Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

Benzoyl peroxide is a chemical belonging to the organic peroxide family and consists of two benzoyl groups that are joined by a peroxide group. It is a strong bleaching agent and results in color loss almost instantaneously when it comes in contact with hair or fabrics. This is a commonly used drug in the topical treatment of mild to moderate acne.

Benzoyl peroxide facts complied from recent research indicate it is a safe drug. Benzoyl peroxide acne treatment has basically three properties. It acts as an effective antiseptic, and also as an oxidizing agent, and has anti-inflammatory action. As an antiseptic, peroxide acne treatment reduces the number of skin surface bacteria and also helps in reduction of yeasts on the surface of the skin.

Acne in adults may be classified into three types.

Benzoyl peroxide acne products are an effective treatment for various kinds of acne. This is mostly due to the fact that peroxide acne treatment unclogs the pore by allowing the outlet of the pore to open, decreases inflammation on the skin, and kills the acne bacteria. The chemical is applied on the affected area in the form of a gel or cream with a concentration of 10 percent or less. Benzoyl peroxide on acne side effects include dryness and irritation.

Since some people experience benzoyl peroxide side effects, it is better to use a small quantity in the beginning and then gradually increase the quantity so that the skin may get used to the chemical. Alternatively a cream or gel with a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide may be as effective as the 10 percent option if they have a sustained delivery system. It is not advisable to use benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy since it has proven to be unhealthy to the fetus, as shown in animal studies.


About Dr. Khadavi

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Alex Khadavi, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Creator of Clearogen


“I developed Clearogen after becoming frustrated with the existing acne treatments that only addressed the symptoms of acne rather than its root cause, DHT”.
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