Rosacea is a complicated skin disease. There is no cure, and the treatment that works for one person may not work so well for others. If you've been having a tough time finding a rosacea treatment that works without causing unwanted side effects, then you may want to consider using a natural treatment rather than prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Here's a look at three natural treatments to try.
Chamomile is known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is a good choice for treating your rosacea when you have a flare-up. You can make a compress with chamomile tea, which is readily available at most grocery stores. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3 tea bags. (You want the tea to be strong.) Let the tea steep for 10 minutes, and then remove the bags. Place the tea in the fridge to cool. When it is slightly chilled (but not freezing cold), dip a wash cloth into the tea. Hold this over your face for as long as is comfortable; 5 - 10 minutes should do. Then, pat your face dry with a soft cloth. Repeat this treatment as often as needed.
Aloe vera's healing powers are no secret! This soothing plant can be used to ease everything from sunburn to dry skin -- and many people find that it works for rosacea, too. It is especially useful when your rosacea leaves you itchy. Make sure you buy pure aloe gel, or extract your own from a living aloe plant. (Just snap off a piece of the plant, and squeeze the gel out.) Apply the aloe to your skin, rubbing it in gently. For best results, make sure you use aloe twice per day after washing your face with a mild cleanser.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps fight bacteria, which is helpful since recent studies have indicated that bacteria cause rosacea. Try looking for a mild moisturizer that contains tea tree oil, and apply it to your skin after gently washing it. Alternatively, you can make your own moisturizer by combining a drop of tea tree essential oil with a few drops of olive oil. Do not use the tea tree oil by itself -- you may further irritate your skin, since it's so strong. Be patient, as this remedy may take a few days to yield noticeable effects.
For more information, contact a company like Advanced Dermatology Care.