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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Treatment for Rosacea?

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  • Written By: Meshell Powell
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 April 2014
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Choosing the best herbal treatment for rosacea depends on individual preferences and responses to the available treatment options and may require a bit of trial and error to find the herb or combination of herbs that works in a specific situation. Some of the most popular herbal remedies for the treatment of rosacea include green tea, licorice, and tea tree oil. Additional herbs that are routinely used to treat this skin condition include lavender, grapeseed extract, and feverfew. A doctor should be consulted before choosing an herbal treatment for rosacea, as some of these supplements may not work well with certain medications or may not be indicated for those with some medical conditions.

Green tea is frequently used as an herbal treatment for rosacea. This herb is thought to be effective due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Using a face cream that includes green tea as an ingredient may also help to reduce sun sensitivity associated with rosacea. Some of the possible side effects of green tea include headaches, insomnia, and seizures.

Licorice is often used as an herbal treatment for rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to reducing swelling, this herb may prevent excessive redness and itching commonly associated with rosacea. Side effects of licorice may include hormonal changes, high blood pressure, or muscle pain.

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A program designed for the herbal treatment for rosacea may include supplements such as tea tree oil or lavender. Tea tree oil is known for reducing inflammation but should be diluted before use to decrease the chances of skin irritation. Lavender is believed to help heal a variety of skin conditions when mixed with a carrier oil or cream and applied topically to the skin. External use of lavender is thought to be safe for most people, although allergic reactions may sometimes occur.

Grapeseed extract and feverfew are sometimes used to treat skin conditions such as rosacea and are believed to contain a variety of healing properties. Those who use grapeseed extract may experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, and sore throat. Joint stiffness, weight gain, and insomnia are possible side effects of using feverfew. Any new or bothersome symptoms that develop after using an herbal treatment for rosacea should be reported to a doctor for further medical evaluation. The doctor should be made aware of any over-the-counter or prescription medications being used to make sure these herbal remedies are safe in an individual situation.

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burcidi
Post 3

Has anyone tried camphor for rosacea?

I had heard about camphor before, but I thought that it was used as a topical pain reliever and to treat things like arthritis. But my pharmacist told me that it's also used for rosacea. I think camphor oil is diluted with other oils and applied just like tea tree oil is.

I've tried almost everything for my rosacea, both prescriptive and herbal, except for camphor. Nothing has really worked, not for the long-term anyway. I don't really want to buy another herb or oil unless I hear more people telling me that they've benefited from it. So I would love to hear more about their experience if anyone has tried it.

bear78
Post 2

I agree with the article, each individual needs to go through trial and error to figure out the best remedies.

For me, cucumber works really well, especially when my skin flushes. I use cucumber water to wash my face and face creams with cucumber extract as well. I think cucumber has a really great cooling effect on the skin.

I've also heard great things about chamomile, oatmeal and green tea. The interesting part is that many of these have anti-inflammatory properties. So maybe this should be the main quality we need to be looking for in herbs to treat rosacea. What do you think?

ysmina
Post 1

I've tried tea tree oil topically and grapeseed extract as a supplement for my rosacea.

The tea tree oil unfortunately worsened my rosacea because it turns out that I'm allergic to it. It was diluted too, but ten minutes after applying it, I felt my skin burn and it was getting redder. I immediately washed it off and did not use it again.

I like natural herbal treatments and prefer them over anything synthetic. Bu I've learned that I need to test it on my arm first, before putting it on my face. We can be allergic natural products too, so it's best to check.

I started taking grape seed extract supplements for its antioxidant benefits and discovered later that it's good for rosacea too. My face has less swelling and redness when I use it. But eating healthy and drinking lots of water is a part of that too.

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