Rosacea commonly affects a the face, especially the nose, and results in enlarged blood vessels and a flushed or ruddy skin. Rosacea can be caused extreme temperatures or food sensitivities, among other causes, though the root causes of rosacea are not known. In addition to traditional treatment options, you may be able to find relief from flare-ups and even reduce rosacea over time with homemade remedies. Before using any natural treatment option, consult your primary care physician to help avoid allergic reactions or other unexpected side effects.
Fresh cucumber, blended into a facial mask, may help to treat rosacea. Maoshing Ni, in “Second Spring: Dr. Mao’s Hundreds of Natural Secrets for Women to Revitalize and Regenerate at Any Age,” suggests this natural homemade treatment as a highly effective option. Peel and puree a fresh cucumber with 1 egg white in a blender. Gently smooth the resulting mask over your face, and leave it in place for a half an hour. Once the mask has set, rinse the face thoroughly with cool water. Ni says you should see improvement within a month of daily use.
A gentle compress with chamomile oil may help to reduce the inflammation associated with rosacea. Debora Yost, in “The Complete Guide to Natural Cures: Effective Holistic Treatments for Everything from Allergies to Wrinkles,” recommends using this homemade treatment to help manage rosacea flare-ups. Steep several chamomile tea bags in a quart of hot water. Cool the resulting mixture in the refrigerator. When you begin to feel a flare-up, dampen a soft cloth in this mixture and apply it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lynne Paige Walker and Ellen Hodgson Brown, in “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Natural Healing,” suggest a fresh apple mask as a gentle, natural way to care for this recurrent skin condition. Peel and core an apple. Puree the apple and a small quantity of lemon or apple juice in a blender. Smooth the resulting mask over your face, and leave in place for a quarter of an hour. Once the mask has dried, rinse it off with cool water. Walker and Brown suggest using the apple mask daily.
Janice Cox, in “Natural Beauty from the Garden: More than 200 Do-It-Yourself Beauty Recipes and Garden Ideas,” recommends this herbal cure as an effective rosacea treatment. Mix together 2 tsp. dried turmeric powder, 4 tsp. dried coriander powder and 1-2 tbsp. fresh milk until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from the heat and allow to completely cool. Store the mixture in the refrigerator. Once prepared, use the paste twice daily as a 10-minute facial mask. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then splash your face with cool water and pat your skin dry.
- “Second Spring: Dr. Mao’s Hundreds of Natural Secrets for Women to Revitalize and Regenerate at Any Age”; Maoshing Ni; 2009
- “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Natural Health”; Lynne Paige Walker, Ellen Hodgson Brown; 2003
- “The Complete Guide to Natural Cures: Effective Holistic Treatments for Everything from Allergies to Wrinkles”; Debora Yost; 2008
- “Natural Beauty from the Garden: More than 200 Do-It-Yourself Beauty Recipes and Garden Ideas”; Janice Cox; 1999