In this section
you'll find articles on various aspects of rosacea and its
treatment. You can opt for orthodox medicine remedies or
for natural treatments and alternative therapies.
If you want to try the
alternative path, I recommend you take a look at the
Rosacea ebook which gives an all-natural two step
approach that will permanently stop rosacea.
Whichever path you decide to pursue, have a look at my
rosacea skin care
tips which you would be well advised to follow.
The effectiveness of various treatment seems to vary from
individual to individual and so there may be some trial and
error required to find the best treatment for you.
The main drug-based medical
- oral antibiotics which are used to bring the symptoms
under control and aren't used long term. Highly effective
for papulopustular rosacea. There is no evidence that
rosacea is a bacterial infection and so it seems to be the
anti-inflammatory property of the antibiotics which makes
- topical antibiotics which are used to keep the symptoms
under control and must be continued indefinitely since
there is no cure according to orthodox medicine
- oral steroids - usually in five to seven day packs for
moderate to severe rosacea. They can be used to reduce
facial inflammation and swelling but then are discontinued
and the patient moves onto topical treatments
- topical steroids are sometimes prescribed for short
periods but if used for longer periods they will aggravate
The following acne remedies are sometimes used for rosacea
but are not recommended:
- topical retinoids - the evidence is mounting that these
should not be used for rosacea since they aggravate the
underlying vascular disease
- topical azelaic acid - not recommended for rosacea
since a recent study found it caused adverse skin reactions
in 40% of the patients
- benzoyl peroxide - not recommended for rosacea because
it usually aggravates the condition.
Laser therapy is another option which
has been shown effective for treating:
Intense pulsed light treatment has
been shown effective for:
NATURAL TREATMENTS AND ALTERNATIVE
A number of herbs have been shown to be beneficial for
rosacea and can be found in various commercial products now.
See Best Herbs For
Rosacea for more information.
Various vitamins have been shown to be beneficial when
applied topically to the skin and can be found in commercial
products today. The vitamins A, C, E, niacinamide and niacin
are all found in the skin. Their presence can be reduced by
smoking, sunlight and pollution. Applying them topically has
been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
The following supplements are commonly recommended for their
antioxidant properties and their ability to strengthen blood
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Zinc (you should also supplement with copper to avoid a
deficiency when taking zinc)
- Pine bark extract (pycnogenol)
- Grape seed extract.
Supplementation with Omega 3 essential fatty acids (for
example fish oil or flax seed oil) helps to reduce inflammatory
It has been found that 90% of rosacea sufferers have reduced
stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) and so supplementation with
betaine hydrochloride may be beneficial. However, it should
only be taken under medical advice.
Rosacea sufferers also often have reduced levels of
pancreatic lipase and so supplementation with pancreatic
enzymes may be beneficial.
With Traditional Chinese Acupuncture each case is assessed
based upon the symptoms, reading the pulses and taking a case
history. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based upon a
completely different view of disease from Western medicine. At
least three clinical studies have shown acupuncture to be very
effective in treating rosacea. If you want to try this method
you should consult a qualified practitioner of Traditional
Again, homeopathic prescriptions are based upon the details
of each individual case. There are certainly reports of rosacea
sufferers who have been helped by homeopathy. With this kind of
alternative medicine it is vital that you consult a qualified
I hope that I have given you some options to look into.
Please check out the other articles on the site. For a natural
treatment that you can employ on your own at home, take a look
at the Banish Rosacea guide. Complete
remission is guaranteed or you get your money back!