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Non-Prescription Treatments for Rosacea

More rosacea products from Proactiv to Benzoyl Peroxide

Proactiv Solution is a Combination Therapy acne management system—it combines prescription-grade ingredients that work together to heal and prevent acne. This acne fighting system combines finely milled Benzoyl Peroxide, sulfur, and our special formulation. Together, these ingredients gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores, attack acne-causing bacteria, and soothe inflammation.

Proactiv Solution heals, hydrates, and soothes your entire face with botanicals like allantoin, panthenol, aloe and chamomile. It helps in diminishing existing acne and it proactively helps calm future breakouts before they even surface on your skin.

Renewing Cleanser: The oil-free formula contains finely-milled prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores, attack bacteria and reduce the number of blemishes. Renewing Cleanser gently washes your skin, while tiny grains unclog pores and gently exfoliate dead cells and impurities.

Key Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyethylene, Chamomile Extract.

Studies on effects in pregnancy have not been done in either humans or animals. However, benzoyl peroxide may be absorbed through the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide may be absorbed through the mother's skin. It is not known whether it passes into the breast milk.

Revitalizing Toner: This alcohol-free formulation removes dead cells and helps remove excess oil so your skin looks and feels refreshed. It moisturizes your skin with botanical agents that gently balance your skin tone. Revitalizing Toner helps unplug your pores, hydrate your skin, and soften the appearance of fine lines. It may also help to reduce the appearance of brown spots that are often the aftermath of acne. And it prepares your skin for penetration by the Repairing Lotion.

>Key Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Chamomile Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin.

Repairing Lotion: A light, oil-free lotion which contains finely-milled prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores and get to the source of the problem. It heals blackheads and blemishes without irritation and prevents future acne.

Key Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide, Panthenol, Allantoin.

Proactiv Solution is not for people who are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide or sulfur. All other ingredients are chosen for their hypoallergenic properties.

Studies on effects in pregnancy have not been done in either humans or animals. However, benzoyl peroxide may be absorbed through the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide may be absorbed through the mother's skin. It is not known whether it passes into the breast milk.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base. Long-term use of silver preparations can lead to argyria, a condition in which silver salts deposit in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, and the skin turns ashen-gray. Many cases of argyria occurred during the pre-antibiotic era when silver was a common ingredient in nosedrops. When the cause became apparent, doctors stopped recommending their use, and reputable manufacturers stopped producing them. The official drug guidebooks (United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary) have not listed colloidal silver products since 1975.

In recent years, silver-containing products have been marketed with unsubstantiated claims that they are effective against AIDS, cancer, infectious diseases, parasites, chronic fatigue, acne, warts, hemorrhoids, enlarged prostate, and many other diseases and conditions. Some marketers claim that colloidal silver is effective against hundreds of diseases.

FDA laboratory studies have found that the amount of silver in some product samples has varied from 15.2% to 124% of the amount listed on the product labels. The amount of silver required to produce argyria is unknown. However, the FDA has concluded that the risk of using silver products exceeds any unsubstantiated benefit. So far, seven cases of argyria related to silver products have been reported:

A 56-year-old man who had sold and used colloidal silver for three years, developed blue/gray discoloration of his fingernails accompanied by a very high blood level of silver.

A married couple who had three years of daily consumption of a drink prepared by administering an electrolytic charge to a bowl of water that contained a silver bar.

Another couple had been taking a silver-containing dietary supplement prescribed by a naturopath.

A mentally ill man who had been drinking silver-containing herbal tea for about 10 months.

Stan Jones, Montana's Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, who reportedly started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics. He made his own concoction by electrically two silver wires in a glass of water.

Enforcement Actions
Between October 1993 and September 1994, the FDA issued warning letters to five colloidal silver marketers:

Higher Education Library Publications (H.E.L.P.), of Springfield, Utah, was ordered to stop claiming that its colloidal silver product was effective as a natural antibiotic and might be effective against cancer, genito-urinary diseases, tuberculosis, and AIDS.

Nutrition, Inc., of Arvada, Colorado, was ordered to stop stating or implying that its Silvicidal, when administered orally or intravenously, was nontoxic, FDA-approved, and was a broad-spectrum antibiotic that killed bacteria and all virus and fungal infections. In addition, it was falsely claimed to be effective against a long list of specific diseases.

Reseau International of Cincinnati, Ohio was ordered to stop claiming that its colloidal silver product was a "natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory immune system stimulant" and that it was effective against cancer, staph, strep, influenza, general body infections, inflammation, impaired immune system, fungus toxicity, tonsillitis, Meniere's symptoms, whooping cough, shingles, syphilis, cholera, and malaria. The labeling also stated that colloidal silver could cause major growth stimulation of human tissues and can regenerate.

Silverado Inc., of Bountiful, Utah, was warned to stop making false claims that its colloidal silver product was effective as an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agent and that it could stimulate the immune system.

Unic, of Carmichael, California, was ordered to stop claiming that its colloidal silver product was effective against many diseases.burn-damaged tissue without scarring.

In October 1996, the FDA proposed to ban the use of colloidal silver or silver salts in over-the-counter products. A Final Rule banning such use was issued on August 17, 1999 and became effective September 16th. The rule applies to any nonprescription colloidal silver or silver salt product claimed to be effective in preventing or treating any disease. Silver products can still be sold as "dietary supplements" provided that no health claims are made for them. During 2000, the FDA issued warnings to more than 20 companies whose Web sites were making illegal therapeutic claims for colloidal silver products.

In May 2000, the Federal Court of Australia banned Vital Earth Company Pty Limited and its director Darryl John Jones from falsely representing that the colloidal silver produced by their "Vital Silver 3000 Zapper","Vital Silver 2000 Automatic" and "Vital Silver 2000":

Can kill all disease-causing bacteria, fungi and virus within six minutes of contact

Has no harmful side effects; that colloidal silver could be used as an antibiotic for all the acquired diseases of active AIDS

Is effective with more than 650 different pathogenic bacteria and virus types

Has been used successfully against diseases including AIDS, cholera, diabetes, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, skin cancer, syphilis and whooping cough.

The company was also ordered to pay AUS$9000 in costs and to provide refunds.

In June 2001, the FTC obtained consent agreements with two companies:

Robert C. Spencer and Lisa M. Spencer, doing business as Aaron Company (Palm Bay, Florida) Colloidal silver has been medically proven to kill over 650 disease-causing organisms in the body and is effective in curing diseases ranging from cancer and multiple sclerosis to HIV/AIDS.

ForMor, Inc., doing business as ForMor International, and its president, Stan Gross (Birmingham, Alabama) agreed not to make unsubstantiated claims that colloidal silver is effective in treating over 650 infectious diseases, has no adverse side effects, and is effective against arthritis, blood poisoning, cancer, cholera, diphtheria, diabetes, dysentery, gonorrhea, herpes, influenza, leprosy, lupus, malaria, meningitis, rheumatism, shingles, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, tuberculosis, whooping cough, and yeast infections.

Benzoyl Peroxide

BENZOYL PEROXIDE while prescribed for acne, the presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this product. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially: dermatitis, seborrheic or eczema or red or raw skin, including sunburned skin--Irritation will occur if benzoyl peroxide is used with these conditions

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. To do so may cause irritation of the skin.

Do not use this medicine in or around the eyes or lips, or inside the nose, or on sensitive areas of the neck. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying. If the medicine gets on these areas, wash with water at once.

Do not apply this medicine to windburned or sunburned skin or on open wounds, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

During the first 3 weeks you are using benzoyl peroxide, your skin may become irritated. Also, your acne may seem to get worse before it gets better. If your skin problem has not improved within 4 to 6 weeks, check with your health care professional.

Avoid using any other topical medicine on the same area within 1 hour before or after using benzoyl peroxide. Otherwise, benzoyl peroxide may not work properly.

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, it is especially important to avoid using the following skin products on the same area as benzoyl peroxide:

  • Any other topical acne product or skin product containing a peeling agent (such as resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, or tretinoin);
  • Hair products that are irritating, such as permanents or hair removal products;
  • Skin products that cause sensitivity to the sun, such as those containing lime or spices;
  • Skin products containing a large amount of alcohol, such as astringents, shaving creams, or after-shave lotions; or
  • Skin products that are too drying or abrasive, such as some cosmetics, soaps, or skin cleansers.

Using these products along with benzoyl peroxide may cause mild to severe irritation of the skin. Although skin irritation can occur, some doctors sometimes allow benzoyl peroxide to be used with tretinoin to treat acne. Usually tretinoin is applied at night so that it doesn't cause a problem with any other topical products that you might use during the day. Check with your doctor before using any other topical medicines with benzoyl peroxide.

This medicine may bleach hair or colored fabrics .

Check with your doctor at any time your skin becomes too dry or irritated. Your health care professional can help you choose the right skin products for you to reduce skin dryness and irritation.

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

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