Have you tried several different creams, gels and washes to treat your rosacea, yet not found any relief? Rosacea is a complicated skin disorder, and every case is different. Not all patients respond well to the common prescription medications, but that does not mean you should give up trying to find a treatment that works for you. Here's a look at a few natural remedies worth giving a try.
Aloe vera is a plant that is known for its ability to calm and moisturize irritated skin. Many patients have found that applying it topically on a regular basis helps reduce the frequency and severity of your rosacea breakouts. You can purchase a big aloe vera plant, and just break off a little piece of it every day. Squeeze the gel out of the piece of aloe, and smooth it gently over your freshly washed face. Alternatively, you can buy bottled aloe vera gel. Just make sure the brand you buy does not contain any added fragrances or colors, as these ingredients tend to make rosacea worse – not better.
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so incorporating more of it into your diet may help ease rosacea symptoms. Buy fresh ginger at the grocery store, and then find ways to incorporate it into your daily diet. Here are a few ideas:
- Make ginger tea by pouring boiling water over a few slices of fresh ginger. (Add a drizzle of honey for some sweetness. Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties.)
- Grate ginger and add it to your salad dressing.
- Add some grated ginger to your stir fries or stews.
Researchers have found that bacteria play an important role in rosacea. Thus garlic, which is known for its natural antibacterial properties, is a good natural remedy to try. Fresh garlic is your best bet, as the active compounds may have partially dissipated from the chopped garlic you can buy in jars. Add garlic to your soups, stews and salads. Mash up some garlic, add it to some butter, and spread it on your toast. The possibilities are endless. Some patients have also found relief from applying crushed garlic topically to their rosacea-prone skin. However, you have to be okay with smelling like garlic in order to do this!
If you have talked with a dermatologist like those at the Dermatology Surgery Center but prescription treatments have failed to clear up your rosacea, don't give up. Try garlic, ginger, or aloe vera – chances are, one of them will give you at least some relief!