By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 23 Comments
    The Skyrocketing Price of Tetracycline is Shocki…

    The antibiotic tetracycline was first marketed in 1967. That means it is 50 years old and is available generically. The price of tetracycline should be very low. This reader discovered quite the oppos…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Eat to Avoid Acne

    Acne is the bane of adolescence. It can make a self-conscious teenager feel even more insecure. Are there any simple steps that can help a person avoid acne? Is There a Diet to Help You Avoid Acne? Fo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 10 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia (Magnesium) Solves Rosacea and …

    Q. Six years ago I was battling all those red bumps and rashes on my face called rosacea. I used tubes of Metrogel (metronidazole) as well as many other prescribed creams, to no avail. Then I read on …

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 8 Comments
    Sulfur Soap Helps Clear Acne Blemishes

    Although advertisers like to push their products as "newer," assuming that newer is better, sometimes old remedies work surprisingly well. One woman describes her success with a very old-fashioned app…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2014 4 Comments
    Resveratrol Fights Acne Germs

    Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in grape skins and red wine, can enhance the effectiveness of a common acne medication. Scientists…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Clears Up Acne

    Q. I just started using topical MoM (milk of magnesia) on my skin and my acne has started shrinking. I am trying to get off oral antibiotics so I hope this remedy works. A. Many readers tell us that a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2014 15 Comments
    Overcoming Stubborn Adult Acne by Avoiding Food …

    Q. I am 54 and suffered with adult acne from age 25. I tried every cream and antibiotic my doctors prescribed. I even took Accutane twice! A hormone test was fine, and I was stuck with this embarrassi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2013 10 Comments
    Mouthwash Stars as Acne Treatment

    Q. I thought I'd share my experience using Listerine as an acne treatment after reading about it in your column. I have tried all types of antibiotics and topical prescriptions on the market. Nothing …

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2012 3 Comments
    Banishing Blemishes with Viruses

    Acne is common and can be difficult to manage. The usual treatment involves antibiotics, either topically or orally. These drugs help control bacteria that are responsible for skin blemishes. Using br…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2012 8 Comments
    Pepto-Bismol for Acne

    Acne doesn't just affect teenagers any more. Adults can also have skin blemishes. Dermatologists have prescribed oral antibiotics for decades with good results, but we are learning that such drugs can…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2011 13 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Fights Acne

    Q. I volunteer at a local high school in the theater department. Acne is a constant issue for the kids. I suggested that the students try the MoM (milk of magnesia) treatment and it worked! One parent…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2011 33 Comments
    Salt Water Cleared Face of Blemishes

    Q. I am 34 and have been dealing with acne since my teens. I tried everything to alleviate the problem, but nothing worked. I finally found a remedy that has helped dramatically--salt water. I mix 2 t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2011 6 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Clears Acne

    Q. I am 38 years old and have never had acne in my entire life. In the past year, however, I have had a severe acne breakout, mainly on my forehead. I am not too sure about the cause and I've tried ev…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2010 4 Comments
    Search for Acne Remedy

    Q. My son has acne and seborrheic dermatitis. He has been treated with antibiotics that help somewhat but never completely clear it. I have heard that applying milk of magnesia (MoM) to the face is a …

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2010 25 Comments
    MoM Laxative is a Miracle Worker Against Acne

    In September of 2007 we first heard from a reader that a common laxative, milk of magnesia (also known as MoM), could be good for the face and scalp if someone suffered from the skin condition known a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2009 2 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Clears Skin

    Q. Milk of magnesia is great for blemishes. I started using it six months ago, and it really helped clear up my skin. It was better than the things my dermatologist prescribed. I got lazy and stopped …

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2009 4 Comments
    Laxative Licks Severe Acne Problem

    Q. My son has suffered from horrible acne for two years, even after seeing two different dermatologists. We've tried everything, from prescriptions and Proactiv to laser treatments. There's nothing le…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2008 2 Comments
    Common Laxative Solves Acne Problem

    Q. As a teenager, I was blessed with relatively few blemishes. Now in my mid-20s, I have developed large deep pimples that heal slowly and have eroded my self-esteem. I had tried everything from expen…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2008 9 Comments
    Alternatives for Treating Acne

    Q. My mother, a retired nurse, encouraged me to write you regarding my son's acne problem. He is 19 and has been through many rounds of antibiotics with limited success. I don't like his taking antibi…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2008 4 Comments
    Can Milk of Magnesia Make Acne Disappear?

    Q. I am 44 years old and have had acne since I was a teenager. Dermatologists have prescribed countless antibiotics, including Cleocin-T, to no avail. Birth control pills worked, but when I stopped th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2008 7 Comments
    Dermatologist Disputes Acne Remedy

    Q. As a dermatologist, I am dismayed by your article suggesting that milk of magnesia could treat cystic nodular acne. This is not a recommended treatment, and the false belief that it might be helpfu…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2008 63 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia as Home Remedy for Acne

    It is amazing how many uses there seem to be for milk of magnesia. This old-fashioned remedy dates back to 1873 when pharmacist Charles Henry Phillips concocted a milky white liquid of hydrate of magn…