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6 Essential Oils That Can Help With Rosacea

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Looking for the best natural skin care ingredients for rosacea? Essential oils might just do the trick. These potent plant elixirs boast an array of skin care benefits, many of which can soothe symptoms of rosacea such as inflammation and redness.

Rosacea usually presents itself as “redness and visible blood vessels on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin with red bumps,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “It usually affects fair-skinned individuals between the ages of 30 and 50,” she adds. Additionally, it’s one of those skin conditions that “can’t be cured but can be treated” with proper care—aka, a targeted skin care routine and a touch of plant magic.

To up the ante on your rosacea skin care regimen, keep your eyes peeled for essential oils that help reduce puffiness, irritation and redness. Luckily, they aren’t hard to come by and are already featured in many skin care formulas.

Here’s a look at the best essential oils for rosacea and how to use them to improve the look of your skin.

How to Use Essential Oils for Rosacea

Although they have existed for hundreds of years, essential oils have only recently made it into the mainstream like never before. Thanks to natural skin care and a particular uptick in diffuser sales, these botanicals have made their way into our everyday arsenal. But, you don’t have to go full-fledged DIY to reap the benefits of essential oils for rosacea. In fact, many skin care formulas already contain essential oils, making it easier to incorporate them into your beauty routine.

In addition to purchasing products made with the best essential oils for rosacea, you can incorporate the actual oils into your regimen, too. Dr. Jaliman recommends adding a few drops to your favorite moisturizer to “thoroughly penetrate the skin.” Essential oils can also be added to a homemade face mask, or to a facial oil to double up on benefits.

Precautions to Consider

Just because an essential oil is natural doesn’t mean it won’t irritate your skin. “Some essential oils can be a bit stronger than others,” notes Dr. Jaliman. “You should always check which essential oil you should dilute,” she explains. You can dilute essential oils by mixing a few drops into a carrier oil such as almond, avocado, hemp, or coconut oil. “You can use many essential oils in conjunction with creams and moisturizers, [too],” adds Dr. Jaliman. As with any new product, test a small patch on your skin (preferably on the inside of your wrist to avoid irritation on your complexion) before slathering on a homemade concoction or store-bought product.

If you experience rosacea, Dr. Jaliman recommends booking an appointment with your dermatologist before diving into the world of essential oils to treat this condition. A professional can help you better determine the severity and come up with a game plan to alleviate symptoms.

The Best Essential Oils for Rosacea

If you want to incorporate essential oils into your rosacea-specific skin care regimen, consider the following botanicals found in your favorite skin care products.

  1. 1. Tea Tree
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    1. Tea Tree

    Tea tree is one of the more popular essential oils in skin care and is often a go-to for those with acne-prone skin. However, if you experience rosacea, the natural elixir might help ease some common symptoms. “Tea tree oil is great because it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It [also] helps soothe redness and inflammation,” notes Dr. Jaliman.

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  2. 2. Rosehip
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    2. Rosehip

    Rosacea-prone skin can often look and feel dry, which is why a moisturizing essential oil like rosehip can be key. “Rosehip oil not only has hydrating properties but it can also promote skin regeneration and can improve skin texture,” Dr. Jaliman explains.

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  3. 3. Rosemary
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    3. Rosemary

    Redness can be one of the most frustrating things about rosacea. Luckily, you can improve the look of it with the use of certain essential oils like rosemary, which “helps heal skin and reduce redness,” says Dr. Jaliman.

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  4. 4. Evening Primrose
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    4. Evening Primrose

    Evening Primrose is another essential oil with rosacea skin benefits, as it is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (a fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils). “This oil improves the health of skin [and] has anti-inflammatory properties,” notes Dr. Jaliman.

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  5. 5. Lavender
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    5. Lavender

    If we have a hard time sleeping, we often add a few drops of lavender to our diffuser. However, relaxation isn’t the only benefit of lavender essential oil. “Lavender is particularly good for people with redness due to rosacea and it helps brighten the skin,” says Dr. Jaliman. Additionally, it has “exceptional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties” and “soothes and nourishes the skin,” she notes.

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  6. 6. Cypress
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    6. Cypress

    Along with redness, puffiness is another common sign of rosacea, so choosing an essential oil that can help target this symptom can make a big difference. Dr. Jaliman says to give products with cypress a try as it “helps with redness and inflammation associated with rosacea.”

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Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.