Tackle Acne Using Benzoyl Peroxide (BP)
BP is a topical antibacterial, with antiseptic and bleaching properties, that can be used to treat mild to moderate acne breakouts.
When BP is applied topically to the skin, it works by decreasing the bacteria that causes acne and acne breakouts. However, it may cause dryness and irritation. While people with sensitive skin may experience burning, itching, peeling and swelling.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the use of BP in prescription drugs and non prescription drugs, or over the counter acne medication , at concentrations anywhere from 2.5% to 10%. Teeth whites and hair bleach contain higher concentration of the powerful bleaching agent. In order to establish the best concentration it helps to understanding the skin type and then start with a lower concentration of BP. Nevertheless, it always helps to consult a skin specialist or dermatologist.
BP may be used in combination with other acne treatments.
Other combinations like :-
Benzoyl Peroxide/Adapalene or
This can be a very effective acne prescription drug. BP is used in a variety of acne products such as soap, lotion, cream, gel, liquid, pad and foam.
How Does Benzoyl Peroxide Work?
Removes dead skin cells
It assists in removing the follicle of excess dead cells on the skin. The dead skin cells are able to clog up the skin pores. Once the dead skin cells are cleared, the follicles become unplugged and the sebum can flow unhindered again.
Eliminates the Acne Bacteria
It kills the propionibacteria acnes (P. acnes). This bacteria while surviving in/on the skin, triggers acne breakouts. BP acts as an antiseptic when applied to the skin. It is able to release oxygen into the skin pores, which destroys the bacteria because it cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. The total colony of p.acnes is drastically reduced, conversely, the acne breakouts are reduced.
It helps reduce inflammatory lesions. It soothes the redness and soreness that can accompany an acne lesion. Hence, deactivating the inflammatory process.
It helps remove excess oil from the skin and may cause dryness.
The dryness is the most common side effect. However, it can be minimized by using an oil-free moisturiser.
Other side effects include burning, itching, redness and irritation, peeling and flaking.
A high concentration of BP, the duration of use and the frequency of use may enable free radicals or toxins to cause premature skin ageing similar to repeated sun exposure.