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    Default Tea Tree Oil

    Hello All,

    I am new to the forum but was glad when I found it because I have been reading posts here for about two months that have helped me to understand the large number of treatments that people use for rosacea.

    My rosacea consists of red cheeks spreading up towards the temples areas. Recently, I've noticed spider veins but have never had any p&p's as I've heard them called here before. I wanted to share my experience because I have actually found something effective for me - tea tree oil.

    Not confident enough to say it's a cure but my skin has not looked this healthy and not red in a very long time. I read about demodex mites and wanted to try a natural treatment. After just one day, there was noticeably less redness on my face. I kept up a routine of applying it once a day mixed about 1/2 and 1/2 with jojoba oil (an unbelievable moisturizer). The redness kept dimishing. I missed two days and the redness flared back up so I continued with the TTO mix and my skin got back to improving. I then realized my eyes were getting very irritated (my thought is the mites migrated to safe ground) so I scrubbed my eyelids (extremely carefully) with diluted TTO and that has helped my eyes now too. I'm up to three times a day after reading about the life cycle of the mites and like I said, my skin is still noticeable improving. I haven't seen a whole lot on TTO in this forum, has anyone else had any experience - good or bad. I know some complain b/c it can be pretty harsh. At first, diluted would kind of burn but now I can apply undiluted to my cheeks with no complaint, like I've built up a tolerance? Also, I would imagine TTO could be effective for p&p's since I've heard it's a great anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent.

    Glad to be here and hope this can give some food for thought to those who haven't tried TTO or addressing demodex mites as a possible cause.

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    I forgot to mention before but I have almost completely no physical discomfort anymore either in terms of the sensation of heat when flushed. Before, my face used to burn always when flushed and sometimes when not. Now, I hardly feel anything when my face does start to flush a little bit.

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    My opinion: if TTO is helping, you have not got rosacea, but something else.

    I reckon the overgrowth of some skin flora can aggravate the capillary system, and lead to rosacea-like symptoms such as flushing. So the TTO might be killing these, and hence leading to an alleviation of symptoms.

    For anyone who's rosacea is related to fragile skin, overuse of harsh products, damaged skin etc, TTO is a no-no.

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    Hmmm...interesting. My dermatologist who performed IPL on me told me it was rosacea. I guess it sounds like other problems can be misdiagnosed as rosacea. I must say though that looking at pics on the web, my condition looks like a mirror image of the erythematotelangiectatic subtype and eye irritations led me to believe that the ocular subtype was developing as well. If tea tree oil is really intolerable for rosacea, does anyone know of conditions that look similar in symptoms to rosacea that this could be?

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    I know of one lady on this forum who managed to use tea tree oil with success. It was part of her regime, which included supplements, diet etc.

    Personally, I don't know how she tolerated it 'neat', as even a 5% solution irritates my skin. I use it to spot treat minor outbreaks, but could never use it all over my face.
    The instructions on the bottle warn against undilated use on normal skin, so yet again, this makes one wonder how sensitive rosacea skin can tolerate such a substance.

    Having said that, there are always exceptions.

    That aside, I am always suspicious of miraculous remissions. Perhaps you are just lucky
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    Thanks for the feedback Mistica, I'm still finding success using TTO and I still think mites have been a main culprit for my redness. I've also recently made lots of lifestyle changes that could be adding to the success - omega supplements, b vits., drinking lots of water and changing to a healthier diet.

    It sounds like my treatment either goes against the logic of rosacea or I don't have rosacea and if the latter is true, it fooled my derm and has been fooling me too! Nevertheless spider veins are still a problem so that leads me to think rosacea is somehow involved in my condition. To anyone who can tolerate it or is just brave, I would suggest trying TTO to see what happens b/c honestly it has been the best treatment I have found for whatever it is I have.

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    In my opinion, rosacea is more of a collection of symptoms than a disease in itself. You have to correct the underlying condition (vitamin deficiency, vitamin overdose, food allergies/intolerance, mites, whatever) in order to reverse the symptoms (rosacea).

    For me personally, topical tea tree oil does nothing for the symptoms, which tells me mites aren't my problem. However, I get great results from taking oregano oil internally and avoiding internal triggers, which tells me my problem probably has to do with digestion and/or intestinal bacteria.

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    Hey- just wanted to put in my two cents.
    I used TTO too after reading another's posts- it seemed to help my P&P's but was just too harsh. I haven't tried diluting it further (I'd diluted a drop of it on a wet cotton ball, then squeezed and wet it again and apply). I think my skin is just too sensitive...not sure if it'd help ppl like me much

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    Default Tea Tree Oil- IPL

    I just ordered Pro Skin for Rosacea (contains tea tree oil)- Ingredients: Aqua, Almond Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Calendula Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Oil), Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Oil), Natural Vitamin E Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil, East Cape Manuka Oil, Organic Chamomile Oil.

    Currently using Carley's Natural Soap from internet, works great, 50 mg doxycyclene, finacea and metrogel. Was using a sulfur soap but my nostrils were so dry and sore. I will use the sulfur soap and proactiv mask which is sulfur on the p and p breakouts. I am 48 yrs old, female and get P and P's at times, after a breakout more blood vessels, suffer from heat, redness and sensitivity. I have had 2 IPL treatments and they did not erase the blood vessels although they said the setting was high and it felt pretty intense. Almost like shock treatment. Going back to dermatologist tomorrow. He had given me Doryx- $550 for the drug- I was provided w/ a coupon to reduce the prescription to $25. Whew! Not thrilled w/ the high ticket script. The Doxcyclene has helped to control the P and P's, but I don't want to stay on an antibiotic forever. My skin has looked great for about 2 weeks, but I always feel like it's the calm before the storm. Hate it!

    I am hoping this stuff helps and the hope the doctor can try V Beam if he has it for the broken blood vessels.

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    Default Tea Tree oil Damaged my skin

    I tried the Tea Tree oil method suggested, diluting it by 50% and had quite a bad reaction, even after washing it off in 15 minutes. My face has been red and developed bumps, p & p for 4 days. It's been a long time since i have had such a bad reaction to any topical. Glad it works for some. I have delicate skin. It might be safer to test a patch of skin before hand.

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