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Turmeric For Rosacea


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Acne rosacea is commonly referred as rosacea alone and it is a pretty difficult condition to face, as it brings about flushing and redness in the facial area. Broken blood vessels, red blotches, dilated vessels, and flushing are all signs of rosacea, and as of the moment, it has no definite cure or cause. Many experts believe that diet and stress play vital roles in the development of this condition; however, it can also be caused by bacteria growth on the skin. Specific herbs, like turmeric, were proposed as a potential option for treatment of rosacea.


Rosacea as an inflammatory disorder of the blood vessels commonly affect adults over 30 years old, according to “The Complete Idiots Guide to Better Skin” written by Lucy Beale. In addition, it is more common to occur in people with Scandanavian and Celtic descent and it normally appears first on the face, but it can also develop on the ears, scalp, chest or neck. The initial sign of rosacea is usually frequent flushing. However, experts have not determined the exact cause for this particular kind of skin condition.


In the book, “Chill Out and Get Healthy” by Aimee Ellen Raupp, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used the herb turmeric for so many years in the treatment of inflammatory conditions like rosacea. The herb aids both in the stimulation of the body’s circulation and in the reduction of inflammation and swelling, which normally shows more on the face than on the other parts of the body. Aside from that, Raupp states that turmeric also aids to wound healing and liver detoxification, both of which are sometimes connected with skin disorders like rosacea.


In its powder form, turmeric can be combined with water in order to make a paste which is often placed on the skin in order to alleviate the symptoms of rosacea. The editors of the magazine “Alternative Medicine” in the book called “Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide”, recommended that mixing half a teaspoon of turmeric with the same amount of sandalwood and water that create a paste, and applying it to the affected area can do the trick. Aside from that, you can also drink teas which contain turmeric for detoxification, according to Pratima Raichur, author of “Absolute Beauty”, and an Ayurvedic enthusiast. Including the herb in one’s meals can also provide the skin with many benefits.


As of this time, rosacea still does not have any definite treatment. Although turmeric can help in the symptoms of inflammation which is often brought about by rosacea, the use of the herb does not promise any type of permanent treatment. If you suspect that you have rosacea, go to a dermatologist immediately so that proper diagnosis would be made. A series of tests and evaluation of symptoms will be done in order to determine if what you have is rosacea or if it is another condition of the skin which has a known cure. If indeed you have rosacea, you may be given a prescription medication in order to prevent it from getting worse.

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