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Are the Products in Bargain Stores Safe for Consumers?


The Owl

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Talking to a Tissue Specialist last week who was brought in to help solve the problem of excoriation of my skin surrounding the never healing MRSA wound I have had now for over three years and which has re-opened again in all its horror, I was amazed when she started questioning me about where I bought my cleansing products, like shower-gel, tooth-paste, washing up liquid, washing powder and deodorants. I told her I bought them where they are cheapest, in the well-known high street bargain stores and she advised me not to. She feels, and she claimed a lot of her colleagues feel, that the quality of well known brands is not the same as the same brands sold in regular supermarket chains.

I have always presumed that these goods were sold so cheaply in bargain stores because of faulty packaging or some such error, or simply that their sale by date was nearing completion, but now I wonder. What if these products are faulty in some way? Would well-known brands allow faulty goods out into the public domain? I doubt it. I can save an awful lot of money by buying my cleansing goods at these stores, including a lot of food-stuffs and am loathe to give up on these savings.

Any thoughts on the opinion of the health worker would be gratefully received.
 


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Would it not be easy enough to compare ingredients?
 

RobertW

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Unless she gave specific reasons and identified specific chemicals that are in the cheaper brands and not the more expensive brands then I've a sneaking feeling that your "tissue specialist" is just a bit of a snob.

I'd ignore that advice.
 
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Your friend has no clue....

Same companies make supermarket brands that make their own brands.

Why would they destroy their own reputation.

Do you think Kerry Foods as a leading Brand and supermarket brand producer would have their name and reputation destroyed by doing this ?

Same applies for everybody else as once found out their customers i.e. supermarkets don't need them as bad publicity.
 

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Thank you Heligoland. Stupidly enough I never thought of fakes being sold as the real thing, but of course there have been many instances brought to light, including viagra, which I hasten to add I do not use as I am a woman and a born again virgin.....unfortunately.
I got those fake viagra - total flop.
 

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Thank you Heligoland. Stupidly enough I never thought of fakes being sold as the real thing, but of course there have been many instances brought to light, including viagra, which I hasten to add I do not use as I am a woman and a born again virgin.....unfortunately.
A born again what?
 

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There are many cases of " fake" brands being sold at times unwittingly . Recently they discovered a whole bottling line in a industrial unit in Birmingham that was churning out 29k bottles a day of vodka that was labelled like a well known brand . Can't see why it wouldn't happen with other products.
 

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Thank you Heligoland. Stupidly enough I never thought of fakes being sold as the real thing, but of course there have been many instances brought to light, including viagra, which I hasten to add I do not use as I am a woman and a born again virgin.....unfortunately.
Jesus Owl..get a grip !! You shouldn't be using anything on your skin except the medication for your wound and glycerine watered down slightly for the rest of it.
 

The Owl

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Jesus Owl..get a grip !! You shouldn't be using anything on your skin except the medication for your wound and glycerine watered down slightly for the rest of it.
I'm supposed to use hibiscrub at least 4 times a week but I like to smell nice and well, fragrant. But I will take your advice on board and do what you have ordered me to do. I promise.
 

The Owl

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A born again what?
Virgin, Robert. It's been so long and I thought to meself seeing all these born again christian posters why can't I be a born again virgin?

I also get a great kick out of saying it to the anti-abortion males when they attack me for telling them to come see me when they get pregnant, otherwise feck off. I live a very sad life as you can see. Have to get my kicks where I can find em.
 

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2 euro shops sell stuff for 2 euro like dog biscuits and tinfoil!
What's the problem with them?
 

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It's extremely doubtful that the cost of the products you're using is the issue. Even more expensive skincare and personal hygiene products may contain a range of ingredients which can cause contact dermatitis and other skin problems in people who already have problems with their skin, or other underlying health problems.

Cosmetic and personal hygiene products are some of the most heavily regulated products within the EU. The vast majority of these products on sale in discount stores are produced to exactly the same standards as more expensive products, although they will contain cheaper ingredients and a lot more water.

The main ingredient of most personal hygiene products is actually water (marked as 'Aqua' on the packaging)>

You need to switch to alternative products which don't contain these potential allergens, assuming that they are the cause of your skin problems.

Try unperfumed products for a while and see what happens. If that doesn't work, then it's unlikely that personal hygiene products are the cause of your problems.

Try some Bio Oil if you like: http://www.bio-oil.com/en-us/
 
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I got those fake viagra - total flop.
Did the experience not at least stiffen your resolve as a consumer?

The crucial thing with skin products is to educate yourself about the kinds of ingredients that are commonly used and then read the packaging carefully.
 

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I'm supposed to use hibiscrub at least 4 times a week but I like to smell nice and well, fragrant. But I will take your advice on board and do what you have ordered me to do. I promise.
Hibiscrub on an open wound 4 times a week?
Sounds a bit harsh.
Ask them about hibitane, it's hibiscrub without the soap added and is used for wounds, hibiscrub can delay healing.
 

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Talking to a Tissue Specialist last week who was brought in to help solve the problem of excoriation of my skin surrounding the never healing MRSA wound I have had now for over three years and which has re-opened again in all its horror,
Did the health worker mention using Manuka honey? It is being used in hospitals to prevent infection by MRSA.

Particularly striking in the study, was the information about effectiveness of Active Manuka Honey on wounds with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Of 10 wounds that were affected with MRSA at the start of the study, seven of the wounds showed no presence of the bacteria after just four weeks of treatment with Manuka honey.
Health Research Board: Outcomes

It is worth a try but note the honey should carry the UMF trademark and should be +10 or more to be effective. You can buy it any health food store. A relative of mine had Bowens disease (leg ulcer) and the consultant dermatologist recommended she use it after treatment to prevent infection. We use it at home for everything and it is particularly good in easing sore throats. I would highly recommend trying it. Although it is a bit expensive to buy the pure honey, a jar goes a long way.

The only independent quality assurance currently available is the UMF trademark which guarantees a specified level of UMF anti bacterial activity. So, the most reliable Active Manuka Honey for medical use is Active Manuka Honey carrying the UMF trademark as well as the associated number (+10, +12, +15 etc). If the jar doesn’t carry the UMF trademark it hasn’t been independently tested via the Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand.
Raw Manuka Honey
 

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I'm supposed to use hibiscrub at least 4 times a week but I like to smell nice and well, fragrant. But I will take your advice on board and do what you have ordered me to do. I promise.
Hibiscrub 4 times a week! Yikes! Maybe review that with your clinician, seems a tad harsh.
 

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