What is rosacea
Rosacea, also called acne rosacea, is a non-contagious inflammation of the skin that affects the face exclusively. The small superficial blood vessels (capillaries) of the skin expand, creating the appearance of constant redness. Yellow pimples may appear on the forehead, cheeks and chin.
Unlike acne, rosacea does not leave scars. The condition first appeared between the ages of 30 and 50. Frequent redness or blushing is usually the first sign. Over time, constant redness (erythema) may develop, as the capillaries enlarge and pustules begin to form. In men, severe rosacea can cause redness and enlargement of the nose.
Symptoms of rosacea may include:
- dilated capillaries
- constant redness of the nose and cheeks
- pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin
- insensitive lumps under the skin
- slightly swollen cheeks and nose (hyperplasia)
- frequent redness
- burning or stinging sensation
- rash that is limited to the face area
Always consult a doctor about changes in your skin, even if they are minimal or on hidden parts of the body. While rosacea is usually relatively benign, skin changes may indicate a more serious underlying disease that needs medical treatment.
According to the individual condition and type of rosacea, a medical professional will recommend what exactly the treatment should be. In addition, home remedies can be used to treat rosacea if there are no contraindications.
Many moisturizers contain aloe. You can use them and follow the directions on the packaging. You may be sensitive or allergic to aloe vera, so take a test before applying it to larger areas of the body. [ref. 2]
Burdock is a root plant that can also be found in the form of a supplement, extract or food. As an edible medicine, burdock root can purify the liver and clear skin diseases such as acne. Burdock extract can also be an effective remedy for rosacea.
Omani is a plant that produces a compound called allantoin. This compound has the potential to relieve inflammatory skin reactions.
A 2017 study on a product containing allantoin found that it improved symptoms with virtually no side effects. In addition, it reduces redness of the skin. Look for it in products such as creams, lotions or ointments and follow the directions on the label. [ref. 4]
Lavender essential oil
Various essential oils can be used topically to improve rosacea. Of all these, lavender is the best studied and easiest to apply. Simply dilute lavender essential oil into base oil and apply to the skin. [ref. 4]
Niacinamide is a B vitamin found in foods. It should not be confused with niacin or vitamin B3.
Niacinamide is used in the formulas of creams and lotions for local skin diseases. Niacinamide is especially good for preventing and relieving skin redness that occurs with rosacea. Look for creams containing niacinamide from verified manufacturers and follow the directions for use indicated on the label. [ref. 7]