Natural Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a fairly common skin condition, affecting five to ten percent of the population. It generally develops between teenage years onward into someone’s 20s but may become worse as people enter their 30s or 40s. Modern medicine has no real cure for this skin condition and is of the opinion that once someone is affected by rosacea, they will probably be subjected to flare-ups on and off for the rest of their life.

While this may be the norm for many who struggle with their rosacea symptoms, there are many natural, holistic solutions that can help prevent embarrassing and painful breakouts.

Regardless of your skin flare up or challenge, there is a string of specific triggers that converge for problems such as rosacea, eczema, hives, acne or other autoimmune skin conditions. The following dialogue will delve into treatment suggestions to limit exposure to instigators that increase inflammation. By reducing the body’s immune inflammatory response, will help prevent rashes and inhibits them from becoming worse

The 4 Types of Rosacea

First of all, rosacea is a type of inflammation triggered by the immune system that shows up as a rash, much the same as other rashes and certain skin conditions that involve an area to become red and sensitive (skin inflammation). It is more common among women than men. Rosacea actually falls under four subtype categories. It can be caused by malfunctioning oil glands, allergies, irritation or other structural skin defects and more. Rosacea is not dissimilar in nature to eczema, dermatitis, hives, acne, psoriasis and pityriasis.

Four Subtypes of Rosacea

Subtype 1 – The most common type is characterized by redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels

Subtype 2 – Most prevalent among middle aged females, is distinguished by acne like breakouts and skin sensitivity

Subtype 3 – Is set apart by fluid retention or edema, swelling and skin thickening

Subtype 4 – In this type, around the eyes are affected referred to as ocular rosacea

It is always best to check with a dermatologist to determine what subtype you may have or a skin condition of another kind.

Naturally Treat Rosacea

Before we get into specifics, there are several general precautions and suggestive causes:

1. The diet most often needs addressing involving allergies, check for leaky gut, food and substance sensitivities or allergens

2. Sunscreen is a must but the product cannot cause any irritation. You may need a prescription brand

3. Creams or lotions must be a chemical free as possible. Health product stores or like products, or make your own cream

4. You may investigate various light therapies and laser treatments from your doctor. Be selective and careful for many chemical creams, prescriptions and light therapies make symptoms worse

Look for the Cause

Like most other illnesses, the body as a whole may be involved and not simply treating the skin. This would also explain the lack of permanent success only treating a localized area with traditional medical protocols.

Gut: Leaky gut and other gut disorders like Crohn’s celiac, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth SIBO, cause gluten sensitivity and other substances that leak into the blood creating an autoimmune syndrome. Gluten will also negatively affect the thyroid gland, whereby creating antibodies that attack the gland tissue itself known as Hashimotos’s disease or Thyroiditis.

Yeast Control: Yeast overgrowth can be linked to leaking gut as a result of these microbiome creating holes in the intestinal lining causing leaky gut. Sugar is its number one food source! Probiotics are necessary to help rebalance the immune system and repopulate the gut with what amounts to 85% of our immune system. These friendly flora work to control fungus and ecoli levels as well.

Best Food Choices

Fresh, raw vegetable juice predominantly made from carrots (carotenoids are highly beneficial), beets and a small amount of green like dandelion or parsley

Anti-inflammatory diet. Antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals among key fats are necessary to build healthy skin and repair skin damage. When possible choose organic vegetables and fruits. Otherwise a variety of color and leafy greens. The benefit of organic is reducing your exposure to chemicals and toxins that may trigger a reaction and for their higher nutrient content.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Healthy fats are essential for all aspects of our body and health. The best anti-inflammatory fats are from a marine source such as fish oil. Better yet, choose Super EFA’s made from the same for greater concentration of its special ingredients (EFA and DHA properties). Other good choices include coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds (like flaxseeds and chia seeds) can all help reduce systemic inflammation within the body and intestinal tract.

These fats are responsible for producing your good cholesterol (HDL) and for hormone production and even 60 percent of your brain mass. Be aware, omega 3 fatty acids are required everywhere in our body – in all processes, cell production, restoration and all functions and activities. The question should be ‘Are any of us taking enough?’

Anti-inflammatory pathway: As eluded to above, our anti-inflammatory pathways are omega 3’s and our inflammation pathway is omega 6 fatty acids found in high amount in most cooking oils and other trans fats and hydrogenated oils; fried foods and refined vegetable oils that are high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Examples are corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower and canola oils.

Quality Proteins: Concentrate on grass fed animal products, legumes, cage free eggs and wild caught fish.

Fermented food: Kefir and organic yogurt. If allergic to dairy choose vegetarian or goat products, knowing that fat globules in goats whey/milk are the same size as humans, it is usually well tolerated. Goat whey and yogurt/milk are higher in other beneficial nutrients than cows but can be pricey.

Anti-inflammatory Herbs and Foods: There are many to choose from, too many to mention in a short article, however a few choices include ginger, garlic, turmeric, kombucha tea, green tea, onions, tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables like collard greens, broccoli, cabbage etc. and carrots for example.

Note: For many more suggestions in support of remedying inflammation, including the best diet and best natural medicine choices, pick up my “Reverse Inflammation Naturally” book.







More Help and Body System Support

  • Omega 3 fatty acids Marine sourced: 2000-4000IU twice a day
  • Fresh carrot juice made with a small amount of leafy green daily – 2cups (500ml)
  • Liquid Iodine Drops: 5 drops on the tongue or in liquid 3 times per day
  • Selenium: 200 mcg twice day taken at the same time as the vitamin E
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU
  • D3: 2000 IU twice a day
  • B vitamins: stress formula. Once or twice a day depending on stress levels
  • Zinc picolinate: 30 mg
  • Magnesium citrate: 150 mg twice a day
  • Evening Primrose oil: 500 mg twice a day
  • Probiotic: daily, not less than 10 billion per cap
  • *For more energy: Take L-Tyrosine 500 mg three times per day

What to Avoid

Gluten and Night Shade Family: These and others are common allergens. A few other examples are nuts, shellfish, eggs, dairy and citrus

Sugar: Sugar reeks havoc on the whole body – especially our immune system (lowering immune function) and feeding pathogens, including cancer. It is highly addicting and enhances depression and lowers energy.

Caffeine and Alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol induce flushing and redness, worsening rosacea symptoms.

 Processed food: Cook your own food, avoid all processed foods – they are loaded with the worst fats and high in chemicals, in addition to low in quality nutrition.

It is possible to clear up your skin by making certain dietary changes and by propping up weak functioning areas of the body with key supplementation.

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While close attention was given to the accuracy of information in this article, the author accepts neither responsibility nor liability to any person with respect to injury, damage, loss or any circumstances involving alleged causes directly or indirectly related to the information in this article. The sole purpose is to educate and broaden ones awareness. This information is not meant to replace medical advice or services provided by a health care professional.


  1. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I will try some of these to find triggers.

    • Hi Laura,
      Hope you find the information helpful.


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