As you learn about the lifestyle changes that you can make to easily keep your symptoms under control, don’t forget that rosacea home remedies can be some of the simplest and most affordable weapons in your arsenal for combating redness, bumps, dryness, itchiness, burning, and other discomforts.
Controlling rosacea symptoms is a two-part process: prevention and healing
The first component to helping to make sure that your rosacea symptoms are kept under control is to do what you can to stop them from happening in the first place. For some people, that is easier than for others. While many rosacea sufferers can take on the right habits to heal their symptoms and stop them from ever coming back, others will need to keep up an ongoing effort to reduce and ease flare-ups.
Regardless of the way that your rosacea symptoms present themselves, identifying triggers and reducing your exposure to them is key to flare-up prevention. That said, when it comes to healing the flare-ups that do happen there are some amazing home remedies that can help you to get even more out of your red light therapy.
Some of the best rosacea home remedies are readily available in your pantry.
The following are the top 5 rosacea home remedies that can help you to soothe your symptoms when flare-ups occur. Used in conjunction with daily red/amber light therapy, these natural treatments can help to alleviate the discomforts associated with this skin condition, while shortening the length of time it takes for the symptoms to heal.
- Green tea – It’s no mystery that green tea is great for you. It’s filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-carcinogens, and phyto-protective properties that are great for your overall health, but that are also fantastic for treating rosacea.
To take advantage of this home remedy, many people drink at least a couple of cups of this beverage each day. Some will also make an extra cup “for the fridge”, which can be chilled for a half hour before you soak a very soft cloth in it and hold it against the affected part of your face. For some people, this can be very soothing and will decrease inflammation and redness. Be sure to apply to a clean face as this could change the effects of any other medications or rosacea skin care products that you have on your face.
- Oatmeal – oatmeal is another antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It can be wonderful for reducing redness, inflammation, burning, and itching. Use powdered (colloidal) oatmeal. This can be purchased at most drugstores, but in a pinch, you can blitz plain oatmeal in the blender and run it through a sieve to keep only the finest powder.
Mix ½ cup of the powder with ¼ cup of water and apply the mixture to the skin. Smooth it on very gently without rubbing. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it away with cool water, patting dry with a microfiber towel. For a bad flare-up, repeat this several times per day.
- Turmeric – this is a powerful antiseptic herb with fantastic therapeutic and antibacterial properties that make it a favorite among rosacea home remedies. Using this spice internally and externally on a regular basis helps many rosacea suffers to take control of their symptoms. When combined with daily red light therapy, many people with this condition are able to fully heal flare-ups in a short period of time and prevent them from coming back at all.
External use involves applying a mask to the affected skin for 20 minutes made of turmeric and honey. This should be done daily until the symptoms have subsided. Internally, take up to one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of water or almond milk, or as an ingredient in a rosacea-busting smoothie. A small pinch of black pepper helps the absorption of the turmeric into the body (by boosting its bioavailability). If you are on any medications, particularly anti-inflammatories, blood pressure, blood thinners, or others, consult your doctor before using turmeric, as it does have quite a powerful effect.
- Chamomile – a compress of chamomile can be very helpful to many – but not all – sufferers of this condition. It is interesting to note that some people feel that this is the next best thing to a cure, others find that it actually worsens their symptoms. Test on a very small area before applying this to all of your affected skin to be sure that you don’t have a chamomile allergy (which is cool) and that it will not cause your symptoms to worsen. To use a chamomile compress, soak three to six bags of chamomile tea in three cups of boiling water for ten minutes and then refrigerate until cool (though not cold). Soak a soft cloth in the liquid, wring out the excess, and rest it on your affected skin for 15 minutes. Repeat several times per day until symptoms subside.
- Honey – a growing body of scientific and medical evidence is now supporting the use of raw honey among rosacea home remedies that help to prevent and treat symptoms. It is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has antibacterial properties. Gently apply it to your skin in the affected areas and leave it there for 20 minutes before rinsing it away with lukewarm water. This should be repeated twice per week.
Aside from these popular home remedies that you likely already have in your kitchen, there is one that you may not have but that wouldn’t be difficult to add to your pantry: lavender. The plant is very inexpensive and it smells wonderful. It can be purchased at virtually any garden center and it makes a terrific addition to a kitchen windowsill or a window box that receives a lot of sunlight. Clip a sprig and boil it in a cup of hot water, chill the liquid, and dab it onto your affected skin with a cotton ball to ease inflammation and shrink blood vessels on the face. Repeat twice per week for as long as needed.
The scent of lavender is also calming for many people. Since stress and anxiety can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, a little bit of aromatherapy to help you to keep calm can go a long way for preventing flare-ups and healing those that have occurred.
All of these rosacea home remedies are safe to use in combination with your regular red light therapy. That said, as is the case with any changes that you make to your lifestyle, your diet, or your treatment of a medical condition, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before you get started, to ensure that they won’t conflict or interact with other treatments or medical conditions that you may have.