Rose Hip Oil for Rosacea

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Rosacea is a skin condition that generally occurs on the face and is ongoing. It is characterized by on and off redness. If rosacea is not treated, you might experience a swollen nose, bumps, pimples and irritation in the eyes. Rosacea cannot be cured, according to the National Rosacea Society, but there are some treatment options to keep it under control. Rosehip oil is one natural option that might improve rosacea, but see your doctor or a dermatologist for proper treatment options.

Rosehip Oil and Skin Care

Rosehip oil is widely used for overall skin care and for a number of skin conditions. This oil has been used to fight aging of skin, stretch marks, sun damage, scars, psoriasis, burns, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. Rosehip oil includes vitamin A, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which are all beneficial for the skin, encouraging the skin to become firmer and regenerate cells. Because of this, rosehip oil might benefit rosacea, although research is needed on rosehip's potential for this specific skin condition.

Considerations

The German Commission E, which studies herbal medicine, listed rose hip as not having enough research to back up its possible effectiveness, claims an April 2008 study in the journal "Phytotherapy Research." The study reviewed a number of studies and found that rose hip contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, which improved symptoms of arthritis and back pain and might improve skin diseases. Nonetheless, more research is needed.

Application

Rosehip oil is a carrier oil, generally blended with essential oils of plants. You can apply rosehip oil straight on the skin, but in a blend with other oils, it should only make up 1 percent of the total blend, according to "The Essential Natural Health Bible." Mix it with another carrier oil, such as grape seed, jojoba or almond oil. For rosacea, consider blending rosehip oil with essential oils that might improve the condition, such as rose, chamomile or sandalwood. However, you should talk to a certified aromatherapist for a specific recommendation.

Warning

Rosehip is generally considered a safe and gentle oil. However, oils from plants can sometimes cause reactions, so test it on a small piece of skin first. Mountain Rose Herbs warns to only use rosehip oil for cosmetic use. Also, rosehip oil does not last long and is greatly affected by its environment, more than other oils. Keep it in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid as quickly; it lasts for about three months.

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