Natural Treatments for Rosacea


Gina Garippo

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Talking With Your Doctor About Rosacea Treatment

If you think you have the skin condition rosacea, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
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Have you ever thought about using natural or complementary treatments for rosacea? There isn’t much scientific research on how these therapies affect the condition. But there is evidence that natural treatments can reduce symptoms for some people. Before going natural, here’s what you need to know.

Choose Wisely

Herbal remedies are among the most common all-natural or complementary treatments available for rosacea. Many rosacea sufferers report a reduction in symptoms when using herbs. However, herbal remedies may be ineffective for some and can even aggravate rosacea in others.  

If you want to try herbs, be very choosy. The most commonly used topical herbal ingredients for rosacea include licorice, feverfew, green tea, oatmeal, lavender, chamomile, tea tree oil, and camphor oil. Most of these are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce redness and irritation of the skin. However, talk with your doctor before using herbs. Some can interfere with other medications you’re taking or cause unwanted side effects. And never take an herbal remedy that claims to cure rosacea.

It may be less risky to try tested, commercially available products that contain some of these herbal ingredients. There are many popular skin care products on the market, such as facial washes or calming lotions, that include oatmeal, lavender, Licochalcone A (an extract of licorice), feverfew, and more. Read the ingredients label to find out.

Treat the Trigger

Some alternative therapies like acupuncture—the use of fine needles to stimulate points of the body in order to restore health—have not been shown to reduce rosacea symptoms directly. But acupuncture may reduce stress, a common trigger of rosacea flare-ups. If stress is a trigger that’s difficult for you to control, it may be helpful to try alternative forms of relief. Yoga, deep breathing, and meditation are all proven to lower anxiety and help you feel better. This, in turn, may help fend off irritated skin.

Focus on Simple Strategies

The most effective and natural way to improve rosacea symptoms is to avoid your triggers. It doesn’t require medication or cost any money. To accurately identify your triggers, keep a daily diary. Each day, jot down any symptoms you have, as well as weather conditions, food and drink you consumed, facial products used, your activities, and anything else that may affect your rosacea. Look for patterns that may guide you to your triggers.

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 5, 2017

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