Natural Solutions & Remedies Rosacea
Natural & Holistic Solutions Rosacea
I’ve been wanting to write a comprehensive blog post on natural solutions and remedies to support the healing of rosacea for the longest time! After interviewing numerous holistic skin healing experts on the topic, I finally was able to compile some of the best resources on the topic. So whether you’re interested in natural remedies, treatments and healthy solutions for rosacea, you’re at the right place!
Article at a glance
Putting things into context:
• My journey healing rosacea naturally & holistically
• Why it’s hard to find high quality information on natural solutions for rosacea
• Who’s behind top ranking articles on Google on rosacea (and why they suck)
• The biggest myth about rosacea
• Examining your beliefs around healing your skin
• There is no one size fits all formula to healing or treating rosacea
• Why taking the healing process into your hands is key to achieve clear, glowing skin
Natural Solutions for Rosacea-Prone Skin:
• The link between food and rosacea
• Heavy metals & toxic burdens
• Functional testing to pinpoint the root cause of rosacea
• Supplements & herbal medicine
• Essential oils & flower essences
• Non-toxic skincare
• The impact of stress
• Working with a holistic skin healing expert
My journey seeking natural solutions to heal rosacea
Most articles on the topic of natural solutions for rosacea are not written by people who actually have rosacea. But this one is different as I happen to be on a journey healing rosacea naturally. If you’d like to learn more about my story, click here.
Early on in my journey looking for natural solutions for rosacea, I was lucky to find a Naturopath and Functional Medicine practitioner that both shared a holistic approach to skin healing.
Working with these practitioners taught me a lot about healing rosacea from the inside-out. But I also wanted to empower myself to take the healing process into my own hands and learn everything I can on the clear skin diet, gut health, liver detox, holistic nutrition and organic skincare.
So, I fell down the rabbit hole called the internet. 🙂
Finding trustworthy information on natural solutions for rosacea
(Why I created this platform)
Very quickly, it became clear to me that a lot of the articles on the topic of ‘natural solutions for rosacea” offer “surface” information.
These articles talked about the usual triggers (sun, heat, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, yadayadayada….) but offered no REAL solutions.
Even more frustrating was realizing who was behind these articles (more on that later).
This cookie-cutter information didn’t resonate with me. Intuitively I knew there was more to healing rosacea and than avoiding “triggers”.
I also know, deep down, that rosacea is fully and completely “curable” although I choose to use the word “heal” because I don’t believe in a cure in the form of a pill or cream. (After interviewing 60+ Holistic Skin Healing Experts, many of them womxn who have COMPLETELY healed their skin naturally and holistically, including rosacea, it’s time to change the narrative around our skin’s capacity to fully heal.
Why most articles won’t help you heal rosacea
If you’ve been going down the rabbit hole researching the internet, you’ve probably noticed that articles ranking on the top pages of Google on the topic of “natural solutions or natural remedies for rosacea” often sound the same and contain no substantial information whatsoever.
These articles are paid content written by internet marketers hired by big media firms or paid writers that have zero understanding of skin health or rosacea. These posts aren’t designed to provide quality information but to “rank high” to get the most traffic and make money from targeted Google ads.
Youtube is another search engine built on an algorithm designed to feed you content based on popularity, not quality, and make money through advertisements.
Search “natural solutions, cure or remedies for rosacea” on Youtube and you won’t be shown a video from a Ph.D. in skin health (which could actually be of REAL VALUE). Instead, you’ll be shown a 20-something influencer whose video has millions of views because it was strategically titled “I CURED MY ROSACEA OVERNIGHT!!!”. Unfortunately, undiscerning people click on these videos in the hopes of finding a miraculous cure for rosacea. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that this influencer has never had rosacea in her life and that she’s an affiliate for a brand that promises overnight results from their miracle cream/pill.
So….After a few weeks of research and realizing it was much harder to find high-quality information on healing rosacea naturally, I decided to do something about it.
I sought out the help of the best skin experts in the field of natural medicine. And Journey To Glow was born.
Now that you have some context as to why I decided to create this platform (and why I refuse to put Google ads on this website), let’s start with what may be the missing link in the skin healing conversation.
1. This blog post does not constitute medical advice, I’m not a doctor. If you need medical advice, seek the help of your trusted advisors.
2. Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. Thank you for using my affiliate links, it enables me to keep the content free on journeytoglow.com
3. This is by no means an exhaustive list of natural solutions or remedies for rosacea. I plan on adding to this article, so feel free to bookmark it or sign up to the Glowletter to be notified when new resources become available to you.
4. What’s working for me might not work for you. There is no “one size fits all formula”. There are, however, effective principles that, if followed, will support the healing of your skin from the inside out. The key (and I say this all the time on the podcast) is for you to feel empowered to take the healing process into your own hands.
Letting Go of Beliefs That Don’t Serve You
Hear this: you can heal your skin fully and completely.
Yes, that means rosacea, too.
I was talking to a Naturopathic ND specializing in Integrative Dermatology who admitted, off-record because she can’t speak freely about this, that rosacea is absolutely curable.
The problem is, doctors aren’t permitted to say so for fear of being sued or giving false hope. (Why they can, however, say that there is “no cure for rosacea”, which can cause severe emotional trauma in patients suffering from this skin condition, points to how broken the medical system is.)
Speaking to womxn in the journey to glow community, many of who are frustrated and even depressed because of their skin, I feel that it’s time to shift the conversation into a more empowering one: one that addresses the root cause focuses on FINDING solutions and looks at the human body holistically. That includes your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, all of which impacts your skin.
These podcast interviews feature real womxn who have found effective natural solutions to heal rosacea. Every post includes untouched, unfiltered, un-photoshopped before and after photos of their skin. To say that we have gathered evidence that rosacea can be fully healed is an understatement.
Our mission at Journey To Glow is to invite readers and listeners to examine their beliefs about healing and to connect with the body’s innate healing intelligence.
If you hold the belief that rosacea is incurable or that a natural approach isn’t going to work, you won’t make progress because your mindset will stop you from actually trying something new whether it’s changing your diet or trying out an alternative holistic healing modality.
Our mind is a powerful thing: it dictates the actions we take and the changes we make.
Healing a skin “issue” whether acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis… is, first and foremost, about pinpointing the root cause and bringing the body back into balance.
But it’s also about mindset or “state of mind”: being aware that your inner state and inner dialogue will dictate a lot of the outcome.
Personally, I’ve had to become really discerning about my thoughts and my daily practice is to ask: “Are these thoughts coming from a loving, accepting place?” or “Am I nasty and critical about my skin?”
So, having established that clear glowing skin is attainable no matter what your skin looks like now, let’s explore natural solutions for rosacea.
Natural Solutions For Rosacea:
A Holistic Approach To Nutrition
The foundation for clear glowing skin is very much linked to the foods we eat. That some dermatologists still don’t see (or ignore) the link between food and skin (or gut microbiome and skin microbiome), makes absolutely no sense to me.
If you have food sensitivities, gut issues, an overburdened liver with heavy metals (often found in food!), a histamine intolerance, eat a highly-processed diet laden with pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs, clear skin just ain’t gonna happen.
Want a simple yet effective, natural solution to heal your rosacea? Look at the foods you eat!
The Elimination Diet
You can start with a simple elimination diet which we get into in this podcast episode with Dr. Lynne Racette or try eliminating high histamine foods for a few weeks and see if it improves your acne or rosacea.
Personally, I saw a HUGE difference within days of removing high histamine foods last spring after my skin had broken out into all of the things. This book by Dr. Keller was my guide and it’s really well done, I highly recommend it. I didn’t follow ALL her recommendations in the book (too restrictive for me, I just did what made sense for me at the time) and I still saw a huge difference within days. That’s how fast the body can get back into balance!
You’ll want to make sure your water is super clean too.
Getting a high-quality filter was the first thing my naturopath insisted on after we tested my well water which “looked good” on paper according to the city standard but still wasn’t “clean” enough in her opinion.
Fluoride often found in tap water has been proven to cause acne in many people sensitive to it. This is a highly researched topic, one you can dive into in this podcast episode with my guest Melissa Gallico. You can also read her book on the topic.
Cleanses & Detoxes
Starting with a 30 day cleanse is another great way to explore how food affects your energy levels, sleep, clarity of mind, and skin.
Every time I do a 30-day cleanse, I sleep better, I have more energy and clearer skin.
I’ve also tried a 5-day juice cleanse which was actually not as hard as I thought! It gave me a tone of energy, my head felt clear (after the initial detox symptoms dissipated!) but I can’t say that it helped my rosacea as much as I had hoped. Was my skin less red and less inflamed? Yes, a bit. But my rosacea didn’t go away with a 5-day juice cleanse. Which is why I had to dig deeper…
Finding the right anti-inflammatory, rosacea-diet for you
Anthony William (The Medical Medium) talks a lot about celery juice and the benefits of heavy metal detoxifying foods in his books. I had a strong skin reaction drinking celery juice for 30 days but I know a lot of people get great results following his principles.
I’m an epicurean who loves cooking organic foods and prefer local, in-season fruits + vegetables as much as possible. Living in Quebec, Canada means I don’t have access to fresh fruits in the winter and tend to crave warm foods rather than a green smoothie in the morning, especially when it’s -30 degrees Celcius outside.
So I’ve learned to trust my body to navigate which foods are best for me during different seasons.
Ultimately, it’s about finding what works for you.
The bottom line on food
Making simple changes such as eating an organic plant-based diet, drinking pure water, cutting out inflammatory foods (sugar, gluten, corn, dairy, highly processed foods), and keeping caffeine and alcohol in check is essential if you have rosacea. (Mind you, I have an adaptogenic, fairtrade organic espresso every morning! You might have seen me share my coffee recipes on Instagram!)
Since there’s no one size fits all formula as to the best rosacea diet (Ayurveda teaches us that we all have our own unique doshas or constitutions), you’ll have to do some investigative work to find out the best healing foods for your skin.
When diet changes are not enough to heal rosacea naturally
Even though foods play a major role in skin health and potentially healing rosacea, sometimes changing our diet isn’t enough which is why you may need to investigate further.
Sometimes there is more to the equation than changing our diet and cutting out inflammatory foods.
Some people make simple dietary changes and see a HUGE improvement in their rosacea (like Eva!) others will have to dig deeper to find out what else is going on. (This was certainly the case for me.)
Below, I’m including photos I’ve taken in the last 3 years with notes on how food has affected my skin. You’ll notice that my skin makes huge progress following an anti-inflammatory diet but that the improvement doesn’t “stick” and as soon as I revert back to my regular health (but not that healthy) diet, the inflammation returns.
After talking to a holistic rosacea expert who completely healed her rosacea in 2 months and is getting similar results with her patients, I realized that my rosacea reverts back to its inflammatory state because I have not fully healed my gut yet (hello SIBO) or done a proper heavy metal detox.
The next step for me is to test a Skin Healing Program we’re launching here on journey to glow in fall 2020 as well as 2021. This is a step-by-step system complete with a full supplements protocol designed specifically to target inflammation in the gut + support liver detoxification.
Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to share my feedback!
Eliminating Heavy Metals & Toxic burdens
One of the books that were instrumental for me in learning about toxic burdens on the liver (toxicity that can translate into dermatoxins that trigger skin issues such as rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis)) is the Medical Medium’s The Liver Rescue.
This is an excerpt from the book:
“Almost every single skin condition comes from the liver. The intestinal tract often becomes involved by default in a forced collaboration; however, conditions labeled eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, lupus, cellulitis, vitiligo, age spots, other discolorations, and more start and end with the liver.
Your liver releases dermatoxins (formed by viruses feeding off heavy metals and other toxins in your liver) to the surface of your skin to protect you. The skin knows your liver is getting overwhelmed with pathogens and their byproduct and toxins, and in a panic, it pushes poisons up to the surface in a rush. The dermatoxins, which are at least far away from your internal organs now, do make life uncomfortable; they’re highly inflammatory to skin tissue, causing blemishes, fissures, cracks, scabs, flaking, scarring, bleeding, and rashes of all kinds. The associated irritation occurs because of tiny nerve endings all through the epidermis. When inflammation occurs, the nerves get squeezed and pulled apart, causing the itchiness, discomfort, and outright pain of the rash.
The level to which these symptoms disrupt your life can depend on the strain of EBV or other virus present, the levels of heavy metals or other toxins present inside the liver, how sluggish the liver is, and your current diet, which could contain unhelpful foods that are feeding the underlying cause, the viral strain.
Rosacea is usually mercury-based, with that mercury present in both the liver and the small intestinal tract, plus a virus, most commonly EBV.”
Mercury fillings (yuk!)
Besides, looking at heavy metals in foods, supplements, water and in my home/environment, the Liver Rescue prompted me to do more research on mercury fillings which I still had in my mouth even though they were over 35 years old!!! YUK!!!
Now, a quick google search shows that quite a few studies connect skin/health issues to mercury fillings so I oriented my research towards functional medicine which, turns out, has been talking about the effects of heavy metal toxicity and skin issues for years.
Here are some resources to get you started on the subject:
Podcast: Wendy Myers https://myersdetox.com/category/podcast-category/
Even though there are sources out there trying to discredit the link between mercury fillings and health/skin issues, intuitively I knew I was on to something. So I promptly booked a series of visits to my holistic dentist and got mentally prepared to get my old mercury fillings replaced with non-toxic ones.
I also talked to my naturopath who suggested a gentle protocol to support my body’s detoxification before and after the removal of mercury fillings.
Without getting into details here (because you should absolutely talk to a holistic expert about detoxing the body of heavy metals) it involved daily doses of cilantro (fresh herbal form or the essential oil), spirulina, adding chlorella to my water, shilajit, and milk thistle.
I’m now happy to say that I’m mercury fillings FREEEEEEEE (<– my Oprah voice) and I’m so glad I made the investment, even though it was painful on the wallet and mouth!
And, to my amazement, I saw a HUGE improvement in my skin, within days. Specifically, the redness on my cheeks went down drastically. More on this topic in this video.
If you feel intuitively called to explore if and how heavy metals are burdening your liver and possibly impacting your skin, a great investment is to work with a knowledgeable Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Naturopathic ND, or Functional doctor who can order the right tests for you.
Before embarking on my journey to glow a few years ago, I had no idea there was such a thing as functional testing!
New to functional medicine? Dive into these episodes.
Functional tests are used by Naturopathic or Functional NDs to get straight to the root cause of an issue as opposed to treating symptoms.
Because of advancements in functional medicine in the last 5 years, we now have access to an incredible variety of cutting-edge tests to help us get to the root cause quickly and effectively.
These tests are not typically used in allopathic/conventional medical hospitals or clinics where doctors focus on treating symptoms, not getting to the root cause. (Hence saying that rosacea is incurable. Because a pill or cream hasn’t cured rosacea doesn’t mean it’s incurable, it just means they haven’t investigated the root cause yet.)
Functional testing can get pricey, so working with a functional expert is key and in the end, will save you time and money.
Personally, I invested my fair share in functional testing partly because I’m interested in learning more about functional medicine and because I’m determined to get to the root cause of my rosacea. But you don’t have to spend a tonne of money to get answers when you work with an expert.
Testing your water
We’ve talked about the importance of drinking pure water. Well, unbeknownst to me, my well water –— which I was convinced was “free of heavy metals or pathogens — could be better which we found out thanks to a water test my Naturopath suggested.
If you’re currently drinking tap water, you might want to skip the test (save some money) and invest in a good filter asap instead. Tap water needs to be filtered as we talked about with Melissa in this episode.
Heavy metal test + DUTCH Test + SIBO Test + Live Blood Test
I also did a heavy metal test (a urine test done from home), the DUTCH test (also a urine test) which is a complete hormonal panel, a SIBO test and, when I visit my naturopath’s office, she’ll do a live blood test (a prick on the finger) which is always SO TELLING as to what’s going on in my body, blood, or gut (urgh, hello parasites!).
Without getting hyper-focused on ALL the tests available today (food sensitivities! MRT!) I wanted to mention it here as a possible natural solution for rosacea as it can really help you make incredible progress on your journey to glow.
The last test I’d like to mention is the MRT test (Mediator Release Test) which is a blood test to detect very specific food sensitivities. It’s also quite pricey (around $500USD) but if you have the extra cash, it might be worth checking out. Learn more about the MRT test here.
Also, this interview with Ramona Remesat is INCREDIBLE and gets into the details of testing for SIBO, EBV and Lyme. Plus, Ramona’s journey to glow is very inspiring: she’s now free of SIBO!
Supplements & Herbal Medicine
There’s no denying that plant medicine in the form of supplements, tinctures, powder or tea is an incredibly reliable option when looking for a natural approach to healing rosacea or any other skin conditions.
The challenge, however, is finding the right plant combination at the right medicinal dosage which is where, again, working with a Naturopathic doctor or herbalist is very beneficial.
I was chatting with Danielle Broida, a brilliant holistic nutritionist, and mycologist, on the importance of the right dosage when working with medicinal mushrooms or plants. (Listen to our conversation on Functional Mushrooms to Support Skin Health here.) Danielle emphasized that pixie-dusting just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to rebalancing our hormones, cleansing the liver, supporting the gut, and ultimately, achieving clear, glowing skin.
But there are few superstars that have been shown to support skin health such as:
✔ Milk Thistle (liver support)
✔ Turmeric (protects the skin from free-radical damage)
✔ Vitamin C (an immune-boosting antioxidant that prevents cell damage)
✔ Polypodium Leucotomos (a powerful antioxidant)
✔ Astaxanthin (said to promote healthy skin tone, texture, elasticity & moisture levels)
✔ Zinc is said to relieve the symptoms of acne, pimples, and minor skin eruptions
✔ Burdock is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as a blood cleanser and to relieve minor skin eruptions and symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis
✔ Calendula can be used externally to repair skin tissue + reduce redness as well as repair gut tissue
Here are some episodes that dive into supplements and herbal medicine for clear glowing skin: journeytoglow.com/category-supplements
I’ve also written a comprehensive post with reviews of supplements I’ve tried. You can read it here.
Since finding the right supplements or herbal protocol is key, I can’t emphasize enough that the best way to go about it is to resist the temptation to buy everything that promises clear skin but to work with a herbalist that can craft the right formula for your own unique need.
If you’re adamant about doing it on your own, make sure you purchase supplements from trustworthy companies. More on that here.
I constantly talk about essential oils, simply because they’ve had such a HUGE impact on my health, emotional + mental + physical well-being, and ultimately my skin.
When it comes to essential oils, purity and quality is not something you want to compromise on. If you buy cheap oils, chances are they will be adulterated which not only can be dangerous but ultimately, you just won’t have the medicinal benefit of the plant.
Since redness, inflammation, dryness, and breakouts is often an issue with rosacea-prone skin, some of my favorite essential oils to bring skin back into balance are:
✔ Blue Tansy
If you’re interested in using essential oils in your skincare, make sure to dilute them properly in an organic carrier oil such as jojoba, argan, or rosehip.
Sensitive, rosacea-prone skin doesn’t do well with undiluted essential oils directly on the skin especially if you’re not sure if they are 100% pure in which case you could introduce a toxic component to the mix unknowingly.
Another way to incorporate them safely in your skincare is by adding one or 2 drops in a serum, mask, or cream.
A good rule of thumb with essential oils is to be super discerning as they are extremely potent medicine. A little goes a long way and patch testing is a safe way to ensure you won’t react to a particular essential oil.
After 2 years of researching + testing essential oils to support skin health, I decided to share everything I’ve learned in this PDF download, I also created a 75-minute video masterclass which you can purchase here.
The Essential Oils For Skincare Masterclass
A 75-minute video masterclass on how to use essential oils safely and effectively for skincare and skin conditions.
We cover topics such as how to use essential oils safely, the best carrier oils, how to use essential oils for acne, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, shopping resources (books, courses, bottles, bags…) and favorite blends & recipes!
I also wanted to mention flower essences because they’re really not that well known and hold tremendous healing powers.
If you don’t know about flower essences, they work very differently than essential oils as they work on an energetic level.
So what are flower essences exactly?
They’re a bioenergetic imprint of a flower that has been transferred to water via the sun or moon.
The process was first discovered in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach and has since been created and used by many holistic practitioners.
Flower essences work on our energy bodies and help support emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by shifting energy blocks, limiting beliefs or destructive/sabotaging behaviors.
Since flower essences are energetic in nature, their benefits are not due to a biochemical interaction with the body. Instead, they work on the various energy pathways (such as the acupuncture meridians) to create health and well-being in the body, mind, and spirit.
What does that have to do with healing skin issues you ask?
If you feel stuck on your journey to glow because you’re just not making progress, you’re not implementing the lifestyle and diet changes you know you need to make, you’re feeling depressed or beat yourself up every time you look in the mirror, you’ll need to change a deep-seated belief or energetic pattern in order to fully heal.
That’s where flower essences come in. Plus, they’re super safe, affordable and you can’t do it wrong.
I’ve been working with flower essences for years and they have supported me through big life transitions, grief, emotional blocks, and mental well-being. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without them!
PS: I’ll be releasing limited edition flower essence blends to support you on your journey to glow, so stay tuned!
Clean & Conscious Beauty
We all know that what we put on our body is just as important that what we feed our body.
Skin and body care containing toxic ingredients will end up affecting your skin in some way either by burdening your liver, disrupting your hormones, or damaging your skin barrier.
There’s a long list of culprits we don’t want in our skincare and clean beauty brands are now doing a magnificent job at educating their customers on the topic, Beautycounter being one of them.
Here is the Beautycounter Never List™:
A disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
Butylatedhydroxy Anisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene
Synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients
A byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)
A chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
Surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
A skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. Found in: skin-lightening creams.
Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone
Chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
Sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others)
A class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others)
A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)
PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)
Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may result in adverse health consequences like lesions and photosensitization. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)
SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
Synthetic flavor or fragrance
An engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
A volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. Found in: nail polish.
Triclosan and Triclocarban
Antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems. Found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.
I’ve personally been shopping at Beautycounter for about a year now and I can’t for the life of me understand why it took me so long to give this company a try! Their make-up (Dew Skin!) and sun protection are the best on the market.
If you want to save time researching ingredients or clean brands, I highly recommend Beautycounter.
I also created a list of my favorite clean beauty brands here with product recommendations for rosacea-prone skin.
The last resource I’d like to share is EWG.org where you can check any ingredient on their Skin Deep database.
We have some incredible podcast episodes on natural solutions & remedies for rosacea:
JTG #56 Natural Cure Rosacea, The Medical Medium “Protocol” & Celery Juice With Eva Straub
JTG #49 Rosacea & Ayurveda With Wild Grace Skincare Founder Kim Parenteau
JTG #48 Rosacea No More: A Miraculous Skin Transformation With Author & Spiritual Teacher Georgie Holbrook
JTG #24 Chinese Medicine for Clear Skin with Toni Balfour
The impact of stress on our skin
If there’s a topic that keeps coming back in my conversations with the Journey To Glow Skin Healing Experts, it’s the impact of stress on our skin.
Many people report having flare-ups or their rosacea get worse when under stress.
Now, most people would tackle this subject with advice to sleep better, meditate, learn stress management techniques, self-care rituals….
Sure, these are all great habits that will have a positive effect on our body and mind. But I believe that understanding the why and how behind stress is a topic not enough people are addressing.
So let’s dive in.
Simply put, stress does not exist outside of our mind, and it isn’t caused by an outside source or circumstance either.
This is a radical idea, one that when explored further can rock your world and free you from unnecessary stress.
Your job is not stressful; your thoughts about your job create a stressful state.
Rosacea is not stressful, your thoughts about rosacea create a feeling of stress or depression or anxiety.
Thoughts create feelings, 100% of the time, no exceptions.
Nothing outside of you can make you feel stressed, only your own thoughts can.
What does that mean?
It means that you have way more control over stress than you think and that you don’t have to change your “outside” circumstances (or your skin) to feel better. The key to feeling calm, happy, beautiful is looking at the thoughts you entertain in your everyday life (or moment to moment) and understanding that thoughts create feelings.
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about stressors in the body such as hormonal imbalances, high cortisol levels, inflammation in the gut, or adrenal fatigue. Yes, these things need to be addressed to bring the body and skin back into balance.
What I’m pointing to here is that any and all inner states are created by our own (often unconscious) thinking.
Now, there’s a lot more to explore on this topic, so I feel free to visit my coaching website where you’ll find more on the topic of “state of mind”.
But I wanted to mention here in this list of natural solutions to heal rosacea because I hear from so many womxn in the journey to glow community that they feel stressed, depressed or discouraged because of their skin. And it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, because healing happens in a parasympathetic state so it’s important to know that stress is an inside-out created experience.
Frankly, this shift in mindset has the potential of completely changing your life and how you navigate your journey to glow.
If this topic is of interest to you, stay tuned. There’s a group coaching program coming in the near future for the journey to glow community and we will certainly explore this “inside-out understanding” and how it can free you from low feeling states so you can live your best life!
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We’ve covered a lot in this article on natural solutions & remedies for rosacea and I hope that you feel inspired to research some of the key points in more detail.
I want to wrap up by reminding you that if you’re not making progress on your journey to glow, getting expert help maybe your next step.
I hear from so many women in the community that “they’ve tried everything” and “nothing’s worked”. They feel stressed out, at a loss as to where to start yet not getting help!
I created this platform to share high-quality information and you have 60+ podcast episodes to help you find a solution to heal your skin naturally and holistically.
But, doing it alone will only take you so far.
Know that you are not alone on this journey. I’m here and the journey to glow community is here.
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