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It Works for Me - National Rosacea Society

Salt Water

I live in Italy, and my life changed with sea water. It disinfects my skin and also dries it out, so no greasy spots around my nose anymore.

—Claudia L.

Coconut Oil

I read somewhere to use coconut oil on your rosacea. I tried it, and it IMMEDIATELY calmed down the heat and redness on my face.

—Tina R.

Tea Tree Oil & Moisturizer

After several years of super itchy, parched skin, I found that a couple of drops of 100% tea tree oil mixed in twice a day with my moisturizer has been a godsend! I felt relief within a couple of days. It's been close to year now and my skin has repaired considerably. I have recently started to use a washcloth to wash my face at night -- unthinkable a year ago.

—Shelley W.

Dandruff Shampoo

I get awful scabs on my scalp and I use dandruff shampoo when I get a flare up. It works instantly and after a few washes my scalp has recovered. Then it occurred to me that it might help my scaly skin around my nose and on my cheeks. I just rub a little on the affected areas and leave it on for a couple of minutes, and it seems to soften my skin and reduce the redness.

— Gwen W.

Cold Water Wash

Someone mentioned ice cubes, but if you want a quicker solution (or just simpler one), always wash your face with cold water. To remove makeup, use lukewarm, but always start the day and finish with cold water. It also makes your skin firm and prevents wrinkles.

— Gosia S.

Tea Tree Oil Soap

Tea tree oil soap has helped to keep my extremely flushed skin calmed down!

— Jody

Vitamin E Oil

I began using vitamin E oil for my dry cracked winter hands, and one day it just dawned on me to use it on my face. Despite the thought that many have that oil will only beget an oily and pimply face...it has done quite the opposite. After two months of using my vitamin E oil, not only has it completely put an end to my dryness but, although the rosacea pustules are still here, my pimple flare-ups have almost completely vanished, which in turn has reduced my redness by 80 percent. My pores are noticeably smaller and the overall smoothness of my skin is the best it has been since my diagnosis.

My regimen is to use it at the end of the day after I have cleaned and toned my face. I generously smooth my vitamin E oil all over my face and neck, not just a few drops. I apply a nice thin layer as it will gradually soak completely into my skin overnight.

In the morning I simply splash my face with water with a dab of cleanser. What this has really done for me is, with the moisture back in my face, I now require less of my other face creams and even more, less makeup! With the healthy oil absorbed into my skin, it only takes a couple dabs of foundation to cover my skin now, which means easier and more gentle cleaning and a condition that is easier to cope with.

— Jayna C.

Zinc Sunscreen

As I live in Australia, the sun was a massive irritant for my rosacea (redness of skin on cheeks, and nose that was blotchy and painful).  The only thing I have found that works is sunscreen with a large proportion of zinc. 
— M. Swards

Bath Soap

Using regular bath soap, I began scrubbing my face three times a day, about eight hours apart, while paying particular attention to my nose.  The effect was almost immediate.  The redness and soreness abated, pimples became fewer and both eyes were clear in the morning.  I knew that I still had rosacea, but all of my symptoms were greatly diminished – as long as I kept my face clean.
— D. Scarff
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About It Works for Me

Beyond medical therapy prescribed by your doctor, a vast array of other measures have been discovered by patients to help control their condition. It Works for Me is a venue for sharing reports from rosacea patients, as well as physicians, who have written over the years to tell us, "I tried this, and it works for me," in hopes that they might help other rosacea sufferers with their individual cases. If you have a tip to share, please email it to itworksforme@rosacea.org, and it may be included here.

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