According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, rosacea is a skin condition that most commonly affects the facial area of middle-aged, fair-skinned people. The causes of rosacea are unknown. However, in a 2008 study funded by the US National Rosacea Society, researchers found that outbreaks may be caused by microscopic bacteria found on the Demodex skin mite, a common and otherwise harmless organism found in the human skin. The main features of rosacea are frequent blushing, broken blood vessels, redness, and outbreaks of pimples. Treatment options usually include dietary modifications, laser surgery, or prescription medications. Essential oils offer a natural way to treat your condition. Be sure to speak to your doctor before you use any essential oil treatment.
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Lavender essential oil is valued by aromatherapists and herbalists for its skin-soothing, calming properties. According to Connie and Alan Higley in their book "Reference Guide for Essential Oils", lavender may help to control the symptoms of rosacea when applied topically to the facial area. You can prepare a mixture using three drops of lavender essential oil mixed with 1 tbsp of a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil. Blend thoroughly and apply daily to your face after washing. You can also add a few extra drops of lavender essential oil to your daily facial moisturiser, if you use one.
Oregano essential oil, produced through steam distillation of the oregano plant, may also be an effective treatment for rosacea. According to Dr. James Meschino in his book "The Wrinkle-Free Zone: Your Guide to Perfect Skin in 30 Days", the essential oil of oregano has been shown to be effective at killing the mites and bacteria that may cause rosacea, causing a significant improvement of the skin's condition. Mix five drops of oregano oil in 25 drops of a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed oil and apply this mixture to your skin daily after washing.
Calendula essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers of the marigold plant. Calendula has been used for centuries for its ability to soothe and calm irritated skin. According to Susan West Kurz in her book "Awakening Beauty: The Dr. Hauschka Way", calendula contains numerous healing substances such as bioflavonoids that can help to treat and manage skin conditions such as rosacea. You can purchase commercially prepared calendula cream or prepare a home facial remedy by adding two to five drops of calendula essential oil to a small basin filled with water. Apply to your face with a washcloth after washing your face. You can also add two to five drops of calendula oil to your regular facial moisturizer.
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- "Reference Guide for Essential Oils;" Alan and Connie Higley; 2005
- "The Wrinkle-Free Zone: Your Guide to Perfect Skin in 30 Days;" Dr. James Meschino; 2005
- "Awakening Beauty: The Dr. Hauschka Way;" Susan West Kurz; 2006
- National Rosacea Society: Study shows mite-related bacteria may induce rosacea bumps, pimples