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Skin Cream: "All Natural" Isn’t Always Better

I learned something interesting today from Dr. Benabio’s Derm Blog: bacteria love to grow in skin cream. He said that it was kind of like cream cheese – leaving it out at room temperature would cause it to go bad pretty quickly, were it not for the usual preservatives. He described an outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection in a hospital ICU – caused by nurses using “all natural” European (preservative-free) skin cream on their patients.

So there you have it folks – deadly bacteria are indeed “all natural.”This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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2 Responses to “Skin Cream: "All Natural" Isn’t Always Better”

  1. RH Host Melissa says:

    Yuck!  Like cream cheese huh?  That is just gross, lol.   

  2. colonixdrnatura says:

    I was wondering if colon cleansing is important to skin health. Their has been lots of buzz about colonix aka Dr Natura

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