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Can Washing Your Face with Selsun Blue Overcome Rosacea?

Many readers report that washing the face with the dandruff shampoo Selsun Blue can help ease the redness and bumps of acne rosacea.

Rosacea can cause easy flushing and a persistently red face. In some cases, people develop little red bumps on the skin that resemble acne, although they aren’t actually pimples. Eventually, the nose may become lumpy and misshapen. W. C. Fields had rosacea, which accounted for his appearance. There are treatments for rosacea, from prescription drugs like metronidazole (Metrogel) or ivermectin (Soolantra) to home remedies like milk of magnesia or dandruff shampoo such as Selsun Blue.

How Do You Use Dandruff Shampoo to Treat Rosacea?

Q. After I had made numerous fruitless trips to a dermatologist, my husband read about using Selsun Blue for rosacea. What a difference it made after just a couple of days! I haven’t been back to the dermatologist since.

I like a scrub, so I add a little baking soda and wash my face with the Selsun Blue. My face is so much better now that I barely need makeup.

A. Rosacea causes redness and flushing on the face, especially the cheeks and nose. It may be due in part to the immune system overreacting to mites that live on everyone’s skin. Selenium sulfide (found in Selsun Blue) may help reduce the reaction.

Other Approaches:

Some readers have had success with elimination diets. Once they figure out which foods are making the symptoms worse, they can avoid them. Triggers vary from one person to another; one had benefit following a gluten-free diet, while another found that canola oil was the main culprit.

3/26/29 redirected to: https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/can-you-clear-rosacea-with-dandruff-shampoo/

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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