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Rosacea News July 2010

Thymol Iodides

Demodex removal procedure performed utilizing thymol iodides as a final step in the procedure.

Thymol iodides, used as a powder or solution, is a mixture of iodine derivatives of thymol (a component of the thyme plant), containing (in USP* grade) not less than 43% iodine.

The powder is a potent, non-toxic antiseptic, anaesthetic (similar to propofol), bactericide, antiparasitic and fungicide which accelerates the healing of compromised skin.

Suitable even as part of a healing protocol for first degree burns, we often use thymol iodides in the treatment of rosacea for short periods of time, particularly following procedures.

Capable of eradicating mites, thymol iodides are also an excellent adjunct in the treatment for the elimination of demodex mites implicated in the cause or worsening of rosacea.

Unfortunately, owing to their rarity (the product requires highly specialist knowledge to extract, and there are only a few sources worldwide), and the need for refrigerated international air freight, thymol iodides are relatively expensive.

USP = Pharmaceutical grade according to US FDA regulations.

A Case Against Long-Term Antibiotic Use: Folliculitis

Indiscriminate and infrequently monitored antibiotic use can pave the way for serious infection.


Gram-negative* folliculitis is characterized by the sudden development of superficial pustules in patients suffering from long-standing rosacea treated with oral and/or topical antibiotics.

The long-term use of antibiotics creates an ecological imbalance of microbial flora, suppressing gram-positive resident organisms.

A variety of gram-negative* bacteria are involved, including Pseudomonas and Enterobacteriaceae.

The condition can affect any part of the body.

Treatment-resistant folliculitis is only one of the possible complications of extended topical or systemic (oral) antibiotic use in rosacea treatment.

To avoid adverse effects, minimize antibiotic use as recommended by a health care professional with expertise in the long-term management of rosacea.

"Gram negative” refers to the staining pattern of the organisms in the laboratory. Certain bacteria do not take up a stain known as “Gram.”

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Saturday, 10 July 2010.


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