Q. I have very sensitive skin that reacts badly to everything. I have used Listerine for years to clear up small blemishes. Apply a dab to the area at night and usually by morning the spot is clear. It doesn't irritate the surrounding skin either. My husband has started using it for shaving bumps too.

A. The herbal extracts and alcohol in Listerine that are supposed to “kill germs by millions on contact” may be useful in helping your blemishes heal. We have heard from other readers who have used Listerine in this way.

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  1. Acne on Chin
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    I have tried this method and it works on preventing acne but really on killing existing acne.

  2. Eleanor S.
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    I had a fungus on my big toe–I had gone to the foot doctor, and he trimmed it and said just to continue trimming it. I tried listerine. Guess what–after months of trying to get rid of the fungus, listerine did the job.

  3. Dunty
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    I use Listerine as an underarm deodorant… works great!

  4. Jenny M
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    My grandmother used to tell us as children to “put some Listerine on it” whenever we had an owie.
    As a Mum I keep traditional amber coloured Listerine in our medicine chest, and use it as our Antiseptic of choice… in New Zealand it was first marketed as an antiseptic, then later as a mouthwash.

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