When Prescriptions Don’t Work: Three Natural Remedies For Rosacea Breakouts

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

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.

Ginger

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.

Garlic

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!

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Hair Treatment Options You Can Choose From

If you have hair above your lip that you want to get rid of, then there are many options available to you, but some of them will work better than others. When it comes to removing upper lip hair, you want to make sure you go with a method that will keep that hair gone for as long as possible and hopefully get it to grow in less as time goes on. The hope is, one day you won’t have to continue with removal methods because it will be gone for good. Learn about some of the different hair removal options in this article so you can find the best one for your needs.

Plucking and threading

Plucking and treading will get rid of upper lip hair by simply pulling it out. Plucking the hairs out with the use of tweezers will take a long time and it prolongs the pain. Threading allows for more hairs to be removed and the process will be finished much faster. Threading involves the use of regular thread that’s wrapped around certain fingers in a specific manner. The thread will be put against your skin where it will trap the hairs. The thread will be quickly maneuvered so it pulls out hairs in a straight line.

Waxing

You can use over-the-counter wax products or have the waxing done by a professional. Warm wax that generally contains a sticky substance like honey will be put on your upper lip, followed by a waxing paper. The paper will be smoothed down going in the same direction as the hair growth. The paper will then be quickly pulled from your lip, going opposite the direction of the hair growth. Waxing isn’t very comfortable, but it can be done quickly so the discomfort isn’t prolonged.

Laser treatments

Laser hair removal treatments can be a good option for several reasons. Light from a laser will be concentrated on the hair follicles on your upper lip. The follicle pigments will absorb the light from the laser and the follicles will be damaged. The laser can be focused in on many hairs at a time and the treatment is easy to concentrate on very specific areas. The hairs will grow back less and less with each laser treatment you undergo.

Once you find the right hair removal treatment you can have the hair removed from your upper lip in a way you are most comfortable with. For more information, talk to a professional like Gateway Dermatology PC.

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