Treat Acne With Benzoyl Peroxide

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Benzoyl peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent that is available in the form of cream, gel, and wash. It is available OTC as well as through prescription. It kills P. Acnes, the acne causing bacteria, and thus prevents acne. It is also useful for removing dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. It is these dead skin cells which combine with sebum to create blackheads and whiteheads. It is used to cure Acne Mechanica, Infantile acne, and Pomade Acne particularly.

Benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair and fabric. Almost 3% people are allergic to it. It can even cause dryness or peeling of skin.

Benzoyl peroxide has been the most effective treatment for acne till date and many of today's popular topical applications use it as the active ingredient. Over-the-counter creams, lotions, gels and cleansers as well as stronger prescription medications use benzoyl peroxide. It is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate acne sufferers because apart from efficacy, benzoyl peroxide is also quite inexpensive.

Benzoyl peroxide works by killing bacteria found in clogged skin pores, removing yeast from the skin surface, and cleaning out dead skin cells from the blockages. Benzoyl peroxide oxygenates the skin pores which the bacteria cannot tolerate. It also reduces yeast from the skin surface.

These anti-acne properties of benzoyl peroxide have made it the number one choice of ingredients for some of most popular over the counter acne treatments.

* Don't wash your face for one hour after applying benzoyl peroxide and also don't apply any other medication for that duration.
* Continue with the treatment for at least a month to see the results. In fact for the first three weeks your acne might actually worsen, but goes on reducing after a month of daily use.
* Apply the treatment to the whole face and not just as a spot treatment.
* Don't compensate for missed doses; just get on with the regular schedule.
* Consult your doctor if the side effects are too strong for you.

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most active ingredients in the countless acne products available, whether they be over-the-counter or prescription. But, remember that BP be 2.5% strength, ideally.

What to Look for?
Prefer gel based Benzoyl Peroxide over the cream based ones because it has a tendency to turn white during perspiration, which can be quite embarrassing at times. Since, Benzoyl Peroxide dries very quickly, applying it in the cream form may be a little harder. However, gel based Benzoyl Peroxide would not pose any application problems.

Say no to BP products that have
* Alcohols because they may result in drying and stripping of the skin.

* High quantity of moisturizing ingredients: Benzoyl peroxide is effective in healing acne because it is a mild peeling and drying agent. So, if the formula contains hign quantity of moisturizer too, it may hinder the drying and peeling of skin. Thus, it's best to have BP in a neutral base that does not offer too much of moisturizing.

* Other active ingredients: The addition of other active ingredients means addition of external variables. So it's better to proceed with one variable each time. If your skin stays clear, you can go ahead with that but if there are any break outs avoid that particular ingredient in any product that you choose.

* Fragrance: It's hard to differentiate between sensitivity of fragrances to your skin. So, it's better to avoid fragrances to prevent tendency of any kind of irritation.

* Avoid the products with Isopropyl ingredients, Myristal Myristate and 10 & 5 % benzoyl peroxide.

Not to forget
* Don't discontinue the use of BP after acne has cleared up. Because bacterium population may increase again and acne might return. Therefore, lower the quantity gradually and then stop using it.
* Don't use BP above 2.5% strength because it can have negative effects on your skin.
* Never apply benzoyl peroxide products in thick layers.

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