Acne rosacea or Rosacea(1) is a common skin condition that affects people aged between 20 and 35. It is also common in teenagers and people with fairer skin complexion. It affects the facial skin generally. However, you may see the disease spreading to the neck and chest as well. Try home treatment for rosacea to get fast relief.
Rosacea can be mistaken for acne. However, they are two different phenomena altogether. Some of the signs and symptoms of Rosacea include small red patches all over your face skin, swelling, burning sensation along with thick and dry skin. Your skin will be sensitive to certain lotions, light, and even water.
Swollen eyelids and cysts are also some common signs of rosacea. The symptoms tend to come and go and generally affect middle-aged women more. You may have clear skin for weeks and months and out-of-the-blue a bout of rosacea would appear.
Rosacea is a painful and embarrassing sight. Your face will be continuously flushed. However, about the cause, no one knows what triggers this skin condition to occur. Some believe it happens during the winter season due to dryness. Most doctors consider that when the blood vessels beneath the skin swell, rosacea erupts.
There may be factors that trigger this skin disease. Some of them include:
- Direct sunlight
- Harsh wind
- Eating spicy food
- Intense exercise
- Wrong cosmetics
- Living in extreme temperatures
- Sinus infection
- Excessive drinking
Fair-skinned people are more prone to getting this skin disease. Sometimes, people may confuse your problem for a person who blushes easily.
Many people have led a peaceful life with this condition. And although there is no permanent cure for this ailment, you can try a holistic approach to reduce the symptoms.
There are four subtypes of Rosacea that are characterized by different symptoms. Some may be severe and affect the eyes, making your vision blurred. At times, medical history may also trigger the problem. In such cases, visit your dermatologist to get accurate treatment.
Home treatment for Rosacea which we have mentioned below is for Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (subtype A), the most common type that affects people.
Home Treatment for Rosacea
Every ailment can be treated at home when it is in the preliminary stage. Rosacea is no different. Here are some home treatments for rosacea that you may want to try.
1. Green Tea
Green tea(2) has anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogen properties that reduce redness and inflammation. It also protects our skin from UV rays that eliminates skin reaction.
How to use?
- Make a cup of green tea and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Soak a clean cloth in the chilled tea and apply the cloth on the affected area for 15 minutes.
- Follow this treatment twice daily at least for a month You can also drink green tea twice every day for about a week, for best results.
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2. Chamomile Compress
Chamomile has active ingredients like flavonoids and terpenoids that produce a soothing effect on the skin. It hydrates our skin and keeps inflammations at bay.
How to use?
- Boil four chamomile tea bags in three cups of water for 10 minutes.
- Remove the bags and refrigerate the tea until its cold.
- Soak a clean cloth in the water, squeeze excess water and place the damp cloth on your skin that’s affected by rosacea for 15 minutes.
- Repeat the treatment three times a day.
- Note: Do remember that for some this substance may cause allergies. Doing a patch test on hidden skin should be a good idea.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil contains antiseptic properties and it has been widely used as a traditional medicine along with Melaleuca for treating various skin problems.
How to use?
- First off, it is imperative that you buy good quality pure lavender oil (a therapeutic grade).
- Soak a cotton ball in the oil and gently massage on the affected areas.
- It will not only help reduce swelling but also effectively shrink blood vessels. Repeat this twice a day.
- Alternatively, you can mix one drop of lavender oil in one tablespoon of almond oil.
- Apply the mixture on your face before going to bed. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning.
- Repeat this once in a day for several weeks until symptoms go.
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Honey is used widely as a wonderful natural medicine for skin infection and skin diseases. Honey breaks out the rosacea or any pus-filled acne and keeps skin moisturized longer than other products.
How to use?
- Two tablespoons of honey and gently massage on your face.
- Leave it on your face thereafter for a good 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water followed by a very nice moisturizer.
- Do this procedure twice a week for healthy healing of the skin.
- Alternatively, you can prepare a paste of two tablespoon honey, one tablespoon olive oil and one and a half teaspoon of milk.
- Apply the mixture on your affected area, leave for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.
- Repeat thrice a week.
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5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most effective skin treatments for Rosacea and also for dry skin, pimples and sunburns. We have seen immediate positive results upon its application.
How to use?
- Buy natural Aloe Vera gel that doesn’t contain chemicals or extract gel directly from a leaf.
- Apply the gel generously on your face.
- Let it sit until it dries out.
- Flush your face with cold water and pat dry your skin.
- Perform this twice a day.
- You can also consume Aloe Vera juice for healthy skin. Use the gel as part of your everyday skin-nourishing routine.
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Cucumber, the water-rich vegetable that has been part of an important cosmetic regimen; the facial is one of the most effective methods to treat rosacea.
How to use?
- You can grate a chilled cucumber, and gently apply the grated veggie along with its juice all over your face.
- You can leave it overnight if you aren’t prone to cold or let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water and pat dry your skin.
- Alternatively, you can slice cucumbers and place them on your face for a soothing effect and instant coolness.
Flaxseeds contain essential fatty acids that level out bumps on the skin and relieve you from skin irritation. It is also a great source of anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use?
- Apply one tablespoon of flaxseed oil three to four times a day on your affected areas.
- Follow this treatment at least for two months for effective results.
- Upon treatment, include flaxseeds regularly in your diet to keep rosacea redness and skin inflammation at bay.
However, in case you do not find any relief by following the above-stated methods, then it is advisable to consult a skin specialist at the earliest.
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1. Is Rosacea an autoimmune disease?
According to several dermatologists and doctors, the evidence does point to rosacea being an autoimmune disease. However, the conclusion seems too ambiguous and research is yet to be conducted for a decisive answer.
2. Does rosacea worsen with age?
Yes, it most certainly does if not taken care of! This condition, however, has its own variable trajectory and cannot be predicted in everyone. However, as a general rule, it does worsen with age.