Firstly, some sources on Rosacea.
Rosacea (Mayo Clinic)
Approaches to prevent mild flare-ups and flushing:
- Soak a wash-cloth in ice cold water and lay it on the red areas for about ten minutes. The cold tightens the blood vessels. (Reader’s Digest)
- Chamomile, applied to the skin. Use dilute tea, not chamomile oil. Steep several chamomile tea bags in 3 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and chill it in the refrigerator. When your face is flushed, dip a cloth into the tea and apply it to the red area. (Reader’s Digest)
- Green tea, applied to the skin as mentioned above.
- Use a gentle cleanser designed to be particularly gentle. Try ones with no perfumes and few preservatives. (Reader’s Digest)
- Avoid any exfoliating skin washes or acne cleansers. These contain harsh ingredients and can actually make rosacea worse. (Reader’s Digest)
- Steer clear of any abrasive cleaning products, and salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or alcohol ingredients. (Reader’s Digest)
- Aloe Vera two times a day, applied to the skin. (Natural Alternative Remedy, Healthy and Natural World)
- Rose Hip Oil applied to the skin. (Natural Alternative Remedy)
- Apple Cider Vinegar, either applied to the skin or consumed. Start with 1 part raw ACV to 6 parts water. As your skin adjusts, you can gradually increase the concentration of the ACV until you mix equal parts ACV and water (or 25% ACV, 75% water if you do better with that) . Apply the toner at night. For consumption, a few extra tablespoons here and there will help cure the acidity in your stomach. Always drink ACV diluted with water (1-2 tablespoons for a glass of water). (Natural Alternative Remedy, Healthy and Natural World)
- Flaxseed Oil helps to reduce inflammation. Take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day, or take soft gel form. (Natural Alternative Remedy)
- Zinc, 25 milligrams twice per day with meals (doses vary). (Natural Alternative Remedies, Health and Natural World)
- Grapeseed extract, 3 times per day (50 mg). (Natural Alternative Remedies)
- Coconut Oil applied to the skin. It has anti inflammatory properties and can help reduce the heat and redness on the face. (Healthy and Natural World)
- Olive Leaf Extract. (Healthy and Natural World)
- Lavender. (Lifescript)
- Change pillowcases often, and wash pillowcases and sheets with hypoallergenic laundry soap with no added colors or fragrances.
- Try an Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Essential Oil Mixture. 1/2 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel, a few drops of essential oil of your choice (like lavender, rose). (Healthy and Natural World)
It looks like the main approach is to use natural anti-inflammatories as we want to reduce inflammation, and figure out what foods cause flare-ups by doing elimination diets. Eliminate dairy for 2-3 weeks and see if there are any improvements. If not, reintroduce dairy and then cut out corn, eggs, wheat, etc. to test for a possible reaction.
So far we’ve been using aloe vera applied to the skin. Our next step is to try chamomile applied to the skin, ice cold compresses, gentle cleansers, aloe vera and coconut oil, apple cider vinegar consumed, and hypoallergenic laundry detergent.