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Posted by Elaina (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl) on 09/03/2009

I am confused as to why, if rosacea is caused by mites, why doesn't my husband or or family members have this? I thought mites were contagious. Thank you for your response.

Replied by Tricia
84 posts

In the same way that mosquitoes don't attack everyone, demodex mites are probobly the same way. people that suffer from these parasites have many different ractions - some have pimples some don't. Ted does explain in one of his posts that children don't contract the mite because their skin hasn't got the same sebacuos(wrong spelling, I know) oils as adults. I would imagine that because of shaving a man would only suffer this on his nose and ears if he did contract them.

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Posted by Kitty (Niagara Falls, Ny.) on 08/25/2009 6 posts

I have had Rosacea for years, and Metrogel always took care of it, not this time; the last 8 months have been hell, 2 weeks ago I found your site, what a godsend. I believe in natural remedies, do not like to take medication. I have been with Ted's regiment of Borax Hydrogen, external and internal, for 2 weeks, so far no relieve. I truly believe I have this mite that Ted talks about in his message, have every symptom mentioned. My problem now is, that I will be going to Europe for 3 weeks in a couple of weeks, if I interrupt this treatment I will be right back where I started, and I haven't even seen an improvement..............."Please Help" I am so desperate, my face looks terrible. I have also tried Tea Tree Oil, and ACV. "ANY" HELP AT ALL WOULD BE APPRECIATED". Thank you. Kitty

Replied by Gaynor
(Manaton, Devon Uk)

I have rosacea and have managed to get rid of the redness on my skin by applying ACV topically after cleansing my face with E45 cream for sensitive skin three times a day. The ACV stings at first but I got used to it. Once the stinging subsides it appears to calm the inflammation and any redness disappears. I still get the odd bump/ pustule but these are getting less. I also use yoghurt as a face mask sometimes and this helps.

While treating the problem naturally, I also use natural mineral powder make-up which covers all signs of blemishes giving an even natural tone to the skin.It is applied with a brush- as it is in powder form. It does look good and it has given me confidence when I go out as no one would know you have rosacea. This make-up is made of minerals Micas, Titanium oxide, Zinc oxide, iron oxide, rice powder, kaolin-it does not iritate sensitive skin and acts as a sunscreen sun factor 15. If you buy mineral make-up check there is nothing else added like fillers such as Bismuth or talc as these are iritants.

It is a struggle but keep fighting. Some people take the anti-oxydent L-lysine - I am considering trying this- I think it is mentioned for rosacea on htis site. Hope this helps.

Replied by Leelannee
(Sussex, Nj)

Have you tried sea buckthorn?

Replied by Tricia
84 posts

Kitty, If you believe you have the mites - Teds remedies should work. I used 1/2 tsp borax in 2 capfuls of 3% peroxide 2 drops tea tree oil on my skin nightly and left it on overnight. In the morning I used whatever was leftover to wash my face with it but rinsed that off as I couldn't concentrate on work with the tightness it gave my skin. I only used coconut oil as a moisturiser at that time and I also used the 1/8 tsp in a litre of water to drink. I started on june 4th and did this routine daily for one month then for 1st two weeks of july repeated the process every 2 days. Last two weeks of july went to every 4th or 5th day and am now only using it once a week. but still drinking the boraxed water daily.

I would be interested to know the quantities that you are using as you say that after two weeks you cant see a difference. I noticed a difference the first day and it slowed down after that. Although I never had any pustule or lumps of any kind I had the redness and crawling feeling of the mites along with intermittant severe flushing. All I have left is a lot of broken blood vesels which I believe is damage caused by the mites. Maybe the effects on your skin has been different and it may take longer or slight alteration of the remedy.

Bring your remedy with you when you go away, but pack it in your suitcase not your hand luggage. I did this and it was fine. At the most you will arrive at the other end without it. And by the way wear a sunhat if you are going someplace warm as there is not point getting sundamage after all the hard work of getting rid of the mites. Best wishes

Replied by Francis
(St-georges De Beauce, Quebec, Canada)

Hi Tricia!

I just wanna know how much is 2 capfuls. Is it 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon. Thank you!

Replied by Tricia
84 posts

just measured it and 2 capfulls is closer to 2 tablespoons, though the second one wasn't quite full. When I first did it I put the 2 caps hp in a glass and kepts adding bits of borax till it wouldn't dissolve . That's Ted's description of a saturated borax hydrogen peroxide solution. So 1 tbsp and less borax may be enough for you or you might need more depending on area you want to cover. Good luck - I still think it was worth taking the time to follow this method. (And use an old pillowcase)

Replied by Nanci
(Chicago, Il)

Hello Tricia...I have been following your comments regarding your trials with Ted's Remedy, you seem to have a lot of knowledge. Can you please tell me the following; are you still using the treatment? How long did you use it? Is your rosacea gone? What type of moisturizer did you use, then and now? What cleanser and sun block are you using? My skin (face) is ultra sensitive, I'm afraid to try a product that hasn't been recommended by a fellow rosacea sufferer. I just started Ted's Remedy (day 2), internally and externally, and am seeing some encouraging improvement, however, my face is very dry and itchy. I would very much appreciate any feedback you could give me. Many Thanks!

Replied by Tricia
84 posts

Hi Nanci, there is no doubt that this remedy was probobly one of the longest thought through things that I have done yet up to this point all a doctor had to do was hand me a script and I'd run to the pharmacy and swallow.

All the stuff I read about rosacea and mites just made sense but, "my God", the cure seemed drastic. I have sensitive skin too so it was scary.

Your questions:-

Am I still using the treatment?

Maybe about once a month if I think of it although I have no contact with animals at present, I probably would then use a maintainence shot more often if I did..
I think that once you have had a parasitic type infection you will do anything to prevent a second round of it.

How long is my rosacea gone?

It was probably gone by around mid Sept having started Teds treatment in early june this year and like you noticed a remarkable difference in the early days and after about ten days, while not gone, it did take longer to see the differences. Because I was on holiday from work i was able to use it morning and night for the 1st 2 weeks using the 5 days on 2 days off routine. Then because I had to go back to work I only used it at night(mid your pillowcases, they will stain)and washed it off in the shower. I kept this up for a month and the went to every second night for a couple of weeks then every 3rd and so on. By christmas I had stopped regular use which by then was only once a week/10 days. I never broke the cycle I was using to know would it have re-emerged. But since then it's a case of if and when I remember it.

Moisturisers and cleansers I used -

The peroxide/borax is cleansing enough in itself and I only wear make-up 1 or 2 days per week which I made my off days from the treatment so I continued to use a standard off the shelf cleanser for sensitive skin at weekends. I used a couple of different moisturisers that are non-perfumed. Many years ago I saw programme on a cream which is the basis of all medicated creams i.e. cream and cortisone or cream and antibiotic.The claim was that this was unperfumed and relatively pure so as not to interact with the medications. I wouldn't assume this still stands true as most manufactures will add cheap chemicals and call it a new and improved product. Anyway, the cream is called silcocks base and is manufatured by a number of different Irish companies. I don't know what it would be called in the States It is often used for excema sufferers.

VCO tended to give me a tingling sensation if I used it too soon in the day or night after the peroxide/borax. But for a deeper moisturiser I would use sesame oil, grapeseed oil and sometimes a little castor oil to which I added a few drops of neem oil. Now I will use any of the ordinary off the self stuff. Because I sunburn very easily I use the strongest 24 hr sunblocks that are sold for children. They are chemical laden and will sting sensitive skin but it's far better than sunburn and sunstroke(believe me, I've been there)

Afraid to try -

Yeah, I was too, but now I'm real glad that I did go for it. The flushing and stinging was unbearable. I was afraid to go out in the sun because that made it worse.

I now have sensitive skin rather than ultra-sensitive skin (stung constantly with or without product). I would have to be trying an new soap or cream and have a reaction for a cream to reeally sting me now and I find I can use most stuff without a problem. Opening the diswasher (real hot steam) too soon can also do it now. The only downside was that when the flushing was gone I can now see each individual broken veins. I thought I just had a few but now I can see loads.

Dry and itchy skin -

Try putting it on at night only. I noticed that my skin looked and felt very dry - almost like crumpled paper within about 10 minutes of putting on the HP/B but it seemed to go back to normal after a shower. I think the minute particles of borax sat on the skin and and itched a bit. Ted does reccomend it twice per day but the once worked for me.

Hope this helps. Robert Henry from Ten Mile were the posts that I followed to give me my confidence to go ahead although if you're seeing a difference already you've probably made your mind up.

Replied by Nanci
(Chicago, Il)

Hello Tricia...

Thank you so much for your very helpful reply! While reading it, I thought of more are a great resource.
Are you still drinking the borax & hp, if not, when did you stop? Did you ever drink water with baking soda, or add it to the borax/ hp drink? What are you doing for your broken capillaris? do you still have some redness to your skin (rosy cheeks) or has it all disappeared?

I am so anxious for this to work and put this ailment behind me...i've been dealing with this for three years!

Many thanks Tricia!

Replied by Tricia
84 posts

No problem at all, Nanci, glad to be of help.

>>Are you still drinking the borax & hp, if not, when did you stop?

In tapering off the recipe I had reduced to drinking this every 7 - 10 days. By xmas I had decided to stop as I knew I had killed off everything and anymore that may have been nestling and hiding.

I became conscious of the possibility of a weakness that might make me susceptable to re-infection and decided to do a maintenance dose once per month just to be on the safe side. I have no proof that I am more susceptable to these things just a feeling. Not everyone would choose to do this. So at the end of each month. Hp and borax on the face and borax in the drinking water.

>>Did you ever drink water with baking soda, or add it to the borax/ hp drink?

Short answer - no. I have only take BS with ACV for heartburn issues. Never with water or borax or hp. I read somewhere in Teds posts that ACV shouldn't be mixed with HP as it is too acidic so I always left about 2 hrs between the two remedies. I learn't that Ted was right when I accidently mixed ACV and HP instead of Borax and HP and slathered it onto my face. OOhhhh Boy!!!!! I looked like a blood red beetroot. My face was so hot the rest of my body felt cold and this lasted almost 8 hrs. Not to be done a second time.

>>What are you doing for your broken capillaries?

Vitamin C, Lysine Vitamin K and a flavenoid recipe (to be found in posts by a wonderful contributer "kathy from dubois"). This did reduce the severity of the larger veins but the smaller ones are still there.

>>Do you still have some redness to your skin (rosy cheeks) or has it all disappeared?

Yes I still have some redness but it is only from the broken capillaries. That overall redness that makes you look like you are permanantly embarrassed is gone. If you were standing about three feet away from me I would probobly look like I had healthy coloring. On close inspection the veins are very visible because the skin underneath has completely lost it blushiness.

Other people didn't notice changes during the summer beause of light tanning that I get but from mid sept to around christmas I was constantly asked if I was sick. My friends think it is hilarious that they can now see that I blush if I'm embarrassed. I always did, just nobody could tell.

>>am so anxious for this to work and put this ailment behind me...

Yeah, I totally understand that. This remedy definitely worked for me although it has to be accepted that it won't work for everybody. If it doesn't work for you try something else. I had given up many years ago and learn't to accept me as I am. But a uncle of mine who went blind in his old age took on the mantra "Quitters don't win and winners don't quit" and he lives a full, active and adventurous life and is willing to take on anything new with a healthy optmism. I want to be like him. I believe there is an answer to everything, it just may take another while to find it.

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Posted by Mark (Portland, Maine) on 07/13/2009

Borax/Peroxide treatment cured my Rosacea

I read one post here from a guy that had been struggling with a Rosacea problem for 20 years and found the cure in Ted's Borax/Peroxide solution topically applied. My condition has only been with me for 3 years but it's been very, very frustrating to deal with. I've tried all kinds of things, included ridiculously expensive 'laser therapy', without any success. Finally I found Ted's remedy at this site, got the borax and peroxide that same day, made the formula and applied it that same night. Well, in three days I saw a complete change in my complexion.... all the pustules and soreness had cleared up and I was looking at clear, unbroken skin for the first time in 3 years. Wow! Pennies worth of ingredients to make a cure for this vexing problem. Contrary to American 'medical science', the mites are it and killing them simply does the trick, at least it seems so with me. Probably, whatever good results come out of those laser treatments has to do with killing the mites as well. Probably the laser zaps them. Well, I'd rather zap them with a few cents worth of Borax and Peroxide than with literally thousands of dollars worth of laser treatments. I want to thank Ted wholeheartedly for contributing such a great cure for this 'incurable' condition.

Replied by Tussy
(Clinton, Iowa)

Hi mark I wanted to know how exactly did you do the borax and peroxide treatment? I also have a question for everybody else on EC if you guys can help. Can black people get rosacea because I have holes and redness in my skin also.

Replied by Sandee
(Palm Coast, Florida)

on this Recipe - Borax and Peroxide - could someone please give the exact recipe? ...or where to look to find it on this huge site ! Thanks so

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Posted by Andrew (Vancouver, Canada) on 04/22/2009

Hi Ted,

Do you think there is a connection between mercury amalgams and rosacea? I have several mercury fillings, which i would like to have removed. I will be spending much time in Asia in the near future, so i am thinking about visiting a dentist there that specializes in the safe removal of mercury fillings. Perhaps you can recommend some in Thailand or Korea. Thanks.

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Posted by Henry (Tijuana, Baja California) on 01/29/2009

i think that the papules and pustules and inflamacion of the skin in rosacea are caused by the demodex mites, and the redness and the broken capilaries are caused by an nanoinsect not yet identifided that is causing the redness and the broken capilaries not to heal, so when you use borax an peroxide hidrogen in your skin you are killing these two agents organisms, so maybe thats why they say that rosacea is caused by an weakened inmuned system, beacuse you body is not able to kill this agents, so maybe if you give strength and optimized your inmuned system, you body will be able to kill these organisms, and the way to do that its taking a suplement called "cats claw" (uncaria tomentosa) that is known for its antiinflamatory properties and to strength your inmuned system, you can search by yourselfs to see all the benefits that it has, and maybe that could be a good alternative of treating rosacea or it could be the cure. The other one that im thinking is the blood of the cocodrile aplied topicaly to the face since its a new discovery that the blood of the cocodrile are much better and extremely potencial that any antibiotic that exists and you can search in the internet the news of the potencial of the benefits killing these agents, so because of the potencial that it has killing all these agents it could be another alternative to rosacea.

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Posted by ROBERT HENRY (TEN MILE, TN) on 01/02/2009

I have been treated for Rosacea by several Dermatologists for some dozen years and all for naught. Since my Rosacea is restricted to my nose, I concluded that it is indeed a problem with Demodex mites. It has been a long hard struggle as the critters are laying eggs constantly and you got a new crop to kill off constantly. Ted, says it is a nano-insect. I got no clue, but do think it is a critter of some kind. I am not pretty, but look pretty good 300 yards off now that my nose is not full of yuck bumps.

The formula I came up with is borax, HP, and tea tree oil and I mix this formula in a coke bottle cap and spread it on and in my nose morning and night. Since the critters live in you hair folicals , I also spread the solution in my nostrials. Don't look for a quick cure. If your Rosacea is from mites, then it is a long process. 6 months to a year.

Replied by Mahreen
(Chicago, IL. USA)

Hello Henry, can you please tell me quantities to be mixed, and if this mixture is stored in the refrigerator or it would not matter and for how long? I am not sure what concentration of HP one need to use for this remedy and I am also unsure about the borax, is this the borax used for cleaning purposes?

I would appreciate your reply and also for any of the readers who could suggest me where to find the HP if is different from the one we find at drugstores. I was told that there is a bacteria "like rosacea" but I never got the medical term for it because the Dr. does not know it. I have used all sort of prescribed meds. for it including topicals as Retina. Nothing seems to work. After my renal transplant (1 yr. ago) my Immune system got so weak so this bacteria is attacking my nose hard. I feel so embarrassed to go out with my red nose with lot of bumps specially when they get white. Thanks in advance for any helpful advise. Mahreen

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, TN)

Hi U Mahreen form Chicago...... I'm a retired Chemical Engineer and have learned not to take meaurements too seriously. I feel your pain because everyone looks at an ugly nose. If you do demodex mites on the web, you will see that they live off the hair folicles in face. You see folks whose eye lashes are red as a beet. That's our mite friends. The process of killing off these mites is like killing the insects in your house. You can kill most of the adults but eggs in various stages are coming on. You just have to keep on keeping on. Finally, you will begin to see progress.

Ok, here goes ..... I just put borax in a coke cap. add a few drops of tea tree oil and then add plain ole Hydrogen Peroxide. Mix and apply to the outside of your nose and also inside. Do this at least twice a day. This mixture will harden and you will have to start over. Laundry Borax is fine as you are not ingesting it. I spent 10 years with the Dermatologists and they did no good except to kill off all my good bowel flora with anti-biotics and leave me with Candidia. But that's another story. Do not take anti-biotics for this condition. It will help temporarily but will leave you in a lot worse shape healthwise. I also use The Face Doctor's soap which was developed by a China Military doctor. I made little progress until I added Tea Tree Oil to my program.

Replied by Peter
(Dublin, Ireland)

Robert Henry,

I have been taking borax internally for five days, as well as applying it externally with water at night. I am trying to eliminate persistant red cheeks. So far, i can notice the redness subsiding. Hopefully, it will all eventually subside. I've applied tea tree oil topically for a month in the past. I think this helped somewhat. I want to add hydrogen peroxide to the borax solution i apply to my face, but i am afraid that the H202 will cause my skin to bleach or change colour. One thing i have started to do, though, is apply raw honey to my face before showering. Raw honey is a rich source of H202. Also, the only H202 i could find in a chemist is 6%. I wonder is that okay to use.

Replied by Tricia

Borax and peroxide equal measurements + 2 drops tea tree oil. 1/8 tsp borax in ltr water for rosacea. Only using 4 days so too soon to tell re cure but definite improvement. My question is - Is there a major difference between sea salt and himalayan rock salt when using borax and salt to de-flourinate tap water?

EC: From Wikipedia:

Himalyan Salt Mineral Composition

"In 2003 the Bavarian consumer protection agency Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit analyzed 15 specimens of Himalaya salt sold in Germany and could detect a total of 10 different minerals: sodium and chloride (98%) and other minerals. This agency states that these salts are coming from Pakistan and can, like all salts, cause hypertension (high blood pressure).[1]

German public television broadcaster ZDF presented the analyzed chemical composition of Himalaya-salt who states that the specimen contained 95-96% sodium chloride that was contaminated with 3% polyhalite (gypsum) and small amounts of 10 other different minerals. [2]."

Replied by Tricia

Thanks EC. Great info. Hi to Robert Henry. It was your original instructions that I have been following. You were probobly the most clear instructions on the rosacea page and by saying that you didn't follow exact measurenments gave me confidence to attempt this process. I was really terrified that I would screw it up by getting it wrong. Could you let me know how long it took to notice a major difference (one that others might notice.). I saw quite a difference the first night but only minute differences since. I do know it is a long journey to be completly rid of mite and egg. Thank you again for your clear instructions.

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Posted by Marie (St Louis , MO) on 09/15/2008


When I initially tried Ted's borax and peroxide remedy it cleared my rosacea right away. -- But -- It came back. -- My Natural Health Doctor says that is because the REAL cause of Rosacea is a Weakened Immune System.

She says that the mites are a "normal" part of life, and that they cause no symptoms in people with healthy immune systems.

I can believe that, as I have been a dog breeder for many years, and know that dogs get the symptoms of demodectic mange when they are going through periods of stress.

Life in this system is continually stressful for most of us. I guess we must try to relieve that stress to the best of our ability. Also, diet plays a big part in healing our immune systems, so I guess we need to adopt the theory "don't eat junk food" (if you want to be healthy.)

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Posted by Kate (Pasadena, CA) on 06/25/2008

TED..Thank you very much for your advice. You provide a great service to many people.

I am a 49 year old menopausal female. I have had rosacea for about 9 years, but mostly just had redness and ruddy skin with broken capillaries. But about 3 months ago I started breaking out with this little bumps on my chin and upper lip. I avoid direct sun, but it gets much worse after any sun exposure. It looks terrible, like acne, but its not. I started your remedy 25 days ago. It has been like a roller coaster, seems to be getting better, then not, but overall I think it is slowing working. Initially I had a hard time alkalizing. I got some test strips and the lowest ph measure is 6.8, which was an orange color, and I couldn't even get close to that, so I must have been very acid. I tried the baking soda twice a day and it was barely helping. Finally after about 10 days, I was able to find the washing soda. Once I used the carbicarb formula, it went up to 8.0 in two days! So now I do that once a day to keep at about 7.4. Then I do 1/2 teaspoon of borax and 1/2 teaspoon of peroxide in a liter of water which I drink throughout the day. I also do the topical borax/peroxide every night. It makes my skin very dry and is peeling. What else can I use for moisturizer and exfoliation that won't interfere with treatment? My skin is definitely getting smoother, but still a lot of redness. Lavender oil does not help either. In fact, anything I put on my skins makes it immediately deep red in the rosacea area. Also, a peculiar thing is happening. In the morning with a 10x magnified mirror, I look at my skin very closely. These little white "pin heads" are surfacing. With a slanted tweezer I pull them out and they come out very easy. They are white with a fine root-like body, about 1/8 to 1/2 inch long. They are not normal white heads. Could they be these nanoinsects? Or just my pores clearing out? This is only happening is the areas of the rosacea.

I look forward to your advice.
Thank you, Kate

Replied by AKR
(Jersey City, New Jersey)

Hi Kate,

Will you please let us know where you bought the washing soda from, and what brand? Many thx.

Also, I would like to learn more about your carbicarb experience. Are you still continuing it? Is it still benefitting you as much as it did initially? Any side effects?

The reason for my curiosity is that I have been using baking soda for some time now, but only with mediocre success. On the downside, my insomnia has worsened. So, I decided to do some research on the net. I saw a study that showed that baking soda alone could cause brain acidosis. Of course, these studies are inconclusive, and you can always find other studies that show the opposite. Nonetheless, the studies seemed to be more favorable for carbicarb than baking soda. Hence, my curiosity in your experience with carbicarb vs. baking soda. Many thx.


Replied by Kate
(Pasadena, CA)

Answer to AKR: You can find Arm & Hammer Washing Soda at most supermarkets where laundry detergents are located. Yes, I continue to use 1/4 teaspoon of both, morning and night. I just monitor my PH and adjust accordingly if my PH gets too high... guess it depends on my diet too. But it definately works better than baking soda alone. Tastes really bad, so use just a small amount of water and get it down in a couple of gulps, follwed by a big glass of water. I have had no negative side effect either. I sleep better and my husband says I am "calmer" now, so I tell him he should do it then!

I continue to use the borax/peroxide treatments for my rosacea. It is getting better, but is taking a long time.

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Posted by Samuel Guevara (Taipei, Taiwan) on 04/09/2008

I'm trying not to be too optimistic but this Borax Hp cure is REALLY working on me. I"m on my 3 week now and i put the borax and Hp solution all over my head and face...and it's look like...well normal skin again!!!I understand that i need to use this for a month more or less and Rosacea will be part of my past...i'm so happy.I will post again next week to tell everybody how i'm doing.I regret i didn't made a picture before.

Replied by Francis
(St-Georges De Beauce, Quebec, Canada)

Hi Samuel

How many weeks should I try the Ted's remedy to begin seeing improvement. Thank you!

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Posted by Samuel Guevara (Taipei , Taiwan) on 04/05/2008


Hello, i send a message some days ago but nothing come out.So here again..I'm in my secon week now of the remedy of Ted for Rosacea:I apply borax and HP on my face everyday , twice a day. Also y drink a Lt. of water with 1/8 of borax 3 times a week. The firs week seems everything was going to be great, this week it look like Rosacea is coming back.I"m doing something wrong or it's normal? Why Rosacea is almost non existant in Thailand? what Ted think about? it's the diet? Please post this question on the site

Replied by Samuel Guevara
(Taipei, Taiwan)

Well... i was too optimistic. The Borax and HP have not really finish my rosacea problem even with the new TED protocol which i started on my last 10 days. I will take a month rest and start again trying to be very careful with the new protocol and see what happen then.

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Posted by Devon (Johnson, VT) on 03/29/2008

I have been patiently waiting for them (rosacea breakouts) to return as to not have my current conviction be in vain, however, the topical 1% H2O2/Saturated Borax solution applied to my face seems to have given me the most consistent and real cure of my Rosacea in 20 years.

I am 39 years of age and started to have the breakouts off and on since the age of early 20's. When I discovered topical cortisone it was the only thing that had helped up until that point. After using the cortisone off and on for more than 10 years I finally realized that not only did the topical steroids have side effects, but that I was unfortunately experiencing them: thinning facial skin and broken blood vessels-- in other parts of my face where the Rosacea didn't bother me. Although that could be side effects from long term Rosacea breakouts too I know.I would usually get the rosacea breakouts around the eye brows and adjacent sides of the nose. The Blood Vessels are on the upper outside cheek areas. One day this year I was determined to stop the cortisone but I knew that my face was addicted to it and it would be hard to it and it would be hard to stop because of the strange mind-body'connection to having something that I knew could work temporarily to get me through the self vanity crisis of facing fellow employees in the work place-- not to mention nothing else had ever worked!!! The feeling of the slight stinging/flushing sensation of the breakouts was the most noticeable characteristic that the cortisone would alleviate after a day or two. And then I would patiently wait for the redness and swelling to subside. I ended up ordering some florasone-- steroid alternative with a base ingredient of Cardiospermum-- hoping, and trying to convince myself this would be the answer-- while gradually trying to ween myself off of the Cortisone. Unfortunately, the Florasone just bought me a little time before sure enough, the Rosacea breakouts would return. Sometime around this time during my continued research and frustration, I discovered the idea of Demodex Mites being a possible cause for Rosacea which led me to this site and the Topical Borax cure. By the way, I haven't yet had the courage to try the internal version but that is definitely on the upcoming summer healing agenda. To make a long story short, one application of the Borax/H2O2 solution over night gave me successful relief for almost a week, enough to give some hope. I never really noticed the mites running like mentioned can happen; but I can say now, I have applied the solution three or four times on entire face and scalp (even eye lids-- no problem)-- usually spaced out by a week. My condition seems to be gone.

!!! It is gone!!! And now that my face has weaned mostly from the cortisone (haven't used it in 2 months), my face seems happy to receive an organic coconut oil moisturizing session during the interim between what is now a weekly Borax schedule that I am trying to follow. Interestingly I noticed that the condition seems to gradually attempt to return in-between treatments, but that returning has gotten longer and longer; this leads me to believe the Mite life cycle is close to broken in the epidermis. I have also added Tea Tree oil to my Coconut Oil and my face seems to like it a lot as along as the Tea Tree concentration is not to high in proportion to the Coconut Oil. Also, my face used to breakout when applying any kind of oily moisturizer, but now it is starting to like the CC. I can't tell you how empowering it is to get to the bottom of an elusive 20 year half-my-life condition, even if it is just Rosacea. By the way, for those that find the Borax solution to be very drying, I accidentally discovered that cutting the concentration of Borax down, in half or so, can make the drying effect less and one can still receive the benefits, and just apply it more often. Good Luck!

Replied by Devon
(Johnson, Vt)

Hi There I'm back with an experience I wanted to share from this spring. As previously written the tendency has been to have occasional periods whereby the Rosacea would act up again; but generally it was when having laid off of the Borax/H2O2 for a little while. Even then I have always had the confidence that this remedy would solve the problem and it always did. Sometimes if necessary just to face the day I might add a little topical hydrocortisone just combined after the treatment just to help speed things up.

Anyway to make a long story short after the winter and I guess after a period of neglecting a regular (once a week) borax/h2O2 treatment I started developing a couple of patchy spots in the same general area but one of them was a little different in some way I could not explain: a spot on the side of upper bridge of nose. Anyway around this time I had probably done a treatment and then had to travel so had probably using a little of my backup cortisone plan and though all was fine. Gradually while away the spot were returning and I feel back into my cortisone habit in effort to keep the inflammation at bay thinking that when I returned home I would just do couple of Borax/H2O2 treatments in succession and get it under control.

By the time I got home things were getting worse and I was getting really frustrated and even bough a bottle of the chinese sublimed sulphur boric acid cream which was expensive and didn't seem to do any more than our penny treatment we learned here.

Around this time I had even got back the results of a food intolerance test and started eliminating foods in hope that the facial inflammation would go away. The worst part of this episode was that I would start to get this stinging that would just continue to amplify until finally I gave up and slathered my face with Hydrocortisone. The thing was when the face started stinging I couldn't focus on anything because I would just think about my face all freaking day. And knowing that it looked like shit didn't help either. I then tried like 3 days in a row of the Borax/H2O2 routine which didn't help at ALL.

Finally during research I cam upon the idea of related and sometimes overlapping conditions like dermatitis, specifically Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, which implicates the Malassezia yeast. So I finally thought maybe the Borax wasn't addressing the yeast and I bought some Pyrithione Zinc cream and some soap. The thing was I had always noticed my patches seemed to calm down after wearing 20% Plus Zinc Oxide Sunscreen which led me to think there might be a connection to zinc. Anyway one application a little sting and my face is fine again. Really strange. This remind me I need to not forget to keep the treatments of Borax going, even if once a week. But for now I realized that there are other things besides mites which the Borax/H2O2 do not address. I have been waiting for the inflammation to come back for like almost 2 weeks now after only one cream and 3 soap treatments with the Pyrithione zinc-- it's like magic...

Replied by Autumn
(Chester, Uk)

Thanks for that post about the zinc cream helping rosacea as I think thats what I may have because if I eat certain foods like the deadly nightshade family my face goes tingly and red and it drives me mad, also glucosamine used to set it off too. I am so glad I looked on this site its amazing.

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Posted by Teresa (Sumner, WA) on 12/30/2007

re: dermodetic mites on face. BORAX and PEROXIDE. Thank you Ted for your wonderful postings. You are truly the answer to peoples' prayers. I have been to many doctors and was told that what I had was acne and' folliculitus. I read your cures and decided to try it since nothing the doctors gave me (antibiotics, steroid creams and even Accutane) have helped. I thought it couldn't be that simple but it was. So to all the skeptics give it a try (borax and peroxide) You are truly an honest man and compassionate. Thank you

Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Lynn (Grand Rapids, MI) on 10/28/2007

re: demodex mites/rosacea -- I am currently in the process of ridding my face of these nasty mites. I can attest to the fact that they really do move. I first put the borax solution on my cheeks to test it and all of the red spots moved to my chin the next day. It was incredibly freaky! I have felt them move to my eyes, nose ears and scalp at various times. Now there are a few spots showing up on my ankles as I fight to kill them all! I am determined to win this battle thanks to this awesome website and my new hero "Ted"!

I have ingested the borax several times now with no ill effects at all. I was quite leary at first, but I knew that everything else Ted had stated had proven to be true- so I took a leap of faith. I am so glad I did! Now I just need to stay focused and disciplined to follow through on the routine. Thank you so much for your help.You are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.

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Posted by Kristy (Lansing, Michigan) on 10/17/2007

Hi...I was just reading the Borax page to a friend of mine and saw something a little startling in the testimony by Julie from New York dated 10/12/07. She writes that she used 1/8 of a tablespoon. The dosages I've read have said 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon. I don't know if it's enough of a difference to matter but I thought I should bring it to your attention so you could figure it out. Thanks!

EC: Thank you, Kristy!'You are right -- the correct dosage is 1/8th teaspoon, not tablespoon!

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Posted by Julie (New York, NY) on 10/12/2007

I have been struggling with seborrheic dermatitis on my face for 5 years. I have tried everything - drastic diet changes, candida elimination, probiotics, apple cider vinegar, topical steroids, msm sulfur, betaine hydrochloride, pancreatic enzymes, vitamin C, oil of oregano, flax oil, etc etc etc. A year and a half ago, I also developed perioral dermatitis and ocular rosacea. I read about borax and I decided to give it a try, taking 1/8 a tablespoon of borax in a liter of water for 3 days straight. After the third day, things were definitely changing but not noticeably better. I then decided to try to use borax topically. I combined a 1/2 tablespoon of borax with some hydrogen peroxide mixed with 50% water and I put it on my face then rinsed it off after about 30 seconds. It worked! My face feels as smooth as it did when I was a child, and my ocular rosacea is gone too. I didn't even remember what it was like to have normal feeling skin on my face with no rough patches, flaking, or redness. And I can't believe my eyes are back to their normal shape! I am so relieved. I feel and look like myself again for the first time in years. It seems miraculous. I am so so so grateful. What an excellent site. I suppose my problem was demodex skin mites, and the borax/hydrogen peroxide combo has eliminated them. I hope my experience will help someone else.