Although rosacea is one of the most common skin disorders worldwide, there is yet no curative treatment for this disorder. Conventional pharmaceutical ingredients have failed to provide an effective treatment for rosacea. However, a few natural ingredients have proven to be effective in the reduction of the manifestations and flairs of rosacea.
Willowbark extract has long been used in many skin disorders due to its well established anti-inflammatory effects. Willow bark extract has been shown to alleviate skin irritation and skin flushing in rosacea patients. Nowadays, willow bark extract is incorporated into many topical preparations which are prescribed to patients with rosacea. Occasionally, willow bark extracts, cucumber and green tea are prescribed for use as an anti-redness mask. Some studies have concluded that willow bark extracts are effective in reduction of the incidence and intensity of flushing in rosacea patients.
Sunflower oil is rich in polyunsaturated long chain fatty acids which have been proven to promote skin healing. Sunflower oil is nowadays one of the ingredients of some of the topical preparations used to treat the manifestations of rosacea.
Licorice root extracts are considered one of the most effective ingredients commonly included in many topical preparations for rosacea. Licorice is effective in alleviation of flushing which commonly occurs in rosacea. A recent study has shown that using topical preparations which include licorice root extracts for 4 to 8 weeks can lead to significant amelioration of flushing.
Topical use of green tea in patients with rosacea has been recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005. Many studies have shown that green tea is effective in reduction of skin inflammation in patients with rosacea. Green tea is quite effective in reduction of bumps (papules) and pustules.
Vitamin C is widely included in many topical preparations which have been used for years for the treatment of rosacea. Vitamin C is crucial for the healthiness of the blood vessels of the skin. Recent studies have proven that topical vitamin C promotes regeneration of the cells of the skin in patients with rosacea. Vitamin C increases the effectiveness of facial moisturizers. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which prevents oxidant induced skin injury. Other vitamins that have been proven to be effective when used topically in rosacea patients include vitamins B5, D3, A and E. These vitamins are powerful antioxidants and can markedly reduce the inflammatory process which is an essential component of the disease process of rosacea.