How I Cured Rosacea – 6 Steps

Rosacea Cure

When my dermatologist confirmed that I had rosacea, over 2 years ago, I already knew my fate.  As she continued on about the topical and pill medicine she’d be prescribing me to help manage the symptoms, I couldn’t help but feel the heat in my cheeks get worse as a lump in my throat formed.   Uncurable.  Just such a horrible thing to hear, ever.

So I returned home and tried the pills and creams.  After awhile of seeing no relief and worrying incessantly about the chemicals going into my body, I tossed the prescriptions and began scouring the internet for any signs of hope.  And so I began trying every single remedy under the sun, from raw honey on my face (to preperhation H, haha), to drinking apple cider vinegar, to even buying le mer face lotion! It took a few more months before I found a combination of approaches that worked for me. But I never once dreamed of curing it, only ever hoping to manage my rosacea.

And while my symptoms had definitely lessened after a few months on this path, one glass of wine or hot yoga class could put me right back to my worst.  A few more months passed, and I can remember staring in the mirror and thinking that I hadn’t noticed any rosacea in a few days. Then it was a few weeks. And then a few months.  And now it’s been a year, and not one time has my rosacea came back. Seriously.


So here’s what I did, in what I consider order of importance.  However, I truly believe it was a combination of all 6 steps that finally got me Rosacea-free for good.


Real talk.  Your face is a window to your gut.  If you’ve got digestive issues, chances are you’ll see it on your cheeks (not those cheeks).  I know it’s the last thing you want to hear.. and believe me a restricted diet is hard, it nearly feels impossible, but when you’ve hit rosacea rock bottom, you’ll just about try anything.  And that’s where I found myself when I started a gentle 2 month diet consisting of basically only boiled foods:

YES:  Breakfasts of oatmeal with bananas cooked right in there, lunch of baked sweet potatoes, dinner would be some crockpot stew of chicken, rice, veggies and bone broth.

NO: alcohol (ugh), coffee (ugh), dairy, gluten, raw veggies and fruit (especially hard to digest ones like kale!), processed foods, and nothing spicy or too ‘saucy’.

It’s also important to start taking a good probiotic.  I love the brand Garden of Life.  And putting fresh grated ginger and turmeric in my morning tea to help with inflammation.  I also found relief taking a digestive enzyme before eating trigger foods helped diminish some of the symptoms.

Lastly, you need to keep a food journal.  It’s vital to figuring out your individual trigger foods.  I learned that I couldn’t eat eggs without a reaction (or wine, chocolate, and coffee for that matter). Keep a journal of what you eat, when your face reacts, and your bowel movements (what, I prefaced this whole point with ‘real talk’).  Eliminate any trigger foods immediately. Read my Rosacea Diet post HERE 



About 6 months into the worst of my rosacea, I discovered LED facials.  Following a very gentle facial cleanse and massage, the tech places this mask over your face.  Green light pulsates into your skin, effectively calming it.  I am lucky enough to live nearby a spa (Privileged of Beverly Hills) that was running a special for 3 LED facials for $100, so I was able to schedule one every month for nearly a year.  I generally noticed the results within a day or two and felt their effects last for weeks.  Now that my rosacea has subsided, I still get an LED maintenance facial now 2-3 times per year.   On amazon, I have seen LED facial at home light kits.  I’ve never tried using one, but I imagine them to be much less powerful than the salon version.  However, you can use it daily, so maybe the benefits even out.   If you have given the at home light a try, please let me know in the comments!


If you’re putting fragrance and chemicals on your face, exfoliants, peels, acids… whatever…, your face will react.  Rosacea skin is uber sensitive and so dry, but most of all it’s irritated.  We need a face care regiment that’s going to heal, not worsen the problem.  From countless hours and hours pouring through blog posts just like this one, I finally decided to go with Paula’s Choice overnight cream and day lotion.  The line I swear by is specifically designed for dry rosacea or acne affected skin.  It is gentle, soothing and effective.  And seriously, I didn’t get any product from them, I really just feel indebted to the brand for helping me out seriously horrible skin. Another brand I like is Cerave.  It’s hypoallergenic and light on the skin. Both Paula’s Choice & Cera Ve add sunscreen to their day creams, which is essential for rosacea sufferers.  The sun is seriously not your friend.


For face cleanser, I just use Trader Joe’s cleansing oil.  It’s cheap and gentle with no added bullshit.   But at the height of my woes, I wasn’t wearing much makeup to take off at night anyways. Speaking of makeup…



I know you know that thick chemical laden foundations clog pores.  But I also know the feeling that you have to cake on the foundation to even feel comfortable leaving your house.  It’s a vicious cycle.

What I found that worked for me is bb creams specifically formulated to fight acne.  The salicylic acid in the acne-fighting is just enough to help keep irritation down, so your ‘foundation’ will actually be working for you all day instead of working against you.   Doesn’t quite matter which brand you use, but I found success with Maybelline dream BB Pure.  I did experiment with Clinques entire line of anti-rosacea lotion and makeup, but I didn’t notice any difference in my skin (good or bad), so I can’t personally recommend it.


At the first sign of stress, red hot bumps would stretch across my cheeks, burning.  I noticed this especially when I felt anxious to meet a deadline, but also when I was expending all my energy in high-intensity workout classes.  I (grudgingly) switched from cycling, HIIT and crossfit to gentle yoga, stretching, pilates and hiking. I learned to eat mindfully, to take deep breaths, and to finally log more than 6 measly hours each night.



It didn’t take me too long to figure out that sun exposure brought out the very worst in my Rosacea.  What did take a little longer was putting two and two together that my tea was firing up my cheeks from the hot steam.  Try to avoid sun, saunas, steam rooms, extreme heats and even too hot (and too spicy!) foods.





Here’s one of the only before photos I have – I never kept any photos when I was at my worse, but after a comment on this post, I decided to dig through a friends album to pull one up.  This is me, with SO much makeup on trying to cover it, and obviously not having much luck.  My nose is also really swollen at the tip here from the outbreak, which seemed to happen all the time.

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  1. Sorry about your condition, I’ve never heard of rosacea before, how do you get it and I assume that it hurt as it doesn’t like the sun

    • chelseagilson Says: November 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      It’s got a genetic link and certain nationalities are more susceptible to it than others. It never hurt, but would feel very warm and a very slight burning sensation.

      • You were ver Lucky.
        My rosacea sometimes itches a lot.
        Mostly when it affects my eyes in an outbreak.
        Thank for sharing your experience.
        I’m gonna try your way.

  2. Hi, thank you very much for sharing your story! Are you able now to eat raw food again? All the best for you,
    Greetings Susanne

  3. Susanne Marti Says: October 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Hi, thank you very much for your information about rosacea! What products from Paula Choice do you use? Thank you in advance for your time,

    best regards


  4. Yet, there is no picture of you before and after. I haven’t seen you without make-up, though you claim you have cured your rosacea. I think that, if this was the case, you would have been confident enough to show us a video without make-up on.

    • chelseagilson Says: February 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Andreea, I never kept any photos when my rosacea was at its worse, as I was way too embarrassed about the condition. In this video, I’ve only got light makeup on because it’s under bright lighting, but definitely no heavy cover up, just some mascara, lip gloss and eyebrow pencil! I’m sure I could dig through friend’s albums and find some really bad photos of my rosacea easily, but I always tried desperately to cover it with pounds of makeup and I was incredibly camera shy. My post isn’t sponsored by anyone and I make no money off the content, just trying to share my story in the hopes it could help someone else. I was really depressed and felt hopeless, it’s blog posts like mine that helped me get through it and not feel so alone.

  5. You were ver Lucky.
    Me rosacea sometimes itches a los.
    Mostly when it affects me eyes in an outbreak.
    Thank for sharing tour experience.
    I’m gonna try your way.

  6. You were ver Lucky.
    My rosacea sometimes itches a lot.
    Mostly when it affects my eyes in an outbreak.
    Thank for sharing your experience.
    I’m gonna try your way.

    • chelseagilson Says: February 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Itching is the worst, so sorry to hear that! Let me know how your journey goes or if you find any remedy that gives you relief!

  7. chelseagilson Says: February 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Okay, I found a rosacea photo. It’s not the worst at all, but you can definitely see the red behind my makeup!

  8. Thank you for your article. I have rosacea for one year and a half now and i look like you on your picture. My nose and cheeks are burning and i am on antibiotics for the bumps. I have to say that it has lead me to depression and it ruin my life quality a lot. Your article gives me hope and i had lost it. Thank you!

    • chelseagilson Says: February 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Hang in there and be patient, I have faith it will clear up for you too. But as hard as it is, don’t let your skin define you – let your personality shine always. And of course, know that you’re never alone! xo

  9. Tina Kjørvel Says: February 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Chelsea
    Thank you very much for your article!
    Your video on YouTube got my attention :).
    I have lived with Rosacea for almost 7 years now. It all started with many years of stress at work. Even thoug I am in my 4th year in a new job without stress, the Rosacea is still there. I noticed though, some improvements of my Rosacea, when getting Reflexology once a month.
    I have planned to follow your 2 months diet and I believe it will do some wonders. No matter what, I think it will do me good. Maybe it will heal some of my other small problems as well 🙂
    One question; Did you boil your drinking water?
    Or does the cooking only concern the food and not the drinking?
    Regarding the other steps you are mentioning, I already follow, more and less, but need to be more careful. Regarding the LED, I think the reflexology is a good replacement for me as it already works fine.
    I am eager to start the diet to see if I finally can be cured.
    Best regards Tina from Denmark

    • chelseagilson Says: February 20, 2018 at 3:16 am

      Hi Tina!
      I only drink alkaline water, it’s a pain, but I have these big jugs I fill up at a water store near my house. I use the water for drinking and cooking because the sink water in Los Angeles is very poor. I drink herbal teas all day long and room temperature water, which has always seemed to help me. Reflexology sounds interesting, I will check it out! Please keep in touch, I’d love to hear about your journey!! all the best, Chelsea

      • Tina Kjørvel Says: March 31, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        Hi Chelsea 🙂

        Thank you for your reply.
        The zink water is really good in Denmark, so instead of alkaline water ( I found out it is really hard to get here) I will stick to this without boiling.

        Just to let you know my journey begins tomorrow!
        I will keep you updated.

        It would be interesting to hear if some of the others have tried or are about to start the same diet as well 🙂

        Br Tina

  10. LindseyC Says: March 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Chelsea!

    Thank you so much for posting this article. I’ve had type 2 rosacea for about 2.5 years now … horrible/painful acne on my cheeks (and now my forehead) along with severe redness. Can’t take the constant staring anymore just going to the grocery store lol.

    Ive been to 2 dermatologists (prescribing me mite cream, steroid cream, and by mouth antibiotics) all of which didn’t work. I recently went to an acupuncturist (who told me to eat LOTS and LOTS of kale lol). I went on a diet he prescribed for 7 weeks (gluten, dairy, refined sugar-free, acid-reflux friendly with no nuts or beans. Had to only eat foods beneficial or neutral for my blood type (couldn’t eat things like cauliflower, avocado, mango, bananas or coconut). He told me to STAY AWAY from cooked foods because they cause more heat in my stomach. Suggested i stay away from meat and eggs as much as I could and only eat things that were cooling. high leafy greens, low grains) Saw little to no results. Still had a ton of bumps and a lot of redness.
    Over the years, i’ve tried: not wearing makeup, using things like eczema cream, face masks, rosacea oil blends, vaseline, seabuckthorn cream, thick moisturizers, Prosacea, drinking aloe vera & guava juice … the works. All things that people call “miracle products” *eye roll*

    I’m going to buy the LED facial on Amazon you suggested … i’m at my wits end (my wedding is in 7 months). i’m trying to explore ALL avenues to tame these flare ups! Maintaining a simple easy-to-digest diet right now.

    Can you go into a little more depth of your diet? Did you thoroughly cook everything then let it cool before eating? Did you cook all fruits and veggies before eating? What foods did you avoid the most? What did you eat mostly? Did you ever go to restaurants?


    • Hey Lindsey! Congrats on getting married!!!

      What the acupuncturist said for you actually makes sense – I have to create fire/heat in my stomach because I am always freezing cold and have really poor circulation. Perhaps you have great circulation and are an Ayurvedic type that benefits from cooling foods? I’d take the Ayurvedic type test if I was you and see if the diet suggested alleviates your Rosacea.

      Regardless, here’s my diet and what I think really helped:
      Breakfast: Probiotic & Digestive Enzymes on an empty stomach. GF slow cooked oats with banana, cinnamon & a sometimes a bit of honey. Eaten warm, not ‘hot’, herbal skin detox teas (Yogi Brand), cup of tea with Chinese herbs from my Eastern Medicine Doc. And I usually had a shot of apple cider vinegar diluted in warm water with stevia & cinnamon too in the AM.
      Lunch & Dinner: Soups & Stews. A lot of bone broth, slow cooked veggies, and a ton of sweet potatoes, squash and regular potatoes. Heavy on the garlic & herbs. Not much rice but some complex carbs like quinoa. And loads of lentils. I love fats, but my body doesn’t digest them well, so I just stuck to drizzles of coconut or olive oil and occasionally homemade sprouted nut butters. I basically ate out of my crockpot every day.
      Snacks: I loved eating Purely Elizabeth granola and it didn’t seem to bother me, so I went through bags of that quite frequently. And when I was in a pinch I’d grab a lactose-free Kind bar or banana with peanut butter. I also ate a lot of cooked veggies with hummus, preferably sprouted. I drank tea throughout the day and no coffee or alcohol. I also usually bought an unsweetened matcha latte at some point with almond milk.

      Eating out sucked. When I did, I’d always order fish and cooked veggies, which I looooove but hate to cook. Or I’d get some kind of grain + greens + protein bowl/plate. If I went out for breakfast, I’d usually get oatmeal or maybe chia seed pudding if they had it.

      Good luck girl! and congrats again xo

  11. Steve Hale Says: March 13, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Hi Chelsea, firstly excellent work on curing your rosacea. I think it was really brave of you to take the steps you did and just take a leap of faith. And now I’m following. I think rosacea is a symptom of your gut and more than likely Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Some articles I’ve read reckon 50% of rosacea sufferers have it. I’ve been to a naturopath and I’m on a low FODMAP diet which has had some results, turns out dairy is a bad one so my rosacea base line is now pretty good, but I still have it and my IBS. Like the last person who left a comment I would love to know detail about your diet. You’ve said that your cure was a mixture of the 6 steps but I bet my bottom dollar that it was diet that was the main thing.

    Thanks and thanks again for your article.


    • chelseagilson Says: March 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Hey Steve, I couldn’t agree more – I believe our face is just a window into our gut/internal health!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  12. Chelsea! Your video (and this post) are awesome. It’s interesing how the more research you do trying to figure out how to fix rosacea, the more you realize there’s something wrong going on inside vs just topically!
    I’m 3 weeks into a strict diet, led treatment, & the other strategies you mentioned. My husband thinks I’m a little crazy especially with the LED mask ha.
    Anyway my question for you is the wine part- I love to drink wine 🙁 But now that the rosacea is exacerbated, I can’t without my face going nuts. How long did you do the 6 things hardcore before you could do some normal eating/drinking things again? Can you ever drink wine again?
    Also, when you realized the rosacea was gone, were you able to (at that point) experience ‘triggers’ again without your skin freaking?
    Thanks again for your video- it wrapped up all the research I had been doing in a nice package that made me feel like there’s hope I may not have red bumps forever :/

    • Also two more q’s-
      Did it progressively get better through your 7 weeks on the diet/plan and then around 8 week’s boom it was gone? I know everyone is different but was curious.

      Also, in terms of your skin regime, you didn’t use any ‘rosacea fighting’ creams, even over the counter like prosacea? Just gentle cleanser & Paula’s choice day and night lotions? That’s all?

      • chelseagilson Says: March 26, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        Hi! I noticed it got better after a month, but didn’t really clear up until 2-3 months. I had a mini skin relapse when I first had a vacation where I loosened up on my rules, but a week back eating like this got me back to clear and I haven’t had any bumps since unless I’m really sick and then for some reason they come back a bit on my cheeks. The all-day, every-day redness is gone, but I still can get flushed easy, so I watch what I eat 80% of the time and try to be gentle with my skin.

        Prosacea didn’t offer me any relief. The dermatologist prescription I used didn’t either. The only thing I found was using really basic, clean, hydrating products without any fragrances is what worked for my skin. I only used Paulas choice at night and then just did Cera-ve day lotion during the day. I also used a bb cream that had Salicylic acid in it, which fights acne and I believe helped with my condition. Now that my skin is normal, I can use whatever during the day, but I still am pretty faithful to Paulas choice. My second favorite night cream is the hydrating one for sensitive skin from Burts Bees.

    • chelseagilson Says: March 26, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      I LOVE wine, and was SO SAD to give it up, seriously. I didn’t drink wine for so long, at least 3 months straight (which killed me). I found that tequila didn’t make my skin react for some reason, so after a few months of seeing good results, I would occasionally drink Tequila cocktails and didn’t notice any issues. But the good news is that now I’m back to having wine really whenever I want. I notice some cheap brands with a lot of sulfates can cause my cheeks to go pink, but I can live with it as long as the bumps aren’t there and it’s not my whole damn neck/face/chest. Also for some reason, wines that are lighter in color (like a light rosé or a crisp pinot grigio) bother me less than an oaky, syrupy wine. My skin barely ever has issues anymore, unless I’m sick with a cold, and never has had flare ups like I’ve had in the past.

      PS. my husband still thinks I’m nuts, especially when I made a video in our living room hahaha

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m curious about which things on your list you’ve continued to do, and which you’ve been able to add back to your life. Thank you!

    • chelseagilson Says: March 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Rachel! I still get the LED facials, but a lot less frequently, maybe once every 3 months. and I still use Paulas Choice hydrating face mask nearly every night. My diet has returned back to normal, but if I feel my cheeks get warm from anything I eat, I cut it out of my diet. I haven’t eaten eggs in the morning in forever for this reason. I also notice it with some wines and if I have black coffee on an empty stomach, so I just try to check in with my body. I’m now using the Foreo cleansing brush and I find it’s the only brush gentle enough for my skin, I really love it! Hope this helps, good luck 🙂

  14. Hi Chelsea – I have suffered from Rosacea for approx 18 yrs. Tried “everything” thrown at me from Derms. Early on it was SO frustrating b/c many in the medical field really did not even KNOW what the term Rosacea was…seriously. It is a more common discussion these days and there is a lot of research to be found on internet as well. Thank goodness for internet and folks like you who I find very validating to the situation and help me not feel so alone or “crazy” in my experience. I wish the conversation 18 yrs ago included diet impact among the many other items of impact. This past year I feel that things have improved substantially for me. A couple of things I can offer up as helpful to me. On my body, I only use CeraVe body cream (and CeraVebody soap for my showers) at suggestion of new Derm last year. It has ceramides in it which helps to seal in the skin. Ceramides are natural in our skin but are stripped through the years of using harsh chemical laden products on our shelves in USA. You will be seeing a lot of discussion and topics on ceramides these days. CeraVe is one of the few lines that has included it in product since its beginning. Other lines are picking up on it now. Cetaphil Gentle Face Cleansing Cream….a good Derm about 15 yr ago suggested it and I used it for many years and it helped. However, I always rinsed it w/tepid or cool water (never used a wash cloth) until last year when a new Derm told me to “tissue it off” vs using any water at all. He said that it helps leave a protective layer on the skin which is so necessary in the repair process. He was SO right in this suggestion and it has really helped make a difference for me on my face. I don’t wear heavy face makeup, but I do use the Cetaphil to take off mascara and the light makeup I do wear…works great. I try to stick to “drug store” lines as so many Derms have told me it is not necessary to spend a fortune on some high end line for rosacea…good clean basics once found are the right answeres. However, last November I started reading about a line good for redness and decided to suck it up and spend the money. Have not looked back since!
    I now use Origin’s line of Dr Weil Mega Mushroom products and layer the moisture onto my face vs just using a face cream only. I did not truly realize HOW dry Rosacea is on your face. It sounds like the yippee success you have achieved with Paula’s Choice. I use the Cetaphil cleanser morning and night…then use the Mega Mushroom Soothing Treatment Lotion (it is actually more like a liquid toner and I just put on my fingers and apply to face)….both morning and night. Next layer I use is their Serum both morning and night. Final step is similar to your discovery….instead of using a face cream, I actually use their Mega Mushroom face mask (a very heavy cream) for my final step both morning and night. I lay it on thick and let it absorb in naturally. For nighttime routine, that’s it. For day time, I add a sunblock on top (but will be trying your BB Cream suggestion!). I live in Pittsburgh and we have harsh winter weather, so perhaps w/summer I may adjust to the lighter face cream instead of the heavy face mask. For now, this face mask is like liquid gold for me….have never had such a positive impact. I use it if I feel a heat flush coming on as well…calms face down in 5 mins. Also, I stay away from ceiling fans and air blowing straight at my face (ac in car, heat in car, etc…). I have figured out wind is harsh on my face along w/the sun as you suggest. I really believe that my years of skiing on sunny days and the wind blowing, etc… really impacted my rosacea (my theory only…not science). Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes for years….like you…in morning on empty stomach. Green tea…room temp. Giving up dairy and coffee and booze/wine and gluten free living has been a game changer for me as well. I struggle hearing people say that they “could never give up coffee, cheese, fill in the blank”… If they understood how much of an impact it makes on your body and how GOOD you feel NOT having it in your body or having the red hot face / internal fire in digestive track /etc…. It makes it SO easy for me to give it up!!!!!!! Plus there are SO many alternatives offered today that 15 yrs ago were never options. I too have gone through some laser treatments….it used to be covered by insurance but now they deem it cosmetic. Obviously, we KNOW it is a medical situation….but insurance giants are also looking to cut back coverage in general and they can do it by deeming Rosacea as “cosmetic”. Also, like you, I adjusted my exercise routine from active zumba classes, etc…to yogas, hikes, pilates, etc… BIG difference for me as well. There. Now you have some feedback for you to consider as well. Thank you for outlining your experience. My path seems to follow very similar to yours except it took me longer to figure it all out. My “worst” pics are similar to yours, if not worse. It is comforting to know we have a “sisterhood” being formed to help each other out in getting through figuring things out on this awful thing called Rosacea. I don’t feel that I can rely on the medical teams to optimally address. We need to take things into our own hands on our lifestyle choices. PS – I have experimented with Organic wine a few times to see about reactions….much less of an impact…also taking a digestive enzyme just prior to having a glass of wine helps as well. I think it is the sulfites in the regular bottled wines that impact us w/Rosacea. Rather than suffer, I just choose to pass on alcohol in general…BUT if I can figure out a formula to aid in having just a glass of wine or two without major reaction that would be nice to be able to have it as an option.

  15. Francesca Says: April 11, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Hello, what is your experience with flax seed and avocados? The first ones should not be cooked so should I avoid them in the ‘all cooked’ phase? Thank you

    • chelseagilson Says: April 18, 2018 at 6:15 am

      Hey Francesca, I cut way back on fats, because my internist had noticed that my body has a hard time processing them. This will be different for everyone, but I ate a lot less avocado, olive oil, coconut oil etc. than I do now when I was on the strict diet. However, I didn’t cut it out completely. As for flax seeds, I didn’t eat them much on the diet, but if your body reacts to them well, I can’t imagine they would be harmful!

  16. Francesca Says: April 12, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Hi, I have another question about the ‘all cooked’ diet. Where do you get your vitamins during this period? For example I start my morning with warm water mixed with lemon juice, but this wouldn’t be allowed, would it? Thank you

    • chelseagilson Says: April 18, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Hi girl! I always take a multivitamin and probiotic in the AM. My favorite brand is Garden of Life. warm water + lemon is a great way to start your day, I just would let the water cool a bit so it’s not too hot that it will affect your skin 🙂

  17. Hi Chelsea
    Can I cook my food in a normal pot instead of a crockpot? And is it allowed to bake potatoes and roots in the oven instead of in a pot?

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    • chelseagilson Says: April 22, 2018 at 4:20 am

      I just checked out their integral, what cuties! I’m such a cat person, they’re the best 🙂

    • chelseagilson Says: April 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

      Hi Wiki, Thanks for stopping by! Your cats are such cuties, that’s awesome that they have each other… two pets is always better than one!

  19. LindseyC Says: April 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much! I actually just went off birth control – only 5 weeks off and i see about a 25% decrease of Rosacea/acne symptoms. I’m going to continue to use my LED mask, cut down on dairy & gluten, as well as use moisturizing creams & sunscreen daily; but i’m excited to finally see some progress! I think while i was on birth control, nothing i did would work because the hormones were powerfully controlling my skin. Now when i use creams or spot treatments for my acne, it definitely works. Phew!!

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  21. Griselda perez Says: August 12, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I was on birth control since March 2018 I was fine till may I got redness June I had more redness and end of June July I got the little bumps horrible I didnt think nothing of it but I got off then July 14th I still have rosacea I’m hoping it will go down! I’m not using no rx just trying to eat healthy and I am using this oil but I hope that I won’t have to depend on it! I love the article I want to try everything!

  22. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’ve had mild Rosacea, but have noticed that it does get worse with age. I would like to know if there is anyone else who tried your diet who has success stories? My biggest fear of this whole Rosacea thing is the blushing for nothing – I am not a shy person in general, but this has definitely restrict my public speaking.

    I am so desperate and afraid it might get worse that I have decided to also start the diet. If you can suggest a shopping list, what shall that be? It;s always so difficult to stick to buying the good/right stuff.
    Breakfast/lunch/dinner – and you saying no raw foods, does this include all fruit and veggies?

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    • chelseagilson Says: November 30, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Hey Chantel – so sorry to hear that it’s having such a negative impact on you, I 100% get it, seriously. I wrote a post about the diet today because I get so many questions on it, – hope it helps you. But PLEASE don’t let rosacea hold you back in life. I know the feeling of dread and doom that you feel looking through the internet, but everyone’s story is different – and I cured mine, so there’s hope!

  23. I have rocasea on my cheeks. Red crusty spots about the size of a quarter. I have only been using dermalmd rosacea serum, twice a day, for three days but I am already seeing results. The crusty spots are definitely going away. The redness has lessened to more of a pinkish tone. I am very pleased so far.

  24. I had horrible rosacea and tried a million products. I really didn’t expect Dermalmd rosacea serum to work but my derm recommended it so I tried it hesitantly. But what a miracle. I hope it continues to work. I finally don’t feel like I look like a freak and need to pile a ton of makeup on.

  25. Hi, Chelsea! Could you tell me which chinese herb and other supplements did you take while your healing months? Apart from probiotics and digestive enzymes.
    Thank you!

  26. Hi, Chelsea!
    Could you tell me which chinese herbs and other supplements did you use while your healing months? Apart from the probiotics and enzymes…
    Thank you so much!!!

  27. Hey! Thanks for sharing, I am going to start this new diet tomorw! When I’m really good with putting lotion on and not wearing a lot of makeup, I feel like my face looks really shiny or oily from moisturizer. Is that just something I’ll deal with until it clears up or did you have this problem at all ?

    • chelseagilson Says: November 30, 2018 at 1:21 am

      hey Michelle! I ended up writing a whole post on the diet – I hope it helps!

      Not all moisturizers are created equally that’s for sure – I’d look for a thick one, like cera ve instead of an oily one. I also don’t think it would be bad to use a little bit of mineral powder over the moisturizer to take away the shine – just look for an organic makeup brand that doesn’t have a bunch of additives!

  28. Monique Van der Kraan Says: October 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Hello Chelsea,

    I think tour blog is great. I alsof suffer from rosacea and will try all the thinks you named. I have a question: did you drink green tea? And if not which tea’s did you drink? Thank you fort reading my post.

    Monique van der Kraan

  29. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.

    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

  30. Debbie Clem Says: February 5, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks so much for the YouTube video! I scoured the comments and didn’t see the name of the BB cream you used. Do you mind giving us that info? Thank you so much!


  31. Hi Chelsea

    Great post and reallly insightful

    La Roche Posay products have saved me if you haven’t checked them out before.

    Which anti ageing products do you recommend cause it’s hard to find products that are suited for rosacea with anti ageing properties in with them.

    – Jared

    • chelseagilson Says: February 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Hey Jared – I’ll check them out! I truthfully was so focused on the rosacea that I put anti-aging on the back burner – but I was keeping my skin so hydrated that I think it helped it from at least looking dull!

  32. Hi there! HOPE FOR YOU ALL
    So, I suffered from rosacea for more than 2 years. It started to appear on my face where I, in the beginning, mistook it for some pimples/acne. I ignored the symptoms for a while hoping that it would end on its own. However, things got worse with time. It started to spread, my cheeks started getting red rather than slight blush. I got it on both cheeks. My chin also had bumps. Then, I searched online. Alright, so let me cut it short. THIS DISEASE IS 100% CURABLE. I don’t get it why do post wrong information about it that triggers your anxiety and depression? Hell, it is curable. I’m about to recover from it. It is slightly left on one of my cheeks and the rest is gone nowww!Yes, as mentioned by the author, IT IS ALL ABOUT YOUR DIET. Just avoid oily, hot and spicy food for 6 months. PLEASE. DO it for yourself. I know it is going to be difficult. But some things are worth trying for. Avoid sunblock before stepping outside. Drink loads and loads of water; keep hydrared. Eat fresh fruits and juices. Eat cucumbers. Avoid makeup. Lastly, use fragrance-free products. I am using Johnsons baby soap since 4 months. It has helped a lot. my symptoms have started to fade out. I am so so so hopeful that it will be gone forever. I really hope my post would help you all.


  34. Rebecca V Says: April 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you so much for showing that there is hope. I’ve had rosacea for years and i’ve been told by a dermatologist to treat it with antibiotics or they won’t take out the skin cancer i have growing on my cheek. I don’t want to go that road so i’ve been reading and reading and reading about what i could do. I am already vegan and gluten free, and my liver does not process fats properly. So i’ve been on a regime of liver support and gut health for the last 2 weeks (I’ve also had colon cancer so I have to be very careful of what i eat.) There’s not much more i can cut out of my diet, but i have fewer cravings for coffee and alcohol since i started the cleanse. I’ve also ditched all my old skincare products, even tho they’re made With organic ingredients, since ANYTHING sets my face off. i’ve just ordered the Foreo Luna 3 so that i can do a gentle cleanse, i’m using water only atm.,. And i’ve been researching the UFO to see if it would help. not too sure about the ingredients in the masks, but the led light therapy sounds like it could be helpful. I have an ageing skin too now, so I am more conscious of all the wrinkles in with the redness. Great to see that you have found what works for you.

    • chelseagilson Says: April 24, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Rebecca, I’m so sorry to hear of your long and difficult journey with your health. Hoping all of this will soon be behind you! If I were you I would stick to the same smoothie every morning, then some easy to digest soups, stews and bowls for lunch/dinner. On the foreo note – I am in love with the luna and the ufo. It has LED therapy, pulsations, and calming ingredients. I didn’t own it when I was at my worst with rosacea, so can’t say how my skin reacted admist a flairup, but I think I would have had an adverse reaction to the heat some of the masks give off. I found that really gentle basic skincare helped me the most. Cleansing by gently using coconut oil and slightly cooled water seemed to work best for me. As for the anti-aging, I recommend adequate sleep, meditation, and hydration. Seems basic, but man does it help keep that glow and elasticity!

  35. Brittany Says: May 6, 2020 at 5:30 am

    You definitely didn’t cure your rosacea, shame on you for telling people that. There are doctors who spend their entire lives looking to solve this skin problem. All you did was figure out a way to cope with it but it’s not gone forever. You had a mild case and clearly others have it worse and need to seek advice from an actual doctor and not some dumb YouTube wannabe. Seriously this makes me sick.

    • chelseagilson Says: May 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Brittany, I had rosacea and IBS, bad. Real bad. Like, I can’t go in public if I don’t know where the bathroom is IBS bad… and no amount of caking of foundation can cover the red bumps as the creep down my neck and chest rosacea bad. And now I haven’t had either problem for years. I sincerely hope someone shows you some kindness soon, you seem like you could really use it. I know that there is a lot of despair associated with rosacea because it feels so helpless, but I want to let you know that your skin doesn’t define you. Happiness is a choice girl. Sending you a hug anyways, regardless of the things you say to me. Good luck on your journey <3

      • chelseagilson Says: May 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm

        …and I think Western doctors are just missing the gut + face connection. Eastern doctors generally believe all skin conditions are curable by fixing your gut.

  36. Thanks for your article. My rosacea began 4 years ago. I truly believe it was stress related. I think major lack of sleep and anxiety started it. It is now only on one cheek and the tip of my nose when it used to be both cheeks. I have the bumpy,red type of rosacea not just flushed. I have noticed too many sweets for more than one day makes it worse and stress. It still has not completely gone away and I think I need to heal my gut before it will. I have been trying kimchi and I also noticed rinsing my face with a light salt water solution after cleansing helps get rid of dead skin and calms it a bit. I know changing my stress and diet is the only real solution so thanks for the tips.

    • chelseagilson Says: May 19, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Hey Jamie! Thanks for sharing your story – that’s interesting about the saltwater rinse! I’m glad you commented about it, maybe it can help others too. Having a daily meditation group has really helped me manage my stress. If you want info on the group I meditate with I’m happy to share, just let me know.

  37. Interesting piece. I got my rosacea from my mother. Thanks loads, Mom. When I first started there was very little products to choose from. Mine is similar to yours, aggravated by heat, exercise, and food. Mine hasn’t been as severe, but it’s still aggravating. There is such a learning curve with it, what sets it off, how to treat it, etc. I haven’t had a ton of luck with Drs. I drink a lot of water, sometimes some iced tea or hot tea. Very little else. I don’t drink much, when I do I try to drink something easy on sulfates and keep it to one drink. I have learned to moisturize but not everything works well. One of the best is Neutrogena Hydroboost, it really helps me. But I am always on the lookout for products, not everything made for sensitive skin works for me. Cetaphil cleanser doesn’t. Nighttime moisturizer is really important. When I get lazy and don’t take care of it, I can see it. Quickly. I take one odd supplement, L-Lysine. It helps with oral canker sores, when I stopped taking it I noticed my skin looked so much worse. So, it’s in my arsenal.

  38. Rosacea cannot be cured, so you may not have had it.

  39. […] that has gained steady traffic every day since. Comments have flooded in on the video, the accompanying blog post, and even my personal instagram. I have loved hearing all of the stories of success from so many of […]

  40. Very nice! You are suggested some easy ways which would be really helpful to get rid of rosacea. I will follow these steps. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  41. Cynthia Brown Says: September 8, 2020 at 12:04 am

    I watched your vlog so I’m trying to follow your steps . One problem is that I need to warm my foods so I have to use microwave to warm up my foods since u said to avoid use microwave so what s your suggestions ?? I alway buy salad bowl to bring for my work so I looked up your avoid food list is one of salads so I’m confusing ??
    I m hoping that u write a recipe book that I can buy it ..
    Cynthia Brown

  42. Chelsea, you are doing amazing work ❤️! Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts. I am using tretinoin (retin-a) 0.05% for acne / anti ageing but I have rosacea. I’m not using it for rosacea per day, but i am using it to improve redness/ skin health etc so I guess I’m using it for rosacea second to acne. So happy 😊 I googled ‘Ret247get’, and got retin-a. It hasn’t aggravated it so far. I find if I use moisturiser lots it generally has been pretty good for my rosacea, it’s made my skin more healthy, which in turn has improved my redness…

    • chelseagilson Says: June 30, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Pamela! Thanks for sharing your suggestion – I would love to be able to use retinol but was worried it would be too harsh for my skin, I’ll look into it!

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