Understanding Acne Fighter Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide is a medication frequently used to treat acne. Many OTC acne products contain the ingredient including ProActiv and Clearasil, and numerous prescription medications as well.
Benzoyl Peroxide has been used for many, many years and is one of the most popular and effective treatments for acne. It is inexpensive, and even generic products work as well as the brand name goods. Benzoyl Peroxide can be used to treat both mild and moderate acne.
Benzoyl peroxide works by introducing oxygen into the pores, killing P.acnes, the bacteria that is responsible for acne breakouts. After the bacteria has been reduced the amount of outbreaks is reduced as well.
Another factor that keeps benzoyl peroxide effective is the fact that it can help rid hair follicles of excess dead skin cells. When this happens, comedones, or pore blockages, are reduced as well. Together individuals with acne can see a great reduction in the appearance of acne, eventually leading to clear skin.
It is important that even after the acne blemishes have cleared you continue to use your acne treatment. If you do not use the benzoyl peroxide after the condition has cleared, the bacteria can begin reproducing and cause the acne to return. Benzoyl Peroxide is a long-term use product (as are most of the acne products on the market,) make sure you are in it for the long haul when you begin your acne treatment regimen.
The most common strength of Benzoyl Peroxide is 2.5%. While there are medications containing as much as 10% Benzoyl Peroxide these amounts are usually too strong for the average user and can cause irritation. Choose a product containing the 2.5% amount and if you do not see results within a few weeks move to a higher strength.
To use benzoyl peroxide, simply apply a small lawyer of the lotion to your skin, especially where acne appears. It should be used after your skin has been cleansed and dried, once or twice per day. You must use the product over the entire face as it works to prevent future outbreaks as well as those already there.
As with any medication there are side effects that are possible when using Benzoyl Peroxide. These side effects were usually not bothersome enough for users to discontinue use. Mild side effects include excessive drying and flaking as well as irritation, redness and burning. In rare cases peeling, extreme burning and rash can occur. If these rare side effects occur you should stop using the product and contact a dermatologist.