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Understanding Benzoyl Peroxide

One of the most powerful acne fighting medicines out to the public is benzoyl peroxide. It’s found in any many different acne treatments and for many people suffering from mild to moderate acne on their face and chin it is the best place to begin any acne treatment regiment, but how is it so beneficial?

Benzoyl peroxide does two very important things when fighting acne: it removes dirt and dead skin from the pores and makes our skin a hostile environment for acne causing bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful acid (once it touches the skin) that eats away at the various impurities clogging our pores. In addition, it injects oxygen into our skin. The bacteria that causes acne cannot live in an environment that is rich in oxygen. If benzoyl peroxide is used regularly, it is able to turn our skin into a wasteland for this particular strain of bacteria. It’s for this reason that if you use a pimple cream that is made with benzoyl peroxide, you should not use it just for spot treatment of acne. It must be used across the entire face and chin for its maximum effect.

While benzoyl peroxide is powerful, it’s not without its side effects. For people suffering only from mild cases of acne, daily application of benzoyl peroxide to the entire face will often cause burning, peeling, and flaking of the skin. That’s why it’s important to pick the right concentration. Most acne products on the market range from 2.5% to 5%. If you suffer from regular breakouts of acne, try a 5% solution. If you only have the occasional breakout that you would like to prevent, try a 2.5%.

Benzoyl peroxide is an amazing acne fighting tool, but it’s important to use it correctly. Without correct use, it’s only marginally effective and may lead to scars that can last a life time.