Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in over the counter acne treatment medications used to treat mild to moderate acne. It is common to combine several acne treatments with a benzoyl peroxide medication. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of bacteria (topical antiseptic) on the skin that causes acne, causing the skin to dry and peel.
About the Procedure
Most people have used a benzoyl peroxide product for acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide comes in many forms including cleansers, gels, lotions, soaps, foams, and more. It is important to use products as directed or as instructed by a skincare professional. It has a bactericidal effect on Propionibacterium acnes bacteria associated with acne and does not cause antibiotic resistance. It often is combined with an antibiotic such as clindamycin or salicylic acid, which has shown to be more effective then Benzoyl peroxide alone. Apply the chosen benzoyl peroxide based product to the areas of your skin affected by acne. Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, nose, mouth, or on any areas of broken skin since it may cause irritation. If irritation occurs, wash the area with water. Be advised that benzoyl peroxide may have a bleaching effect on hair or fabric. If diligent use of benzoyl peroxide products do not clear up the skin, or more severe acne breakouts occur, prescription strength medications such as Spironolactone may be necessary to clear up blemishes.
Commonly Treated Concerns
Benzoyl Peroxide adresses concerns such as:
Typical Cost Range
$10 – $237
The ideal candidate for benzoyl peroxide is someone experiencing mild to moderate acne breakouts.