Natural Treatments For Rosacea
Although there are a variety of medically-approved treatments for Rosacea, including oral and topical treatments, light therapies, and avoidance of the events and incidents that can trigger a flare, many people have found relief from using alternative botanical treatments, particularly when they are used in combination with traditional medicine. Though none of these are necessarily supported by medical science, and what works for one Rosacea sufferer may not work for another, some of them may be worth trying to see if they work for you. Be sure to check with your physician to be certain that there are no contraindications with any medication or treatment you may be using.
Golden Chamomile Cream
Containing the extract of a plant whose latin name is Chrysanthellum Indicum, this cream has been getting a great deal of attention after having shown promising results when used by Rosacea sufferers. There has been evidence that its success is tied to its ability to strengthen capillaries. It was particularly effective in combating overall redness, and had minimal negative
Licorice has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and as a natural remedy for a variety of inflammatory conditions. It is thought that the flavonoids, as well as a major chemical component called glycyrrhizin, are what gives the sweet roots its healing properties. In the treatment of Rosacea, licorice extract is applied topically, although it can also be taken orally for the treatment of other inflammatory conditions.
Green Tea has been credited as curative for a variety of inflammatory conditions, including Rosacea. Going far beyond reducing redness, a study involving a large group of patients who had visible pustules and bumps used a cream made of a highly concentrated green tea extract found they’d experienced a marked improvement in the appearance of their skin after just one month of use. It’s also been shown that applying green tea extract to the face immediately after an IPL treatment can help the effectiveness of and recovery from the treatment.
This treatment is used as a moisturizer and improved skin barrier in many skin conditions, including Rosacea. It is thought to add moisture and reduce irritation.
There have been some studies that have shown that a lack of riboflavin can contribute to Rosacea flares. This is specifically tied to research showing that Demodex mites, which are found in much higher quantities on the skin of Rosacea patients than on the skin of people without Rosacea, prefer to live in areas that are riboflavin-deficient.
This cream acts as an antimicrobial and has shown signs of attacking bacteria on the face. Although there has been no connection between bacteria and Rosacea outbreaks, people who have used the cream report less redness and fewer pustule outbreaks.
There are several other home remedies that have been cited as helping with itching, dryness and irritation. These include creating a mask of oatmeal, the use of herbal oils including Tea Tree Oil and Camphor Oil, anti-inflammatory herbs such as lavender and chamomile, and an Aveeno product that contains extract of the Feverfew plant.
Although not botanical, it is worthwhile to mention some relaxation methods that also fall under the category of alternative treatments and that have shown themselves particularly effective at reducing stress, thus acting as proactive, preventative treatments. Rosacea patients have shown dramatic improvements in their stress levels after regularly attending yoga classes and receiving Reiki treatments. Meditation has also shown benefits, as have a variety of breathing techniques.