Coconut Oil Rosacea

In addition to using coconut oil to moisturize your hair, cook healthy meals, and create handmade candles, one can also create a coconut oil rosacea treatment out of the versatile oil.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that often presents after the age of 30. Although the condition can affect all genders, it is most commonly seen in women. Currently, there is no cure for rosacea; however, it is treatable and the condition can be managed well.

A person inflicted with rosacea typically experiences flare-ups that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before disappearing for a time. While the condition is almost always restricted to a person's face, it can spread to the neck, back, and chest.

Rosacea doesn't just affect a person's health. According to the National Rosacea Society (NRS), an astounding 90 percent of survey participants reported low self-esteem due to the condition with another 41 percent admitting their rosacea outbreaks led them to avoid going out in public.

What causes rosacea?

Although heredity and environmental factors can be attributed to rosacea, there is not always a known cause for the condition. The NRS found a connection to inflammation that began via a combination of neurovascular dysregulation and the innate immune system. A few triggers that may elicit a rosacea outbreak include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Exposure to wind
  • Extreme heat
  • Extreme cold
  • Spicy foods
  • Exercise
  • Certain makeup products

Avoiding the above triggers and incorporating a coconut oil rosacea treatment is the best way to manage the condition.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Since rosacea is sometimes mistaken for a bad case of acne, it is a good idea to review the symptoms.

  • Redness that won't go away. If your skin looks like you have a case of sunburn, or that you are blushing, you may have rosacea.
  • Swollen blood vessels. Blood vessels on the nose and cheeks that swell and become visible to the naked eye.
  • Skin is hot to the touch. When you put your hand on the affected areas, they will feel hot to the touch.
  • Pimples develop on the skin. Rosacea may present as pimples that sometimes contain pus. Typically, this symptom is seen along with some of the other symptoms, which will help you differentiate the condition from acne.
  • Eye issues. A series of eye issues can indicate rosacea. The eyes may feel itchy and dry, appear bloodshot, or experience swelling. The eyelids may also look red, like a sunburn.
  • Skin thickening. The nose in particular has a tendency to develop thicker skin with rosacea due to the excess tissue the condition produces.

How does coconut oil treat rosacea?

Coconut oil is an excellent natural remedy for a variety of skin conditions for many reasons. It contains Vitamin E that heals and soothes inflamed skin and a host of antioxidants to repair damaged skin. It's even a disinfectant, which is perfect for rosacea sufferers who can't used toners to clean their skin. In fact, regular use of the oil can eliminate everything from bacteria and fungi to protozoa and other organisms. The oil is odorless and mild, so it won't irritate the skin like soap. Because the lauric acid in coconut oil is also found in a mother’s milk, it is easily absorbed by the skin, where it will begin working to fight off any infections it comes across, including those found in the pus-filled pimples common to rosacea.

A few additional ingredients found in coconut oil that help rosacea patients are feluric acid and caprylic acid. The feluric acid not only moisturizes skin and reduces redness, but it also softens the skin that has been thickened because of the rosacea. Caprylic acid works to nourish sensitive skin and it has the added benefit of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

How and when do you apply the coconut oil?

Pick up a container of high-quality virgin coconut oil. This product is available in a liquid, but you can also get it in a bottle that actually hardens during the winter months. If you have the latter form, simply melt the coconut oil in the microwave to return it back to a liquid state. Each morning after you gently wash your face, rub some of the liquid coconut oil over your face and anywhere else you are experiencing rosacea using a circular motion. You'll be surprised to discover the oil doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Before going to bed at night, you'll want to combine the coconut oil with an essential oil. Tea tree oil is excellent as it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Use two drops of tea tree oil for every tablespoon of coconut oil. Leave the mixture on the skin overnight and wash off in the morning. Another option is to create a night time mask by combining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and 2 teaspoons of oat flour. This mask soothes inflamed skin. Simply apply the mask before bed, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse clean.

How do you store coconut oil?

You won't need to do anything special with your coconut oil once you purchase it. This healing oil can be stored on a pantry shelf, in a kitchen cabinet, or on a nightstand by your bed. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the oil should be replaced after a period of two years.

What can you do in conjunction with the coconut oil?

There are several things in addition to avoiding the aforementioned triggers that one can do in conjunction with the coconut oil rosacea treatment to keep the condition at bay. For starters, switching from a chemical-based makeup regimen to one that contains only natural ingredients will reduce the chances of skin irritation. Next, rosacea suffers can apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wear a hat during the spring months. Wearing a hat and scarf on cold, windy days will also protect the skin on the face. Finally, it's essential that you don't rub or touch your face, other than when you're cleansing it with a non-soap cleanser and applying moisturizer.