Caring for rosacea naturally

Severe redness of the face, visibly broken blood vessels, and painful dry patches on the skin?  If you answer yes to this then it is highly likely you may have some of the frustrating symptoms of rosacea.  In this article we’ll explore rosacea in a little more detail and offer some alternative natural remedies to alleviate this sensitive skin condition.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea isn’t like acne which you can treat in a short span of time.  This non-contagious skin condition is characterised by pink or red patches,  broken capillaries and dry sensitive inflamed skin.   The most obvious tell tale sign if a very red blush on the face typically around the cheeks nose, chin or forehead.   Some types of rosacea may also experience thickening of the skin and  visible red spots and bumps similar to acne.  Although treatment can help, this skin condition cannot be cured.   It is recommended that a proper medical diagnosis is done by a doctor as tailoring treatment to the type of rosacea is an important part of managing this condition. However having said that there are some natural options which may help alleviate rosacea which can be easily applied to your daily lifestyle without impacting your rosacea treatment.

 

Natural remedies to soothe irritation and redness

Coconut oil makeup remover

There are many types of natural oils that can be used as a makeup remover. For those with rosacea, coconut oil makes a perfect all-natural ingredient in removing makeup. As most makeup products contain oil, coconut oil will melt off makeup gently and efficiently. In addition, coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which can both help relieve symptoms of rosacea.

Green tea and evening primrose oil toner

Alcohol-based toners are a huge no-no for everybody; especially for those with rosacea. Individuals struggling with this condition are a lot more sensitive to drying agents such as alcohol. A natural alternative for your daily toner would be a mix of pure green tea and a few drops of evening primrose oil. Both are excellent skin conditioners that can help relieve dryness and itch.

Oatmeal and milk mask

Oatmeal is rich in fiber and antioxidants that can significantly help with the redness and irritation. It works well with milk as it helps soften the oats to make the mask gentle on the skin. Both oats and milk have moisturising properties so this all natural mask is a great way to hydrate the skin.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is very popular moisturiser and is known for its soothing and calming effect. The gel of the aloe vera plant is jam-packed with healing nutrients that hydrate, relieve, nourish and repair skin cells. One tip – to make the aloe vera gel more soothing chill it in the fridge for half an hour or so prior to application. This will add to the gel’s relaxing and refreshing feel on the skin.

Rose water and rosehip seed oil skin mist

Need an instant refresher? Facial mists have become a go-to skincare staple.  For those with rosacea, you’ll be needing something that’s extra gentle and soothing. Rose water is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it’s great for reducing redness, itchiness and inflammation.  It also helps improve complexion by revitalizing the skin making it look brighter and healthier. With a few drops of rosehip seed oil, you are also treating your skin to Vitamin A and essential fatty acids. Put this mixture in a handy spray bottle and you’re all set!

What are the things you should avoid if you have rosacea?

As mentioned earlier, rosacea has different subtypes so the things you should avoid may vary. However, there are common foods and skincare ingredients that you should minimise if you have this skin condition. Check out our list below.

Moderate the following foods:

  • Processed vegetable oils
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Sugary foods (i.e. candies, soft drinks)
  • Spicy foods

Make some lifestyle changes:

  • Limit alcohol and coffee (or other acidic foods)
  • Increase fresh foods such as cucumber, apples, lettuce, celery, bananas and melons
  • Quit smoking
  • Relax and minimise stress

Avoid synthetic ingredients in cosmetics:

  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Alcohol
  • Synthetic Fragrance

If you are living with rosacea, we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line in the comments box and let us know what treatments you use to treat your rosacea.