Treating Rosacea

April 9, 2013 10:11:44 AM PDT
It's estimated that nearly 16 million Americans suffer from the chronic, incurable inflammatory condition called rosacea.

It is often treated with antibiotics, but during this age of antibiotic resistance, many of us want to save these drugs for life-threatening emergencies. While some foods aggravate rosacea outbreaks, others help prevent them. Elina Fedotova, the owner of Elina Organics shows us some natural ways to treat the condition.

Workshop: Holistic Approach to Controlling Rosacea & Acne Prone Skin
3 to 5 pm Saturday, April 20
Elina Organics
46 E. Oak Street
Call to register: 312.274.3474

Foods to avoid: overly sweet, processed foods like doughnuts, soda, alcohol and caffeinated drinks Foods to consume: green leafy vegetables, cucumbers, celery, avocados, green apples, green and herbal teas, yogurt, kefir (cultured milk) and almond milk.

Other rosacea triggers that increase blood flow to the face, causing fragile blood vessels and capillaries to break include:

-extreme temperature change

-strenuous exercise

Elina's Mini-Home Facial for Rosacea Relief:

1) Clean face with yogurt or kefir to help calm the skin

2) Apply oat flour mask to skin (see recipe below)

3) Gently remove mask with lukewarm compresses soaked in the same herbal tea used to create the mask

4) Moisturize skin with coconut and/or buckthorn oil

5) Apply zinc-based sunblock to protect the skin

Rosacea Relief Mask Recipe:

1 Tsp oat flour

Brewed herbal tea: dandelion, yarrow, chamomile, marigold or green tea

1 drop of tea tree oil

Directions: Add enough herbal tea to the oat flour to make a soft paste. Add a drop of tea tree oil and mix. Apply the lukewarm mask to affected areas of the face and relax for 5 minutes.

Optional: Add the contents of one capsule of organic powdered spirulina to the mask for added benefits.