Use These Essential oils for Rosacea Treatment (With Tips & Recipes)

Essential oils for Rosacea

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Rosacea Treatment?

When blushing goes beyond the normal light redness, Rosacea is in play. Rosacea is a skin condition (occurring as severe redness) that may require you put on heavy layers of makeup before going out. It happens primarily on the facial skin, but in some cases, on the neck, scalp or ears. With time, the redness can become bolder, and more persistent. If left untreated, it worsens, causing pimples and bump, and in severe cases may cause bumpy nose due to excess tissue formation.

Symptoms and Causes Of Rosacea

Rosacea occurs more in women (especially those with fairer skins who flush or blush easily). However, men are not exempted as studies have revealed they show more intense symptoms. The symptoms of rosacea vary from an individual to another, but there are usually primary signs that occur in every of its victims.

Primary Signs include Flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples, and visible blood vessels. Other potential signs include eye irritation, burning or stinging, dry appearance, skin thickening, plaques, and facial swelling.

Rosacea is triggered by sun damage, a problem with body skin vessels, side effects/allergies, or genetic factors.

The Subtypes of Rosacea

According to the symptoms, Rosacea is divided into four subtypes:

  • Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea), characterized by flushing and persistent redness, and may also include visible blood vessels.
  • Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea), characterized by persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples.
  • Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea), characterized by skin thickening, often resulting in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue.
  • Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea), characterized by ocular manifestations such as dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and potential vision loss from corneal damage.

Treatment of Rosacea

There is currently no known cure for rosacea. However, there are oral and topical medications that treat the symptoms and reduce the redness. Without having to use cosmetics like green makeup or green-tinted foundations, you can use essential oils to tackle rosacea and avert future breakouts. Essential Oils don’t just address the symptoms; they help alleviate underlying causes of rosacea like stress, gut inflammations and allergies with no side effects. I wrote this article to address how to get rid of rosacea naturally using essential oils and other natural remedies.

The Essential Oils for Rosacea Treatment I Recommend

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil, gotten from the flowers of Lavandula officinalis through steam distillation, is used all over the world for treating various health conditions. Dermatologists consider it one of the best natural remedies for rosacea. Aside providing relief to rosacea, it works well on acne too. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help provide relief to the pain and inflamed skin. Other properties of Lavender oil include antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral, making it useful for treating other skin conditions like wrinkles, psoriasis, and toenail fungus.

Usage: You can use Lavender Oil alone or add it to your body lotion. Blend Lavender with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil before applying topically on the affected area. Use daily until the inflammation subsides and continuously to prevent future breakouts.

Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil has an alluring rose aroma that soothes the nerves and provides relief from stress (a cause of rosacea). It has been in use as far back as ancient Egyptian times for getting a youthful looking and glowing skin. It is a strong antioxidant, astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent. These properties help strengthen weak capillaries in the skin or pores and reduce the chances of infection during flare-ups.

Borage Oil

Extracted from the seeds of Borago officinalis, Borago oil is an effective emollient that will make your skin healthy. Borage essential oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body doesn’t produce naturally. It acts as a natural supplement, and as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent to prevent reddening of the skin.

German Chamomile Oil

Steam distillation of the flowers of Chamomile plant produces the oil. It has chamazulene as its primary component, reputed for its ability to disperse heat off the body and reduce inflammation. Chamomile Oil doesn’t only calm the skin, it boosts the development of skin cells, and repairs damaged skin. It also helps to soothe the nerves and relieve stress.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil is one with powerful healing properties and remains the first choice of many people in treating skin conditions. Together with an alluring aroma, Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Before the skin inflammation flare-ups exacerbate, it will help provide relief and reduce the chances of future occurrences. It is also antimicrobial and kills off Demodex, a set of tiny mites that occur naturally on facial skin. Studies have shown that people with rosacea have more Demodex and this causes inflammations and flare-ups.

Usage: Due to the potency of Tea Tree Oil, I would advise you dilute with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil before topical usage. Rub the oil on your face in a circular motion to get relief from rosacea.

Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum Oil is another powerful natural treatment for Rosacea to try. It has excellent antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that handle two major causes of Rosacea inflammation – the microscopic Demodex mite and the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori. It is rich in diketones, an element that promotes the growth of new skin tissues and heals broken/damaged skin. Helichrysum Oil is gentle on the skin and good for rashes, especially when blended with German Chamomile Oil and Neroli Oil.

Neroli Oil

You can either you use neroli oil alone or blend with other essential oils. Either way, you will enjoy profound relief from rosacea pain and inflammation. It is a citrus-based oil with aromatic properties that work for depression and aphrodisiac. Its major function is to balance sebum production (the oil produced by the sebaceous glands) to ensure your skin isn’t too oily nor dried out. Aside from being an effective remedy for rosacea, it contributes to generating new skin cells and tissues and also clear your head on cold winter days.

Oregano Oil

This tasty and fragrant oil is more than just a staple element in your kitchen. It has medicinal properties that work excellently for skin care, especially for zits, acne, and for rosacea. It will help you get a clearer skin and promote regeneration of new skin cells.

Usage: Use Oregano oil for rosacea by applying topically on your face. It is important that you dilute it with your preferred carrier oil before dabbing on your face.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil fortifies your skin against rosacea and other skin conditions with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It heals and strengthens the skin, reduces inflammation, swelling and scarring. It goes deep into the skin, helps to trigger skin regeneration and improve blood circulation. Its antibacterial properties help to kill the bacteria that cause flare-ups.

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot Oil is a citrus-based oil that helps to revitalize the skin, giving it a younger and fresher look. Many use it as an essential oil for wrinkles, but it is also excellent for rosacea and acne breakouts. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will restore calm to your skin and prevent future breakouts.

Usage: You can use Bergamot Oil alone or blend with other essential Oils. Before topical use, dilute with coconut, jojoba or olive oil. Also, it is preferable you use in the night because the oil is photosensitive and can cause skin irritation if you go under the sun.

Rosehip Oil

This oil works similarly with Borage oil due to the presence of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Many use rosehip oil for rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It also helps regulate sebum production. Rosehip works as an essential oil for redness on the face and acne.

Jojoba Oil

A wax ester extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant; the oil is popular both as an herbal supplement and as a component of skin care products. It has emollient properties that work well for rosacea. When used together with other essential oils, it prevents skin irritation and alleviates inflammation.

How to Apply These Essential Oils to get Rosacea Relief?


Having your body massaged with essential oils can relieve tension, soothe your skin and improve overall wellbeing. Dilute 6-12 drops of the essential oil with 1 ounce of carrier before use.

Use with moisturizer/body lotion

You can add essential oils to your body lotion or moisturizer and rub on your skin, especially after a shower.


You can put 1-2 drops of essential oil on a cotton swab and inhale directly.

Essential Oil Recipes for Rosacea

Recipe 1

  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 2-teaspoonful Rosehip seed oil
  • 1 teaspoonful Lavender hydrosol
  • 1 teaspoonful German chamomile hydrosol
  • 3 drops of Lavender oil
  • 2 drops of German Chamomile Oil
  • 1 drop of Vetiver

In a bowl, mix aloe vera, hydrosol, and rosehip oil, then add the essential oils. Shake well and pour into a glass bottle. Store the blend in a cool and dark place. Massage the blend onto your face at least twice daily.

Recipe 2

  • 3 drops of German Chamomile oil
  • 1 drop of Lavender oil
  • 2 drops of Helichrysum oil
  • 1 teaspoonful of carrier oil (jojoba, tamanu oil)

Mix the ingredients together and store in a glass bottle, away in a dark place.

Recipe 3 – Cooling blend

  • 5 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 8 drops of Oregano Oil
  • 1 ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 ounce of Aloe Vera gel

Mix the aloe vera gel and ACV before adding the essential oils. Store the blend in a spray bottle. Shake well before use, spray on your face and avoid your eyes.

Other Natural Treatments for Rosacea

Besides using essential oils, the following treatments can promote faster healing and help you manage Rosacea breakouts.

1. Healthy Diets. Your skin is ultimately an indication of your overall health condition. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between skin conditions and gastrointestinal tract disorders. Therefore, inflammations such as rosacea may be a sign that there is an inflammation in your guts. Some foods can help prevent such inflammations and get rid of bad bacteria.

The best foods for rosacea are:

  • Organic vegetables and fruits
  • High-quality proteins
  • Anti-inflammatory foods and herbs, including garlic, turmeric, ginger, onions, cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage), tomatoes and carrots

You should avoid the following:

  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Sugar and processed foods
  • Conventional Dairy Products
  • Fried foods, hydrogenated oils, Trans fats.

2. Use Sunscreens. Sun is one of the culprits of Rosacea. Using a sunscreen with your skin care procedure can help protect you against flare-ups. You may want to be wary of the sunscreen you use—they can sometimes cause skin irritations (on sensitive areas of the skin) and worsen the breakout.

3. The topical application of honey, apple cider vinegar or Aloe Vera gel on the face can help provide substantial relief to Rosacea. Also, Castor Oil is the best facial oil for rosacea.

4. Green Tea: This is another rosacea home treatment you could try. It has strong antioxidants that help prevent inflammations. Its photoprotective attributes will reduce your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

5. Vitamin D: Vitamin D normalizes the effects of antimicrobial peptide (excessive levels can trigger rosacea). Although the sun remains the best source of vitamin D, many Rosacea patients are sensitive to the sun, necessitating the need for a suitable alternative. Cod liver oil and vitamin D3 can be a suitable alternative. You only need to fulfill the 3000IU daily vitamin D requirement.

Final Note

Rosacea can disrupt normal lifestyle, and you should manage it before it aggravates. The suggested essential oils and natural remedies will provide significant relief to Rosacea and avert future breakouts. Please share your experiences in the comments below

About the author

    Sally Wong

    Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

    Lara Kaye - May 11, 2018

    Hi Sally, Thanks so much for this post, I found it very informative. I am struggling with ocular rosacea and I am not sure which recipe or mix of essential oils I could use on my lower eye lids. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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