Rosacea is a problem with the skin. It causes flushing and redness of the face. It can also cause a rash and sores that look like acne.

There is no cure. It can be managed with skin care and medicine. Some people may need surgery. Natural therapies have been used to help with flare ups. They should not be used in place of standard care.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

These therapies may ease symptoms:

  • Chrysanthellum indicum is a form of chamomile.A6
  • Honey A1
  • Nature-based sensitive skin regimen A3
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that can be taken as a supplement.A2
  • Polyphenols are micronutrients from plant-based foods.A4

Not Enough Data to Assess

  • Silymarin and methylsulfonilmethane A5

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.


A1. A. Herbs and Supplements A1. Braithwaite I, Hunt A, et al. Randomised controlled trial of topical kanuka honey for the treatment of rosacea. BMJ Open. 2015;5(6):e007651.

A2. Bhargava R, Chandra M, et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Rosacea Patients with Dry Eye Symptoms. Curr Eye Res. 2016;41(10):1274-1280.

A3. Draelos ZD, Levy SB, et al. Evaluation of the Performance of a Nature-Based Sensitive Skin Regimen in Subjects With Clinically Diagnosed Sensitive Skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Aug 1;17(8):908-913.

A4. Saric S, Clark AK, et al. The Role of Polyphenols in Rosacea Treatment: A Systematic Review. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Dec;23(12):920-929.

A5. Berardesca E, Cameli N, et al. Combined effects of silymarin and methylsulfonylmethane in the management of rosacea: clinical and instrumental evaluation. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2008 Mar;7(1):8-14.

A6. Rigopoulos D, Kalogeromitros D, et al. Randomized placebo-controlled trial of a flavonoid-rich plant extract-based cream in the treatment of rosacea. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2005 Sep;19(5):564-568.

Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 6/16/2020

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