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Dandruff Shampoo Banishes Blemishes

Dandruff Shampoo Banishes Blemishes
A bottle of Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo

Q. I am so pleased I read about using Selsun Blue for rosacea. I’d been on two rounds of antibiotics plus Metrogel, and I still I got redness and pimples on my nose.

I started a regimen of washing my face with Selsun Blue every few days, and my nose has been pimple-free for more than two months.

A. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. It may also lead to pimple-like blemishes. Doctors often prescribe oral antibiotics or topical metronidazole (Metrogel) or azelaic acid (Finacea). Not all patients find these helpful, however. Some readers report that dandruff shampoo containing selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue) can ease their symptoms. Here is one such story:

“I have been on all medications and tried a bunch of creams. I was left with a red, irritated face and a bunch of expensive creams. I saw an article about using Selsun Blue shampoo on your face to clear the rosacea.

“I thought, it’s only five bucks; why not try it? Within three days there was a huge difference in my face. I use the original Selsun Blue. I put it on in the shower in the morning and leave it on for a couple of minutes. I am very surprised that this simple drugstore purchase works on such a terrible problem.”

Another reader, Edna, offered this:

“I used Metrogel for my rosacea for a few years and my co-payments kept going up. Then a friend told me about Selsun Blue. I have been using it for about 4 years and it is wonderful…..also much cheaper.”

You’ll find several other remedies for rosacea in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, available at libraries, bookstores and online.

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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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