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Side effects of zinc pyrithione?
What are all of the possible side effects of zinc pyrithione? Is hair loss one?
  Not to my knowledge - a study I just looked up (see below) even concludes it improves hair growth.
Michael P
Can you mix dandruff shampoos such as one containing zinc pyrithione and one containing salicylic acid?
  NO. Keep them separate!!!!;
Which is the most effective anti-dandruff substance?
pyrithione zinc, selenium sulfide, coal tar, or salicylic acid?
  Pirithione zinc.
how can i get rid of danruff?
head& shoulders pyrithione zinc dandruff shampoo+ conditioner 2 in one citrus breeze uplifting clean for fine/ oily hair
will this get rid of my dandruff i dont have much but its enough to bug me will this work?
Lolaa s
  try rinsing your hair with cold water before you get out of the shower.
What dandruff shampoo works for you?
I have used selson blue medicated (the kind with menthol), head and shoulders, selson salon (zinc pyrithione), and even the whole coal tar kind. none of them seem to really fix the problem, some of them just seem to make my scalp itchier.
  A dry or flaky scalp can be caused by a variety of things. Changes in weather (as in the humidity level) can affect scalp moisture and cause flaking. Winter produces a dry climate in houses and offices, and the cold air outside can chap the skin, even on the scalp. Overwashing after swimming excursions in the summer can also cause a change in the scalp. Some medications, such as Accutane, can cause surface dryness too. Shampoos with strong detergent bases (watch out for detergent cleansing agents sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate) can dry out the scalp, as can some plant extracts such as peppermint or menthol. Alcohols in hair spray may be problematic too, particularly if you live in a dry climate with low humidity.

The cause determines the course of action. If the products you're using are causing problems, stop! If you have to wash your hair frequently, don't lather more than once and try to massage the scalp as little as possible. If the environment in your house is a problem, run a humidifier in your bedroom, which can help the skin all over your body as well.

If you still are struggling with a dry scalp and dandruff isn't the culprit (dandruff would not be affected by any of the things I've suggested above), you can massage a small amount of almost any moisturizer such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Cream, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Curel Ultra Healing carefully into your scalp at night when you plan to wash your hair the next morning. You may also use a non-volatile oil, especially if your scalp is very dry. Unscented jojoba oil is brilliant for this, as is olive, sesame, sunflower, or safflower oils. Use enough oil to saturate the scalp without leaving the entire hair shaft greasy.

If your scalp is constantly itchy and dandruff shampoos aren't helping, an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream such as Lanacort or Cortaid can be massaged into the scalp on nights when you plan to wash your hair the next morning. An itchy scalp may also be the result of a sensitivity to fragrance or other irritants used in hair-care products. Very few truly fragrance-free shampoos and conditioners are available; my line has two options and you can also consider the Free & Clear line from Pharmaceutical Specialties, California Baby's Super Sensitive Shampoo, or DHS Extra Body Conditioning Rinse (at your pharmacy).

By the way, the notion that drugstore dandruff shampoos are too harsh on the hair and salon brands are gentler is blatantly false. The active ingredients in salon brands are identical to those in Head & Shoulders, to mention just one line.

However, I really like PertPlus 2 in 1 Dandruff Control Shampoo plus Conditioner ($3.99 for 13.5 ounces) is a 1% zinc pyrithione anti-dandruff shampoo in a standard shampoo/conditioner base that works well for those with normal to dry hair that isn’t thick or coarse. Also, PertPlus Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo plus Conditioner, Bananaberri ($3.49 for 13.5 ounces) is a very good conditioning shampoo for normal to dry hair that is normal to coarse or thick. However, the pervasive fruity scent is definitely more appealing to kids than adults. This is the only Pert Plus shampoo that does not contain ammonium xylenesulfonate.
will this work to get rid of my dandruff?
head& shoulders pyrithione zinc dandruff shampoo+ conditioner 2 in one citrus breeze uplifting clean for fine/ oily hair
will this get rid of my dandruff i dont have much but its enough to bug me will this work?
Lolaa s
  I don't like two-in-one anti dandruff shampoos because the more oil you put on your head, the worse the dandruff will get.

Here is an article about how to choose the right dandruff shampoo:
Which shampoo ingredient in most important for scrappy scalp:selenium sulfide, ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione?
every summer the top of my scalp gets irritated and scrappy,

What's the best OTC "medicated" shampoo I can experiement with?
  Tea tree shampoo (or tea tree oil)
Oilitum shampoo treatment
How can I get rid of my scalp problems?
I have to wash my hair every day because it gets flaky. I have a few small scabs on the top of my head. I have tried every special shampoo - Pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, Coal Tar, herbal formulas, and even medicated dog shampoo! I am embarassed to get a haircut or have anyone look at my hair up close, because they will see the scabs. It's gross, what can I do?
  This may be a symptom of a medical condition. See your doctor. ASAP! Good luck!
Are these soaps/shampoos tropical i r r i t a n t s?
Are these soaps/shampoos tropical i r r i t a n t s?
Lever 2000 Perfectly Fresh Orginal(bar of soap)
Kroger Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo Everyday Cleasnsing
Meijer elements pro-vitamin conditioner incredibly full
  all soaps non vegetable based mainly, are irritants to your body.
zinc sulphate safe for long term intake?
I am suffering from acne from more than 15 years. 2 weeks back I read about taking zinc supplements. I found zinc sulphate (zincolak capsules) and started taking them. So my face is clear and no more oily skin since then. I am just wanting to know can I take this supplement forever?
I have already used home remedies / anti biotics. And concluded that hormones have been making my life miserable. So zinc can help with this ( i know). Please provide your input regarding Zinc sulphate only. thanx
Or should I switch to zinc gluconate or zinc picolinate ? please advice
  You can take zinc sulphate for ever if you want to. Most multivitamins contain a small amount of zinc sulphate.
Susan Yarrawonga
What is the difference between zinc and zinc sulphate in terms of health?
I'm not able to find any info on why you would use zinc sulphate rather than zinc as a supplement.
Shane Legend
  All solid zinc supplements are zinc compounds such as zinc sulphate, zinc oxide, zinc carbonate, zinc chelated amino acids and a few others.

Solid metallic zinc, in its elemental form, is not a zinc supplement.

Colloidal zinc (liquid form of zinc) is an exception. This liquid form of zinc would undoubtedly be better absorbed than all the solid forms. A web search for "colloidal zinc" will give you further details.
Susan Yarrawonga
What is the difference between Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoos with Pyrithione Zinc or Salicylic Acid?
Which one is more effective? Thank you :(
  Everyone is different but I think the one with salicylic acid is more effective.
What is the effect of zinc oxide on acne?
I just bought a tube of zinc oxide ointment, because I've heard it works on acne and scratches...

Basically what happened was I had a couple gross pimples and I squeezed them so hard I made scratches in my face, as if I fell on the concrete or something.

Does zinc help? If so how fast can I see results? How should I use it??
Zinc oxide 20%
  It may help. It won't hurt. Take zinc orally though for acne. With food (hard on tummy)
zinc is great to protect you from the harsh all day rays of the sun. I hope it helps otherwise use neosporin.
kelly e
Is this too much zinc?
In order to balance out my skin and prevent acne breakouts, i will be taking one Totally natural AcneNo more pill a day as well as one Blackmores Bio zinc pill per day.

The ingredients are listed below:
Blackmores Bio Zinc:
Zinc amino acid chelate (equiv. to Zinc 25 mg)-----------------125 mg
Magnesium phosphate (equiv. to Magnesium 25 mg)-----------------122 mg
Manganese amino acid chelate (equiv. to Manganese 2 mg)-----------------20 mg
Vitamin A (Retinyl acetate 860 µg)-----------------2500 IU
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine hydrochloride)-----------------50 mg

Acne NoMore
Each tablet contains:
Lactoferrin (Bioactive Protein)..........................................100mg
Silica Colloidal Anhydrous..............................................53.50mg
(Equiv. to Silica 25mg)
Calcium Ascorbate Dihydrate..............................................50mg
(Equiv. to Ascorbic Acid - Vitamin C 41.3mg)
(Equiv. to Calcium 4.7mg)
Zinc Amino Acid Chelate...................................................50mg
(Equiv. to Zinc 10mg)

Is this too much Zinc daily?
Thankyou :)
Mina Bijand-goodarz
Zinc Sulfate 200 mg daily dose?
hi. im 18 yrs old. i have decided to take 200 mg of Zinc Sulfate daily because of some reasons for zinc deficiency. is it ok?? will it be fatal for health? then how much should i take? and for how long? please help in detail. thanks!
  My bottle says 100 mg is the minimum, so you could easily be safe and (assuming you have a balanced diet) split the pill in two. I take it for my prostate gland (and it increases my sex-drive, too!!) and it helps improve the immune system. Ignore any expiration date - ZnSO4 is a chemical and very stable. says it is used to kill plants and mosses, so I wouldn't take great amounts over long periods of time...even not taking it for a week would at least let your body adjust to its own natural level - even if you might have symptoms of zinc deficiency-which makes me think that your diet may need improvement instead of taking supplements.
By the way, there is international legislation now being implemented and considered by the FDA which would make vitamin and mineral supplements, herbs and health-food stores illegal. Their standard is called the Codex Alimentarius. Spend 30 mins becoming familiar with it, please. If you want to, at least, have the freedom to choose to take Zinc Sulfate and even vitamin C as supplements, then you should be aware of, and act, when the opportunity arises, to prevent passage of this truly abhorrent legislation. This is pure FDA/corporate (big pharmaceutical industry) influence on government policy. It has to be stopped. We worked against it during the early-90's, but the THEY in business + government are trying to do it all over again with intimidation, even threats of arrest and closure of health food stores/ nutritional supplements distributors and the health-food industry in general. They continually have to be beaten back - their assaults never seem to end. They have no concept of human nature except that of power and dominance which they use to continually extract unfair profit by putting us, the consumers in weak positions in which normal behavior, a good diet, is prohibited and made illegal. Good luck, and thanks for reading this, if you've gotten this far...
If I'm allergic to Zinc Oxide, am I allergic to Octinoxate as well?
I've known since I was a baby that I'm allergic to Zinc Oxide. I recently purchased a moisturizer containing Zinc Oxide (I didn't know this at the time.) My face began burning, itching, and becoming severely irritated. I immediately washed it off and haven't used it since. However, I purchased a new moisturizer today that doesn't contain Zinc Oxide. However, it contains Octinoxate. My face developed the same symptoms, and turned red and irritated. Are Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide the same thing? Or do they contain similar ingredients? I'm trying to figure out what in this new moisturizer is giving my skin a reaction.

Thank-you. (:
  You may be allergic to more than one substance. In case of creams and dyes there is no guarantee that you will not be allergic to a product even if all the contents looks safe. The only way is to use it on a small area at a safe body part like below the arm and wait for 48 hrs. If there is no allergic reaction then you can use it on the face.
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Dosage info of zinc sulfate supplements?
My dermatologist prescribed zinc sulfate supplements for acne.
She just said take them an hour after meals. Each tablet weighs 200 mg.

I'm seventeen years old, medium build. How much am i suppose to take? how many times a day ? What are the dangers of taking high doses?

Does zinc sulfate really help in clearing up skin?
  Yes, zinc is good for clearing up the skin. My question is, isn't all of the dosage info on the bottle you got? It should tell you how many times a day and how many pills at a time. If you are still confused after looking at the bottle or info that came with the bottle (all prescriptions come with information on dosage and side effects) then please call your doctor.
Huckleberry Sin
zinc tablets is good testrone or goodfor sexual heath in any way for mens?
i am taking zinc sulfate 150 mg. it can increse my pennis or not
aka a
  That is way too much zinc to take everyday. Therapeutic amounts are 30-50 mg...
I heard that sunblock with zinc oxide is very good, is this true and why?
Some company in Australia "Invisible Zinc" promotes zinc oxide in their sunblock.
But is this really true that it's good in sunblock and why?
Is it worth the money? It's ~$70 on amazon.
jerry M
  Zinc is great (especially on your face/lips if you happen to be a person in the sun ALL day).
Zinc Oxide is a NATURAL, PHYSICAL sunscreening agent that sits on your skin refl ecting dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand, merely diffuse rays, usually just UVB. Most chemical sunscreens offer little or no protection against UVA rays.

I am sure this company is just boasting because it doesn't come on to your skin as 'pure white'.
I am sure if you search further you can find plenty of sun screen or zinc without paying $70!
kelly e
Is Titanium Dioxide as good as Zinc Oxide for sunscreen?
I was looking for sunscreens containing zinc oxide, but I wound up finding this "Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion" which contains titanium dioxide. I read some reviews say that titanium dioxide does not block UVA as much as zinc oxide does, but another review said that titanium dioxide is actually better. Any ideas on this?
Ping R
Does zinc oxide help remove skin discoloration due to scars?
I was wondering, because I have a bottle of zinc oxide cream next to me and I don't want to have to go buy some scar treatment that costs 30 bucks.
  Zinc oxide is inert. Save your money, scar treatments don't work.
What's better:white petrolatum or zinc oxide for diaper rash?
Hi, my son has a diaper rash and I was trying to buy something stronger, I was using desitin 10% zinc oxide,so I was looking for higher percent.Then they have desitin60%, but its white petrolatum.So which one do I really need to get his butt better:white petrolatum or zinc oxide? Besides that I am trying to keep his butt dry,no wipes (only tap water cloth to clean him).
Thank you for your help.
Thank you Formerly and Lizzie, you both gave me great info
Which is better for a popped pimple, bacitracin zinc (Neosporin) or zinc oxide (Desitin)?
This is for a popped pimple that wasn't "ready". Can someone please tell me which will get rid of the thing faster or how to prevent a scab (besides a band-aid)?

I appreciate any help!
  Neosporin will help prevent infection which can increase the risk of scarring.
I have the world's worst case of chapped lips. What can I use to take off the peeling skin? Zinc oxide ?
I remeber hearing years ago that zinc oxide cream would slough off the dead skin.
  I've never tried zinc oxide, but vaseline works great!!! just apply a generous amount, use your fingers to rub it, generally the chapped parts will rub off easily... than apply chapstick/vaseline for the next few days and watch it get all smooth again.

Not to mention, vaseline is readily available almost anywhere... supermarket, 99cent stores, thrifty marts, etc...
What is 220 mg zinc sulfate used for?
I'm a pharmacy student, and I have a patient who is on zinc sulfate 220 mg daily. There is no history of a deficiency, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any other indications for this.
Patient has PMH significant for DM, stroke, hyperlipidemia, CAD, Obestiy, sleep apnea, NASH.
  Based on available scientific evidence, zinc may be effective in the treatment of (childhood) malnutrition, acne vulgaris, peptic ulcers, leg ulcers, infertility, Wilson's disease, herpes, acrodermatitis enteropathica and delayed wound healing associated with zinc deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis,and taste or smell disorders. Zinc has also gained popularity for its use in the prevention of the common cold.
Zinc Oxide?
I am PALE as a ghost! I stay away from the sun because I have a scar. (I heard that the scars would stay with you forever if you get a tan AND I get dizzy from the heat!) I have TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Someone suggested to apply "zinc oxide" over my scar. I have ONE scar that bothers me! It's right on my face. It connects my eyebrows. (I have others but it doesn't bother me as much)

How can I apply this to my face? Dab it on with my finger? Use Quality-tip; Q-tip for short? Do I apply it RIGHT on my scar or around it (but if I apply around it, wouldn't it look funny if I ONLY NOT get tanned in that section, right?)?

How, how, how?!?! I realize that I sound like a VAIN MO-FO!!

I heard that SURFERS use Zinc Oxide on their nose - I forgot to include this bit of info before.
  you could use zinc oxide, just dab it on with your finger over the scar. it is white, so you will be going outside with white stuff on your forehead ... it does not rub in.
I would just buy some of the new SPF 50 or 70 sunscreen. make sure you have some that protects against UVA & UVB rays. many of them also have some zinc oxide in them, or other products that are newer that will protect your skin & not be totally opaque & solid white.

to help get rid of your scar you can try a product called mederma - it will help your scar fade a bit.
good luck.
Is Rx Bacitracin for opthalmic use the same as Bacitracin Zinc?
I was given an Rx but I already have a couple packets of Bacitracin Zinc. Are they the same?
This is going on the eyelid, not actually in the eye, BTW.
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  They aren't exactly the same, but I don't know if the topical one would hurt except that I'm sure it would burn like hell if you got it in your eye. I'd recommend getting the ophthalmic one, or the pharmacist might be able to tell you in the store because he or she would have the package inserts that they could check and see just how different they are.

The concentration of bacitracin is the same according to what I can find, but my concern is that the inactive ingredients may not be appropriate for use in or around the eye.
Can i take Vitazinc and Centrum daily?
A doctor advised me to take Vitazinc, because i was suffering from hairloss lately. (I'm 19 years old)
I was wondering if i can take 1 capsule Centrum in the morning and 1 capsule Vitazinc after 12 hours~

Vitazinc composition:
Each capsule contains:
Zinc gluconate (equivalent to 25 mg Zinc) 175 mg
Vitamin A 50.000 I.U.
Vitamin E 100 mg
Dosage: 1-3 Capsules

Centrum composition:
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin D 100%
Vitamin E 100%
Vitamin C 100%
Thiamin (vit B1)100%
Riboflavin (vit B2 ) 100%
Niacin 100%
Vitamin B6 100%
Folacin (folic acid)100%
Vitamin B12 100%
Biotin 100%
Panothenic acid100%
Iron 100%
Iodine 100%
Calcium 20%
Phosphorus 16%
Magnesium 33%
Zinc 90%
The following ingredients are also in centrum, but there is no recommended daily allowance for them.
Vitamin K

Dosage: 1 capsule MAX.
  Please consult a doctor.
Final Fantasy
A zinc oxide or other sunscreen recommended by the Envioronmental Working Group that goes on clear ?
I tried a recommended Zinc Oxide product from Lavera and it makes me as white as a ghost even after a lot of rubbing in, and it also kind of sticks to my arm hairs. The convenience of this is a far cry from the clear sprays which I used to use (which are not recommeneded, the ones I used anyway). I am hoping to find an EWG recommended sunscreen that goes on as clear as possible.
Nathan D
  Okay, I had the same problem trying to find a clear zinc oxide product. Solar Sense makes a clear zinc product for the face:

I have tried this and it does rub in clear. It takes a bit of rubbing and then it dries. If your skin is slightly oily like mine, this may be too greasy for you as I have found it to be. It is slightly moisturizing so it can leave a shine sometimes.

I found another product recommended by the EWG -- the store brand, Walgreens Clear Zinc for Face. This is less shiny for me than the Solar Sense and much cheaper ($6.49 for 4 oz. versus $3.29 for 0.5 oz.)

Zinc oxide is really the best thing for your face because it really blocks out UVA rays (just make sure it's at least 6% zinc oxide).

Another product that goes on clear but is quite hard to rub in is Vanicream Sport 35. It's $9.99 for 4 ounces and you have to ask the pharmacy to order it for you. (Or you can go on the company Website and call them to request a sample. 1-800-325-8232.) I liked Vanicream as it was non-shiny, but it was just VERY thick and hard to rub in (plus it's a pain having to order it from the pharmacy or from the website). With the Walgreens brand I find I rub it in until it still appears slightly white and then after about 15 minutes the shine and whiteness have disappeared.

Stay away from products with Titanium Dioxide. Even though, like zinc oxide, it is a great UVA blocker, titanium dixodie is even MORE whitening than zinc.

For the rest of your body, I would give up on using zinc. It's just too hard to rub in, especially on areas with hair!
Can zinc oxide be used to treat jock itch?
I've been having an itch around the area of my groin and it's very irritating. To my knowladge, I'm almost positive that it's a jock itch - can anyone verify and can I use zinc oxide to treat it?
  Buy a tube of Lotrimin at your local drugstore. Your skin will absorb it and it won't leave a mess like zinc oxide!

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