Natural Treatments for Rosacea
• Chrysanthemum Indicum (Topical)
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects the skin of the face (generally, to the greatest extent near the center), the eyelids, and, sometimes, the neck, and upper back and chest.
Treatment of rosacea involves avoiding stimuli that worsen the disease, as well as using medications similar to those used for acne. Laser treatment can remove unsightly blood vessels and reduce flushing.
Proposed Natural Treatments for Rosacea
A substantial (246-participant) 12-week double-blind study found that a cream containing 1% Chrysanthellum indicum significantly improved rosacea symptoms as compared to placebo. 3
Some alternative practitioners believe that rosacea is caused by poor digestion and recommend use of
Other natural treatments sometimes recommended for rosacea, but that also lack scientific support, include
For rosacea symptoms that affect the eye, see the article on
Herbs and Supplements to Use Only With Caution
Various herbs and supplements might interact adversely with drugs used to treat rosacea. For more information, see the individual drug article in the Drug Interactions
1. National Rosacea Society. Available at: http://www.rosacea.org . Accessed: March 17, 2003.
3. Rigopoulos D, Kalogeromitros D, Gregoriou S et al. Randomized placebo-controlled trial of a flavonoid-rich plant extract-based cream in the treatment of rosacea. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol . 2005;19:564-568.
5. Berardesca E, Cameli N, Cavallotti C, et al. Combined effects of silymarin and methylsulfonylmethane in the management of rosacea: clinical and instrumental evaluation. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2008;7:8-14.
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