Using essential oils for rosacea skin care can help control the redness and pimples of this skin condition. Most importantly, avoid any potentially skin-irritating oils.
Skin with rosacea is already sensitive, and some sources recommend using essential oil in a one percent or less dilution (that is, 1 drop of essential oil in 99 drops of carrier oil or 6 drops essential oil in 2 tablespoons carrier oil). But you can experiment, testing what works best for you without causing irritation.
Don't use alcohol or soap on skin affected by rosacea, and don't exfoliate.
Caution: Skin test both essential oils and carrier oils on a small area before using them on a large area to make sure they don't trigger an adverse reaction. Use only genuine, authentic essential oils, as low-quality oils are more likely to cause a bad reaction or be ineffective.
Because rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, look for essential oils that calm inflammation. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness recommends the following essential oils:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy recommends the following carrier oils for rosacea:
The book offers a two-stage treatment program, each of which uses different essential oils, that's too detailed to go into here (see pages 378–379).
Other essential oils for rosacea that might help include:
Combine ingredients in a two-ounce spray bottle:
Shake well. Lightly mist affected areas on your face several times a day, avoiding eyes and mouth.
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
You can also blend a similar oil-based version:
Blend the following ingredients in a glass container:
Use the lotion as desired. Store it in a tightly closed container.
Source: Base Formula
You can use this mask once a week.
Blend all ingredients. Apply mask to face and relax fo 10 to 20 minutes.
Source: Essential Oil Haven
If your skin is too sensitive for even highly diluted essential oils,
consider using aromatherapy hydrosols. Hydrosols are the by-product of
steam distilling plant materials to make essential oils. Hydrosols are
very gentle and can provide some relief.
Try one of these hydrosols: German chamomile, geranium, lavender, neroli (orange blossom), or rose. Simply splash the hydrosol on your face as a toner.