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There are many things that smart consumers concern themselves with whenever they order medicine online. While the Internet is a convenient place to seek out things like prescription medication without having to leave the comfort of one's home, there is another side to things. The Internet, unlike the real world, is not regulated by any authority and, by nature, can be almost impossible to effectively police. There are numerous ways that even the most effective monitoring authority can fail, not the least of which are questions of jurisdiction that arise due to the Internet's nature. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration has given a few bits of helpful advice for anyone who plans to order medicine online.

The first bit of advice is that consumers should be wary of sites that sell drugs that are illegal offline. This can appear in a number of ways, such as when the medication in question is illegal in the US, but not in other countries. This can sometimes be the case for some antidepressants, anti-impotence drugs, and weight loss products. Other times, the medication in question could be considered illegal in most countries. In such a case, the website is likely an illegitimate one that consumers should avoid at all costs. The FDA advises that US customers not purchase any illegal or restricted medication off the Internet, citing that they're banned by the FDA because they might have harmful side effects or have not been put through thorough testing.

Other concerns pointed out by the FDA are those online pharmacies that allow users to order medicine online based on questionnaires. As any doctor or medical professional will tell you, filling in a questionnaire about your symptoms and your medical history is no substitute for an actual consultation with a flesh-and-blood doctor. Arguably, even over-the-phone and webcam-based consultations don't quite come close enough to providing enough information for a proper diagnosis. Besides the possible lack of details, there is also the very real risk of an incorrect diagnosis.�The dangers of taking a drug, even one that doesn't require a prescription, based solely on the results of an online questionnaire (which can only accommodate a limited number of variables) can prove disastrous to someone's health. This can become even worse if the drugs do not have FDA approval, or are known to be dangerous when taken incorrectly.

Some FDA officials have also expressed alarm over the fact that some websites do not check for the prescriptions whenever orders are placed. A number of online pharmacies sell prescription-only drugs, but do not have a visible system for checking the validity of the order by asking for a copy of the prescription. This means that just about anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection can order any prescription-only medication without having to provide a prescription. This is, according to most authorities, the largest bypassing of any FDA regulation that has been found on the Internet, aside from selling illegal medications.

The online pharmacy industry does have some form of self-policing in place. The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program put into place by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is an example of this. The standards of the program are rigid and very strict, designed to make it difficult for fraudulent sites to be certified as a compliant and trustworthy online pharmacy. The guidelines the program uses determine which sites gain approval, as well as which sites retain it.

Face Washing__The_Core_Of_A_Good_Skincare_Regimen

The act of washing one's face is one of the fundamental steps that a person can take in the realm of skincare, such that its place as the cornerstone of a skincare regimen is hardly arguable. This is a basic act, one that does not require too much effort or time to be expended in doing it, and really just asks that the person have a reasonable level of manual dexterity and access to a supply of clean water. Washing your face also happens to be one of the very few things that dermatologists are not going to dispute each other over, simply because it works the way it should. Granted, it is advisable that it not be the only part of a skincare regimen, but it does form an integral component.

People should take care to make sure that their hands are clean prior to washing their face, if only because it would be the logical thing to do. Since people are going to be using their hands to wash their face, it would be sensible to make sure that the hands are as clean as possible, to avoid doing damage when the action is supposed to be preventing damage. Aside from the prerequisite water, rinsing the hands with soap can help clean off any visible dirt and acts as a preliminary measure for getting rid of bacteria that might be on there.

Hot water is not advisable for washing your face with. This is a common mistake, particularly because it is a simple matter to confuse hot water with warm water. In reality, warm water is best used because it opens up the pores, allowing the water to flow in and wash things out. Hot water can do this as well, but has the potential to cause damage to the skin, especially if the skin is sensitive. Some people also advocate the use of cold water to close the pores afterwards. The use of cold water for rinsing closes the pores and prevents dirt and other irritants from entering the skin again.

Applying skin cleanser is advisable in between the warm and cold treatments, giving it the chance to seep into the pores and do its job. Applying such topical treatments on closed pores reduces their potency, so rinsing the skin with warm water is advisable. Small amounts are also best, particularly if the skin is sensitive. Cleansers and other topical treatments are best used from the forehead down, unless the instructions specify otherwise. Sensitivity to the cleanser should also be noted, because not all of them follow the same potencies and strengths. In some cases, using smaller amounts helps, but for others, switching to another product completely is the better option.