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The Best Essential Oils for Rosacea

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The most popular essential oils used to treat the symptoms of rosacea are: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, and cedarwood. Studies have shown that these specific essential oils can significantly improve painful rosacea symptoms. What are the best essential oils available for rosacea?
 
Rosacea is a common skin disorder that some believe is passed down through the generations. It is not infectious, but the result is red patches that usually first appear on the face, causing a sunburn-like appearance. As the symptoms worsen, it produces small pustules on the face, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin areas. Men and women between the ages of 30 – 50 predominantly suffer from rosacea, and women are more likely to get rosacea more than men. Treating rosacea topically can provide instant relief, but essential oils can help as well.
 
This list features the best essential oils to help relieve the symptoms of rosacea. Vote up the best essential oils for rosacea below, or add any that have given you relief from rosacea symptoms but aren't already on the list!
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    Tea Tree

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    Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is useful for skin problems such as acne, pimples, and protection from radiation burns, and hair improvement for oil control, dandruff and stimulating the scalp. It has regenerative properties that reduce swelling as well. There are not many side effects associated with using tea tree oil, however, children under the age of 6 should use caution. It can also create contact sensitization with repeated use. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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    Sandalwood

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    Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album) works to balance both the emotions and the immune system. Possible side effects can include allergic reactions, and it is not recommended for pregnant women to use. May be applied topically or diffused.
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    Helichrysum (also known as "immortelle") is useful for reducing inflammation, headaches, acne, promoting the healing of wounds or burns, detoxing and boosting the immune system, reversing the signs of aging in the skin, and fighting fungal infections. There are no known side effects to using the essential oil, but taking it internally can be toxic. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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    Ylang Ylang

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    Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odourata) Can be either stimulating or calming, is useful for dealing with anger and stress, and by inhaling the aroma one can stimulate circulation and lower blood pressure. It can be applied topically (on the feet, neck, wrists, and back) or diffused.
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