Acne Series: Benzoyl Peroxide

February 18, 2009

I have heard a lot about benzoyl peroxide, some good, some bad, but always saying the same thing: it’s all in the regimen, and the mixture. If you are able to get the two right, then within a few months it can do some amazing things for your skin. Many people don’t make it to this point, because they give up within the first week or so, after some major dryness and flaking occur. But using a decent moisturizer, especially one that offers added hydration, and is oil free, can make all the difference.

Because it is used to treat a number of conditions, not only acne, it can be bought fairly easily. It’s available in higher concentrations you can dilute yourself, or in a lighter percentage that has been diluted for you, usually in a gel or cream. It really doesn’t matter which you decide to buy certainly it’s cheaper to buy the straight benzoyle. You just have to be careful to make sure you are only using a 2.5% mixture, and nothing higher, otherwise the concentration can badly burn the skin.

The regimen that works best is debated, but there are a few things you can do that are proven to work wonders, though it will take a few weeks before you see positive results.

First, you will want to wash your face with warm water, and a mild soap or cleanser. Don’t use anything meant to treat acne, just something gentle on the skin. You can shave at this stage, but don’t add any kind of creams or aftershave. Also, be sure to use your hands, and not a washcloth, which can carry bacteria that causes acne. Once you have finished, pat dry with a clean towel, and wash your hands with the same soap.

Second, begin applying the benzoyl peroxide in gentle circles over your entire face. Only do this once a day, as more frequent use could badly irritate the skin. Start at the outside of the neck and face, and work your way in, stopping before you reach the soft skin around the eyes. You should never put benzoyl peroxide anywhere near the eyes, as the skin is much more sensitive, and it can burn. Allow it to drive, making sure not to get your face wet. This will take anywhere from five to ten minutes.

Third, make sure to get a heavy duty moisturizer, as was mentioned above, and apply to all areas where you have out the benzoyl peroxide. Make sure it contains no oil, and if possible, use something with SPF, or other UV protection, as sometimes the sun can aggravate skin in the beginning, before you are used to the chemicals. Do this part twice a day, as your skin will be very dry in the beginning.

Don’t be alarmed if your acne increases, or if your skin flakes badly for a few weeks. This is actually normal, and it is the reason you will need the moisturizer as often as you will. Just keep using it, slowly increasing the amount until you hit the 2.5% concentration, and within two or three weeks, the acne will have cleared, and your flaking will have subsided, leaving you with beautiful skin.

I don’t usually recommend heavy products for acne, but if you have it bad, this is a great option for you. It will work wonders for your skin, and will not cause any lasting damage, despite some irritation in the beginning of it’s use. It is also affordable, and easy to find, both in pre-made products, and in it’s natural form. Just be careful that you don’t skip a day, and that you use the right concentration, and you will have clear skin in no time.


Comments

7 Responses to “Acne Series: Benzoyl Peroxide”

  1. Shalini on August 5th, 2009 12:30 pm

    I agree. BP has reduced my acne considerably over the last two years. I had started with 2.5% but after the first tube of the BP gel got over I have been using 5%. I don’t know how preventive it is as I lapse once my face clears up only to apply when I get another round of breakouts.But it is definitely curative.

  2. Geoff on October 29th, 2009 8:36 am

    Wow thankyou for all of the quality information on this website. Since reading it and trialling some of the products youve recommended my skin has just cleared up so amazingly! I found heaps of good information at http://aboutglycolicacid.com/skin-care-products/benzoyl-peroxide-wash/ as well so hopefully some or your readers can gain more insight there! Take care and keep the quality info coming!!

  3. acne on February 2nd, 2010 3:29 am

    My sister Jeanie and I have been licensed anesthetics for 25 years and we have a different approach to acne that really works. We know a lot of people who tried proactive and other acne kits and it did not work for most and at the same time absorbed all those chemicals through the skin

  4. FUNMILOLA on February 4th, 2010 7:51 am

    is it adviseable to use benzyl peroxide twice a day. For how long are we to use it , shld it be continued or to stop as soon as we get the desired result.

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    hi, great website, acne is my thing. After being a sufferer for a number of years and trying nearly all that is out there its so refreshing to see someone talking sense when it comes to health and acne. good job.

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