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Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Treatment

6 Dec 2010 Benzoyl Peroxide is widely used in the treatment of acne. This is an active ingredient used in all types of anti-acne drugs. Benzoyl Peroxide is a chemical, which started its application in treating skin problems in 1920s and since then it has been considered as one of the most effective medicine for acne treatment. The Benzoyl Peroxide when sold as a product often comes in a gel or cream form. It is used in different kinds of anti acne drugs, products/brands all over the world. The best part is that you don't need to have a prescription to buy products which have Benzoyl Peroxide in them.

In almost all gels, cleansers, lotions, facemasks, cleansing bar etc. used for acne treatment, there is a small or large proportion of Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%, 5% and 10%). However this is not used for treating acne scars. It is used to treat against acne and future acne problems. It is more effective for mild acne problems. If you are looking for concentrations higher than 10%, then there is the need for a doctor's prescription. However, studies have shown that 2.5% benzoyl peroxide is equally effective to treat pimples. So for first time users, start with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide to treat your acne problem

How Benzoyl Peroxide Works?

As we have discussed earlier in anti-acne drugs, acne occurs when pores or hair follicles become blocked. The bacteria that causes acne is Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), which is a major inhabitant of human skin and is the main factor causing acne. This organism will grow rapidly within clogged sebaceous follicles if not treated. However, these bacteria cannot live in the presence of oxygen. That is why Benzoyl Peroxide is used because this chemical is an oxygen-releasing chemical in the organic peroxide family. When it is applied on the affected areas, the pores absorb the chemical and in turn releases the oxygen to destroy P. acnes.Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects The anti-acne medication has also its side effects which are mentioned below:

  • Dryness: In such cases, try using low concentrations of Benzoyl Peroxide.
  • Irritation: Reduce the frequency of usage.
  • Allergy: Discontinue using it. Consult a dermatologist.

It is to be noted when this medicine is used, it produces free radicals in the skin, like redness of the skin, which is similar to unprotected sun exposure. When this medicine is applied, avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Moreover, it is a powerful bleaching agent. Hence your hair should be prevented from contacting this chemical. Note: The information provided is strictly not meant to diagnose medical conditions, offer medical advice, or endorse specific products or services. Kindly consult your doctor about any personal health concerns.