Around 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea, an inflammatory skin disorder that appears in women and men over age thirty. The condition is characterized by little reddish pustules in a mask-like pattern on the face, often accompanied by an overall reddish blush. Rosacea can be very subtle, or it can be quite noticeable, and it can be a cause of embarrassment and self-consciousness.
There are effective drug treatments for rosacea, but there are also some excellent organic remedies:
1. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a anti-prutic agent that relieves itching. It has polysaccharides and proteins which attach to each other and create a layer that protects the skin. Rub a paste of oatmeal and water on the affected area and leave it for a few minutes. Then wash it off gently and dry with a soft towel.
2. Lavender – Lavender has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Mix a good quantity of lavender oil with almond oil, olive or jojoba oil. After cleansing your face, massage the mixture into the affected area gently, using your fingertips. If you experience any allergic reaction, discontinue this treatment.
3. Sunscreen – Exposure to the sun can increase the incidence of rosacea; research shows 81 percent of flareups are triggered by sun. Always use a good sun block when you go outside, as well as sunglasses, a broad-brimmed hat, and use an umbrella at the beach.
4. Oil cleansing – Oil cleansing has been used for acne, including the acne caused by rosacea, for centuries. Oil is used to cleanse the pores of the skin and remove impurities, and this is much more effective than the use of soap, as it is non-irritating. Mix half a teaspoon of olive oil and mix it with one to four teaspoons of castor oil. Massage the oil into the face in small circles. Then apply a hot wet washcloth to the affected areas, allowing the steam to open the pores and remove the toxins. Afterwards, gently wipe the face to remove the oil. Use this treatment three times weekly.
5. Apple cider vinegar toner – The surface of your skin has a natural acid mantle that prevents infection and controls the production of oil. When the skin is inflammed with rosacea, it is helpful to add more acid. Apple cider vinegar is a healthful, safe acidic treatment. Soak a cotton ball, and rub it generously into the skin every day.
Many people who have experienced rosacea have found these treatments to be just as effective as their chemical-based counterparts.