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Is betadine skin cleanser (povidone iodine 7.5%) safe as a facial wash?

Is betadine skin cleanser (povidone iodine 7.5%) safe as a facial wash?

Not a good idea...: Betadine is a skin disinfectant used prior to surgery. It is likely too harsh to use everyday and some people even become allergic to it. I would not recommend you use it as a routine facial wash. ...Read more

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Is povidone iodine and iodine the same?

Is povidone iodine and iodine the same?

Depends on items: Povidone iodine (betadine) is found in several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) as a strong antiseptic, used to prevent bacterial growth. Iodine is a chemical element that the thyroid gland uses to synthesize thyroid hormone. If you mean tincture of iodine, this is a disinfectant also, with 2-7% iodine. Povidone iodine is less toxic to human cells than tincture of iodine. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could povidone iodine douches get rid of yeast?

Thoughts? Could povidone iodine douches get rid of yeast?

Don't think so.: Yeast infections are due to a fungus called candida which is normally found in the vagina. However, if there is a lack of healthy vaginal bacteria it can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Douching can be one possible cause of overgrowth. ...Read more

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Hydrogen Peroxide or Saline Solution with Povidone Iodine is better solution for cut, abrasion and wound?

Iodine: In general for minor cuts and abrasions the use of antiseptic therapy solutions is not warrented. These solutions (especially H2O2 peroxide) cause cell death and impair wound healing. IF a wound requires cleaning, iodine (specifically iodosorb) has been shown to reduce bacterial load. Therefore, povidone is a better choice than H2O2 for wound cleansing. ...Read more

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