to clear it. It worked but after time the biotics gave me thrush and constant tummy ache. So the natural way i now use is much better and does not make me feel ill. The shampoo is use on face i cannot name but begins with an o. (uk)

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