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The Only DIY Mask That Keeps my Rosacea Symptoms at Bay

For years, I thought the little red bumps on my face that never went away were caused by persistent adult acne. I tried zit creams, expensive cleansers, and even oral antibiotics to try and get rid of the ever-present rough-looking bumps on my face. It wasn’t until one dermatologist suggested I might have rosacea that I finally started to get some relief. 

Rosacea is an extremely common skin condition, with almost 10% of the population having it in some form. But only about half those cases are diagnosed by a dermatologist. One of the main causes of this under-diagnosis is a misconception that rosacea just means getting red in the face. Rosacea is actually a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, dry, sometimes flaky patches, and acne-like breakouts, often around your cheeks, nose, and chin. So even though it may look like acne, if acne treatments aren’t helping, you could very well be suffering from rosacea.

Because the universe has a twisted sense of humor, treatments for acne actually make rosacea WAY worse! Many acne treatments are drying which is the worst possible thing you can do to rosacea-prone skin. Drying your skin out will actually inflame it even more and cause further breakouts. So what’s a gal to do?

Get yourself a soothing, anti-inflammatory face mask to calm your skin and alleviate flare-ups!

I tried a handful of different DIY masks to try and help my rosacea and this recipe is the result of about a year of trial-and-error for what works for my skin. Everything in this mask is meant to battle the two key culprits that trigger rosacea flare-ups: inflammation and bacteria.

By the way, this mask isn’t just for those suffering from rosacea! This mask is an extremely soothing anti-inflammatory designed to balance, restore, and baby your skin, no matter what skin issues you may have.

About the Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is the miracle DIY ingredient for rosacea because it does wonders to restore your skin’s natural pH balance. When your skin’s pH is off-balance, flare-ups of skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis get triggered. Using a mask with ACV can restore your natural pH and prevent breakouts before they happen.

Plain Yogurt

So, it’s widely known that yogurt is amazing for your skin; it’s loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Not to mention it deeply moisturizes skin better than almost any other natural ingredient! But, I have an embarrassing confession: it took me forever to try yogurt in my DIY beauty routine because I incorrectly assumed that since I’m lactose intolerant and my tummy doesn’t agree with milk products, they would make my skin break out as well. Turns out, this isn’t true at all! Not only is it okay to put yogurt on your skin if you’re lactose intolerant, it’s super beneficial! The lactic acid helps dissolve dead, dry skin cells while the proteins help repair skin tissue. The more you know.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the ultimate anti-inflammatory, making it a MUST if you’re dealing with a skin condition like rosacea. Whether you’re in the midst of a breakout or you want to take preventative measures, there’s nothing better than oatmeal to calm skin and knock out redness and inflammation.

Honey

I love honey so much I wash my face with the stuff! Honey is an amazing natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, totally eliminating the pore-clogging bacteria that can cause the acne-like breakouts associated with rosacea. There’s a reason you see honey in almost all of our DIY face masks; no matter what type of skin issues you’re dealing with, honey is an incredible tool to repair and restore every skin type.

Botaneri “Level-Up” Tip

When doing any DIY face mask treatment, never EVER use hot water to rinse off. Hot water is extremely drying to skin and can undo all the good of the mask. Similarly, never wash a mask off with soap. Soap strips your skin of the beneficial oils and all the goodness you just put on your face. Warm water, pat dry, then end.

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The only DIY face mask that keeps my rosacea symptoms at bay

Because the universe has a twisted sense of humor, treatments for acne actually make rosacea WAY worse! Many acne treatments are drying which is the worst possible thing you can do to rosacea-prone skin. Drying your skin out will actually inflame it even more and cause further breakouts. So what’s a gal to do?

Get yourself a soothing, anti-inflammatory face mask to calm your skin and alleviate flare-ups!

I tried a handful of different DIY masks to try and help my rosacea and this recipe is the result of about a year of trial-and-error for what works for my skin. Everything in this mask is meant to battle the two key culprits that trigger rosacea flare-ups: inflammation and bacteria.

By the way, this mask isn’t just for those suffering from rosacea! This mask is an extremely soothing anti-inflammatory designed to balance, restore, and baby your skin, no matter what skin issues you may have.

Keyword Dry skin
Type Facial Mask
Level Beginner
Prep Time 3 minutes
Amount 1 mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Oatmeal
  • 3 tsp ACV
  • 2 tsp Plain yogurt greek is best
  • 1 tsp Raw organic honey

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients until combined. Brush evenly onto face; oatmeal tends to make this mask feel gloopy so don't worry if it’s not smooth. Sit with the mask on your face for about 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry and follow with a mild moisturizer.
  2. I like to do this mask at night because the ACV does smell a bit strong. Don’t be alarmed if you feel like you smell a bit like salad dressing, the calm, smooth, breakout-free skin is totally worth it!

About the author

As an only child who had to entertain herself a lot, Kelsey has always been a DIY fanatic! She grew up half beach bum in San Diego, CA, and half country bumpkin in Colorado Springs, CO. When she’s not researching natural DIY beauty and holistic wellness, you can see her pop up on TV once in a while on shows like ‘Modern Family’ and ‘New Girl’! Kelsey is a contributor to multiple editorial publications while also developing her original film and TV screenplays and writing a Young Adult novel.

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