ROSACEA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Roman Chamomile. Helps cell re-growth and encourages healing of damaged skin.

Geranium and Rose. Contain properties that cause contraction of skin cells.

Tea Tree. Helps with dermatologic infections and inflammatory conditions.190

Lavender. Has calming and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.

Research
Tea tree oil exhibited a dose- dependent extermination effect on demodex mites, the most common ectoparasite found in the human skin.

Home Remedy
Cooling Toner. Mix 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar and 1 ounce of natural aloe vera gel. Then add 5 drops of geranium oil and 5 drops of Roman chamomile oil and shake. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and use directly on your face, avoiding your eyes.

Background
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and tiny, red bumps on the face. It is estimated to affect at least 16 million people in the U.S, most of whom are Caucasian with fair skin. The condition commonly affects the central third of the face, especially the nose, and has periodic ups and downs (flares and remissions). People typically equate rosacea with having a red, flushed face, but for most sufferers, the symptoms go beyond this and can include “spider veins” (visible broken blood vessels); swollen and painful skin; bloodshot eyes; sensitive skin that easily reacts to the sun, skin care products, heat or sweat; stinging or burning skin; and rough, itchy or scaling skin. The underlying causes of rosacea are still relatively unknown, but some experts now believe that rosacea is caused by demodex mites.189 Common rosacea triggers can include alcohol, hot or spicy foods, emotional stress and heat.

Suggested Supplements

» Bone Broth or Collagen Protein Powder. Fights inflammation and promotes healthy skin, nails and hair.

» Evening Primrose Oil. High in gamma-linolenic acid, which improves the health of the skin. Take 500 milligrams twice a day.