THE POWER OF BENZOYL PEROXIDE TO TREAT ACNE
Your skin journey may involve a lot of ups and downs. One day you’re all feeling yourself and then the other day a sudden breakout and you can’t help but panic and then comes another day of dealing with self-esteem. In as much as you want to have your skin concern to be treated, rushing and jumping from one product to another may do more harm than good to your skin. As what others kept on saying, not because it works for them doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you as well. In order to avoid any other additional skin problems to arise it is indeed important that you have all the knowledge about the ingredients included in your skincare product. Always make it a habit to check the label. In that sense, you are well aware about the pros and cons and as well as what are the expected response of your skin to a certain ingredient.
We are again putting acne concerns on spotlight today, and this time we are to reap off all the relevant information about one of the well know skincare ingredient that primarily works in treating acne – Benzoyl peroxide available over the counter and is most commonly in the forms of gels, cleansers or spot treatments. Benzoyl Peroxide being an antimicrobial makes it an essential ingredient in reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria. Reducing inflammation and keeping the pores clear from blockages. If you’ve tried using blemish fighting skincare products, chances are, you have had this skincare ingredient tried already. One common side effect of using this ingredient is dryness and peeling.
It addresses mild to moderate acne concern. For your mild acne concerns, over the counter skincare products will suffice. A prescription of Benzoyl peroxide works for those whose acne concern is moderate. Be sure to be consult medical expert first. It is way better than to self-medicate right?
Let us try to possibly address all your concerns before getting started with Benzoyl Peroxide
How to use Benzoyl Peroxide depending on the skincare product you’re using
Benzoyl Peroxide comes in varieties of many acne treatment products.
It most commonly occur in the forms of acne creams, face wash, body wash and in the form of gels. Read on the following details below on how to use Benzoyl Peroxide depending on what type of skincare product you prefer to use:
Creams and gels – Advised to be applied 15 minutes after having the area washed with soap and water. When skin starts to get used to the preparation. Switch to putting in twice daily and leave it on.
Face wash – Wet your skin, pour the liquid wash to your hands and apply it all over the face. Leave it on for a minute before washing it off with lukewarm water. Use once or twice a day to help prevent acne and treat existing lesions.
Body wash – Ideal to be used if you are experiencing frequent breakouts on the chest, back and other areas of the body. A good shower companion it is.
Ready to jump in? Here’s what you need to know more
Skin type varies from one person to another. Some can tolerate from up to 10% concentration while other skin only tolerates lower percentage. Some can’t just handle the Benzoyl Peroxide, this is especially true if your skin is extra sensitive. However there is a big difference between normal side effects and allergies. Allergies are when you are experiencing irritation, severe redness, swelling and blisters. By any chance, if any of these occurs – stop with the treatment and consult a medical professional. Explore more on the expected side effects when you are finally decided to jump in.
Expect the following side effects
Benzoyl Peroxide works by peeling away the skin to get rid of dead skin cells, that excessive oil build up and bacteria that may be trapped underneath. And this effect can lead to skin’s dryness as well as redness due to excessive peeling. Allow your skin to get used to the treatment by starting off slowly. A good moisturizer will be of big help too. Water based and fragrance free moisturizer is advised. Oil rich cream could probably clog your pores again. So, it is a no no!
Apart from dryness, it is also said that Benzoyl Peroxide can cause skin to become more sensitive to sunlight than normal. Of course, you all know that sun exposure bring no good to your skin. But if you are currently incorporating benozyl peroxide to your usual skincare regimen. Your skin during this process can be extra sensitive to sunlight. It is then advisable to use a sun cream with a higher sun protection factor until. Of course, avoid too much exposure to the sun.
It is important to keep it away from fabrics and hair – Benozyl Peroxide acts like bleach and is known for staining clothing and hair. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after using. Let the benozyl creams to dry completely before dressing or lying on your pillow at night. Plus, consider skipping application as well right before you work out. Why? So you don’t transfer the product to your hair and clothing when you sweat.