Pernox Discontinued! Help!

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I have contacted Ranbaxy regarding Pernox stating current Pernox ‘madness’ on ebay, but apparently they are not interested, see the email reply below:

Gunjan Kshetrapal <Gunjan.Kshetrapal@ranbaxy.com> Sep 16, 2014

Dear Long-term Pernox User,

Thank you for contacting Ranbaxy concerning Pernox facial scrub.

Unfortunately, we no longer have a manufacturing plant for Pernox so the product is not available to purchase. However, we truly appreciate your product loyalty.

Currently, we do not have any plans to reintroduce the product into the market. Should things change in the near future, we will be sure to communicate it to our consumers.

In the meantime, you may please speak with your physician or pharmacist to see if another product similar to Pernox might be comparable.

We deeply regret the inconvenience.

Thank you,

Gunjan

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i've been using pernox for 20 years and was disappointed when i heard it was discontinued. i suddenly discovered, at work that my hand cleaner was just like pernox. it's called tko hand cleaner. blue colored.and it's very inexpensive.

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I also loved Pernox and think it was the only scrub on the market that really worked. Very disappointed when it was taken off the market. Tried other scrubs like the St. Ives Apricot and Alba's scrub too but they really were nothing like Pernox. Then I recently tried Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub. It is almost exactly like Pernox. Not lemony but the scrub is exactly the same. And it's free of all toxic stuff so in a way, it's better than Pernox. Granted, it does not contain the benzoyl peroxide or the sulfur but you can just use a 2.5% bp cream like the Neutrogena one or even Proactive. The thing that really helped my daughter cure her acne was that and taking Pantothenic Acid (which is Vitamin B-5) every day. Good luck!

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I have been working with a pharmacy compounder to make a product to substitute for Pernox. It is hard to duplicate to the oil removing quality of Pernox and we are still working on that issue. As for the scrub particles so far there is nothing yet. What I have tried:(ideas taken from sites for natural facial scrubs) baking soda, coffee grounds, nutmeg, apricot seed, corn meal, sea salt, sugar, pumice stone, ground pecan shells(too much tannin)....none of these have been able to duplicate the effects I gained with Pernox. They all can do an okay job for exfoliation but fall short of getting pores cleaned or deep cleaning oily skin. Next on the list will be a combination of fine ground walnut shell and corn kernel meal which looks promising....St. Ives cleansing scrub lists these as ingredients and it is very similar in feel to Pernox except the base vehicle, although having salilac acid, is not a soap base and is more of a cream and does nothing for an oily condition. I will continue to work with my compounding pharmacist for the base to be enough to remove excess oil from the skin and try some other products mentioned on the forum here.

Yu-Be does not come close for a substitute and smells bad. Walgreens Grapefruit Foaming Acne Scrub works well to remove surface oil but does not have the fine grit factor of Pernox (but it is very foaming and smells great).

It looks like Ranbaxy renewed the patent and trademark in 2011 so there is not much hope that the patent will run out soon. From the other discussion I have seen out here it does not look hopeful that they would sell the patent formula either. As far as the microbeads used in facial scrubs, looks like that is a dead horse issue. I am not sure if it is all true or not that the microbeads are in the water and in the fish....like I should worry about microbeads instead of mercury, but the environmentalists have pleaded their case and won. Manufactures are removing in phases from all facial products. Now if they would just stop driving their SUVs to their Sierra Club meetings........I mean the human foot print on this earth is a tricky subject. We would have to revert back to early 19th century pre Civil War era to drive down our impact on the environment. I am not sure that horse waste in the streets was such a healthy thing either. We are here...we have an impact. Even electric cars have an impact because of the materials used to make the batteries. To bring this full circle back to Pernox.....we are all suffering because it was the perfect solution to our problem and now it is gone and who is to say how it would have to be changed if it were brought back under new environmental regulations. I want it back but must look for another solution. I will check out here from time to time to see if anything new come forward.

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I have been searching for something that will replace Pernox for over a year.

To date, the only think I have found is Yu Be Skin Polish. I do not like the smell BUT

it is the best one I have found. I do not have acne any longer but still have very large

pores in my nose, which is why I really need the Pernox.

I have recently been reading updates and these two have been recommended:

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Acne Scrub and Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub.

It is said that these are "almost exactly like Pernox", although I have not tried them.

Has anyone else used Clearasil or Acure brands listed above?

I keep following this link and reading the updates.

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UPDATE

I have been searching for something that will replace Pernox for over a year.

To date, the only think I have found is Yu Be Skin Polish. I do not like the smell BUT

it is the best one I have found. I do not have acne any longer but still have very large

pores in my nose, which is why I really need the Pernox.

I have recently been reading updates and these two have been recommended:

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Acne Scrub and Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub.

It is said that these are "almost exactly like Pernox", although I have not tried them.

Also, there is a Neutrogena BLACKHEAD Eliminating Daily Scrub, which might be good for

someone who is very concerned about pores around the nose--which is my big problem.

Has anyone else used Clearasil or Acure brands listed above?

I keep following this link and reading the updates.

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I to have been looking for a replacement for our beloved Pernox. Recently I've found eclos Instant Radiance Facial Scrub. It has Plant Stem Cells and a warming action to it. It's quite different but effective for those of you out there that want to try something else new. Look it up and see what you think!

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I too am one of the devoted Pernox users (since early 70's); starting buying bottles 6-12 at a time when it started getting hard to find - even at over $30 a bottle!!;am dismayed at its being taken off the market; but I think I have found a GREAT SOLUTION!!!  thanks to the post written by DRIVESMAN.  Aluminum Oxide crystals - the 90 Grit!!  As he/she posted, don't waste your time on the 120 grit; feels like baking soda.  Add it to your favorite cleanser and you will get a perfect match for the scrubbiness quality of Pernox.

FYI, I also tried:
1.  Clearasil product listed in this post - grit is too big and too sparse; leaves a greasy feeling on your face.  Yuk!
2.  Yu Be - again, grit is too big and sparse but I did like the smell and the clean feeling once rinsed.  NOTE - I've added the  90 Grit Aluminum Oxide Crystals to it  and it then becomes a good option.  (Doing this to use up the tube.)
3.  Acure - same as Yu Be. Grit is a little smaller, but not perfect.  Adding the 90 Grit Aluminum Oxide Crystals to it also....
4.  I still (luckily) have a full bottle of Pernox so I did a cheek by cheek comparison.  Pernox on one side and 90 Grit 
Aluminum Oxide Crystals mixed in my Cetaphyl on the other.  Perfect match!

The key here is the 90 Grit Aluminum Oxide Crystals.  I can't attest to matching the acne fighting ingredients of Pernox, I think that is each individual's personal journey.  But, the scrubbiness and clean feeling of Pernox is what I've always loved.  I'm 59 and NOBODY ever guesses my age; took me a while to attribute it to Pernox.  Probably in my 40's.

Get your 90 Grit Aluminum Oxide Crystals online from Ebay.  I just reordered a 12 oz. jar for $25.99, free shipping (after first purchasing the smallest sized jars of the 120 grit and 90 grit to compare).  That's how happy I am with the 90 Grit Aluminum Oxide Crystals.  I have them in a salt shaker sitting on the frame of my shower.  I just add some to whatever cleanser and voila!!!!  Miracle Pernox.  Aluminum Oxide Crystals don't dissolve in water so the humidity of the shower has not affected their quality at all.  My new 12 oz. supply I'm guessing should last easily a year, maybe longer.  You only need about a dime size amount.

The other product DRIVESMAN listed is the PersaGel.  Don't know why in all my years I had never heard of this product but now I do.  THANK YOU DRIVESMAN for your great post.  This stuff is awesome; a little goes a long way to immediately dry up a breakout.

Hope this helps someone.  Again, a HUGE THANK YOU TO DRIVESMAN.  I never thought I could be so happy with a replacement for my beloved Pernox but I am.  And even better - the replacement is a fraction of what I used to pay for Pernox.  

Thanks to everyone for their posts and research!  Good luck!


 

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Well, I just got an email -- maybe you got it, too.  My recent response was that I was going a little insane when loosing my Pernox.
It was not for general acne but mostly for my nose -- large pores in my nose which Pernox was perfect for fixing better than any
other scrub.  I have used it for over 40 years.    --  The only thing that I could find that was close, but not like Pernox, was Yu-Be.

I just received an email (not sure why, maybe you have, too, for people that are searching for a replacement of Pernox).
The message said--tr 90 grit aluminum oxide crystals--you can purchase from ebay.  I email (I hope you could view the whole
message) sounded realistic and not cheating.  If you you did not receive it and would like for me to forward it to you let me know.
I sounded good enough to me to try it.

Carol Hermann
chermann47@gmail.com
 

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I, too, am a decades long user and was shocked to see Pernox no longer exists. What I learned many years ago was that my skin responds to that fine scrub, but the sulphur in it makes all the difference. Sulphur naturally combats bacteria and fungus. My oily skin is a magnet for these and keeping it clean, exfoliated and medicated with sulphur is key. Without the perfect combination of these in Pernox I am now ordering the Yu Be akin polisher plus a sulphur soap bar. I'm not happy but at least hopeful for it to work. I'll be calling the manufacturer myself too!

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Update in 2016
I purchased Microdermabrasion Aluminum Oxide Crystals -- 99.6% Pure, 12 oz., 90 Grit
Contact:   www.a1skincarestore.com
Since Pernox is no longer available, I needed something close to use on my oily nose. 
I use other cleanser for my face but my nose is so oily, I need more help for it, and this
Microdermabrasion Aluminum Oxide Crystals  really works on my nose.  My nose feels so
clean after I use this (like when I used Pernox).  --  I started out using Yu Be which is good
but I mix that with the MAOC for my nose. 
 

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