Staph Infection Remedies

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Treatment of staph infection involves draining or removing infection and maintaining an infection-free body until the site of the issue can heal. Natural treatment options are often the most effective and incorporate topical applications as well as oral supplements. Treating staph quickly and effectively is the best way to avoid additional issues.

What is a Staph Infection?

Caused by staphylococcus bacteria, staph infections are derived from a germ that is regularly found on the skin. An infection occurs as the bacteria penetrates the skin via an opening or lesion in the skin itself. Staph infections often range from slight irritations to life-threatening infections and present in a variety of ways. Boils, impetigo, cellulitis and staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome are all commonly associated with staph infections.

Natural Cures for a Bacterial Skin Infection

Staph infections require targeted treatment to prevent spreading of the infection and further complications. Natural remedies incorporate internal and external treatments to eliminate infection from the inside out and vice versa. Options including manuka honey, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are particularly effective.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is a special type of honey from New Zealand that has extensive natural antibacterial healing properties. Manuka honey must be applied to the site of open wounds daily. The honey sterilizes the wound, eliminates spores and eradicates infection.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural extract derived from a plant native to Australia. Known as a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment, tea tree oil is effective as benzoyl peroxide for cleansing and eliminating infection. Additionally, tea tree oil is safe to the skin and soothes the infection site.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective oral treatment for staph infection. A natural antibiotic, apple cider vinegar removes toxins and eliminates infection by alkalizing the body. This vinegar also delivers a number of vitamins and minerals to the body to support overall immune health.

A staph infection is a concerning condition that can progress to more pervasive conditions if left untreated. Treated naturally and aggressively, staph infections can be eliminated and present little threat of further progression.

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Pauline (Vancouver, B.c. Canada) on 05/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

mid March, inflamed red pimple on right wrist, misdiagnosed. one week later, infected ulcer, purple ridges, painful red swelling surrounding tissue. two months later seven ulcers on hand and forearm, two more on chest, one inflamed pimple left cheek.

May 24, Emergency room Dr. diagnoses Staph infection, prescribes new meds, Doxycycline and Bactroban. Next morning after having applied liberal amounts of Bactroban I notice three new inflamed pimples right forearm. Deep breath, stay calm, do not panic, do not scream. I'm scared.

I had previously tried tea tree oil on infection, broke out in hives and my arm became more inflamed. If I were not so worried the light bulb would have gone off sooner. I use holista tea tree conditioner once a week on my scalp, no inflamation and wonderfully soothing. I mix up five drops tea tree oil in one teaspoon water and add this to one tablespoon tea tree conditioner. I wash sores gently with Apple Cider Vinegar and then apply liberal amounts of conditioner. The inflamation is almost gone and no new sores. Cross my fingers and big prayer. thank you for the info on diluting tea tree oil. May 27, staph infection almost gone. Doctor says purple scars will take several month to fade. I am so thankful they are not on my face.

Thank you for this wonderful site, kept me from going off deep end.

Replied by Sandeep
Andhrapradesh, Hyderabad

I am suffering from staphylococcus disease from 7years and I take many antibiotics and it is of no use and what to do...And white pus cells on my scalp are coming regulary.. Can I use tree tea oil and ACV?? Plz tell me...

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Sandeep,

Yes, you could try tea tree essential oil or Apple Cider Vinegar. But if you have dealt with this for years, you are likely going to treat this internally.

I would try 1 cup of milk kefir with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed in to drink, twice a day.

Avoid or processed carbohydrates. Drink plenty of water.

If you want to use the apple cider vinegar, mix it 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and apply a couple of times a day. After it dries, you could add the tea tree essential oil, but I would mix it into some coconut oil, first.

That is what I would try for my family. I hope it will be helpful to you.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lese
Richmond Hill, Ga

Did you have to still take the doxycycline along with the Tea tree, and Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric

Posted by Joyce (South Carolina) on 01/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I tried to report this many years ago, but never found it, so here goes again just in case.

I have raised 4 children and have used natural remedies for over 25 years.

One of my boys got a staph infection in a wound, and before long, it was on everyone. Every time someone got a scratch, it would be infected with Staph. I keep a clean home, but couldn't get this under control even under the recommendations of my physician. The doctor had my family soaking in some solution. It was NOT working!

We had been dealing with this for so many months and it had progressed into almost the whole family erupting with boils. We were miserable.

We got to where we could even recognize the smell of staph. We could especially smell it on the children's skin when they had been out playing and sweating hard. (it sort of reminded me of the smell of eggs)Their skin would reek of it. We had to stop all visiting with other families.

This is what stopped it.

I walked into the bathroom, where one of my children was soaking in the doctor's stuff. The whole bathroom smelled of staph. I realized then that the staph was reproducing right in the bathwater with the doctor's 'special solution'.

I asked God what to do and believe he gave me the answer right then.

I had that child Bathe with 2 cups of ACV Added.

I wiped the whole bathroom and house down with vinegar, then every time the children came in from playing outside, they had to do a soak in the bathtub that had ACV in it. At least 20 minutes.

Every time the kids came in I would check their arms for the smell. If it smelled then they soaked.

That stopped the epidemic in my home.

I used just the cheap ACV for the baths.

The boils were cured by consistency in taking turmeric..especially if any of those little tiny 'pinpricks' were felt on the fanny. This was a telltale that a boil was starting and I started them on ( I think it was a tsp of turmeric 3x a day.) We found we could mix it with yogurt and it went down easier. I am convinced that the boils were from the Staph and being spread from the toilet seat, so I also began wiping the seats often with ACV.

It stopped. Praise God.

I have sent hundreds of people to your site Earth Clinic...THANK YOU.

Replied by Monique
New Jersey

That's a wonderful testimony. I also use ACV to sanitize things and turmeric.

Colloidal Silver

Posted by Csfan (Orange County, California, Usa) on 04/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

A year ago, I had a staph infection that manifested itself as hard-as-marble bumps on my head and a painful sore on my cheek. My dermatologist thought the sore on my cheek was acne and so he prescribed minocycline to handle both issues. I took 100mg of minocycline twice a day for thirty days with two refills. After the fifth day, the bumps and cheek sore were gone. I continued with the minocycline for the entire thirty days but about three weeks after I finished the prescription, hard bumps started appearing on my head.

I got another refill of minocycline and again, by the fifth day the bumps were gone. During the second week of this second round of minocycline, I did research on the internet and decided to supplement the minocycline with a concoction of 1tbsp of virgin coconut oil, 1 tbsp of turmeric and a pinch of pepper all mixed in water. I drank this three times a day. I continued with the turmeric drink even after I finished the minocycline but about three weeks after I finished the minocycline, hard bumps started appearing on my head again.

Another solution that I thought had promise was colloidal silver. I bought a bottle of 500ppm colloidal silver. I read the label and took the recommended adult dosage of 1/2 teaspoon. I did this three times a day. The bumps still grew but at a slower rate.

I decided to go for it. I upped the dosage to 2 tablespoons mixed with bottled water. About two hours afterwards, I noticed that the tops of the bumps had softened. About three hours later, the bumps hardened but were noticeably smaller. On the third day, I ran out of the colloidal silver so I went to the health food store nearest me and bought 30 ppm colloidal silver since they didn't sell the 500 ppm.

I took 2 tablespoons of 30 ppm colloidal silver but didn't notice any change in the bumps two hours later. I drank the rest of the 30 ppm bottle and noticed a very slight softening of the bumps as a result. At that point, I drove back to the original store and bought four bottles of 500 ppm colloidal silver. Two and a half days later, I was cured. It's been six months and I haven't experienced any staph bumps since.

About six days ago, I was coming down with a sore throat and a cough. I didn't even bother measuring out the colloidal silver and mixing with bottled water. I just drank it straight from the bottle. I finished a four ounce bottle in two days. When I woke up the third day, I was feeling great.

500 ppm colloidal silver is a yea for me and no, I didn't turn blue.

Replied by Bethany
Dublin Oh

OK, I'm going to try this. Feel the second eye lid staph infection coming on. The last one I had was just 10 months ago and I reluctantly used antibiotics for it after topical heat pads with essential oils weren't helping. Already have colloidal silver on hand and will let you know what happens. Also am taking tea tree and frankincense internally.

Garlic Oil, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Lea (Ca) on 09/15/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I developed a nasal staph sore (diagnosed) a few months ago, was prescribed an antibiotic cream which healed it but 2 months later the sore returned. I tried the same antibiotic cream and it no longer worked.

Realizing that I had become resistant to the antibiotic, I decided to try using a strong homemade solution of garlic oil, and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. I applied the oil with a Q-Tip, in both nostrils, several times a day. It took longer to heal than when I first used the antibiotic cream, but it did heal! I will continue using it for a few more days, just to make sure that the sore is gone.

Herbs, Diet, ACV and Baking Soda

Posted by Phylene Gaffney (Barrow, Alaska) on 06/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Staph Remedies: Living in the Northern most region has caused my body to go through various changes. I have found the lack of sunlight, long dark cold winters and heavy polluted winds over the ocean from China are definitely part of the problem. Originally I only had a small bump on the side of my nose. Other problems, such as blood pressure increase caused my to go to the hospital and get checked. Unfortunately, doctors here are not familiar with many strains of staph and did not get a diagnosis, but wanted me on blood pressure pills. This went on until I finally went to Colorado and saw a Chinese Herbalist who tested me and found the staph. Since that time I have had herbal tonic, clean diet, vinegar/baking soda/honey and water mix and LIMU cleanse. Natural cures seem to take along time but it is slowly healing. It is been about a year. I believe if I was in a different area with green plants and sunshine it would probably heal faster.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Brian ( West Palm Beach, Fl) on 11/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had a horrific staff infection on my chin which spread to my neck and parts of my face. Topical 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) followed by topical Neosporin worked miraculously for me.
I tried just about every natural suggestion that I could find both topically and internally including colloidal silver, tumeric, megadosing vitamin C and B3, eating super clean, tea tree oil, coconut oil, magnesium chloride, topical neosporin, and maybe a couple of other things I can't remember. Topical coconut oil soothed the pain and itching but nothing worked and it just kept getting worse.
I had read about hydrogen peroxide but people were saying that it caused scarring so I was reluctant. I was desperate so I mixed 11 parts distilled water to one part 35% hydrogen peroxide and put it on topically. It was excruciatingly painful for about one minute but then after that, there was significant relief. I could almost feel the reversal of the condition immediately. I made the mistake of letting it dry and it became like a hard crust so I soaked it again in peroxide about one hour later and followed it with topical Neosporin to keep it from crusting. I did this four or five times a day, sometimes soaking a cloth in hydrogen peroxide and leaving it on my face for as long as I could handle the pain. In two days, it was completely cleared up with no scarring (possibly from food grade instead of the stuff that has other things added). I hope this helps others.
PS- I tried Neosporin first by itself but it didn't work. Coconut oil seemed to dry out too fast so I chose neosporin for the moisturizer following hydrogen peroxide.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Bel (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My staph infection began with angular cheilitis on both sides of my mouth, which I got from eating rice cakes that cut into my skin. The angular cheilitis wouldn't heal, as it was aggravated each time I ate. Soon a red rash appeared around the side of my mouth and my lips dried out and cracked.

The rash changed from red and bumpy to orange and crusty. My dry lips also developed an orange scab all over and my lips would tingle if I pressed them together.

I was drinking 3mg vitamin c daily, taking B-Complex + B2, Vitamin E and Zinc, getting daily sun for Vitamin D and eating liver pate for Vitamin A and B12.

The angular cheilitis healed after 1.5 weeks, but the rash persisted and looked angry now, with its constant peeling. Cracks had also formed in the skin area now as well as on the lips. And I also had developed many small cysts on my face, particularly around the mouth area.

Off to the doctor I went who wanted to prescribe oral antibiotics, despite telling her I've had over 30 rounds in my lifetime and was in this state because of my weakened immune system. She prescribed a topical antibiotic cream instead and swab testing for staph and herpes.

I started adding a little gel to the rash and things improved within hours. I also started colloidal silver and grapeseed extract internally. Things improved a little, but after a few days, I was experiencing other problems. My lips became inflamed and red, there was a burning sensation every time I urinated and I had developed a sore inside my nose. I had killed too much.

My lab results confirmed no herpes but Staphylococcus Aureus which was already resistant to some antibiotics. Doctor prescribed oral antibiotics. I threw the script out, stopped all home treatments and started again.

Lip balm: Mix of coconut oil, liquid grapeseed extract and a little petroleum jelly. Applied frequently to lips during the day (cracks = reinfection). Lips dried out too quickly without the petroleum Jelly.

Rash treatment: Colloidal Silver applied to rash and any cysts on face. After application, the solution would dry and I would feel dry tightness in the rash. At this time, I applied kefir mixed with 2 probiotic capsules (64billion) as a face mask to repopulate good bacteria on the skin and outnumber the staph. Reapplied lip balm mentioned above after washing off.

All over body treatment: Water fast to rebalance everything internally.

Night treatment: Applied colloidal silver to rash and lips. Let it dry, then applied a zinc and castor oil cream to affected areas. My cream contained zinc oxide 75mg/g and castor oil 500mg/g. Slept on my back with a pillow under my knees which prevents rolling over to the side and smearing cream onto the pillow.

House treatment: Cleaned surfaces with Apple Cider Vinger, cleaned sheets with bleach. Sun dried sheets and clothing.

Top photo: Improvement after 2 days of starting antibiotic cream and silver plus grapeseed internally. Things deteriorate after that with more orange scabs on the lips and more peeling of the rash.

Bottom photo: Improvement after just 24 hours of water fast and new skin regime. Internal nose sore healed.

Currently, I have no more areas affected by staph, however I am left with a lot of marks from the small cysts that appeared, hopefully they will fade soon.

Replied by Kenepeters

Dear EC, HELP A BROTHER AGAINST STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS AND YEAST BLOOD INFECTIONS IN BLOOD... I'm in tears. I contacted staph aures in secondary SCHOOL toilet and since then I have tried so many antibiotics but to no avail.. (Don't even mention any) At times after taking the injections it disappears and reappear. Its more than 14 years I'm battling to get it out if my system. I have been asking GOD why me. Now I'm approaching 33 with no wife and children. I tried some African herbs but non have given me 100 percent healing but for sure herbs helped me a bit.

Please this staph has been moving from one place to the other in my body. I now experience severe pain at my waist, There was a time I took 1000 mg of vitamin C x3-4 a with bioflanoids. At times I do take cucumber and water. Now I'm also experiencing shortness of urine and pain beside my stomach. PLEASE SAVE A LIFE.... I'M 32 YEARS OLD.. I thankGod for the person that established this and may God continue to bless us all.

Replied by Teena
Melbourne, Australia
188 posts

Dear Kenepeter,

Considering repeated administering of antibiotics damages gut and therefore severely compromises immune system, that would be the area I would start. The leaky gut diet, which allows for maximum intake of easily absorbable vitamins and minerals with minimum digestive effort, basically consists of bone broth for its collagen and minerals, and green vegetable juices (or blended), allowing the body's energy to be used solely for healing. I would do this for minimum 3 days, also drinking water if wanted. I would make a turmeric and castor oil paste to apply to sores immediately. And after the three days of repair add one teaspoon turmeric to bone broth twice a day and ginger half inch to juices/blends. Avoid sugars and inflammatory grains as they feed the yeast, this is only temporary change, although sugar should be restricted anyway to avoid other health issues. Mrsa infection caused by Staph aureus should not be squeezed, this allows the bacteria to spread to healthy skin, allow the poultice to draw it out. I will take the vitamin c at a high dose, 1000mg every hour until loose stools, then reduce to every 2 hours, 4 hours etc, this acts as antioxidant and cleans up the toxins killed by the turmeric and ginger. Of course boosts the immune system. Lysine also, Ted recommended four doses an hour apart to kick start the immune system to enable defence. That is (eg) 3,4,5,6pm dosing. Use a journal to see what benefits you, monitoring dosages, frequency, foods, to see what helps you and what aggravates (processed dairy may be one, bread from unsoaked grains another). I would raise the turmeric slowly to 4 times a day, and, if required, every four hours. Every body is different, you may replace the turmeric with garlic cloves, iodine, grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf infused tea, coconut oil, or oregano oil. Or your herbs that worked for you before. Listen to your body and keep researching, if you repair your body and give it what it needs to heal, it will.

Some inspiration for you:

Replied by Marnie
Nampa, Id

Great ideas from Teena.

I was also just reading about Manuka Honey. It's been shown that this particular type of honey with a UMF of at least 15 will eliminate MRSA. It can be taken internally (by the spoonful a few times a day) as well as applied topically.

Best to you!

Posted by Patrick (New Haven, CT) on 06/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

So I've been battling with Staph for many years...I think I may have caught it in high school or college as I was a dancer. I've gone every route possible...expensive derm Dr.'s in NY...anything that I could find to kill germs...EVERYTHING! Last November I visited the most amazing naturopath in Santa Fe... Govinda McCrostey. Three things to do.

1. sugar and anything the body turns into sugar feeds the staph.
2. Natural anti-bacterials such as Olive Leaf Extract, Uva Ursi, Usnea, Melissa, Noni, Colloidal Silver will all work on ridding the body.
3. Stop any crazy body and household cleaners and go the natural route. Treat your body and the environment you live in gently and it will calm down. I have been using very gentle soaps and moisturizing (BWC Vitamin C Lotion)

It's summer in NY and usually I'm covered in red dots. Well...this summer one or two. I put a bit of colloidal silver on them, maybe a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar, and all is good. No boils, no crazy infections and no pain. So...feel free to contact me for my thoughts but keep the diet clean (honestly I'm so bad at that) and avoid the sugar.

Oregano Oil and Turmeric

Posted by Marlous (Amsterdam) on 07/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Curing Staphylococcus Aureus Naturally

Traveling through South America for some months I got caught by Staphylococcus. Most of my journey I spent in the Jungle where you are easily infected by the bacteria since you due with little wounds or infections like insect bites, cuts, chafings ect. I have to admit I underestimated the risk of getting serious trouble over these little harmless wounds, but the Jungle teached me, by all times, take serious care of the most little scratch & bite.

My infection started on a boat journey from Leticia to Iquitos, which meant there was no remedy straight away. I had to wait for 3 days to start my treatment. In that time the infection grew tremendiously. In the first stage, before entering the boat, it seemed a huge pimple was accumulating on my left elbow. During the trip, I was in inmense pain and the infection grew and grew.

By the time I arrived in Iquitos my arm was twice as big. Friends from Iquitos told me it must be Staph. However to be 100% I tested myself in a hospital, which outcome said indeed I was infected by Staphylococcus Aureus. They took out the infection in the hospital, but despite the strength of the infection - I already found a new spot on my leg, which meant it was spreaded through my whole body - I refused to take the regular antibiotics and was convinced (and scared as well! ) to cure it naturally.

Now, a couple of months later, the infection did not return and I decided to do a measurement at a naturopathic doctor back in Amsterdam. The results did not lie... no traces of Staph are left in my body!!! Which made me decide to share my story/treatment, in the hope it might help others in the future!

I was lucky, because I friend of mine was familiar with the disease, he onces got infected himself and cured it naturally as well. But it was a 7 month struggle of trying all sorts of things. His investigation made my healing process go much faster and gave me strenght to do so. Plus it made me aware if I would document it I could help others in the future, the main reason why I did a test in the hospital, after my return and I made a photo diary of the first two weeks.


Staph is very infectious, so one of the most important things is to be extremely sterile. Change your bedsheets daily, do not wear your clothes more than one day and keep the clothes away from other laundry (in a seperate bag), spray your whole body with either alcohol (highest percentage you can get) or Apple cider vinegar every day. Do not touch people if it is not necessary. Keep doing all of this as long as you have an open wound. This seems to be a lot of work, and yes, it is. But to cure it naturally and to keep your envionment safe, you should be dedicated and mindfull. You will get used to it.

Second, keep your body in a alkaloid PH. Eat healthy. Avoid Sugar!!! Many Veggies, like carrots, broccoli and fruits which do not contain too much sugar like apples. Eat a lot of fresh ginger and Garlic. Drink a spoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water daily. Perfect time to loose some extra weight and mind your diet.

To cure

* I used Wild Oregano Oil externally and internally. 1 to 3 drops into a spoon of coconut oil, adding it on the wound with a bandage and internally flushing the mouth with it for about 20 seconds and swallow it after. Make sure you mix it with Oil, not with water, cause that will burn your skin, literally! I did this 1 or 2 times a day. I was impressed to see the result of the Oregano Oil, when I dripped a drup of it on the starting infections (blisters) they just disappeared within a couple of hours. Magical really! They never had the chance to grow and become serious infections. Which made the whole healing process go much much faster.

* on top of the Wild Oregano Oil I made a turmeric paste. Which contained fresh turmeric root (1 teaspoon, grated), a spoon of cold pressed coconut oil, finely grained black pepper (to activate the turmeric) and additionally you could use fresh Aloe vera. Grain the mixture, make a bandage with half of the mixture (leave it on till you refresh it), and drink the other half poored in a glass of water. I took it internally twice a day, and externally I added it before sleeping and kept the bandage on the whole night. Make it fresh every time you use it.

I believe you can cure the staph completely by this method, however you should keep on taking turmeric and/or Oregano Oil internally up to some weeks/months after the infection started to get it completely 100% out of your system. Especially when you have it running through your whole body like I did. That will be the most difficult part, cause you THINK you are cured, but if there is only 1% left, you have the chance it will return, maybe months later, and you have to go through the whole thing again. So stay dedicated!!!

I took Kambo/Sapo (an Amazonian healing method, which is basically frog poision) on top of that. Since I was in the Amazon already I did 3 sessions. It is a big allround physical cleaner, and very effective to heal infections. 1,5 week after I started using Oregano Oil and Turmeric I did the treatments with Kambo. I was impressed by the healing over Turmeric and Oregano Oil, but wanted to give it an extra push.

I do not know which of the three elements (kambo, Wild Oregano Oil, Turmeric) is most effective for healing Staph, but the combination of three does it 100% for sure!

I hope this post give you the tools and strength to cure this crazy infection naturally! You need to be dedicated, but it is possible for sure.

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation

Posted by Seth (Cinebar, Wa.) on 06/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I had a staph infection in my hand that went septic 4 years ago. Then my kidney started hurting. Eventually my doctor tested my urine and said I had an infection. I'm assuming it's staph but I don't know for sure. I took many rounds of antibiotics. It always came back.

Just recently I started going to a naturopath after I stumbled upon some info about ubi therapy. Basically they expose your blood to ultraviolet light. It kills a lot of bacteria and damages some which makes a vaccine-like effect. My first treatment had a dramatic effect. I was feeling 10 time better within a few days. I've been to 4 treatments so far and am getting progressively better.

I'm also drinking kefir and taking vitamins to boost my immune system as prescribed. I've recently started doing vitamin c titration with powdered vitamin c from ebay. I think its working with the ubi very well. I'll update when I'm cured.

Vitamin C

Posted by Sonia (San Diego, Ca) on 04/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I picked up something like staph on my chin after using someone's face powder. It began with an itch, next day a chunk of skin fell off my chin area. It itched pretty much all night. By late afternoon my entire skin below nose line was falling off in chunks. I had called my doctor who prescribed antibiotics but I was waiting for my son to pick it up for me in the meantime I prayed for help from God and I heard this instruction: take Vitamin C tablets, pound them and apply directly to the affected area. I was scared and weirded out but did it. The itching stopped within a short time. I took 1000 mg pill form with soup for dinner since I couldn;'t move my mouth too much. Went to bed and in the morning there seemed to be great relief so I did the same thing. By day three I was on road to recovery. Never took the antibiotics. New skin came back within a couple weeks. I have photographs of different stages but can't find it, have lots of things in a storage. This happened in 2012. No more sharing face powder or anything else with anyone!