Benzoyl Peroxide And Acne
Benzoyl peroxide has three basic properties. It can be used as an effective antiseptic, an oxidizing agent or as an anti-inflammatory. It has the ability to reduce the number of skin surface bacteria, as well as reduce yeast on the surface of the skin. For these reasons, it is most effective in the treatment of acne. When used for this purpose, it is most often in the form of gel or cream with a concentration of 10% or less. It is advised to use in small amounts, as it has a high drying agent. Some people have been found to have allergic reactions to this chemical. For these people, it is recommended to use in very small quantities then gradually increase use. If allergies continue to persist, a gel with 2.5% concentration is also available. This product has been shown to be just as effective as the 10% concentrated form.
Benzoyl peroxide is available for use in many forms. Some are, gels, creams, cleansing bars, cleansing lotions, facial masks and sticks. It is strongly suggested to use benzoyl peroxide only as directed. The dosage recommended is intended to avoid skin irritation and allergic reactions. Be careful to avoid sensitive areas when applying this product such as eyes, mouth or inside the nose. If accidentally applied to these areas, it should be washed with cold water immediately. Be sure to apply to clean, dry skin. Application should start at once every other day then increased gradually if no side effects occur.
A known side effect is drying of the affected area. If scaling of the skin occurs, a light moisturizer should be applied to the area. If irritation occurs, use of the product should be discontinued.
The effects of benzoyl peroxide vary from person to person. It is always wise to consult a physician before beginning any treatments.
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