If you suffer from rosacea, you are probably always looking for ways to better treat your condition. “Better” can mean a number of things, but so often it comes down to cheaper and more convenient. While keeping your dermatologist in the loop (and listening to his or her counsel and diagnoses) is important, you probably want some remedies that are simple and easy that you can do from your own home without spending a lot of money.
You’ve probably already tried antibiotics, creams, and other traditional therapies. However, here are some natural ideas to try out on your skin. However, be careful; your skin is already sensitive, and there is a chance these remedies will make your skin irritated or sensitive.
Know Your Skin’s Irritants
Knowing what irritates your skin and causes your rosacea to flare up is key so that you can avoid the extra pain. This will probably include wearing a good sunscreen, not touching your skin too often, using a gentle cleanser, and protecting your face with extra clothing like a scarf or mask. This is especially important as you go in to trying home remedies.
White Vinegar Facials
Vinegar is often seen as a disinfectant and therefore could be useful in clearing out your face. Mix approximately 1 part vinegar to 6 parts water and apply it to your face like a facial. However, some people’s rosacea will actually flare up thanks to the vinegar, so apply it on just a small portion of your face first.
Some people also try a similar method but using green tea instead of vinegar.
Some people highly recommend using fruits and vegetables blended into masks to help sooth rosacea. Cucumbers and apples are popular choices. Simply blend whichever you choose into a mask, and apply it to your face for 15-30 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water. If you use this every day, you should start to see results within a month.
If you are trying herbal remedies or other natural remedies, you should let your dermatologist know what you’re doing. He or she will be able to give you further guidance on what may or may not work for your specific skin type and condition.