Have you ever wondered whether the redness and inflammation on your face is either face eczema or rosacea?
Although both skin conditions look quite similar to one another, there are some distinguishing traits between both. Unlike eczema, in general rosacea appears only on the face with bumping, redness and permanent blushing. It is also does not appear cracked, dry or weeping and is usually never itchy.
If you believe you’re suffering from rosacea or have been diagnosed with this skin condition, read on to find 5 DIY natural remedies for rosacea. These home remedies can be made from every day ingredients found in your pantry.
Please keep in mind that I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe rosacea or eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
Before going into the best natural remedies for rosacea, it’s important to distinguish the 4 different types of rosacea:
Subtype 1: Visible blood vessels, flushing, and facial redness.
Subtype 2: Acne-like breakouts and sensitivity.
Subtype 3: Swelling and fluid-retention with thickening skin and redness.
Subtype 4: Ocular rosacea which appears around the eyes.
Knowing your type of rosacea will allow you to pick the most appropriate DIY home treatment for your rosacea symptoms.
Green teas are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammation properties that are helpful to reduce rosacea swelling.
If you’re experiencing facial redness, seep a few green tea bags in hot water and then let them sit in your fridge until they are nice and cool. Place them either on your eyes if you’re suffering from subtype 4 rosacea or on your cheeks to relieve flushing and facial redness.
Natural, raw honey is full of anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for any type of rosacea that shows visible blood vessels, flushing, and swelling.
Spread a thin layer of honey across your checks and around the eyes if you’re experiencing subtype 4 ocular rosacea. Remember to be careful though! Leave enough room, as to not get any honey into your eyes.
Alternatively, you can opt for a skin cream or balm that includes honey, like Organic Manuka Soothing Skin Cream that contains soothing and anti-inflammatory Manuka honey and is gentle and safe for the eye area.
There are several different essential oils you can find in both health stores and supermarkets that work well for rosacea. Just make sure to dilute the essential oils properly, especially for babies and young children, who cannot tolerate strong doses of essential oils. Mommypotamus has a great chart on dilutions here.
Lavender oil can help soothe red skin and eliminate painful swelling due to both its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Rose Essential oil helps balance sebum production and calms skin with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are so many other essentials oils that work well for rosacea, just like they do for eczema. Make sure to check out our blog post: The Best Essential Oils for Eczema to get an idea of which ones work best for both conditions.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Ingesting apple cider vinegar (ACV) has proven to be quite effective for rosacea. Not only is it a powerful cleanser, but it helps balance gut flora and improve the digestive system.
Many rosacea sufferers also choose to use ACV topically. If you choose this method, be very careful. ACV is extremely acidic and will burn affected skin if applied directly. Be sure to mix it with water to dilute the mixture.
When choosing your ACV, make sure to opt for an organic and not processed brand like this one for the best results!
Although these rosacea home treatments are one step to providing relief, it is only one part of the solution. Many health practitioners will suggest to stay away from spicy foods and alcohol; however, carrying out your own elimination diet will help get to the root cause of your unique case of rosacea.
To get started on an elimination diet, take a look at our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!), which works just as well for rosacea, since many of the common food triggers are the same for both conditions.
If DIY and at home remedies aren’t for you, make sure to check out The Eczema Company’s natural remedies for rosacea for natural balms and other soothing options.
Let us know what natural remedies for rosacea you use in the comments below!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.