face with rosacea (creative commons 2.0 original authors M. Sand, D. Sand, C. Thrandorf, V. Paech, P. Altmeyer, F. G. Bechara)

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes easy flushing of the face and then lasting redness on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. There may be bumps that resemble pimples-although they aren’t actually pimples. Sometimes little red blood vessels are visible in the skin. Doctors don’t seem to know what causes rosacea, but there are some medications and certain home remedies that can help rosacea.

Can Milk of Magnesia Help Rosacea?

Q. My wife heard that milk of magnesia (MoM) might help rosacea and suggested I try it. I’ve had mild but persistent redness and itching on my face for about six years.

I splashed some MoM on my face and the results were immediate. The rosacea is gone. Prior to this, the best luck I’d had was with hydrocortisone cream.

A. We’ve seen no research to support using milk of magnesia (MoM) topically to treat rosacea. However, we have heard from many readers that this treatment may be helpful.

Dandruff Shampoo for Rosacea:

Other readers have reported that washing the face with dandruff shampoo can sometimes help rosacea. Presumably the shampoo discourages the yeast that may contribute to the redness. It may also help control the Demodex mites that may be partially responsible for the inflammation.

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  1. Tanne
    North Carolina

    I too have rosacea and going to try mom. I had forgotten about l lysine but many years ago I had col sores or fever blisters as we called them then and take 1 2x a da would clear up in no time. Think it was 1000 mg. Good luck

  2. Lawrence

    Years ago, a dermatologist prescribed minocycline 2X per day to treat rosacea for which he claimed there was no cure. Taking L-Lycine 1X per day eventually cured my mild case of rosacea, and I don’t even have to take it anymore. L-Lycine claims to help build up immunities, so I also take it during the cold, flu season. I am 75 years old and still haven’t had my first flu shot.

    • Erin

      Lawrence, what strength of L-Lycine are you taking? Where did you get the information regarding its use for rosacea?

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