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    Top 5 best essential oils for rosacea treatment

    What is rosacea?

    Rosacea or acne rosacea is a chronic skin condition resulting from the abnormal expansion of blood vessels on the face. The disease causes redness and swelling of the face and usually produces red marks, even red spots or pustules. It usually occurs in the age group of 30-50, and the majority of women suffer from it.

    Roseace appears on nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. In some cases, it also occurs on the chest, back, and neck. Its symptoms can develop for several weeks or months and then gradually decrease. People can confuse it with acne, allergies or other skin problems. If rosacea is not treated early, it tends to increase over time. In the long run, the skin becomes more reddening, and the blood vessels are visible.


    Symptoms of rosacea

    Symptoms of rosacea can vary greatly in different people. Most of them do not appear at the same time. The disease always has at least one major symptom listed below.

    Red skin: Many people with rosacea have a history of normal reddening of the skin. This situation may appear and then disappear, but is usually the earliest sign of the disease.

    Continuous redness: This situation is like red skin or sunburn and does not go away.

    Red pimples or pustules: These types of spots often develop into rosacea. Occasionally they may look like acne but without blackheads. Besides, they can be accompanied by a sensation of heat or stinging.

    The appearance of blood vessels: Small blood vessels appear clearly on the skin in people with rosacea.

    Apart from the main symptoms mentioned above, the following are additional symptoms of rosacea.

    Eye irritation: Eyes may be itchy, teary or reddish in some people with rosacea. It is called ocular rosacea. It can also cause hordeolum, redness, and swelling of the eyelids. If this condition is severe without treatment, it can lead to corneal injury and vision loss.

    Burning or stinging: These sensations may occur on the face and a feeling of itching or intense pain can also happen.

    Sign of dry skin: The central skin area can be rough, thus making the skin very dry.

    Patches of red skin: They can form but do not change the surrounding skin.

    Thickening the skin: In some cases of rosacea, the skin can become thick and enlarged from excess cells. It results in a condition called rhinophyma that causes nasal hypertrophy.

    Swelling: Swollen face may appear alone or may be accompanied by other signs of rosacea.

    Signs and symptoms of rosacea can develop on the face and adjacent areas such as the neck, chest, and ears.

    Causes of rosacea

    The cause of rosacea is unknown; however, there are many different hypotheses such as:

    ·         A general disorder of the blood vessels

    ·         Disorders of connective tissue under the skin

    ·         Psychological factors

    ·         Genetic factors

    ·         Environmental factors

    Factors that trigger the growth of rosacea

    Some factors can make rosacea worse by increasing blood flow to the skin surface.

    ·         Hot food or drink

    ·         Spicy food

    ·         Alcohol beverages

    ·         Abnormal temperature

    ·         Sunlight

    ·         Stress

    ·         Anger, embarrassment or shyness

    ·         Excessive exercise

    ·         Hot water bath or sauna

    ·         Taking corticosteroids

    ·         Taking medications that dilate the blood vessels

    Treatments for rosacea

    Treatment for rosacea may be different depending on the signs and symptoms of the individual. They include:

    Drugs: Generally, your doctor will prescribe both oral and topical medications to treat disorders related to acne, pustules, and redness. They can help control the condition and help relieve signs and symptoms of the disease.

    Surgery or laser treatment: When the condition of rosacea become serious, the doctor may perform surgery or laser treatment to remove blood vessels, limit red skin on the face, or correct the nose deformities in some cases.

    Top 5 best essential oils for rosacea treatment

    In addition to the above treatments, you can combine with one of five best essential oils for rosacea treatment below. Properties of these essential oils are helpful to diminish the symptoms as well as recover the damaged skin by rosacea naturally.

    1. Tea tree oil

    Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) derived from Australia. It contains the terpinene-4-ol which prevents infection and kill acne bacteria. A blend of 5% of tea tree oil is rated as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide (a common chemical for acne treatment). Aside from antiseptic properties, it is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties to relieve pain and swelling. Therefore, tea tree oil is extremely beneficial to skin infections including rosacea. However, you should use it carefully because it can cause side effects, for example, atopic dermatitis.

    To treat rosacea, there are four methods as follows:

    ·         Directly apply to the facial skin: Mix 1-3 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of olive oil, rice bran oil or butter oil and then apply it to the affected skin. Do it twice a day, after getting up and before going to bed. Note that if having oily skin, you should clean it before and after use.

    ·         Mix with skin cream or cleanser: The mixing ratio may range from 5%-10% depending on the condition of the skin. You should refer to the ingredients before mixing and consult a physician before use.

    ·         Steam the face: Prepare a bowl of boiling water or a facial sauna, drip 1-3 drops of tea tree oil and then steam your face for 15-30 minutes. Do this way once or twice a week to clean up the dirt in the pores, tighten pores and reduce pimples.

    ·         Massage the face: Take 5-7 drops of tea tree oil into a cup of pure olive oil and then use this to massage your face. It helps to relax and increase the skin's resistance to infections.

    2. Lavender oil

    Lavender oil is considered one of the best essential oils for rosaceat reatment. It is obtained by extraction from lavender flowers which have the origins in the Mediterranean Sea and only grow in summer from June to August.

    Lavender oil can kill bacteria and balance the amount of excess oil on the facial skin, a trigger to the development of rosacea. Simultaneously, it makes spots disappear gradually and helps to get rid of scars.

    For normal skin, drip a drop of lavender oil on a cotton swab and then directly apply it to the affected area. Note just apply a thin layer to get the best results.

    For sensitive skin, do the following:

    ·         Steam the face: Put 3 drops of lavender oil into a bowl containing 150ml of boiling water. Take a large towel to cover your head and start to steam your face for 10 minutes.

    ·         Apply to the facial skin: Mix 6 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of water, depending on the skin condition. Then, dip a cotton swab into the mixture and gently apply it to the affected area.

    Otherwise, you can do the following method that is suitable for all skin types. Mix lavender oil with boiling water in a ratio of 1:1. Dip a cotton pad into the mixture and then apply to the affected area. After that, clean it with warmluke water. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off with cool water.

    With the treatment of rosacea, you can do it twice or three times a week. Also, you should not leave the lavender oil on the skin for too long, especially with oily skin.

    3. Camphor oil

    Camphor oil is extracted from the leaves and wood of camphor trees, a species that grows naturally in Asian countries such as Japan, China, and Vietnam. There are three types of camphor oils which are classified based on their colors: yellow, white and brown. Of these, only white camphor oil is used for medical purposes.

    Camphor oil is a common ingredient in acne medications with antibacterial and skin-cleansing properties, so it is effective to relieve rosacea. At the same time, with its powerful antioxidant properties, it can regenerate skin cells, heal the damaged skin as well as rejuvenate the skin.

    There are two methods you can perform with camphor oil for rosacea treatment.

    With the first way, you can combine camphor oil with other oils.

    ·         Mix three teaspoons of castor oil with the same amount of almond of oil into a bowl. Then, add a teaspoon of camphor oil and mix well. Pour the mixture into a dark container and leave it cool so you can use it for half a year.

    ·         Wash your face with the suitable cleanser and pat it dry with a soft cloth. Put 5 drops of the mixture into your hands and gently massage your face in circular motion. Gently pat your face so that the oil is absorbed into the skin.  Leave it overnight and then wash it the next morning. Do it every night to treat rosacea effectively.

    Another way is that you can massage your face with camphor oil.

    ·         Clean your face with specialized cleanser and then steam your face with warm water for 20 minutes to open the pores and remove the impurities.

    ·         Drip 3 drops of camphor oil into your hands and massage gently on your face. It can penetrate inside and remove the symptoms of rosacea.

    However, to avoid side effects of this essential oil, you should NOT:
    • Apply it to the skin that has open sores
    • Use it when you are pregnant
    • Let it close or enter your nose if you have asthma
    • Use more than 3-4 drops each time
    • Use it at the first time without trying it on a patch of skin before
    4. Chamomile oil

    Chamomile, whose botanical name's Anthemis nobilis, is a plant of the Chrysanthemum family, which grows near residential areas throughout Europe and temperate parts of Asia.

    Chamomile oil is completely extracted from chamomile flowers by means of steam distillation. Its main ingredient are chamazulene, a very effective anti-inflammatory and relieving properties and bisabolol which has the ability against allergy and kill itch-inducing bacteria. Therefore, it is a good choice in the list of the best essential oil for rosacea.

    The first way is using chamomile oil for facial skin steam. Take 1 or 2 drops of chamomile oil into a large bowl of 1 liter boiling water. Cover your head with a large towel and then steam your face for about 15 minutes. It will help deeply cleanse the skin, disinfect pimples and moisturize the skin. You can add 1 drop of rose essential oil and 1 drop of lavender essential oil for the facial skin steam if you want.

    Alternatively, you can drip several drops of chamomile oil in a glass of boiling water and stir it well. Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. After that, take it out, pour a little on a clean towel and then gently apply it to your face to relieve the symptoms of rosacea.

    Note that you should not use it directly on your skin and when you are pregnant, you should not use it unless provided by a doctor.

    5. Rose oil

    Rose, whose scientific name is Rosa Odonata Sweet, is grown popularly all over the world. There are no flowers that occupy a particular position in the world of the cosmetics industry like roses.

    Rose oil is extracted entirely from petals of the different roses. It contains a lot of nutrients such as vitamin B, D, E, and K. Particularly, it is rich in vitamin C, an indispensable ingredient in many beauty products. With the production of collagen, the body's main protein, vitamin C is useful to bind together tissues, heal scars, and prevent acne and blemishes on the skin. In addition, it is also a powerful antioxidant so it can protect and clean the skin, close the pores, reduce sebum secretion as well as prevent acne recurrence. With these uses, there is no denying that rose oil is one of the best essential oils for rosacea treatment.

    Like the essential oils above, you can use rose oil as follows:
    • Wash the face daily: Mix 2-3 drops of rose oil with a bare amount of cleanser and use the mixture to wash your face as usual. 
    • Directly apply to the facial skin: Dip a cotton swab in the rose oil and then apply it to the inflamed skin. If having sensitive skin, you can mingle water and it in the ratio of 1:1 and do this in the same way as above. 
    • Steam facial skin: Drip 3 drops of rose oil into a large bowl of 150 ml boiling water. Put your face far away 10 cm from the bowl and steam your face with a large towel covered your head for 10 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water or ice cream on it to prevent dilating of the pores and make the skin firmer. The author of this article is Jasmine He, she is interested in health and beauty as well as having a strong desire for the well-being, she has a broad knowledge of this area after having the patience to learn and experience it for a couple of years. Along with her current education job, she has now been working as a freelance writer on health and beauty.
    The author of this article is Jasmine He, she is interested in health and beauty as well as having a strong desire for the well-being, she has a broad knowledge of this area after having the patience to learn and experience it for a couple of years. Along with her current education job, she has now been working as a freelance writer on health and beauty.

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