I had severe rosacea. I think it was due to overheating. I was breastfeeding, and wanted to get a relief so fast. I had this severe for 3 months in summer season. My eyes were severely affected so was my skin. I used sulfur gel over the counter for rosacea, washed my face 3 times a day with salicylic acid face washes over the counter and finally tried a diluted tea tree oil and I think it killed off all the mites. I leave it for about 30 minutes, then wash my face, then apply the sulfur gel. I did this three times a day and once at night. It dried my skin a little bit, but I am almost done with this. Just wanted to let you know to try tea tree oil, but make sure it's really diluted. I used a few drops in 8oz of water topically and wiped the affected areas.
try the target brand diaper rash paste with 40% zinc oxide. very smooth and soft on the skin
Borax, Vinegar and Peroxide
Hi Devon...You can find Ted's remedy for Rosacea here on EC. His Rosacea remedy involves supplementing hydrogen peroxide, borax and also alkalizing with Ted's carbicarb remedy plus taking heavy metal chelators like chlorella to improve the immune system.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is more information on what I have tried. I continued on with the ACV saturating cotton balls full strength and spreading it across my face. Initially, it burned like crazy, but subsequent applications were calmer. Any missed spot itched intensely so I learned to do my eyebrows, eyelids and under my eyes as well. In the past, each time I washed my face I would have to remove lots of dry, flaking skin with a gentle microfiber cloth twice a day. Now, there is no more flaking. It is a huge, major step forward for me. Does this kill mites? Why does it work so well? The major flushing stopped when I began drinking ACV with the Mother twice a day. At first, I had to drink it every time I ate anything at all. When the flushing was really bad, I walked outside in the intense cold to calm it down. My dermatologist was no help at all. Antibiotics did not help, nor did Metrogel.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Just updating, I applied wine Vinegar, full strenght (since my ACV is still coming by mail) in a moment of despair and, at first, burned like hell, my face got raw red and swollen, but after the second time, I woke up to discover that most rosacea were gone, and my constant leaking pustules were all dry, now I been using vinegar for four days and, obviously my skin became dry and flaky, but, mainly because the pustules left a lot of open wounds - only today I could bare applying a bit of moisturizer so hope are high that I can regain a "normal appearance" in a few days, I'll keep treating with ACV as soon as I get the stuff and hopefully, tame this dragon for good.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Man, is a miracle in a bottle - I ceased the daily applications and only when I feel a flare I apply before bed. It doesn't burn anymore, my skin feels soft and no pustules whatsoever!! Michael, I lived in NZ for three years, but here in Brazil, it will be hard to get Manuka Honey...
I'm not sure if it was rosacea, but I found that cutting out milk improved my skin a lot! I've always found that my skin has looked red - particularly on my face - and felt very self conscious about it. but after cutting out milk, the skin on my face all turned to a normal colour within a few days!!!! After some research, it seems that it's helped other people with their skin and acne etc. too!!
Hellooo out there! My first post. (maybe ref to Bill if possible) I'm new to the natural healing bandwagon as of 10 weeks ago. I'm very grateful! Will be posting more on that and other subjects later. Right now, I'm asking 2 questions re: borax protocol. I've been taking it internally, and full alkalizing regimen for 10 weeks for Demodex mites. Those nasty buggers had me eaten alive. Also using many of the basic tools for pain and other issues. Love ACV! I mean I really love it as a drink w/fizzies.
Happy to say borax is a great success for all issues it addresses, but still have areas of heavy mite infestation. I understand the eggs are not killed even by internal treatment so I'm still plowing through the cycles. 1st question is whether it could be alright to stay on borax continuously. Some places say 5 days on/2 off, which I do. Others say 4/3.
I knew this process would be long but of course I'm eager to get them flushed as my face is ravaged due to extreme allergic reactions to skin expelling them. I've had infections hardly avoidable in my case..but thrilled to find colloidal silver and that has kept me cleaned up. (yep I'll be chasing the make-your-own-plan in the future as I can't afford those prices and I am soooo done with traditional antibiotics.) The reason I want to stay on the borax is I can't help but think of all the breeding/hatching in those 2 days. 15 to 20 eggs per female just chills my bones after yanking out hundreds of bugs already. And for me I do have to pull and debride them out as the skin takes a long time and it's quite painful and gets infected meanwhile. I have dermatographia and I don't know if that plays into things with over-producing histamine. The skin does crack itself open in the process. (for me..not sure how it would be for others) Sorry this is repulsive to hear so imagine why I'm interested in NOT resting off borax.
Actually I have already stayed on borax more than 5/2 ..at times, and have no problem. I just wanted to ask as I'm not sure WHY time off is needed and maybe it really isn't good to skip the time off. (I've read most, if not all Ted/borax posts but that point seems to elude me.) After I get past being a "Mite Motel" I'll be glad to do the proper rest periods.
I'll be staying on the borax as I have bought Bill's book on Candida. Thank you, Bill and Ted. And let me tell you right now I am blubbering/bawling as I say that. I am also the walking-half-dead. I'm assembling the components right now. (have bought all the EC books in fact--all wonderful--thanks again).
2nd question is whether I should be taking 1/8 or 1/4 spoon borax. I'm female but have been doing Ã‚Â¼ as I'm overweight and Ted said it was by weight. 64 yrs old, and right now 205 lbs. (But the good news is I've lost over 20 pounds in this 10 weeks due to the protocols! More on that later..) In Bill's book he says 1/8 and makes no caveat about male or female (hope I'm quoting that correctly I've read so much for so many hours I'm dizzy.) I thought I should clarify that in view of ongoing usage. If I should do Ã‚Â¼ now at what weight should I cut to 1/8?
I've had lots of what I call the "˜Happy Herxies" (die off) and sometimes it's been pretty bad. But I'm happy to suffer it --if that's what it takes. Allopathic medicine has also made me sick but with no payoff! I've had much improvement in many issues from the top of my head to the tip of my toes. I will tell about them all eventually as this post is already long. I have so much good to report it will take several posts! Like my babies used to say "it's a mackerel!" (miracle). Thank you all for filling up my bucket of strength. I fully expect a bucket of 'mackerels'.
There is a possibility that one cause of rosacea is Demodex Mites as discussed here :
Lorenzo Gonzalez (Gran Canaria,, Spain)
H,i I have cured my rosacea with colloidal silver which I make myself. With a soaked cotton ball for 20 minutes to half an hour at a time. Now after more than three years it came back just ever so slightly and all I need to do is repeat this and this should do.
I do expose myself to the sun but for a reasonable time. Wish you good luck.
If you want to purchase a silver generator beware of one that emphasises the word "economic" but one with the word that describes a "young dog" is fine.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Congratulations on finding something that works! How is the ACV working with your blepharitis? How bad was it when you began? Do you just wipe your lids with the diluted ACV, or do you let it sit like a compress? I've noticed for the past couple of months that not only is my rosacea intensified, but my eyes are extremely gritty, dry, red, and the eyelids are swollen. Would love to know how you're doing now that you have been doing the treatment for a while.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I've continued using the ACV on my blepharitis with very good results, however, I do a rotation. I typically wash my eyes with a tea tree oil cleanser 2 times per week. The other days I either use ACV as cleanser (soak eyes with warm water, then take the ACV and gently rub on the eyelids. I also do use Colloidal Silver at night using a q-tip to apply it. My eye doctor couldn't even tell I had Blepharitis when I was in a few weeks ago.
My Rosacea is very hormone related...so 3 weeks of the month, it is very good, then I have a week of redness, pustules and bumps. I occasionally use dandruff shampoo on my face in addition to what I listed above for my blepharitis...and they all help.
I just read the artical about the Borax. The fluoride was new to me. I always Wondered why my lips turned red after brushing my teeth. I have just been diagnosed with Rosacea. It has already depressed me to the point I donot want to go anywhere. I am definately going to try the Borax. I used Borax when my babies were young to clear their eyes. No one has ever heard o fthis either. Thanks for this article. I am going on a trip in September, and hope to be looking much better.
I posted on here in Oct., 2012 about scrubbing with borax and then applying sulfur mixed with sunscreen to get rid of my rosacea. Wanted to post an update. I stopped using the sulfur/sunscreen mixture and now just scrub my face with moistened borax about twice a week, my face looks great. I believe my rosacea is caused by dermodex mites. The borax treatment has been a godsend for me; it's cheap, easy, and extremely effective. I encourage anyone to try it.
Hello to everyone. I have had roseaca for over 30 years and not one doctor I have been to ever told me that I had it, until last year. He asked me how I was treating my roseaca. I told him I did not know it could be treated. He put me on an antibotic cream and sent me to a dermetoligst who gave me oral antibotics. I used this for 2 months and did not see any improvement. I also had two laser treatments to reduce the redness. The redness went away, but the bumps and pustules remained. I decided to try natural methods and my bumps and pustules are almost completely gone. I wash my face with gentle soap then wipe it with hydrogen peroxide. When that dries, I wipe it with apple cider vinegar. When that dries, I use moistureizer. I have the advance stage of roseaca--rhinophyma. The nodules on my nose are still there and will require some other kind of treatment, but my face is 100% better than it was. I don't know if this will work for anyone else, but it has sure worked wonders for me.
Rosacea update: I am still taking the diatomaceous earth every day 1 Tablespoon mixed in water or juice and I also make a paste of it (water and diatomaceous earth)and smear it all over my face. I leave it on for 10 minutes (about 3 times a week) and then rinse it off. So far between drinking the earth and using it as a mask on my face, my rosacea seems to have cleared up a little, 30% or so. I was hoping for a complete cure but this is better than none.
I have rosacea also and in my experience, if I eat no sugar or flour products of any kind my skin remains clear. It's as predictable as clockwork. If I dip into the goodies I will pay for several days with a breakout.
Hello xx Acne has been found to be caused by mites, Dermodex Mites is the common one, there is lot's of information on EC about this. Look under 'Acne' and also 'Mites'. Love Andrea C xxxx
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!
Having suffered for years from Rosacea I finally thought to have a look on here for some help. I noticed mention of Sea Buckthorn and so went onto Amazon UK and bought Sea Buckthorn cleanser and toner, cream and oil. It's been amazing. For years I have tried all sorts of products and prescriptions but nothing has worked like this. Prior to using these products my skin was coverd with daily sores and reddness and felt so tight and dry. Also I would wake up every morning with red rimmed eyes. Since using these products, the cream in the day the oil at night all over my face, my skin has improved massively and my eyes are no longer red and sore.
It's only been a couple of weeks and the redness on my face has gone. My current batch of pustules and spots are virtually totally healed and amazingly no more outbreaks. I am someone who wakes up daily to new spots and sores all over my cheeks and chin.
I had read on here and elsewhere that Sea Buckthorn oil is great for eye infections and canker/mouth ulcer sores. I do feel that it is the oil is making the biggest difference and might start using that in the morning too under my face cream. The oil is very orange. I rub it in all over then take some tissue and just press it to my face to take off any residue so as not to make my pillows dirty.
Give it a try it really has worked wonders for me. I am so greatful to the person who posted this cure on here. Thank you!
Just found your excellent and common sense site, thankyou for all the increased ideas for Rosacea.
I have been wheezing for much of the past year and my doctor sent me for an asthma test. It proved negative. I fell to looking at other treatments creams on the web and then wandered to the side effects. Oh yes! There was wheezing, tightness of breath, coughing. Reported to the Gp who had no idea but took my word. Stopping the latest cream Finacea, my wheezing and coughing was all gone a week later. However in an effort to claw back some sleep disturbed by the heavy coughing, I elevated pillows to three from my normal two and awoke next morning with a 'mild' crick in the neck.
Twelve hours later I was in real agony and trembling with shock. Waves of pain and swelling have responded to masses of anti-inflammatories/hot treatments and so on. Its a week on now and I would say I am 98% better this morning.
The motto is to understand that skin is highly absorbent to anything you use and that in a search, ALL prescribed Rosacea creams do carry the wheezing warning. This week ( and the past year) has been a terrible train of events all stemming from a 'useless anyway' Rosacea cream.
I am holding the worst redness with arnica but have been attracted to a hand gel with Grapefruit Seed Extract in it which I have massaged in lightly and will repeat tonight. GSE has antimicrobial properties and is the only product to have rid me of Giardia some years back.
I will see how this goes and then start on one on the list taken from this site, perhaps the sulfur soap or the anti-dandruff shampoo with Olamine.
Many thanks to all the contributors who have written in.
Manuka Honey, Zinc Oxide
I am using zinc oxide in a baby rash ointment, works just like your product and it works fast at 13 percent zinc oxide. glad ur getting healed.
Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, Aloe
I had pustules and papules form of rosacea and began to support my body for the stress using a very good, as in Douglas Laboratories, vitamin B complex and also something called AdrenoMend. It helped immensely. When under stress I still tend toward rosacea. Keeping diet simple is also a key.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I have been using this for a few weeks now and find it amazingly useful for my rosacea. I take a spoon in water, through a straw for the sake of my teeth, every morning on an empty stomach. I also wash my face with oatmeal, very gently, every night, a little hemp seed oil to remove mascara and then dab my whole face with ACV and water ( 50/50). I sometimes use a little straight on particular spots or this strange fungus PD I had around my mouth and after a week of using it cleared up.
My digestion is better and my skin is so much better. All of the bumps have cleared up and it feels cool and smooth. I don't wash my face again in the morning usually, sometimes a splash of water and a very little bit of moisturiser. Mario Badescu Control Cream is good for me or Hemp Seed oil.
The most important thing to mention is that it got much worse before it got better. I was afraid with the ACV as my face turned bright red and stung for the first few days. It had strange blotches on it and my eyes streamed! But, now two weeks later my skin is calmer than it's ever been since I've had this condition. It seems to be getting its own oils back again. So perhaps you have to persevere for a few weeks before you really know if it will help or not.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people are allergic to Tea Tree oil. I am one of them. I used it regularly for years. Eventually, one day I had a cut and I put tea tree oil on it....it got inflamed and infected, pustules, blisters. I just kept putting more on thinking it would help as it always had before. Eventually, I went to my dermatologist for help.
When I told her what I was using, she informed me of allergies to tea tree oil. I stopped using it and within days my cut healed.
My skin develops a rash and blisters if I use anything with any amount of tea tree oil.
Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
After searching the Internet for the cause of my adult acne (should be "senior acne" as I'm 64! ), I stumbled upon the demodex mite theory. Realizing that while my acne didn't fit the criteria exactly, but realizing that the hair follicle issues I was having along my hairline at my temples fit - I thought, what do I have to lose? Mixing up 20 Mule Team Borax (really??) with HP and distilled water, I wondered if I was going to end up with facial burns!
I've been diagnosed with mild rosacea & poklioderma of my neck. The rosacea didn't fit the exact criteria - though I do have enlarged pores and a lot of comeodones and accidentally using any antibacterial soap on my neck proved excruciating, ending up in inflamed poklioderma (next search - do demodex mites cause poklioderma?). Anyway, after one night of use- Incredible improvement! Pimples along hair follicles are GONE - pores are smaller - less sebum (a major issue with me, which I've tried vitamin B5 at extremely high doses along with an Rx for aldactone, etc. - no results) - and skin just majorally improved! I used it again tonight before going to bed and plan to continue to do so. I'll update, but right now, I'm high on this miracle (for me, at least! ). I used 5 T. of 20 Mule Team Borax (that's right, from the laundry detergent aisle!), 1/4 c. Distilled water and a little less than 1/4 c. of 3% hydrogen peroxide. The borax would not dissolve so I'm sure I made too big a batch, but I used my Ninja blender and got it down to a good consistency - still grainy, but not too bad. I wrapped an old beach towel around my bed pillow to protect it and that worked well.
Hope this isn't too long a post, but I am thinking miracle here and wondering why more attention isn't being paid to demodex mites. I was seriously considering having the hair along my temples removed electronically (sp?) just to eliminate the small yet painful pimples I kept getting. It took me a long time to make the connection, but I am very hopeful at this very early stage of the game.
I wanted to write in to thank Carol who posted about the Zinc Oxide. I recently started using this (actually it's my baby's diaper rash cream from Aveeno with 13% zinc oxide) and it's substantially helped with the rosacea. Thank you for finally helping me when the doctors couldn't! What a relief to get my face back. Anyone who thinks that their rosacea was caused by sun damage should try it.
I am so glad I found this site!! .. After suffering with rosacea or rosacea like sysmptoms for the last couple of years. I tried a borax with ho2o mix and in just one night, I look the best I have in a long time! it's not "cured" but much better as it seemed to be only getting worst, I'll just say it's half gone!!! But still... Only one night! I will post back again as I go along with this... IT'S WORKING!!!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!
Apple Cider Vinegar
I would like to add to my first comment that I think it's best not to moisturize the area that you are applying ACV until the rosacea is gone.
Denny, wow that is amazing story. You wouldnt think that ur mouth and bad breath had something to do with rosacea. I wonder if dentist know this or even doctors. So ur saying ur rosacea completely went away? Or do u still break out? So how long did u do this before u noticed any improvement? Thank u... Mel.
Hi, what strength manuka honey did you use? Thanks x
Apple Cider Vinegar
Began using raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar on my face - two applications - one in the morning and one at bedtime. Within a few days, my rosacea was gone. I had tried using several expensive ointments recommended by my dermatologist but nothing provided more than only a temporary relief. I am delighted to say that raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and I are now best friends. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
Apple Cider Vinegar, Glycerin
You have rosacea and your husband and daughter do not, so you deduce that it cannot be caused by the Demodex mite. Actually, the research shows that demodex inhabit virtually everyone's skin and those with rosacea have higher populations. It seems to be about individual immune responses, much like our individual responses to allergens--some people mount an inflammatory response to what another person's body views as ordinary food etc. Or in this case, ordinary skin inhabitants.
Both of my parents had rosacea, and in her later years, my mother also developed blepharitis, which is also associated with excess populations of Demodex mites in follicles and eyelash sebaceous glands.
i was 19 before I developed the characteristic red cheeks and nose of rosacea. Over the years it has come and gone, in association with my general health! Eg, after the birth of my children it reappeared. The key seems to be changes in my immune system which trigger inflammation and increased numbers of mites and/or their associated symbiotic bacteria.
I believe both that my parents transmitted the mites to me as a child, and also that my genetic inheritance from them, esp re immune response, somehow predisposes me to react either to the mites with inflammation and swellings Etc. I also have other skin allergies.
Tea Tree Oil
I have had an acne Rosacea breakout on my face for almost 6 months. After trying 4 different topical treatments with no results and resisting a second oral antibiotic treatment, I found earthclinic.com. I read EVERYTHING on Rosacea and decided to try Tea Tree Oil on my face. I applied a drop or two to a moistened cotton ball twice a day and noticed relief right away in the sensitivity of my skin. The symptoms began to subside during the first few days and I started applying it directly to my skin with a cotton swab only where I had redness or a bump. It has been just over a week, and my face is mostly clear from breakouts with just a little redness left. I am so relieved to have found something that works - and so happy that it is a natural AND inexpensive treatment. I highly recommend trying it for your Rosacea.
After reading several cures I reached for what I had on hand that very night at 12 midnight to help me start to cure my Rosacea. I had dandruff shampoo with tea tree oil that has worked great on my scalp when I need it. I applied it to my face on the rosacea areas allowed it to tingle for at the most 3 min. Removed with a wet wash cloth and fell over in the morning as I looked in the mirror and all the small areas were clear. The big blotches are shrinking and are very small. Overnight I saw results. You need to try any dandruff shampoo with Tea Tree oil. I used one from Arbonne. Only because thats what I had at midnight and wanted to try something to help me clear up my skin. Thanks everyone who has posted what has worked for you. From all your ideas I tried one and found the magic of my skin under that ugly redness. Keep posting, we learn from each other. Tonight will be day 4 of washing with shampoo and I love it.
Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil
My friend was obsessed with finding a cure for Rosacea. And spent tons of money on docs, and products with no resolve. So here is a wonderful natural inexpensive solution for Rosacea, Get a small glass bowl and mix the baking soda & hydrogen peroxide into the bowl to form a paste. Get some of those cosmetic cotton pads and gently rub the baking soda & hydrogen peroxide paste on your entire face like a mask, let sit for a few minutes then rinse off with cool water. Do this twice a day for 10 day and evalute.
Apple Cider Vinegar
To Gunjan in Delhi: it sounds to me you are very acidic. Drink one big spoon full of acv in a glass of water before you eat in the morning at noon. Drink 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in also a glass of water, squeeze a lime in it before you drink it. Before you go to sleep, do the same as you did in the morning and also drink the baking soda with water again.Do not eat meat of any kind for a month and no junk food "no sugar". When you wash your face, use aloe vera fresh from your garden. You can leave it on all day. Also take zinc. Do this for a month and you will be fine!!...:)
Apple Cider Vinegar
After about 4-6 weeks, all improvement levelled off and it felt like the ACV might be too harsh. I consulted an herbalist, and switched to making a cream of whole fat organic yogurt with lavender oil. I use it 1-2x a day for 20-30 mins then wash off. This seems to keep the rosacea to a low level, without making my skin feel overly dried out. It even prevents zits from going nuclear, reducing them without going hyper red or white head.
I continue to switch out my pillow cases, using once, flipping it over, then changing to a new clean pillow case.
I have found that the best results I get come from meditation. If I meditate regularly, my rosacea becomes almost non-existent. Stress really is a factor.
Others may be happy to hear that I have chatted with 2 other rosacea sufferers and all 3 of us concur that dairy does NOT aggravate rosacea. Eat cheese, drink milkshakes and be merry!
I tried scrubbing with Borax after reading your comment. I have to agree my skin is MUCH smoother than normal. After one time I did see a lessening of redness, but it seems to be getting redder as the day progresses. :( I did not remember to apply aloe, which may have been more effective. I was wondering if you are continuing to use Borax? If so, how often do you scrub with it? I am planning on using ACV as a toner also, although, not after scrubbing with Borax because the rosacea does sting a bit afterwards. It sounds like ACV will help with redness as well as enlarged pores. I would appreciate any feedback. My face just keeps getting redder and redder as I get older and I'm becoming very self-conscience about it.
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!
Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
ACV/Tea Tree for Rosacea: I have had rosacea for close to 15 years. It comes and goes as far as severity but tends to flare up in winter and this winter has been especially bad--extreme redness on cheeks and forehead, bumps and pustules etc. I can also attribute a lot of my problems to a poor diet the past few months.
Decided to take a 3 pronged approach starting in early february--clean up my diet, eliminate most processed foods, esp carbs and sweets, reduce alcohol consumption, use the ACV 2-3 times per day in water, and apply tea tree oil and a fragrance free moisturizer after showering in AM and before bedtime. The results have been dramatic. The redness and swelling in my face have gone down 80-90% in less then 2 weeks. My skin has become smooth and has a healthy shine to it and there are no more oozing red bumps, esp after washing with a washcloth. I still have some redness, but nothing that really stands out.
I have also been using turmeric for an unrelated foot issue, but I don't think that has had much of an effect on the rosacea.
Fortunately, I have not had to give up all the usual trigger foods, I can still drink daily coffee, enjoy some spicy foods, and the occasional beer as well.
Thanks Earth Clinic for your wonderful information. I am hooked on the ACV, it has also reduced the occasional humming in my ears, which I suspect was possibly due to slightly elevated blood pressure.