Thursday, October 7, 2010

behind the counter - pharmacy trade secrets

Ok so I have been I am in pharmacy school and here I have met so many wonderful people thru blogging, it is a shame to NOT share with you some of my pharmacy knowledge.


I am going to dedicate the 1st Thursday of the month to trade secrets.

I will cover topics from medicines (new & old) to beauty (afterall, the pharmacy has access to so many products) to herbals to random health questions.

Most importantly, I want to hear from you.

I want to learn from you on how to be a better pharmacist..and I can only do that if you help me. So ask away.

What do you want to know more about?

What are you unsure of?

What confuses you?

What do you want to learn more about?

I think the best health starts with communication and comfort.

{small disclaimer} Now since I am the daughter of an attorney, please note I will not be diagnosing or prescribing. I am just merely opening the lines of communication and want to share with you some insight I have gained in my education and neophyte profession. { that out of the way.}

So where to begin?

For fun, let's start with a cheap beauty secret. Eye makeup remover.

Women can spend anywhere from $5-25 on this product.

There is no need.

Let me introduce you to the best eye makeup remover.

It gently removes eye makeup. It is most often called upon by MDs when you have an infection near the eye or lash area (like a sty) as a means to clean the eye without stinging the eye. (ahem..beware of waterproof mascara. We can go there later. Mascara is a topic all by itself.)

It is also an amazing face wash.

It is almost equivalent to anything for sensitive skin like Cetaphil, except cheaper. A 15 oz bottle costs less than $4 at most stores. It is non-irritating and reduces inflammation so it works even on acne prone skins. Also due to its mildly acidic properties it gets the skin clean & refreshed without that "tighting."

Best of all, you are being gentle on the delicate eye skin area.
No scrubbing = fewer dark circles (those come from blood vessel damage..damage from wear & tear of contact).

As my Lola would say -- "Don't rub your eyes! You are ruining them."

So there you have it. Go out and try it if you haven't. It will cost you less than a trip to Starbucks (you have to have a treat with your Pumpkin Spice Latte).

Fall in love with baby shampoo. I highly recommend it.

Feel free to share away with friends and family or not. Either way, it will be our little secret.


FYI - I personally use the Walmart generic brand (ahhh..generics, another great topic) of J & J's Sleepy Time.

PS Please note these are recommendations. If you do have a question or concern that would fall in line with my Trade Secret series, please drop me a line. Drop me a line even if you don't. I love chatting! :)

Now all I need is a button or cute picture for my series.


  1. Ok Im loving this already! And yes, the only thing I can think of right now(b/c you already mentioned it) is the topic of generics. Ive been told theyre exactly the same as the name brands. Is this true Oh Great One?

  2. Oh my dear!! That is a great question! Let's narrow it down. Are we talking OTC (over the counter meds) or Rx (prescription meds)? My "speal" will depend on that. :)

    Glad you like this! I was a little worried I would lose my blog friends thinking this was too weird. :)


  3. I don't have any questions, but I hope your rotations are going well! =)

  4. You are too sweet Erin! Thank you...I am sure every 1st Thursday you will get a glimpse of my rotation in this entry. So many interesting things to discuss!!


  5. Lets put it this way: could you do a two parter on this question? Im sure others wonder it too or would be able to use it in the future. I love having smart friends:)

  6. Absolutely!!! I want to make sure I answer it clearly and completely for you. Oh...and thank you for the email and calling me YOUR FRIEND!


  7. You are well on your way. The questions you wrote and the very same things I call my pharmacist about. And the baby shampoo? I was told by a doctor a long time ago to wash my eye with it. Cotton balls, warm water, the tiniest drop of the shampoo and another cotton ball to dry. (eyes closed, of course.) It feels sooooo good. Glad you are here. I will prob. have questions for you.

  8. What a great series and an even better tip! I cannot stand that tightening feeling and since I already have some baby shampoo in the house, I'm gonna give it a whirl. Can't wait to read more tips!

  9. What a great idea, I predict this series is gonna be very popular. It sure is a big interest of mine. Johnson's Baby Shampoo was a perfect way to begin, my mother and mother-in-law both were told (by their doctors) to use this product for cleaning around their eyes. It's now on my grocery list!

    A big "Thank You!" ♥


  10. Wow! I had no idea! I'm excited to try this!

    I have a beef about ads saying something OTC is prescription strength. What does that even mean? We had to get Olivia prescription hydro-cortisone, which was 5%, while the OTC was 10%. So weird!

  11. What a great idea for a weekly post, I can't wait to see what other information you have to share!

    I've never heard of this but you best believe I'll be buying that instead of my more expensive remover the next time I need a refill!

    Thank You Beautiful Friend :-)

  12. Get ready for your blog to grow...this is a great idea!!!
    Loved the baby shampoo suggestion!!!

  13. I like this topic!! I actually use Cetaphil AND have that baby shampoo that I'm not even using b/c my son uses a different kind - so I am going to try it! And it smells good too:) I look forward to hearing more from you in this area:)

  14. I'm so glad you are going to be doing this...thanks!!!

    I would never have guessed that baby shampoo would do the trick...and I never knew that dark circles are caused from broken blood vessels.

    I have dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes and dark circles. :)

    And, AMEN on the waterproof mascara. I bought some thinking it would improve the dark circles. {I was told that your makeup, no matter how "good" it is, runs into the area under your eyes throughout the day causing dark circles.

    that stuff IS in YOU CAN'T GET IT OFF...EVER. I think I lost half my lashes trying to get it off.


    Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this post each Thursday!

  15. Love love love this series!! I have perpetual dark circles & it's no wonder as I am constantly kneading my undereyes out of stress or when I'm frustrated. I had no idea it had repercussions. You rock my world.

    And I too have been wondering about the Rx generics, as I get them as my thyroid medication. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


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