Borax and Peroxide, Tea Tree Oil
I found the topical borax/hydrogen peroxide treatment, followed by spot application of tea tree oil to be helpful in controlling my rosacea. It didn't eliminate the redness, but has reduced the red bumps on my cheeks dramatically.
Eliminating alcohol and diet soda/ artificial sweeteners other than stevia also helped a lot. If I cheat and have a diet coke I notice many more bumps the next day. I'm not sure if it is the artificial sweetener or something else in the soda, but it is a reliable trigger for me.
Borax, Ciclopirox Olamine
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 :-)
Presently I am using MMS for roseacea with good results. It needs to be sprayed on at least three times after each drying and as often as possible. In between I use a good moisturizer as the drying process is also drying the skin.
Colloidal silver also works very well sprayed on or using a ball of cotton wool. This all has to be done as often as possible for at least three months.
I wash my face with borax and Dr. Bronner's kastile soap. It can be kept on for a few minutes before washing off. It produces good skin and the mites don't like it.
Another strategy is using castor oil on the face to suffocate the parasites.
Do not forget nostrils and inner ears and eyes. MMS is good for eyes. Om
Borax, Vinegar and Peroxide
I cannot find the original Rosacea H202 Borax recipe. Something seems disfunction with the new website. Anyway I am writing to ask for an opinion and share my new Recipe that I am really excited about.
Just about 50, my skin and its barrier are not always prime. Whereas my skin used to tolerate the borax h202 formula for rosacea on face. Now it seems to have the potential to really dry it out. So realizing how alkaline Borax is -- and that I had seen Vinegar used in place of H202 for mange -- it occurred to me why not combine the Vinegar and Borax in addition to the h202 with a goal of achieving the perfect PH balanced for face spray! The goal currently is around 5.5 I think.
My concern is that the more things to combine that reactions can alter the original composition such the the recipe no longer works like it should! In this case I also wonder if some of the action of the Borax killing the face mites 'is' because of the alkalinity? Anyhow my batch from last night left me the smoothest and silkiest of any Borax/H202 treatment I have achieved!
I would like to share the recipe. Thanks for your time... I am getting ready for round 2.
I have tried just about every conventional remedy for my rosacea. Metro cream/gel, sulphur cleansers, etc. I cut out caffeine, spicy foods, etc. and still no relief.
I had been experimenting with VCO and ACV topically for a while, but....
Then, one day, I came across a web posting about what we see on the outside is a reflection of something going on inside. Most every ailment we have can be contributed to poor gut health. Well, that lead to further research. What I discovered in my research was that Candida Yeast/Fungus infections and intestinal parasites can cause many problems, including skin problems that look and act like Rosacea.
I finally went to a Naturopath and was tested. Sure enough, I had a Candida fungal infection that had become systemic!!!!!! I had suffered for years and not once did I ever have a traditional medicine doctor suggest Candida. I have been treating something I didn't even have.
I am still in the early stages of treatment and have a long way to go, but ACV and VCO have been 2 components of my recovery protocol and I can attest to the benefits I have seen.
Initially my skin looked better, then it got worse (due to "die-off" or Herxheimer reaction), and after a few weeks as my body detoxified from the culprits, my face cleared up and no longer looks flushed. The red bumps, postules, and dry, itchy, crawling skin have all disappeared.
So Rosacea may not be Rosacea after all. Moral of story. You may not have Rosacea, so get evaluated for Candida AND don't give up too soon on ACV and VCO, because your body may simply be fending off the toxins as they die off.
Chamomile Tea, Rubbing Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil
Camomille tea, rubbing alcohol and Tea Tree oil cured my rosacea
About four months ago I had my first bout of rosacea. I had a few episodes of redness that lasted a few minutes on my face and tips of my ears before but until a few months ago it always went away on it 's own. My first bout was pretty bad as it was mainly my chin that was red and stayed red. I used make up during the day to cover it and that worked. At night I would tone it after washing with cold camomille tea and tea tree oil. This did lessen the burning feeling and the redness a bit but not by much.
My rosaacea, three months later, is now at the point almost completely gone. Here is what I have been doing. I noticed a dramatic change right away and hopefully this will work for you as well.
1. Every night, after washing my face I apply a homemade toning solution made of 1 cup cammomille tea, 1/2 cup rubbbing alcohol and about 10-15 drops of tea tree oil. I apply it with a make-up sponge, completely covering the red areas twice. I leave it on overnight. After a week of this, the redness was reduced by at least 80%. I'm still a bit pink and have flushing but nothing out of the ordinary and the flushing subsides. My skin is also super smooth, blemish free and very soft now, a bonus!
2. I stopped eating soy sauce and vinegar as I always would get redness after eating food with these ingredients.
3. I ate alot of root vegetables, citrus fruit and bananas, foods high is potassium and vitamin C. I gained five pounds but my rosacea did really noticably reduce. I plan of losing the weight and hopefully my rosacea will not return as well.
4. Other things I did that I don't normally do is I ate alot of spicy foods once (vegan Kimchee), and applied a commonly prescribed rosacea cream three times. The cream felt funny and has perservatives so I stopped. I don't know if this had an affect but it may have helped. Spicy foods is supposed to aggravate rosacea but it seemed to have the opposite affect for me.
So far this regime has had a dramatic affect on my rosacea. I will update you in a few months and let you know if this is just a temporary solution or if for me it's a real cure.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
This unfortunately wasn't a cure for my rosaecea. It is still present and flares up. This toning solution which I still use does cool it and temporarily reduces the heat and redness. I am still looking for a more permanent solution but this works fine for me still. I have also started to exercise aerobically three times a week. My face is a lot redder but feels less hot. I will keep it up and see what results. I also use Metrogel now occasionally.
I still eat no yeast, sugar, alcohol, salt, soy sauce or vinegar which I am sure helps.The funny thing is the few times recently I've eaten hot peppers my rosacea redness really diminshed to the point my skin looked like normal again.Only temporary as well but it was nice to see myself looking like normal again.
My rosacea is strange. I have a red chin with occasional flushing of my nose and cheek. It comes and goes but the redness on my chin is almost permaneent and requires makeup to cover.
I will keep trying and searching for a cure. Maybe lasers in the future. I will keep you posted.
I have had rosacea for about 10 years and have tried several meds prescribed by the doctor. None worked. I heard about colloidal silver and started using that both topically and internally. I take a tablespoonful by mouth three times daily and I apply a compress of CS to the affected area at bedtime. In my case it is my nose and cheeks. The redness is gone and my nose now looks normal. I highly reccomend it. You can make your own colloidal silver very easily. There are several good CS generators on the market for around 100 dollars.
(Toronto, On, Canada)
My rosacea has toned down considerably. I use Metro cream now occasionally whenever it gets really bad. It was only on my chin and really red and noticible. That problem has stopped. Now it is more of a drying out and peeling of my skin and rash like redness on my cheeks with pimple like bumps. I use the Metro cream to combat that (it works really well) and still use these methods of treatment. My rosacea now is nothing really to worry about, sometimes barely there and easily covered with makeup, so this is a managable working cure for me.
Change Pillows Daily, Multiple Remedies
Hi All, Been reading and reading about rosacea here and on peoples pharmacy pages. I have some sort of rosacea but overall my skin is very very dry or can get that way very quickly. I keep my face clean but immediately have to put lotion or coconut oil on it so it does not dry out. If I use lotion I use a oatmeal based one without mineral oil in it. I just have to gently rub my nose or face and I will get a red splotch on it for a minute or two. What I have been doing for the last week is:
-Changing my pillow case daily
- Wash just my nose and under my nose with dandruff shampoo (with zinc in it)-- I basically wash the rest of my face with water. I pat most of the water off and the use Colloidal Silver on my breakout areas of nose and under nose. The areas calmed down quickly and are still on the mend.
A person posted about how her rosacea kind of morphs and I feel my case is like that also so I will keep you posted on how this does, but I used oregano oil and ACV on it and my face was so flakey and dry within a day even with smearing coconut oil and almond oil on it afterwards.
Are there any other sensitive delicate faces out there also? Any different approaches? ~jillery
So I continue working on my rosacea issues... Overall my rosacea is not THAT bad (red bumps and redness on nose, cheeks, a bit between my eyebrows, some breakouts/redness above and below lip) but I have hardly had a pimple in my 58 years that this condition is making me a bit nuts. lol.
You can see from my other posts what I have been doing all along and that I feel my rosacea kind of morphs from a treatment getting better and then worse after a few weeks.
Most currently I am wiping down my face with hydrogen peroxide and then I use a sulpher ointment on the Tzone. I let it dry. Then because the general condition of my skin is dry, I put on some oatmeal based generic lotion. My face is calming down more and more. The sulpher stuff I used was a product specfically for rosacea-- main stream.
The other thing that seems to make a difference is taking 2t of apple cider vinegar with about 4 T of water-- like a shot of booze. I had been drinking the ACV thru out the day but doing it in shots twice a day seems to be better for me. This also helps diminish my HOT FLASHES.
The vitamins I take everyday is zinc/copper, vit D (3000-6000 mg per rx. my D is/was sub normal) and magnesium (400-800mg). I was taking these things prior to the sulpher and ACV also.
My skin was quite dry this morning but my skin cycles from a bit oily to extremely dry and right now I guess I am in a dry period. So I also used some castor oil mixed with almond oil with some esssential oils in it (lavendar and orange)
That's it. I hope this helps someone.
Changed Shampoo, Soap, Shaving Gel
I would like to share how I got my rosacea under control. I noticed my redness increasing after my morning shower. I am a male so I switched from blue shaving gel to white shaving cream. While I was shaving I used to rinse my razor in hot water. I now rinse my razor in cold water. I stopped using shampoo and standard soap for about a week. Just rinsed my head and face. I am now using a non mass produced soap for my head and face. I think it is an organic type of soap without perfumes. My wife bought it for me and I don't have the label, unfortunately. My face has been clear for about 3 weeks.
Chinese Medicinal Herbs
After exhausting many attempts with various recommendations for rosacea cures, I finally went to a Traditional Chinese Medicine practioner after reading about other peoples successes. I was skeptical, but have found one doctor who really knew what he was doing. I have been taking the herbs for a month now. My symptoms are 90% gone. I did have a moderately severe case of rosacea. Now, I actually have pretty skin again. I had gone to another doctor at first, but his herbs were not as good. I think every doctor has his own formulas. These herbs really heal the problem of a "hot" stomach. Rosacea is only a symptom of this problem. Good Luck!
I would like to just tell you the website that you could buy the herbs, although I don't know if you can buy them without being seen by the doctor. He has so many formulas that you really do need to be seen by him. I am being given three different formulas. One of them is specifically for the rosacea. The other two are for overall wellbeing for some of my other issues. The one for rosacea has these herbs : Forsythia fruit, Wooly Grass Rhizome, Agastache, Eupatorium, Mint, Round Cardamom Fruit and Chinese Hawthorn Fruit. It might be difficult to buy these herbs individually. Also, your pulse and some other personal details are studied in order to come up with the right herb combinationl. Since I cannot give you his name or website, I don't know what else to tell you. Just remember, the TCM doctors view rosacea as a symptom of a stomach issue. The face and stomach meridians are tied to each other. Healing the stomach will remove the rosacea symptoms. I don't believe this doctor ever mentioned to me that these are little mites living in my face. That was a good thing in my opinion!
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Just wanted let you know my experience with rosacea. I cured it with acupuncture and herbs. But before that I tried EVERYTHING. I happened quite suddenly last spring and I had no clue what I had. All I knew was that I was really hot on my face and it was horribly itchy.
I spent hundreds of dollars on supplements I researched online (oils creams vitamin deficiencies, you name it) the only thing that made it better were the papaya masks I'd put on my face(preferably cold papaya mashed or blended by itself All OVer) and I'd leave it on for an hour. It was my happy place...the rest of the days were horrible and I seriously wanted to die from the pain and I couldn't sleep without scratching.
I even researched fasting and switched to a raw food diet. I fasted for 18 days and came out with a juice diet for a week with wheatgrass and organic fruit. That actually helped, it totally went away. But when I started eating normal again it started to come back. So then I found an awesome acupuncturist here in Vegas. So after the first visit I immediately saw my face change color and kept my treatments while maintaining a vegetarian diet (with cooked foods).
My acupuncturist said that I had to stay away from yang foods which include spicy, chocolate, coffee, alcohol type of stuff. And the amount of time to get rid of it would be based on how long I originally had been having symptoms and how well I stuck to my regimen. This was all due to a Yin deficiency. So I kept taking the herbs and going to my sessions, which started out a couple times a week then went down to one visit a week and then monthly maintenance. Now I just take my herbs and rarely eat Yang foods. I had rosacea severely for four months and then the symptoms started to recede throughout the next 6 months. Acupuncture must maintain constant in order to see any results but that's the way natural healing works. I never went to a dermatologist and I refuse to take medication eventhough I was desperate.
I hope my story helps all of you, I know the pain and how horrible it feels. Keep your hope because I got rid of mine and you can too.
This is for Neena from Chicago.
I live in Chicago too and have been looking for an alternative way of curing my Rosacea. I'm tired of all the medications, both internal and topical, that I've taken and that have little or no affect on my condition. Could you possibly provide me with the name of the TCM practioner that you saw in Chicago? Or provide the name of the specific area where he/she is located?
This is an update to my post of 2/24/11.
After making many phone calls and verifying credentials of TCM practioners, I made an appointment.
It's been three weeks since I started taking herbs for my Rosacea and the results were mediocre. I originally started with a TCM practioner located on the northside of Chicago, who gave me herbs combined with accupuncture. The first three weeks I did see some improvement (pustules were almost non-existent) but redness and papules remained. However, I did notice that when I received the second accupuncture treatment, the paplues were reduced in size, if not almost gone, and the redness still remained. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest recommendation), I would rate this TCM practioner a 5).
I decided to see another TCM practioner that was closer to where I lived. After this second TCM practioner reviewed my health profile, checked my pulse, checked my tongue for color, checked my palms and nails, and asked me about any other ailments I had, I was given several herbs to injest. Within the first week, the redness was diminishing, pustules were almost absent, and just a few minor papules. By the third week, the redness on the left side of my face was just a blush of red, pustules are gone and a few smaller bumps. Needless to say, the herbs are working.
While my Rosacea has not totally disappeared, I can finally go outside without trying to hide my face. I still use makeup to hide the residual effects of Rosacea, which makes my face look normal. I would strongly recommend that you see a TCM practioner, rather than trying to take herbs on your own.
I think it's important to understand that while the herbs are working, you won't see changes over night, especially if your Rosacea is sever like mine is/was. Here is the website link to TCM practioner in Chicago http://www.liferising.com, 2131 S. Archer Ave. Suite B, Chicago IL, 312-842-2775.
Coconut and Lavender
Hello to all!!
I am so happy because I have been using coconut oil with lavender essential oil mixed in and using it every night to remove my make up. In a very short time my rosacea has been starting to lessen!! What I do is use a small bowl with about 4 Tablespoon of oil and 6 drops of lavender, mix well, take a little bit and smear it all over my face and neck. (I keep this in the bathroom and it lasts a few weeks) Then use a wash clothe that is pretty warm and place over my face and wipe off my makeup. I then use a little more for moisturizing around my eyes. Sometimes I add frankincense around my eyes too. I am really loving essential oils.
Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
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!!!!
ROSACEA RELIEF. One word: Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Colloidal Copper!!! Along with a daily Centrum or equivalent vitamin!
(Brooklyn, New York, NY)
(West Newfield, Maine)
Hi Ina, I've been using colloidal silver on occasion for several months....it can be ingested, properly diluted and can be applied un-diluted directly on your skin. Silver has anti-bacterial, fungal and viral properties and I would use as long as necessary....until your skin clears. It's a little expensive but a little silver goes a long way. Hope this helps!
So.... which is it? Colloidal COPPER or Colloidal SILVER?? Does anyone here know which one the first poster was referring to?
EC: The first poster used Colloidal Copper.
On a separate note, we just found an interesting article from 1913 on Colloidal Copper for Cancer in the NYTimes.com archives!
(St-Georges De Beauce, Quebec, Canada)
I'm a little confused. People keep coming back to CS although the post was created citing CC Colloidal Copper. If you own a CS generator to make CC you can do it easily. Simply get your hands on some 14 gauge copper wire and file it down if you need to to fit into yoour CS generator. The voltage is plenty to make CC but not enough to make CG Colloidal Gold. Now people please do not start asking about CG. Let's keep with the thread!
So Sarah from TN who first replied about colloidal copper (CC) never got back to us on how she used it. I've been using CC kind of as a toner and it helps some. I did try colloidal silver with no results. I'm thinking I should take CC internally also. I wish Sarah would check back in with an update...
Yesterday morning I was anticipating the long awaited important day/evening and to my horror, when I looked in the mirror, my nose was bright red!!! It's currently summer here so I put it down to being hot and bothered but I hadn't seen it like this in a couple of years.
I knew make up would run in the heat of the day and was pretty despondent as my red nose used to stand out like Rudolf - you can imagine my aversion to cameras!! I knew EC would provide the answers but I had no idea I would actually find a remedy that worked instantly (albeit praying I would) - I didn't have Colloidal Silver which was popular but I do have plenty of DE so I made up a paste - about 1 tsp and probably similar amount of water - and applied with a cotton pad to my nose and immediate area. I left to dry for about 10 minutes then carefully washed off with cool water. Within 1 minute, my nose had gone from bright red to about 50% of what it was. I was amazed and so pleased.
A couple of minutes later, the 50% had diminished even further and I can honestly say, I would have had no more than 10% of the redness that I did 15 minutes prior!!! I was SOOO relieved and couldn't believe it!!! The skin on my nose was way smoother as well. I would definitely recommend DE as worth trying - I'm sticking with it as well as going back to my daily intake of Blackstrap Molasses, which also helps immensely.
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.
(Everett, Wa, Usa)
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.
Diatomaceous earth really should be dry to work. When you wet it, it is much less effective. Apply it at night with a giant poofy face powder applicator brush or poof to dry skin. If you can, don't apply lotion for the hour or two before bed, then apply DE. be sure to rub into your scalp as well and be careful to apply only a light layer as it can irritate your eyes if it gets into them during or immediately after application or later is rubbed into them.
EC: And do be careful not to inhale diatomaceous earth as it can irritate the lungs.
Going completely gluten free had a huge impact on my rosacea. It cleared it up at least 75%. I didn't go gluten free for the rosacea, that was just one of the great side effects for me. It's hard to go gluten free, but give it a try. It surely won't hurt you. Good luck!