Comment from: 65-74 Male 10 years or more Caregiver Published: January 02

I have used PhysoHex for over 40 years, with no side effects that I'm aware of. I use it as a daily face wash once a day in the shower. The reason for using was that I had minor facial blemishes that hand soaps would irritate. The product I started with was called PhysoDerm and then ( a name and probably ingredient ) changed to PhysoHex about 10 or 15 years ago. Just lately it changed again from a liquid runniness fluid to a gel type, this time the chemical make up is quite noticeable as is the texture, as far effectiveness, it does not clean as well and leaves a oily residue.

Comment from: 72coolaub 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 19

I have used Phisohex for several years because I have a disease called Hydrodenitis Superiova. It is the only thing that works for the boils and abscesses I suffer from. I'm at my wits end now that it is no longer available. Can anyone give me an alternative. Hebiclens only causes more problems for me.

Related Reading: phisohex

Comment from: 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: October 22

My husband and I have used this for over 40 years for varying conditions such as small cuts to poison ivy with no ill effects. It is a GREAT cleanser and helps heal like no other. We swear by it (and we don't swear).

Comment from: deedle 55-64 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: October 07

I had boil-like bumps in my hair, very painful. Used Phisohex for a couple years, then doctor discontinued treatment. Bumps are back. New doctor ok'd using Phisohex again, pharmacy had to special order it so I'm waiting to get it...I am thrilled to be able to use it again! I hope they haven't changed it!

Related Reading: phisohex | treatment

Comment from: 45-54 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: October 17

burnt the shit out of my face

Comment from: josh 19-24 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 01

I have been using phisohex for approximately four months now and i have seen a noticeable difference. My acne outbreaks are reduced. Only a few samll outbreaks every so often. The scarring is still noticeable but breakouts have reduced significantly.

Related Reading: phisohex | acne

Comment from: musaraigne 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: July 18

(1) The website does not allow a choice of "reason" so I will state it here: I was a nurse in England and I used Phisohex, (as recommended) for years. I never had any side effect from it. I also used it occasionally at home for my face if I had a cold and I never had herpes problem. I suspect that this product was too good and often misused, so the patronizing FDA forbade it. On the other hand, it now approves many drugs who make people sicker or even kill them, but that is OK. Big drug companies make a bundle out of it and FDA gets its share no doubt. As another person said, get it with a prescription or go online to a Canadian pharmacy. I am sorry to say that the FDA is another government agency tuned dysfunctional. I was so proud of it once upon a time.

Related Reading: phisohex

Comment from: johnsalter2012 75 or over Male 10 years or more Patient Published: June 06

Used pHisoHex 55 years to control staph on head and also control body odor under arms but now my supply is exhausted and I can not find more. Boils recur on scalp, need more pHisoHex to control it. Nothing else helps at all. HELP !!! --js

Related Reading: phisohex | staph

Comment from: Jabramsaar 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 30

I just got this today, so I haven't used it yet, but I have HS, and I've only heard good things. I see a lot of reviewers saying they can't find it. It is still on the market, but it is ONLY BY PRESCRIPTION NOW. They keep it behind the counter in the pharmacy. A lot of pharmacies don't keep it in stock anymore, so call your dr first to have them call you in some, just in case

Comment from: AJ smiley 19-24 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: June 07

I use this for acne. It works wonders for my dad. It does not seem to work for me. Lately my acne just seems to have gotten worse. I would not rule out trying it though as it as worked wonders for many people.

Related Reading: acne

Comment from: Czech Chick 45-54 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: May 20

For years (starting in my teens now 51)Phisohex helped some of my skin irritations from acne, boils and psoriasis. I only used when I had flare ups. Over the last 3 year I have not been able to get it. I referenced it to my doctor - never heard of it Hmmm. I must admit I called it prescription Phisoderm. Just yesterday, I was informed by pharmacist at the local CVS - that he recalled the product, not much call for it and if I had a script he could try to special order it - but doubted it was still produced. I will be more specific when I see my physician next and see what happens, but like many of the other reviews, I wonder is it still even manufactured and can you get it in the U.S. via prescription?

Related Reading: phisohex | acne | psoriasis

Comment from: ftrrd 25-34 Female Caregiver Published: May 07

For everyone writing about pHisoHex: This product was in fact used regularly by many in the 1950's and 60's and it was used to bathe newborns in. However, the reason you do not find it anymore in drug stores is because it was found that the chemical causes neurological damage with prolonged use. You should not try and order this product from out of the country and use it for this reason among many others associated with buying meds from another country!

Related Reading: phisohex

Comment from: Female Patient Published: April 30

Phisohex was prescribed to me because I had 5 episodes of MRSA skin infections and I have been told to use it for 2 weeks daily all over my body. I will be done in 2 days and am praying I have no more MRSA. It was prescribed by my MD and I had no issues getting it from CVS.

Related Reading: phisohex | mrsa

Comment from: dznuts 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 07

about 12 years ago my bf's parents brought me this product from canafda. I have such bad acne around my mouth and between my eyebrows. THis is the only product that ever worked. It cleared it up with one wash right in front of my eyes. I could never find it again. Years later I asked a dermatologist and he said he thinks its not sold int he states cause it causes tumors in monkeys. Well I don't know the truth but i want it. I am breaking out like i am 17 again and nothing is working. all the products i use make it worse. the only place i can find Phisohex is on ebay from Australia. for like $35.00 for a small bottle.

Related Reading: acne | phisohex

Comment from: help2 55-64 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: August 26

I have boils occasionally and this does seem to help. They no longer carry it across the counter. Some pharmacy's tell you that you have to have a perscription and when you do they tell you you can buy it over the counter but have to order it.To my surprise the 5oz bottle was $27.00 and the l6 oz bottle was $57. Why such a increase over the years? We all used this for years for acme.

Comment from: 45-54 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: August 10

As a kid growing up from 1961 on, Phisohex was a mainstay in our OTC products. Used for uncomfortable skin rashes of all sorts, a cleanser, a antiseptic scrub etc. It always healed the effected area in short order. Often it was used in a warm bath for soaking groin/sweat rash after days of football practice. My mom was a RN and it was a standard item in the dr's office and can't find it anywhere and no one including the local doctors or nurses seem to be able to indicate why? I had a recent skin rash which was treated with a week of Prednisone, Bactrum, and a ointment for two weeks and it still hasn't gone away...I am willing to bet one soak or two in a hot tub with my good ol friend Phiso and I would not still be in pain but completely rash free! PUT IT BACK ON THE MARKET

Related Reading: phisohex | skin rash | prednisone


About how much does an adult human brain weigh? See Answer
Comment from: Lynn 55-64 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 11

As a teenager in the late 1960s, I used this product for the treatment of acne. My doctor had recommended it to me and at that time it could be purchased over the counter. It worked wonders! I wish it was available now for my teenage daughter's acne. Is it available by prescription?

Related Reading: treatment | acne

Comment from: 1stgrambo 65-74 Female 2 to less than 5 years Caregiver Published: June 23

My daughter had cradle-cap & exzema when she was a baby. Nothing I tried seemed to help, until I got pHisoHex. It cleared the cradle cap up in one treatment & it never came back. The exzema took a bit longer, but no ill effects were noted, either. She is now in her 50's & going strong. I thought this had been taken off the market. My Dachshund has a skin condition & I thought he could benefit from pHisoHex, too. I hope I can find it somewhere.

Related Reading: phisohex | treatment

Comment from: NONAME 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 17

Use for HYDRADENITIS SUPPERATIVA (boils in groin, buttocks, underarm and under breasts and belly. Wash everyday.Please never take off market UNLESS YOU FIND A CURE FOR H.S. Have had HS on and off for 36 years.

Comment from: samk44 35-44 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: January 30

I have been using this product for several years. Our family was hit by MRSA infections and our Dr. had us use bactroban and this soap after we showered. We left it on for about a minute or two, then rinsed off. It was the only thing that controlled the outbreak in our family and prevented it from returning. We only use it occasionally now. I am about to run out of what I had left and I can't find it anywhere. I am really in a panic. I don't know what our family will do without it. MRSA is a very serious thing and very contageous. Why would they take this off the market when it's the only thing that helps with this infection? It makes no sense at all, unless they want people to suffer. Why can't they just keep it away from use on babies and small children if it harms them and give them something milder to use. We need this. It also keeps my Lupus rash in control. Please bring this back. Our whole family will be miserable without it.

Related Reading: mrsa | lupus


Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors