As many of you might already know, rosacea is something that I have struggled with for many years now. Living with rosacea caused confidence and identity issues and probably the most traumatic was my spiritual decline; when my skin was at its worst peak, it was red, irritated, flaky, and unpleasant to look at. It made me less ambitious, less creative, more prone to shut myself from social circles, and overall layered my life with a heavy blanket of insecurities.
Now as many of you might not know, I was able to cure my rosacea naturally and despite what you might see online, this is something that is absolutely possible. That's the point of this blog post; I want to share with you what worked for me.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a fairly common skin condition that causes redness, irritation, and pus-filled bumps on the skin very similar to acne. When left untreated, it tends to get worse over time.
Rosacea most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin and is sometimes mistaken for acne or other skin conditions.
What Causes Rosacea?
Rosacea is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that your own immune system is attacking your body. For me, the root cause of rosacea was caused by h pylori bacteria overgrowth in the gut.
Supplements I Used
There are a string of supplements that I personally used to combat my influx of bad gut bacteria and begin revitalizing and restoring my gut health. Keep in mind that everything listed here isn't a one size fits all; I am not a doctor and this is in no way medical advice. I'm simply sharing what tried and true methods worked for me.
Probiotics are essentially "good" bacteria. A lot of skin issues are caused by gut problems and if you have rosacea, you might notice related symptoms like bloating, constipation, odd bowel movements, etc. Surprisingly, the gut is related to the brain and affects mood more than people realize.
One of the probiotics I used was Bifido Powder (Bifidobacterium) which is a Y-shaped bacteria found in our intestines that play a huge role in digestion and \ gut health.
Tip: don't use the same probiotics all the time. Try to rotate, because the body does used to them and may lose their effectiveness over time. Do your research and see what works best for you.
Candidase is a brand of enzyme blend that works to support gut and microbiome health, breaks down yeast and promotes balance within the body. It contains high-potency cellulase and protease enzymes and is surprisingly effective against UTIs and yeast infections and battles the bacteria that was the culprit for my rosacea: h pylori.
NAC Dietary Supplements (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine)
NAC replenishes the body's antioxidants, specifically glutathione, which is essential for the immune system's proper functioning and is vital in building and repairing tissue. It acts as an important antioxidant, which helps protect your body from damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Antimicrobials serve one purpose: to stop the spread of micro-organisms within the body. This comes in handy when referring to the h pylori bacterium that were causing my rosacea; antimicrobials combat the spread of this micro-organism and slow down its negative effects.
I specifically used Oregon Grape which is rather effective against scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis), eczema (atopic dermatitis), stomach problems, and other skin conditions.
Fish Oil (Omegas)
Little known fact, omega-3s may moisturize the skin and fight red, dry, or itchy skin caused by skin disorders like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis or even rosacea. That's because omega-3s appear to improve skin barrier function, sealing in moisture and keeping out irritants.
Lifestyle Changes I Made
Curing my rosacea wasn't just about supplements. I chose to alter my current lifestyle to integrate healthy routines and techniques that would soothe my stress, allow my gut to relax and replenish, and fortify my mind and spirit. A few of the lifestyle changes I made included:
- Wim Hoff breathing
- quitting coffee and alcohol
Skincare That Helped My Rosacea
In addition to supplements and lifestyle changes, there were also a few skincare tactics I used to help battle my rosacea. Again, these are all anecdotal, meaning what works for me won't work for all, but they're worth giving a shot to see if your rosacea begins clearing up on its own:
- skipping washing my face in the morning
- over-hydrating rather than over-exfoliating
- exfoliating only once ever 3-4 weeks
- avoiding toxic/harmful skincare ingredients.
It's also important to mention that my own products, those by Gin Amber Beauty, are all toxic-free certified and gentle for those with skin affected by rosacea.
From those suffering from rosacea, 9 times out of 10, from what I've seen, there's something going on within the gut that's affecting gut health and ultimately perpetuating into the skin.
Doing your research is paramount and should be the first step towards battling your rosacea. Again, there's not one specific cause for rosacea and as we know it today, there's no definitive cure. However, understanding your own body and combining this with healthy supplements, probiotics, great lifestyle habits, and improved skincare regimens can have phenomenal results and even lessen the appearance of your rosacea or get rid of flare ups.
I'd also like to recommend the IG account, @jenniferfugo, who delivers data, studies, and client cases on how she heals rosacea, eczema, etc. with nutrition and gut health remedies.
If you'd like a more in-depth description of how I cured my rosacea, as well as the brands of which products I used, check out my YouTube video on the subject, where I went live and dished out all this information.
Thank you Amber Babies for tuning into yet another blog post! Feel free to leave comments and questions and don't forget to visit me on TikTok, YouTube, and as well as on IG, @ginamberx, where I go over remarkably effective skincare tips, trends, and topics!