Natural treatment for ROSACEA?

  1. 8 years ago

    I am a 19 year old male, and for the last 4 years I have suffered from Rosacea. I have permanent redness on my nose and cheeks, with small broken veins visible on my nose. I have tried everything allopathic medicine can offer (even hydrocortisone, which completely cleared it up for about a day - then it came back much worse).

    My triggers include weather (hot or cold), sunlight, practically any food, esp spicy and hot. (I usually flush most after eating). Pretty much everything is bad for it, I cant put anything on it without getting very flushed. VERY frustrating.

    Is there anything natural I can do? I have tried homeopathy, accupuncture and countless other bullshit quack doctors with no results. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Doc Kelley

    Jan 2009 Administrator

    Hello Crast,

    Rosacea, like all skin conditions, should be treated from the inside as well as from the outside. Most natural health care practitioners think of liver problems first whenever there is a skin problem.

    There are two significant clues in your description. First, is the clearing after using hydrocortisone. This confirms the inflammatory aspect of rosacea. The problem, as you discovered, is you cannot just treat the symptom of inflammation externally. Your relief only lasted "about a day - then it came back much worse."

    Secondly, your flushing is "most after eating." This is a strong indication your diet and/or digestion are definitely factors. They almost always are with rosacea.

    Please consider consulting a nutritionist close to you who can help you determine all of your specific dietary triggers/allergies. There could also be environmental triggers as well. This is a slow procedure requiring lots of time and dedication. But, it's worth it.

    Once the stressors to your immune system have been eliminated, you should see less frequent and less severe episodes of your rosacea. In the meantime you may wish to look at additional information on my website about cleansing diets and identifying allergies. Go to and search the topics and articles.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

  3. Dear Dr. Kelley,

    I have been wanting to find a way to treat my rosacea internally, but I really don't know where to start.

    To be completely honest I do not think that eliminating dietary triggers/allergies can really help. I have had my food sensitivities tested, and I am sensitive to dairy, wheat, yeast, certain types of beans, and so on. I spent many months avoiding these foods with no improvement. (although avoidance of obvious triggers such as sugary, spicy, hot foods – obviously does lead to less flare ups)

    Once I find the environmental/dietary triggers, what am I to do? I can't live my life avoiding everything. How can the stressors to my immune system be eliminated?

    Also - what do you thnk about IPL treatment?

    Thank you so much for your time, I appreciate it.

  4. Doc Kelley

    Jan 2009 Administrator

    Hello Crast12,

    You are totally correct in trying to treat your rosacea internally.

    Since you're already on the way to finding things you need to avoid to "lead to less flare ups," focus on those and any others you can discover. Eliminating any and all stressors to your immune system will help tremendously.

    As for the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments, there appears to be considerable evidence they can help. I'm sure you've looked on the Internet for places close to you where you can try these treatments. If not, "Google" IPL treatments in your state.

    Another interesting bit of info is a book offered at the following website. They claim to help eliminate rosacea from the inside. Their information is supposedly very simple, safe, and unconditionally guaranteed. If it works, that's the best way. When you visit the site, they offer you an ebook for $29.95. If you attempt to leave the site before ordering, they give you a $10 discount. Might be worth a try. Let me know what you think.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

  5. 7 years ago

    I suffered with Rosacea and yes food will cause flare ups, but I found changing my washcloth and pillowcase daily has prevented it from reoccuring in over 5 years now.

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  13. 6 days ago

    I had horrible rocacea and tried a million products. I really didn't expect Dermalmd rosacea serum to work but my derm recommended it so I tried it hesitantly. But what a miracle. I hope it continues to work. I finally don't feel like I look like a freak and need to pile a ton of makeup on.

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