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home>>beauty & fashion>>skin care>>acne information 5>>Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide

by: Danna Schneider

Benzoyl peroxide is probably the most common acne fighting ingredient found in over the counter topical gels, creams and face washes.

This chemical mixture can be fairly effective topically in treating very mild acne in my opinion, but it just doesn't cut it for more severe acne that is usually related to hormonal imbalances or high stress levels.

This more severe and "deeply rooted" cystic-type acne is much more stubborn and usually requires a more agressive oral treatment aimed at calming hormones and cleansing the skin from this inside, so to speak.

Benzoyl peroxide is a solution that acts as an antibacterial agent, and helps prevent further infection and growth of acne cysts and postules.

When I've used benzoyl peroxide, it was effective for me only in one product for spot treatment - Neutrogena acne spot treatment gel. It helped dry out the blemish, and seemed to keep it from reforming a whitehead pretty effectively. The drawbacks to benzoyl peroxide for me were: increased redness and irritation, excessive dryness and flaking.

Many times these side effects override the benefits, since dry, flaky, red skin can look just as bad if not worse than the acne itself!

Bottom line, this OTC acne medication can come in handy for some spot treatment, but I wouldn't rely on it for serious acne or any type of cystic acne needing a more serious approach like internal natural medicine (recommended) or even a dermatologist prescription.

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About The Author
Danna Schneider is the webmaster of CosmeticsGalore.com CosmeticsGalore.com Cosmetic Product Reviews, where you can find the latest natural cosmetic medicines to battle acne at it's source, and get rid of it for good, without irritation or dryness.
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