Rosacea is a common skin condition, but many sufferers are not aware that there are many effective, natural treatments available. If you or a loved one are unsure of whether or not you may have Rosacea, or if an existing condition is worsening – it is always advisable to see a dermatologist. However, for those with mild to moderate rosacea, natural remedies can do wonders towards reducing or even eliminating symptoms.
Today, we will review five (5) natural remedies for rosacea, and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.
Reduced Stress = Reduced Rosacea
Reducing stress leads off our list because, let’s be honest, most of us could use less stress in our lives. Rosacea is often triggered by inflammation. And inflammation is often triggered by stress. You can do the math here. There is no shortage of resources dedicated to lessening stress. Some popular methods include:
- Cutting caffeine
- Cutting alcohol
- Regular physical exercise
- Speaking to a licensed therapist
Improving Physical Health to Combat Rosacea
There is no known cure for rosacea, but improving one’s overall health and fitness has been shown to effectively reduce symptoms. Much like getting a control over stress, this is a win-win. Even if improving your physical health ultimately does nothing to reduce your rosacea, hey, at least you’ll be in better shape!
Here are a few key areas to get started:
- Improved diet – again, some types of rosacea are closely linked to inflammation. Inflammation is frequently linked to diet. Anti-inflammatory foods include fatty fish, leafy greens, berries, mushrooms, olive oil, avocados, and more.
- Staying adequately hydrated – another great way to steer clear of inflammation is to drink plenty of water. Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and sugar substitutes should be enjoyed sparingly.
- Regular, productive exercise – last but not least, getting exercise can work wonders for rosacea (and just about everything else for that matter). The Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of low intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.
All-Natural Topical Rosacea Treatments
There is also the direct approach. Some rosacea sufferers may employ natural topicals to treat the affected area. Before trying any of the following, you may want to consult your physician.
Aloe Vera Gel – aloe vera is well known for treating minor skin burns, but it also has a litany of topical applications such as combating dry skin, acne, and aging. This is due in part to aloe vera’s ability to protect and moisturize skin without adding any oily compounds of its own.
Raw Honey – honey has been shown to have antibacterial properties as a topical agent. It is also a natural humectant, meaning it has the ability to preserve moisture without irritating the skin. Apply raw honey to the affected skin areas for between 10 and 20 minutes, then rinse away the honey with water.
Others – some individuals may opt to use other skin-soothing natural remedies such as oatmeal, green tea, apple cider vinegar, and oils.
Using Sunscreen to Protect Sensitive Skin
A great protective measure against rosacea outbreaks is to prevent sunburn. Avoiding prolonged, direct sun exposure and using sunscreen are great ways to protect your skin. Rosacea outbreaks are often a “reaction” to a bodily event. As discussed previously, this can come from inflammation or irritation, and it can certainly come from sunburns.
It is important to select the right sunscreen for you and your family. Most individuals will want to use a sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage, meaning that the sunscreen will be effective against UVA and UVB light sources. SPF (sun protection factor) measures the approximate amount of time the sunscreen will protect your skin from harmful rays.
Finally, consider using PABA free sunscreen. Some individuals are allergic or sensitive to PABA, which could lead to a flare up of rosacea symptoms.
Rosacea Sufferers Avoid Skin Irritants
In many ways, the most natural remedy for rosacea may be avoiding certain items rather than using any particular item. Skin irritants are extremely prevalent in our modern world, especially with the rise of antibacterial products. WebMD has declared the following items to be the biggest offenders when it comes to skin irritants:
- Soap – on its own, soap is certainly beneficial. However, many individuals use too much soap or use soap too frequently. Only wash hands when you must and always rinse away soap thoroughly.
- Household Cleaners – cleaning agents are often never intended to make contact with skin. Wear protective gloves when possible.
- Clothes – cotton and cotton blends are the healthiest fabrics for sensitive skin. Even so, there is no way to guarantee a healthy reaction to a new article of clothing. Keep tabs on outbreaks to determine if a certain garment might be a trigger.
- Heat exposure – similar to using sunscreen, avoiding becoming overheated is a great way to reduce the risk of rosacea symptoms.
Perfume, cologne, other fragrances – this is a very broad category with innumerable different chemicals being used in different fragrances. If you choose to use these products, pay close attention to how your skin reacts.