The Top Natural Rosacea Treatments


There is a lot of interest from rosacea sufferers to cure their rosacea with natural or herbal therapies and home remedies.

Many are keen to avoid treatments like antibiotics and metrogel.

This paper is by far the best collection of information about natural rosacea treatments or products I’ve found.

Read on to discover just what is the best natural rosacea treatment.

Treatment of rosacea with herbal ingredients. Wu J., Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2006 Jan;5(1):29-32.

Since rosacea is a chronic disease and many patients find prescription therapies unsatisfactory, they frequently turn to herbal ingredients for relief of their persistent facial redness. The most useful and frequently used herbal compounds include licorice, feverfew, green tea, oatmeal, lavender, chamomile, tea tree oil, and camphor oil. The utility of most of these herbs is based on their purported anti-inflammatory properties. Some of these herbs have proven effects, many have potential benefits, and some may aggravate rosacea. Due to the fact that many patients fail to inform their physicians about their use of herbal ingredients, dermatologists should be aware of what patients may be using and be able to advise them about the efficacy of these ingredients or the potential for adverse effects.

Many patients use topical over-the-counter (OTC) agents to treat the symptoms of rosacea, either as an alternative to traditional prescriptions or to complement their prescription regimen. Increasingly, many of these OTC preparations contain herbs. Current estimates report that consumers in the US spend more than 21 billion dollars on alternative medicine and the use of herbal remedies saw an unprecedented 380% increase between 1990 and 1997.

Licorice (Glycyrrhizin)

Glycyrrhizinic acid has also been shown to improve dermatitis. In a study by Saeedi and associates, 2% glycyrrhizinic acid gel was reported to significantly decrease scores for erythema, edema, and itching over the 2-week treatment period.

A recent study by Dieck and associates found that licochalcone A exhibited a potent anti-inflammatory action on a broad range of skin cells involved in skin inflammation.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

One of the primary active components of feverfew, parthenolide, inhibits serotonin release from platelets. Feverfew inhibits 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase, resulting in a reduction in human blood platelet aggregation.

In a recent study by Martin and associates, 45 days of treatment with 1% feverfew PFE (parthenolide-free extract) – Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Ultracalming, improved mild inflammatory acne by inhibiting the release of inflammatory markers from activated lymphocytes and reducing neutrophil chemotaxis. It is these immunomodulating properties that suggest feverfew PFE[TM] may be a useful treatment for rosacea.

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

The green tea derivatives epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate possess well-documented anticarcinogenic properties and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities. (15) These properties are especially useful for patients with rosacea as inherent sun sensitivity is a hallmark of the disease. The photoprotective properties of green tea may lessen reactivity to ultraviolet light, thereby reducing the signs and symptoms of rosacea. Moreover, green tea extract has been shown to reduce the disruption of the skin barrier often seen in patients with the disease.


First, oatmeal is a potent antipruritic. The moisturizing properties of colloidal oatmeal alleviate itch due to dry skin. These properties, in turn, promote protection of barrier function, which is often impaired in rosacea patients. Oatmeal also works as a skin protectant and enhancer of barrier function as the proteins and polysaccharides bind to skin to provide a protective barrier, while proteins buffer both acids and bases.

See also Colloidal Oatmeal: a Dream Ingredient for Rosacea Sufferers for more information on why Oatmeal may be one of the under rated natural ingredients.

Lavender (genus Lavandula)

studies in animal models confirm the traditional use of Lavandula angustifolia for the treatment of painful and inflammatory conditions (including gastrointestinal disorders, migraines, and generalized pain).

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile)

The active constituents of chamomile include the terpenoids (bisoprolol, matricin, chamazulene) and flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin). Studies have documented the anti-inflammatory and soothing effects of creams containing chamomile in patients with various inflammatory dermatoses. Chamomile is used in a variety of cosmetic products and as soothing compresses.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

In recent years it has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial agent and has also been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil should be used with caution, however, as it has been associated with a wide variety of side effects including allergic contact dermatitis, systemic contact dermatitis, erythema, and systemic hypersensitivity reactions as well as conditions such as linear immunoglobulin A disease.

Camphor Oil (Cinnamonum camphora)

Recently, camphor oil has been evaluated for its efficacy in treating the demodicoses that are frequently comorbid with rosacea. In a study by Morsy, marked reduction in the infestation density were noted following application of diluted camphor oil at concentrations of 20% to 25%. Caution is warranted with the use of camphor oil, however, as it is a known skin irritant.


The therapeutic value of medicinal herbs has gained increased acceptance by the medical profession. However, there are a number of variables which can influence the composition, concentration, and bioavailability of the herbal compound. Moreover, few of these ingredients have been evaluated in clinical trials. Despite these issues, many patients may benefit from the use of herbal remedies and a growing number of patients are using “natural” ingredients to treat their rosacea. Some have proven effects, many have potential benefits, and some may, in fact, aggravate rosacea. Of particular concern is the finding that patients using alternative therapies are unlikely to tell their doctor. Dermatologists should be aware of what patients are using and be able to advise them, beyond what is prescribed or the procedures performed.

Disclosure: Dr. Wu is a consultant for Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products and is Founder and President of Dr. Jessica Wu Cosmeceuticals.

See Also

Also see this interesting PDF for more information about natural ingredients that have been added to skincare products.

Skin Care Based on Science: Improving Outcomes in Rosacea

Cosmet Dermatol. 2012;25:72-78.

Patients with rosacea have compromised skin barrier function and are more prone to dryness, irritation, and skin sensitivity. With an understanding of the pathogenesis and inherent skin problems that rosacea patients experience, it is essential for dermatologists to provide specific recommendations for skin care.

Cleansers and moisturizers must be selected to improve skin barrier function and reduce inflammation. Cosmeceuticals with anti-inflammatory actives may be helpful in mitigating the signs and symptoms of rosacea. This article will review topical skin care products that may improve treatment outcomes in rosacea patients.

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  1. Candice says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am a biochemist who is formulating an organic herbal product line to help calm the symptoms of rosacea.

    I have rosacea myself and would like to create something that will better the lives of people with this condition.

    If you would be so kind, it would really help me out if you took my short survey to help me create the best product that I can for our community.

    If you would like to contact me with questions, my email is

    Thank you very much for your time!

  2. Vianna says:

    Ive had rosacea for about 4 years now and i have tried everything to improve my skin condition. So far the only thing that has really helped is moroccan argan oil. It is quite pricey but totally worth it! Also, i try to use natural masks (yogurt, avocado, papaya or turmeric – depending on how my skin is feeling atm) for about half an hour in the evening, and then apply the argan oil when i wash it off.

    ive never tried tea tree oil as im afraid it’ll inflame my skin!

  3. coneehh says:

    Is anyone experiencing flare ups this time of the year?
    I am my skin is very dry and in the evenings my face tends to heat and get irritated for no apparent reason. Nothing has changed in my diet nor my lifestyle. Its upseting when I thought I had this under control.

  4. Becky says:

    Yes the moroccan argan oil is still working brilliantly for me DonkeyLady, just remember tho to get enough sleep – vital for all around health and helps the rosacea loads!!!

  5. catherine says:

    Saw an acupuncturist for 4 weeks once to twice per week and started the chinese herbal supplement he prescribed (Quell Fire). It is really helping and i am finally having days with no flare ups and my skin is returning to a normal tone

  6. Julie says:

    I have had rosacea for over 14yrs now. I have tried everything from plaxon facial wash (which seems to help) and have tried everyone of the cyclings. I am now on betrim and it has made my face worse. i am looking forward to trying the tea tree oil and some of the other suggestions on here. i am so glad to know that i am not the only one with this. i am also glad that there is a site i can go to and talk to real people that have the same problem as me. i find that having rosacea is very fustrating and depressing.

    Thank You to all of you for sharing stories.

  7. D Henry says:

    I am also a Sleep Apnea sufferer and when I miss good sleep my Rosacea acts up to let me know I am not taking good care of me. No amount of skin care is going improve lost sleep. Now you might discount what I am saying BUT do not ignore the message here. You will learn that this is a factor many are not paying attention to.

  8. Heather says:

    My Rosacea has begun to improve, but no by using the metrogel. The tea tree oil has helped some. Avoiding caffeine is helping too. But in the past two days what has helped the most was doing something I once did for a mysterious rash on my toes that cleared it up.

    I let a banana age until it was black. Then I took it out of the peel and mixed it with a little vitamin E (about one tbs). I cover bandages with this mixture and place it over the rosacea and go to bed. When I wake up in the morning the redness is cut by at least a 1/3 and the bumps are half their height. I’ve done this two nights in a row now. I’m going to do it again tonight. Each night a little more goes away (and it also took out a white calcium deposit in my skin).

    My cousin also mentioned a laser surgery that cost less than $200 that she got for her rosacea and cleared it up to never come back. I asked her to send me more information on that. I never even knew she had rosacea.

    Along with the banana mask, I am also using the tea tree oil lotion I have once a day and avoiding caffeine still.

    I will keep you all posted.

    • Hi-I really hope you are on to something!! These mites work Overtime!! Please help……………Thanks,Pat

      • Paola says:

        Hello. These are the products that have helped me. I wash my face with Cuticura soap (original). It’s a purple soap & has a bit of a sulphur smell. Flowers of sulphur in the soap treats rosacea. It’s a gentle soap to. The smell doesn’t last long after a rinse. Use lukewarm water. For toner I make one myself. I bought distilled water, I got Vital chamomile tea bags, rooibos tea bags I brew a pot of all tea bags in the distilled water. When cool down I then add 20ml of organic apple cider to the mix. Start with 10ml apple cider. Keep water ratio to 2 cups. You don’t need to store this in fridge. Use this mix as a toner. It balances skin ph & soothes skin irritation. If your skin is dry I recommend a cream from Italy called Cera Di Cupar. It’s organic & contains honey. Or you could try Good things Manuka Honey. No sulphates or parables & contains natural ingredients that act as sunblock. I suggest at night plain organic olive oil or coconut oil. Buying plain zinc ointment use this to on irritated areas. Alternatively find a cream with Glycyrrhiza Glabra (liquorice)…Eucerin has a cream with 6% of this & is very soothing. Keep your baths lukewarm. Add a cup of Epsom salts to it. Maybe a drop or 2 of tea tree or lavender. Avoid anything citrus like orange, grapefruit or lemon. All these options are inexpensive & very helpful. Flaxseed oil supplements also come in handy with assisting your immune system.

  9. rynhardt says:

    Hi Everyone.. iv treid changing my entire diet to fresh veggies, fish and other healthy foods, also been taking vitamin E, Zinc, fish oil and a multi vitamin. iv been working out lightly every day, quit drinking and smoking, changed my facial cleanser and moisturiser.. still the flushing and redness continues! Please help!


    • Paola says:

      Hi rynhart.
      Rosacea is not exclusively about diet. It needs to be addressed externally as well. Avoid soaps & creams that contain sulphates & parabens. Soften bath water with Epsom salts. Avoid extreme temperatures. Keep your water lukewarm for drinking & bathing. Avoid acidic & citrus foods or cosmetics. Don’t over exert your self in excercise. Use high sunblock for sensitive skin. You may need to support your immune system with flax seed oil supplements and strengthen your blood vessel walls by taking red vine leaf capsules. Use of a spritz made from distilled water brewed with an organic chamomile tea bag (use of course at room temperature) regularly will calm your skin. I recommend Dermalex repair cream for couperose & rosacea.

  10. DonkeyLady says:

    Dear rynhardt,

    I don’t know your name, sorry. No problem with you remaining anonymous, I just didn’t want to be rude.

    Any, here is some recommended reading for you.

    The Body Ecology Diet – Donna Gate
    Not well written, but after reading through it THREE times I finally have the program down and it’s working for my Rosacea. Her program is NOT ABOUT Rosacea, but rather overall health.

    Eat Right 4 Your Type – Peter D’Adamo
    I did find some of the suggestions for my blood type to be of great help. Donna Gales recommends this reading in her Body Ecology Diet book, so I read it.

    Another book is Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – Michael Murray N.D. and Joseph Pixxorno, N.D.
    You may not want to buy this book, but it recommends the following:
    1. Avoid known triggers: alcohol, coffee, hot beverages, spicy foods and anything thing else you know to cause flushing. This one is standard.
    2. Eliminate ALL refined and/or concentrated sugars from the diet. I recommend Stevia instead.
    3. Do not eat foods with trans-fatty acids, such a milk, milk products, margarine, shortening, or hydrogenated vegetable oils, and all fried foods.
    4. Avoid all foods with iodized salt.
    5. Take the following nutritional supplants:
    a. Multiple vitamin and mineral formulas (I recommend Peter D’Adamo’s on his website, the right ones for your blood type.
    b. Hydrochloric acid
    c. Pancreatin

    After reading Donna Gates book and adding the Lacto Fermented veggies and properly food combining my symptoms all but disappeared. They are continuing to get milder and mider as I do, and I have definitely found lactose and wheat to be a HUGE trigger for me, but it WILL be different for each blood type. That’s why there is not a “one cure to all Rosacea”. It takes some time and study and COMMITMENT to overcome this, but it can be done. Please write to me if you need further information, but I can only recommend what has worked for ME. Everyone is going to be different.

    One more notation, all supplements are not “right” for everyone. After you read the books I suggested (if you choose to) you will understand a lot more.

  11. rynhardt says:

    hi,. thanx very much for the advice! i have the eat righ for your type book and started reading ot today,.it suggests i stay away from dairy and wheat amongst some other things,.,. what blood group do you belong to? i am o positive,.

  12. DonkeyLady says:

    I am O negative. Wheat is definitely a big problem for me and so are ALL milk products. Ghee doesn’t seem to bother me, but I use Goat Milk Ghee to be a little safer. Just staying away from those two things has helped a lot, but food combining, adding in a lot of B vitamins…especially B-12, using fermented vegetables with all my meals, and taking various other supplements has really brought my symptoms down to almost nothing. I have only had visible Rosacea for a year (I had minor symptoms before that, but nothing that caused me any concern), since I became a vegetarian, so I figured that might have something to do with it. That’s where I started my search. I was definitely B-12 deficient. I no longer go by government standards, but I have used up to 5000 mg of B-12 for a week at a time. Reading Donna Gates book really helped me put a lot of pieces together, and since I have worked out my digestion, I have rid myself of a number of issues, including Rosacea. Without proper digestion, it doesn’t matter how much or how many supplements you take, you probably won’t utilize them well. I wish you the best. Let me know if any of this helps you. You have my prayers.

  13. DonkeyLady says:

    Hi Sylvia,

    I looked up the product you mentioned and I was amazed at how much advertising there is out there for it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much promotion for one product before. I’m glad to hear it’s working for you, and I may even give it a try, adding it to my current supplement. It can’t hurt, I guess. But, I also want to do more research on it, and I was looking for the ingredients (total ingredients). I found everything BUT this! Can you send me a written version of what’s on the bottle? And when you say “organic”, is it 100% organically grown and produced, with nothing added? And, how is it produced? Maybe it says all that on the bottle.

    I don’t know why taking a single antioxidant supplement would really do that much, but if it actually does what you say, I’ll be happy and pleased to agree with you. I plan to get some right away (after I find the ingredients and more information). They must be out there, but there was so much to wade through on this product, I just couldn’t find it.

    For me, the fermented foods and proper food combining is amazing. I believe Rosacea is a symptom, not a disease, and I believe that healing the gut helps to heal all of the body, leaving us symptom free. I took antioxidants before I tried these things, and they didn’t get rid of my Rosacea. They are good to take, for sure, along with minerals and certain vitamins. Actually, I don’t even have “trigger” foods anymore. The only thing that turns my face red now is the heat, and it goes away as soon as I cool off, unlike before when it never went away.

    • Izzy says:

      Hey Donkeylady, you talk about blood type and you talk about healing on the inside, or healing your gut. Ive heard that Rosacea is caused my Candida overgrowth and bad digestive health. Which means that you have to heal your gut. I am so so happy that I read you comment, because when you write I don’t think its a disease I think its symptom, and I think it’s something to it.

      Now I have three things to say, first of I was diagnosed with Perioral dermatitis the doctor explained to me that it basically was the same thing as rosacea but on a smaller area on your face, now my perioral dermatitis is “gone”. But suddenly I’ve got red chin, cheeks and forehead, l am very very happy that I have more of a pinkish tone not red, no idea why, so it might not even be rosacea, but i am guessing that it is. I get flare ups when its hot, and sometimes after showers. I am young I am 17, but i had eczema as a baby, so my body or skin is very sensitive. But i am afraid that it will get worse as i get older, and i am all for prevention. I can see that i have broken capillaries, I don’t want it to get worse.
      Now you say that healing your gut is the way to go, now I am wondering how to you actually heal it?
      I believe deeply that rosacea and all skin problems are caused from the inside, there is something that our bodies are trying to tell us, there is something wrong.
      This was very very all over the place sorry for that, but I hope you can answer or give some response

      Yes i know your not a doctor or dermatologist but it seems like your rosacea are “gone”
      I am desperate

      Sincerly izzy

      • chet says:

        Hi, hope that you all have found improvement at this time. Not all of our problems are within, that is ‘the gut’. For example, my triggers are the sun, heat, and Stress- the type that is chronic for some of us.
        prayers and blesings to you,

        • David Henry says:

          When treating the nose surface directly with Prosacea (Rosacea Gel), the Demodex Mites are harbored in the hair follicles on the outside of the nose and lest you overlook those inside the nasal passage. The Mites do not care where they are able to live. If this is in fact your issue with Mites. Everything vastly improves going inside to the root of the problem also.
          You must be “doctor of YOU”.

  14. Vicky Lewis says:

    If you have rosacea try prokin rosacea by mama nature. It is the only cream that has ever worked in respect of my long term rosacea troubles and it has changed my life. There is nothing left to be said!!

  15. D Henry says:

    L-Lysine has been holding me in good stead, but I have found eating yogurt in addition has made a big difference in just good to great results. This leads me to believe the condition of the bacteria levels in the stomach can effect the nose and surrounding tissues. Eating yogurt helps keep these levels in a good condition making for a clearer complexion on the face and nose. It is worth a shot to get this in control and with all OTC and natural approach. Best of LUCK!!!

  16. Aly says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve had rosacea diagnosed for about 5 years, with a few years of undiagnosed before that. I feel like I have tried every product under the sun, including the Metrogel, Finacea, aveeno calming products, Dr. Weil’s Mega Mushroom line, etc. The finacea did help some, but ended up being too expensive for me and I wanted to try something more natural.

    I found Evan Healy’s products online while searching for a good face cleanser for rosacea sufferers. Her Blue Line (found when I clicked on the “skin conditions” tab on the site) and Immortelle spray have helped my rosacea quite a bit. The redness is way better and my skin feels much calmer. She has a Tea Tree Gel wash too, so I think I am going to try putting a drop of that in with the Blue Line Cleansing milk (which is something she recommends on her site as well to help with the bumps). I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    I recommend googling her name and taking a visit to her site.. maybe it will work for you too 🙂

  17. Corky says:

    So, what do you do with the Selsun Blue?

    Sounds like Tea Tree Oil and yogurt or Kefir are the most commonly used items.

    I’ve had rosacea for years and have seen a dermatologist who didn’t really prescribe anything because it wasn’t severe enough. I beg to differ. Well, maybe it has gotten worse 🙂

  18. Jena says:

    I use the generic version of Aveeno Ultra Calming Cleanser and Lotion that is made by CVS. Works good for my peeling, itchy rosacea.

  19. Sherrill says:

    Hi everyone

    I really appreciate this Website – different Rosacea cures seem to work for different people so perhaps Rosacea is internally-based (especially as stress seems to play a large part). Has anyone tried Dr Heng’s Psoriagold? Or seen the YouTube interview link with her discussing her product? Although she recommends the product for Psoriasis, she says it also greatly helps Rosacea. She also recommends not eating dairy products and I find this difficult as I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and am worried where this will lead.

    Also, I have problems with aching all over and not sleeping well (similar to Fibromyalgia) and so I am trying the low-oxalate diet recommended by Dr Clare Morrison who also suffers with Fibro symptoms. So I am wondering whether the Lacto-fermented veggies are going to work for me as Dr Clare suggests not eating a lot of veg/fruit. What a mess!!! I sound as if I am on my last legs, but this website certainly cheers me up. I cannot find Sylvia’s suggested supplement on this website, so if anyone could clear this up for me I would be grateful.

    I have started using Walnut Oil to cleanse my face and this seems to be good as long as I remove most of it with my boiled muslin cloth. I have also used Dermablend foundation and mix this with the Walnut Oil and it glides over my face and does not give me a flare-up – I can’t use this too often, just when I am going out somewhere.

    I was going to try Bare Minerals make up but there are such scathing reviews concerning facial lumps and bumps that I have given that one up. But I would like to find a “happy” make up blusher – there must be one out there somewhere.

    Also going to read Eat Right for your Blood Type by Mr D’Adamo and hope there is a trigger there I can use. Is it worth having tests for food allergies??

    Keep happy everyone! There’s a lot of Rosacea sufferers out there but I only know of Dr Heng who is trying to find a cure – my Dermatologist was useless and couldn’t even suggest how I could cover it up – I just had to get on with it. Candice (Biochemist on this site) is trying to find a cure and I filled in her questionnaire.

    Take care everyone. Just keep your suggestions coming – I will try pig-swill if it works!!!!!!!!! and thanks a lot for your support, it means a lot to me.

    • Sharon says:

      You don’t need dairy to avoid osteoporosis, as many plants have the calcium needed in our diets, plus magnesium which is often overlooked. The magnesium is needed to properly absorb the calcium along with vitamin D which many people are deficient in.
      It may not help your rosacea but it will definitely help avoid osteoporosis which is far more dangerous!

      • David Henry says:

        Demodex mites are the cause for Rosacea, the nose is especially prone to the irritation from them as hair follicles exist inside and on the surface of the nose. The mites are helpful mitigate dead skin cells around the follicles. Prosacea gel is a valued product for relief.

  20. DonkeyLady says:

    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to give an update here. I have been doing the Body O
    Ecology diet, and following D’Adamo’s advice for Blood Type O for almost 9 months now. I have NO symptoms anymore. Please remember that my case was mild, but it was there every day, and my face was red all the time. It never went away. I did not have a huge problem with break outs, but I did have some small ones almost all the time. I don’t have ANY redness now, and only an occasional break out, very mild, and it’s rare. The break outs are ALWAYS when I eat wheat or dairy. Every time, without fail. Please keep in mind that everyone is different as to what they can and cannot eat, but changing my diet to meet my own needs has transformed my skin. It’s not just my face, either. I used to have baby soft skin, but for the past few years it’s been very rough. Now, it’s like it used to be. I am 57, and I now have baby soft skin again. I’m not selling anything, I’m just posting this to help anyone I can. I can now drink wine and coffee, in moderation, without any redness or break outs. I don’t have them often, but they are not triggers for me. They were before I began the BED (Body Ecology Diet).

    Now, I just want to say that this diet is rigid. It’s not fun when you begin, but it will transform your body in ways that will make you very happy about being on it. Combined with Peter D’Adamo’s Blood Type diet, it’s been the answer to renewed health for me. I highly recommend it.

    BTW, my husband has been on the BED and Blood Type diet with me for all this time, and he lost 30 lbs early on and has kept it off. He did not have a skin problem, but he looks and feels so much younger. He is 64, and he can run circles around most 50 year olds. He doesn’t always like the food, and he really doesn’t like the cultured veggies, but he eats them, because they work.

    To Sherrill, I have to say that any doctor or nutritionist that says to NOT eat fruit and vegetables would be very low on my list of people I would listen to. Sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone, but our bodies were made to eat natural foods, and that’s where most of our nutrients come from.

    I hope this helps someone. I know that most people are not going to change their eating habits drastically, but we did, and we are so much healthier for it. I hope this inspires some of you to do the same.

  21. D Henry says:

    Found a new approach by using an astringent available for acne, helps with flare-ups on my nose and fore head. Works quite well. Goes by the Name of “Sea Breeze”.

  22. D Henry says:

    I use Sea Breeze every day at least twice a day. Morning and Night usually.

  23. coneehh says:

    I have to share, I have switched face creams and these have worked for me. I truly believe these will work for you too!
    I have also been more strict on my diet ever since my Rosacea Breakout on my face (I have pictures that I can share). It’s been two months and my face hydrated and looks normal. Most of the time I eat healthy, which means no fast food, no fried food and I protect my skin from the sun and grass/plants as much possible.

    1. Sustenex® Probiotics
    2. Atiso Artichoke Tea
    3. Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
    4. Nivea Creme (blue jar is for night time)
    5. NIVEA Soft (white jar is for day time)

    I take a Sustenex probiotic pill daily. Sustenex — is one of the most viable strains of probiotics that help with your digestion and your immune system.

    I drink Artichoke tea on a daily basis, sweetened poured over ice, drink it throughout the day. Artichoke tea– is known to be a natural healthy benefit to your skin. Cleanses and nourishing to the liver and digestive tract, but it can also rid constipation when sipped on daily, can ease IBS symptoms safely, and help keep the hair, nails and skin looking beautiful.

    Every morning and night I wash my face with Cetaphil bar and apply Nivea afterwards. Cetaphil—is a hypoallergenic, mild soap and highly recommended by doctors.
    Nivea – Helps skin affected with eczema can also be treated with Nivea. Nivea works gently on the skin to get rid of eczema. Nivea moisturizing cream is a proven remedy to soften the skin. Skin specialists also recommend use of Nivea cream. Upon application, the body readily absorbs this cream. Also, as it contains natural oils, applying it in the right amount promotes rejuvenation of the skin.

    Good luck to you,


    • Brenda says:

      I just started drinking artichoke iced tea today! I sipped on about a quart all day. I made my own. Have a fresh choke boil it i with fresh ginger. I did not take the antibiotic prescribed today! No bumps tonight! I have a mild case brought on by premenopause. Oh joy!

  24. remi says:

    I have been reading all these posts and have gotten so many ideas I am not sure what to try. I am 45 and have rosacea and recently it has gotten so bad with not only the normal papules and pustule but nodules and edema (swollen areas) on my forehead that show up and then in a few days go down again. i have the “rosacea ltd iv” disks that I want to try but I am trying to get my body alkaline first. I am acidic. I only have oily skin (which seems on the rarer end of rosacea) and enlarged pores. My oily skin makes the rosacea even worse. I was told the acidity in your body makes your sebaceous glands works over time – Oh dear! Is anybody else suffering with this kind of rosacea and what are you using or what has helped you. A dermatologist put me on FInacea and Oracea and my reaction was 10 times worse than the original problem. Now it seems completely out of hand and I am at my wits end. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!

  25. Heather says:

    I have now gone in for two IPL (laser treatments). I have received really good results. The procedure feels like your face is being stung by bees, but the recover is quick and your skin looks better right away. I had one person see me right before I went and right after and they thought I had put make-up on. They recommend a total of 4-6 treatments.

    My cousin has gone in for her treatment (who told me about this). I recently saw her. She is in her 60’s and her skin now looks like she is in her 30’s. I was amazed.

    I’ve also noticed I think eating rice makes my rosacea worse. Hot chocolate make with 100% cacao and honey seems to make it look better.

    I am still using lavender water, and that helps.

    I have redness, but it is now limited to my cheeks. I also have bumps, and those two are on my cheeks with a few on my temples.

    Oh, the place I have had my IPL done is called Elite MD and they are in Danville, CA. You can look them up on-line. Unfortunately they don’t take medical insurance. Each treatment is $350.

  26. remi says:

    another problem I have is that my skin is so reactive to everything. if its humid outside I break out. if a scarf i am wearing touches my face, i break out where it touched. I even have to try and sleep on my back at all times so that my face doesn’t touch anything. This is a horrible way to have to try and get by. Is anyone elses skin this reactive and what did you do?

  27. sara says:

    Hi Remi, I have rosacea and have used Metrogel and Finacea. It sorta worked but I looked for something that wouldn’t have as many chemicals in it and found Eucerin redness relief soothing night cream to work just as well if not better. I use it every night on the red areas and purchase it at Rite Aid or online. I wonder if emu oil might also work. I use Purple Emu Oil for lichen sclerosus skin condition and it works wonders. I buy it online. It’s made from the Emu bird (looks like an ostrich) You can google it and also call them to ask questions about it. I may never see your answer since I never come on this site unless you go to and write rosacea in your subject line and or Remi. Oh I just noticed they will notify me of any comments so I probably will see it.

  28. Sherrill says:

    Hi Heather

    I read your note concerning rice and I agree that eating brown rice (as I have done every day for years) does contribute to the redness. I stopped eating brown rice (still eat white) about three months ago and my rosacea is much better. I don’t think it’s coincidence either. Perhaps wholemeal bread may make it worse also. I only eat white and I know authorities say you should eat brown rice and bread because its more healthy but they don’t have a red face!


  29. Gav says:


    I’m new here, been a rosacea sufferer for more than 20 years.

    I have tried many methods and creams to try best contain this problem. My whole face used to be bright red, the color of a coca-cola can which had ruined my life.

    Anyway, I now just wash with Luke warm water with a small amount of dove men+care deep clean face bar and then after a pat dry, use a small amount of aveeno skin relief moisturizing cream. I found using these two inexpensive products to have the best outcome I’ve had for years. The burning itching is rare, the dry skin is gone for the most part and my skin mainly pink. It looks so much better and I feel so much better that when I go out I feel more confident that I convince myself that I’ve cured myself.

    These products are cheap and available at most stores. I got mine at walmart.

    Good luck if you try


  30. Lisa says:

    Gav, I, too have suffered from rosacea for years, and don’t have the funds to shop around for expensive solutions. I now have a routine similar to yours and my face has never looked better! I use J&J baby wash on my face (usually the honey apple, since head to toe tends to dry me out), followed by a small amount of the Skin Relief on dry areas only.
    My redness has improved to the point where I just have a small amount on my cheeks, and I feel very comfortable in my own skin for the first time in years.

  31. Dave says:

    Be aware that your teeth are located just behind the nose. I found my teeth and gums were inflamed or giving me trouble at or around flare-ups. Be sure to pay attention Gingivitis disease now and in the future. Brush teeth with a good anti gum disease toothpaste and rinse with a good mouthwash if not able to brush. You just might be delighted with the results. Not likely in every case here but be sure to know what helps YOU. Not every case is the same but if this is you, then you will want to know.

  32. David says:

    Got a reply from the blog I posted on.

    Complaint was for the toxin Triclosan.

    Perhaps you will find some value in the treatment plan I have devised.


    My reply is below:


    OK, 1st things 1st.

    The Sulfodene does contain Triclosan (toxin) and is the last on the list (smallest ingredient by volume, DUELY NOTED).

    1) All Rx medications are metered doses of poison. (Fact) GOOGLE it. Alcohol is poison and enough will kill you too.
    2) Continued irritation anywhere on your body will cause you cancer. (Fact)
    3) Triclosan is toxic and in this dog Shampoo. The amount I use is the smallest drop (DOES NOT COVER MY PINKY FINGER NAIL) and gives me relief “TOTALLY”.
    4) The 12 oz bottle of shampoo is by volume more than I will need in a lifetime to solve my problem.
    5) I have no plan for a FULL body wash with this shampoo.

    I have also gotten some Clean & Clear (Acne Cleanser) with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, by Johnson and Johnson. This is a backup/follow-up to my dog shampoo treatment above. Use both treatments as you see fit and I have not had an out of control breakout since my last and FIRST “single drop” treatment w/Solfodene’s MEDICATED Shampoo & Conditioner!

    I just don’t believe how well this has worked. My nose was so bad it was brighter than that reindeer of Santa’s sled and so sore it could NOT be touched!
    I am 60, do not drink and have not had and do not plan to give up Chocolate, stress, animal protein, whole milk, strawberries, cheese, Coffee or Caffeine, the occasional alcoholic drink or Eggnog!

    Not quite sure what the issue was or if a bacteria under the skin caused this but NOW I have a treatment that works and the medical field had no good news for me or answers at any cost or effort.

    I did have a red mark on the skin of my forehead from wearing a hat as many guys do get this skin infection at the cap line. The Sulfodene solved this also in less than a day or so.

    I really do hope this is helpful to so many of us who suffer with Rosacea and is so affordable compared to the Rx I have had prescribed to me by doctors at a prohibitive cost and used to no avail.

    Best regards,

    • weeble says:

      David, does it have to be the shampoo, or could you use the other products containing Sulfodene?

  33. Kayla McLaughlin says:

    DermalMD Rosacea Serum It’s really works to tone down the redness. As long as I use it every day redness stays away and skin is clear.

  34. soapy says:

    Anyone found a good treatment for spider veins on face ?

    • Dave says:

      This is so far off topic from Rosacea and has little to do with this.

      We are Rosacea sufferers and seek answers for this specific issue.

      Find another blog and or start one for spider veins. Just saying…

  35. Loretta says:

    Lucy Minerals is a natural brand of mineral makeup that is wonderful for Rosacea. Contains no irritants and the coverage is perfect. Very inexpensive, also.

  36. Daniela Carrasco San Martin says:

    Has somebody used the moisturize of New Dawn (Nº7)? is it helpful for rosacea? Because it has lemongrass..I don’t know if this is good for the skin

    • Dave says:

      Seek treatment for Demo Dex mites, which is the source of Rosacea issues and associated skin break outs.
      Mange in canines and Rosacea in Humans. Much information online.
      You now have a viable direction to move in to arrive at a treatment that works for you. Many doctors are clueless to this recent fact of anecdotal discovery.

  37. Leen Kharrat says:

    DermalMD Rosacea serum is great Product, Used right away and helped soothe my face! First product I found that really helps for Rosacea!

  38. Norbert Scheler says:

    After used dermalmd serum Cleared up my rosacea redness in 2 days, the bumps have improved as well after a week. I will keep using.

  39. maxi rossi says:

    Demodex mites are now being widely touted as causing rosacea in many sufferers. I firmly believe this as I felt crawling sensations on my face which really freaked me out. I read that some chemicals can kill them but are too harsh in the skin. I then read tea tree oil kills them. I used mama nature’s proskin rosacea cream along with the hair treatment and my skin has been healed. Still some scarring and open pores but hey what a result. Game changer for me.

  40. Jo Gibson says:

    I was clinically diagnosed with the rosacea at the age of 26,and my doctor referred me to use dermalmd .I was using continuosly and got the best result than ever before.thanks to recommend it and i do to all.Must try.

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