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Vicks VapoRub Helps Calm Facial Dandruff

Q. I have seborrheic dermatitis on my face. Countless prescriptions and home remedies did not work. I became so self-conscious and depressed I hated to leave the house.

Then I applied Vicks VapoRub on the affected areas and saw good results that same day! I couldn’t believe it! This second day, it’s 50 percent better already. I’m amazed!

A. Seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes referred to as facial dandruff, has been linked to a yeast infection of the skin (Malassezia). Readers report that Vicks applied to red, flaky areas can be helpful because of its antifungal ingredients.

Others find that a thin layer of milk of magnesia smoothed on the face before bedtime may ease symptoms. Some people achieve success by washing their faces with selenium sulfide shampoo (Selsun Blue) while showering.


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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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