Rosacea Natural Remedies

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Rosacea Natural Remedies

Natural remedies include elimination diets, herbal & botanical supplements as well as essential oils. Diet is a major contributor to rosacea flare ups. Avoidance of trigger factors can improve disease. Vitamin B3 & azelaic acid are naturally sourced elements that can reduce skin inflammation. Reducing stress levels can reduce flares.

FactsFacts on Natural remedies for Rosacea

  • Natural remedies encompass supplements, dietary changes & lifestyle choices including stress management
  • Topical azelaic acid & vitamin B3 can reduce skin inflammation
  • Sulphur based topicals can help calm inflamed skin
  • Some naturopaths advocate gut cleansing
  • Mite reduction strategies can decrease demodex infestation
  • For a natural solution, consult a naturopathy, dietician, or herbalist
  • Dermatologists are the last port of call for naturopathic remedies

Why is niacinamide or vitamin B3 the best option for rosacea patients?

This is the first product you should consider if you are looking for a natural solution for your skin. Niacinamide or B3 can be used topically on inflamed areas. This vitamin can-

  1. Reduce inflammation, hence its use in acne, pimples, zits, & redness.
  2. Help repair skin barrier function. Barrier function is compromised in conditions such as acne, rosacea, dermatitis & eczema.
  3. Reduce free radical damage caused by UVR & pollutants. Vitamin B3 can potentially decrease skin cancer.

Look for a formulation of between 5 to 10%. Apply as tolerated once a day. This vitamin is best combined with other ways to reduce inflammation, see below.

What is azelaic acid?

This acid is a naturally occurring compound found in grains such as barley, wheat & rye. It is also found on your skin as yeasts synthesise this dicarboxylic acid.

Azelaic acid has many actions on the skin including anti-inflammatory roles (best for rosacea), antioxidant, anti-pigmentation properties as well as antimicrobial properties. This acid can potentially reduce demodex mite counts on the skin. See below for explanation. Formulations range from 10-20%, apply once to twice a day, as tolerated.

Disclaimer: I am a procedural dermatologist; I do not prescribe topicals for rosacea unless it is for adjunctive therapy during your laser course.

What is sulphur & can it help rosacea?

Sulphur is an oldie but a goodie. As you know it is part of the periodic table & hence it is natural. Sulphur works via several mechanisms to reduce rosacea symptoms & signs. Firstly, it is anti-inflammatory, secondly it kills demodex mites on the skin.

Look for a formulation containing 5% sulphur. This can be compounded as a stand alone or with sodium sulfacetamide & a beta hydroxy acid. The most popular formulation goes something like this: 5% sulphur +10% sodium sulfacetamide + 1-2 % salicylic acid in the lotion base of choice.

Directions are- use as a wash, then reapply to face, leave on for 20-30 minutes then wash off. Increase the application time by 30 minutes per week. If tolerated, leave on overnight, then wash off.

Disclaimer: I do not prescribe this lotion unless it is adjunctive management post laser therapy. You can get his prescription online or your GP, naturopath, herbalist can source it for you. Some compounding pharmacies make this prescription.

Can vitamin A help treat rosacea?

Yes, vitamin A drugs or derivatives of vitamin A can be very useful for acne rosacea. One 5 mg capsule is equal to at least 3.8 kg of polar bear liver. (look it up, polar bear liver has a very high amount of vitamin A)

Topicals, namely retinol & retinoids creams can help a minority of patients. These must be carefully titrated. Be guided by your medical dermatologist.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Natural Remedies for Rosacea

Rosacea is a complex condition that can be improved with natural treatments. You are best served by seeing a naturopath or a dietician if you are inclined for alternative treatments, reserving the role of medical dermatologists for more resistant cases.

The most valuable tips I can give for organic methods to treat rosacea are as follows-

  1. Skin care. Keep it simple. Consider anti-inflammatory vitamins such as niacinamide or vitamin B3. Azelaic acid is a naturally sourced molecule from grains. Use this once a day. Use natural elemental zinc or titanium dioxide (they are found on the periodic table, hence classed as natural). Sun protection is essential.
  2. Diet is super important if there are specific foods that exacerbate your condition. The only way you are going to find out is if you keep an accurate food diary. As a guide, hot spicy foods are often flare factors. For more information on anti-inflammatory foods, see a dietician or naturopath. Simple antioxidants such as green tea & turmeric are banal. They can be sourced from any health food shop.
  3. Lifestyle modification: reduce stress. See a psychologist, or a psychiatrist. The latter will prescribe you psychotropic drugs. If you want to go all natural, do yoga, meditate or get an acupuncturist to stick some needles in trigger points.
  4. Light can help. If you are afraid of lasers, consider light sources that can be anti-inflammatory. These include diodes or yellow light. One session a week for 6-8 weeks can potentially reduce inflammation. Lasers are better.
  5. Lasers including pulse dye laser, long pulsed NdYag or IPL can help reduce inflammation.
  6. Toxins are natural. They include botulinum toxin type A from clostridium bacteria. It works by modulation of inflammation. Yes, it is called Botox. This in my last line treatment for rosacea, it can be argued that it is a naturally sourced chemical,

Dermatologists encourage lifestyle changes to help you control your skin flare ups. In some cases, it can give a marked improvement in your rosacea signs & symptoms. If you are still struggling to control your disease, see a dermatologist. Remember, they prescribe drugs, not fairy dust. 

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