10 Useful Home Remedies for Rosacea

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Rosacea can be an embarrassing and confusing skin condition, but the best home remedies for rosacea include turmeric, coconut oil, salmon, aloe vera, cucumber masks, licorice, green tea, honey, and much more.

Rosacea can be easily known by its obvious sign, highly reddened cheeks and small dilated blood vessels on the facial skin. Severe sufferers of this condition might see small pustules or bumps on the skin, along with swelling. It usually manifests on the cheeks, forehead, chin, ears, and the area near the eyes, but may be seen in the neck and chest.

Home Remedies for Rosacea

Home remedies for rosacea include:

Coconut Oil

Some of the best forms of fat for the body can be found in alternative oils to those found in common processed foods. The inflammatory symptoms of rosacea may affect the face, but they are believed to be triggered by inflammatory elements in your diet. Healthy fats like those found in coconut oil can reduce inflammation in the gut and also lower your intake of processed foods.


Similar to coconut oil, the high omega-3 content of oily fish like salmon and mackerel can be a wonderful and delicious way to reduce your symptoms of rosacea. Some types of protein are more likely to cause inflammatory reactions in the body, but lean and healthy proteins like fish can provide all the protein you need without stimulating the redness in your cheeks.


When directly applied to the face, honey can have an impressive impact on the symptoms of rosacea. With well known antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, you can cut down on redness in your face and also moisturize the face to prevent redness, roughness, breakouts, and acne, all of which can exacerbate rosacea.


Lavender Oil

Although lavender oil applied directly to the skin has been known to irritate some patients, the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties can keep the small blood vessels of the face from dilating, thus preventing the most obvious, bright red symptoms of rosacea.

Cucumber Mask

This home remedy is closely associated with days out at the spa, but the intense moisturizing ability of these DIY face masks can open up your pores and help those blood vessels in the face reduce in size, thus eliminating the redness of rosacea. You can get long-term effects if you use a cucumber mask 2-3 times per week.

Aloe Vera

One of the most popular solutions for inflammation of the skin and face is aloe vera. The soothing gel reduces redness and relieves inflammation and discomfort, making it a very valuable tool for people who regularly suffer from redness and irritation, and those who are exposed to the elements on a regular basis.

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Green Tea

The rich blend of catechins and other volatile organic compounds found in green tea make it an excellent remedy for rosacea. Green tea extracts have anti-inflammatory, phytoprotective, and antioxidant abilities that can clear up skin conditions and improve the health and wellness of skin all over your body. However, it’s particularly effective for any irritating conditions of the face that make rosacea even worse.


By reducing irritation and redness, licorice extract has become a heavily relied remedy for rosacea. There are powerful and well-proven effects of licorice in reducing inflammation and acting as a stimulant for healing and regeneration, which may help the blood vessels contract normally and prevent pustules from forming.


Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs in any spice rack. If you regularly add this powerful spice to your diet, you can see a reduction in inflammation throughout your body, and also benefit from its many antioxidant properties. Turmeric can irritate the skin and should not be applied directly to the irritated parts of the face, as it could make the condition worse.


A classic remedy for chicken pox, oatmeal is also an effective means of preventing the redness of rosacea. Make an oatmeal paste and apply it to the face and keep for 20-60 minutes. You can then peel it off and have a completely moisturized, exfoliated, and redness-free countenance in no time!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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