Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

What is the relationship between benzoyl peroxide, acne and clear skin? Moreover, how does benzoyl peroxide work basically? If you had these questions, then this article is for you. Read on!
How I wish that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry could come up with a spell to eliminate acne! Unfortunately, though it is real life we are talking about. We will have to deal with acne using real acne treatment options from topical treatments to surgeries to home remedies for acne. Talking about creams for acne, one of the active ingredients in these for fighting acne, is benzoyl peroxide. Apart from being used for bleaching hair and teeth, benzoyl peroxide is very prominently used for acne control. Carry on reading in case you wanted to know more about this.

Modus Operandi of Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide, to start with, is an ingredient obtained when benzoyl chloride is combined with hydrogen peroxide. Acne breakouts are mainly caused by Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. These are anaerobic bacteria, that is, they cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. What benzoyl peroxide does is that it leads to introduction of oxygen in the pore, killing the bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide not just kills the bacteria, it also dries out the thickened sebum or fluid within the acne for helping it heal because of this oxidation process. Thus, with benzoyl peroxide, acne is eliminated without popping it. This is basically how benzoyl peroxide works for acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide and Acne Products

A lot of over the counter treatments - gels, lotions, peels, cleansers, creams, face masks and sticks and so on, have benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient for acne. These products have around 2.5% to 10% of benzoyl peroxide. Acne, in case it targets those who have sensitive skin, 5% or less content of benzoyl peroxide will be good enough for them. These products obviously do not need prescription from the doctor. Proactiv is one of the most popular acne products with benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. Another important factor related to usage of benzoyl peroxide is that even though benzoyl peroxide on its own is pretty effective, benzoyl peroxide for acne treatment can work even better in tandem with other substances fighting acne.

Using Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

Before applying any skin care product - be it a simple cleanser or scrub, it is essential to wash hands thoroughly. The same thing will be done before you can apply acne skin care product. After washing hands,wet your face and then clean it using a mild facial cleanser. Then pat your face dry, avoid rubbing it. Wait till your face is completely dry. Follow that up by applying a thin layer of acne cream having benzoyl peroxide on the problem areas. Once you are done with that, apply a moisturizing gel, though not before a few minutes have passed since you applied the acne cream. This routine has to be followed regularly.

While you follow this regimen what you can do is you can simply moisturize after cleansing in the morning and apply benzoyl peroxide to treat acne at night. Start with a single application of benzoyl peroxide per day, as benzoyl peroxide leads to drying of the skin.

All said and done, there is a chance that wrong usage of benzoyl peroxide may lead to severe side effects in some cases, so it would be better to use benzoyl peroxide for acne scars with caution. Experts say that too much application of pure benzoyl peroxide may harm the skin. To avoid this a product having a concentration of benzoyl peroxide between 2 to 5% is a good option. That was all! I hope this article on benzoyl peroxide, acne control with that, will help you get rid of acne (if you are dealing with it)! Take Care!
By Medha Godbole
Published: 12/24/2010
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