About Rosacea


One of my favourite natural living websites is Life Saving Naturalcures and Naturalremedies, and while flipping through its pages recently I found this extraordinarily frank article about rosacea:



I immediately mailed it to a good friend who had been experiencing outbreaks for a long time. She replied saying that the information corresponded to what she had been doing with success:

  • cutting sugar in all forms except honey (fresh and dried fruit are ok)
  • total abstaining from spicy food, 
  • near-total abstaining from alcohol
  • avoiding direct sunlight if at all possible.
Rooting around the internet like a spaniel after truffles, I found again and again the guidance that if you experience symptoms of rosacea, a stringent liver detox and careful attention to lower intestine health are also recommended, as well as keeping your skincare as minimalist as possible: warm water for cleansing – no soap! – and organic jojoba oil as a moisturiser. 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea can affect almost anyone but it’s more usual among women and younger men. It’s characterised by inflamed, sore red skin on your face – most typically cheeks, nose chin and forehead and and big pimples. The causes are unknown, but it’s currently being thought of as an auto-immune disease, and, according to Life Saving Naturalcures, possibly an inflammatory response to poor gut health and toxicity.

What might be done about it?

Currently, Western medicine advises topical steroid creams to accelerate the healing mechanism. But since long-term use of steroids has been linked to serious chronic health issues, many people would prefer something less dangerous to treat their skin with. However, just leaving it alone and hoping for the best might lead to a permanent and very visible thickening of the skin. Makeup doesn’t help to cover the situation as the ingredients in makeup make the situation worse.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Rosacea could mean that you have excess heat in your body – so other symptoms might include sweating, poor circulation or heart problems, excessive thirst, insomnia and emotional fragility. Acupuncture, accupressure, diet change and herbs might help – Tui Na (pronounced twee-na, a branch of TCM that deals specifically with facial beauty) could offer a permanent solution. Shellie Goldstein‘s book Your Best Face Now might be a good place to start investigating that option.

I also really enjoyed reading Scarlet Letter blog, it’s elegant and frank with many great tips on makeup and more – I particularly loved the history and fashion of complexion colours. 

If you categorise yourself as someone with Rosacea, what has helped you? Do you agree that everyone has a different experience of Rosacea, and there is no one-size-fits-all remedy? Have you tried an exclusion diet, acupuncture or detox, and if so, did they work? Please share your insights with others, and please forward this blog post to someone you think might benefit.


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