Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes tiny pimple-like bumps on the surface of the face, primarily. Rosacea can also occur less frequently on other areas of the body, such as the: neck, chest, nose, scalp-region, and ears. Early signs of rosacea typically occur during adolescence. Flushing and an ability to blush easily, often uncontrollably, is a common first sign of rosacea’s onset. Over time, rosacea can progress and produce a persistent redness often accompanied by bumps. Sometimes these bumps are pus-filled, though they tend to burn or sting much more than a common pimple. Small blood vessels can become visible with this disorder. Women are more commonly afflicted with rosacea than men, but men often have more severe symptoms than women. Aloe Vera contains a powerful anti-inflammatory, B-sitosterol, that effectively cures and treats many skin conditions. It comes as no surprise that rosacea has now been added to the list of skin conditions that have been greatly improved by the use of aloe.
Many sufferers of rosacea also have bloodshot and itchy/ irritated eyes, also known as ocular rosacea. One may also have excessive tightness or thickening of the skin, raised red patches, and even swelling (edema). Presently, there is not a cure for rosacea and the cause of the disorder is unknown by medical professionals. Professional treatment options of rosacea by doctors and dermatologists are very limited, since very little is known about the disorder’s origin and underlying causes. Upon diagnosis by a medical professional, an individual with rosacea can expect one of only a few treatment options. Oral and topical medications, or a combination of the two, are generally prescribed. Laser therapy treatment is also available, although not widely utilized. Individuals suffering from rosacea are often let down by many of the treatment options prescribed to them by medical professionals. Both oral and topical medications can be very costly, even to those that have adequate health insurance. It may take several weeks of consistent treatment to notice even a slight change in the condition. Additionally, since rosacea cannot be cured, these medications and treatments are designed to help the condition, not cure it. As a result, most patients find themselves taking these medications for life, as to avoid flare-ups and reoccurrence. Doctors and patients do not know the side effects of taking these medications for a prolonged period of time. These variables have lead many with rosacea to search for more natural cures and treatment of their rosacea. Aloe vera gel has been applied and used in hospitals for years to treat burns and heal skin from various injuries and diseases for many years. Aloe gel comes from an aloe plant. When stalks of an aloe plant are cut open, a sap-like liquid, the gel, emerges. Of the various homeopathic (natural) remedies for rosacea, the use of aloe has become an increasingly popular and effective treatment.
How Can Aloe Reduce your Rosacea Breakouts?
It may seem hard to believe that simply slicing open the stalks of an aloe plant and applying its contents topically could provide substantial benefits to rosacea sufferers. Aloe is truly a proven miracle treatment option. In addition to repairing and healing externally, topical application of aloe also works as a detoxifying agent under the skin, which doubles the healing of rosacea symptoms. Aloe is nature’s best hydrator. Those with rosacea often have increased skin-sensitivity and dryness. Applying aloe topically increases the moisture and rejuvenates the skin while acting as an anti-inflammatory and reducing redness and irritation, similar to how it works on relieving acne symptoms.
It is extremely important to purchase pure aloe gel, when treating rosacea, or buy an aloe plant. Many over-the-counter aloe products contain other chemicals which can increase the infection and flare-up. Artificial additives and chemicals can also dilute the healing potential of aloe. In addition, store-bought aloe products may contain less aloe than you think to begin with, so you aren’t tapping into the true potential of aloe. If you do opt for an aloe lotion or cream you find on your supermarket’s shelve, be sure to check the label to find out if aloe is last on the ingredient list (it shouldn’t be!). Pick a product that lists aloe as one of the first three ingredients. But, of course, it is best to go for the pure aloe gel or make your own aloe lotion (the latter option allows you to know and control just how much aloe makes it onto your skin!)
Consistent users of aloe notice significant changes to the severity of their rosacea, often in half of the time it would take for a prescribed medication to work. Unlike prescribed medications, which have a variety of common side effects associated with their usage, aloe vera is a pure treatment with no known or reported side effects.
Those with mild to moderate rosacea should apply pure aloe from an aloe plant or pure aloe gel twice daily to the affected area(s.) It is best to apply aloe after gently washing the whole face with a mild non-abrasive cleanser. Apply regular moisturizer to the areas not affected by rosacea and allow the aloe to act as both a moisturizer and a treatment for the rosacea. For mild to moderately-affected individuals, results can be felt almost immediately. Tight, burning skin is immediately relieved by the fast-acting properties of the aloe. Redness subsides substantially within ten to fifteen minutes following application. After about a week of continued use, users report dramatic and significant effects of their condition. Breakouts are significantly fewer and inflammation is reported as being reduced by half. After two months of continued usage, patients with mild to moderate rosacea report having next to no periods of prolonged inflammation or breakouts. They have noted that it appears their rosacea is in remission. For more chronic rosacea conditions involving thickening of tissue or enlarged nose, four daily treatments are generally suggested. More chronic sufferers report changes as significant as those with more mild to moderate breakouts during the same timeframes.
In addition to prescribed medications, aloe is a highly-effective treatment of rosacea when used as recommended. Until a cure is found, patients with rosacea will need to include topical and/or oral treatment to keep the symptoms minimized. Aloe proves to provide the anti-inflammatory and healing properties from the inside out, without the damaging side effects often found in prescribed medications used to treat rosacea.