Rosacea is a skin problem that usually begins with the tendency to readily blush. If this condition is not resolved early on, permanent redness in the center of the face will result. Then this will slowly spread to the nose, the forehead and the chin. It is sometimes called adult acne because it usually appears on those who are 30 years old and up.
It is however a more serious condition than acne because it is not just the outer layer of the skin that is affected, but the entire blood vessel network of the face. This condition can also appear in the neck, ears, scalp and back. An acute type of rosacea is Keratitis or infection and inflammation of the cornea where the blood vessels of the eyes are affected. This usually results in extreme eye pain, blurring of vision and high sensitivity to light.
The cause of rosacea had not really been pinpointed as yet. However, there are known triggers that can aggravate the symptoms. These triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, greasy foods and too much intake of chocolate. Environmental pollutants such as bacteria and chemical pollutants are also suspected of setting off the problem
Rosacea is usually treated by using medicines like Erytomycine, Accutane and Netronidazole. But these medications only treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes. The antibacterial lotions and tablets are just to treat the redness and spots. Stronger antibiotics are used if the condition worsens. If the case is serious, surgery is done to give the skin a better appearance. Medical practitioners admit that these treatments are not 100% effective. In fact, most of them will produce adverse side effects.
In this regard, oregano oil will be the wiser alternative for treating rosacea. It is an all natural product, being sourced from the wild oregano plant which was used effectively in the past for treating many illnesses including skin diseases. This oil has been the subject of scientific tests and experiments and has been proven to effectively kill many types of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
Dr. James Machino, director of RenaiSante Institure of Integrative Medicine in Toronto, Canada has successfully used oregano oil for treating his rosacea patients. He said: “This essential oil contains volatile oils which kills a large variety of microorganisms. It also seems to knock out the skin mite which has been associated with rosacea.” His patients have experienced an 80% to 90% improvement in their skin conditions.
In addition, oregano oil is able to treat rosacea because it contains considerable amounts of phytochemical, phenols and flavonoids. One of its main active agents is carvacrol, which comprises about 60% to 80% of its composition. There are scientists who have found that carvacrol is a very effective anti-inflammatory agent and can also be used as a powerful pain killer.
See Oil of Oregano Uses for details of other ailments that oregano oil can help with.