Benzoyl Peroxide For Acne Treatment
Benzoyl peroxide primarily works as an oxidizing agent. It allows oxygen to penetrate through the pores and into the skin, creating an oxygen-rich (aerobic) environment. As this medication reduces the quantity of bacteria on the surface of skin, it does not however trigger bacterial resistance or adverse reaction to antibiotics. These bacteria cannot survive in such aerobic surrounding.
Additionally, as an oxidizing agent, Benzoyl peroxide dries off the thickened fluid or sebum. This helps in alleviating the clogged pores so the acne lesions may heal without causing trauma (caused by squeezing or popping out the acne) to the affected area. This acne treatment medication is most effective when used with an exfoliator that also has Benzoyl peroxide content. Just like antibiotics, Benzoyl Peroxide must be continuously used, even after the symptoms (acne) disappear. To determine the duration of Benzoyl Peroxide usage, your dermatologist is the best person to seek for consultation.
Directions for using Benzoyl Peroxide For Acne Treatment
The skin must be thoroughly washed and dried before applying a fine coating of Benzoyl Peroxide on the affected skin areas. When you ask any physician or pharmacist about how this drug works, they will often tell you words to this effect “”Benzoyl peroxide works as a peeling agent, increasing skin turnover and clearing pores, thereby reducing bacteria as well as acting directly as an antimicrobial”. While the above statement is certainly true, what they fail to tell you is that this drug although touted as the miracle cure for acne, is in fact absolutely useless.
Benzoyl Peroxide In Creams
I tried a number of remedies including scrubs, cleansers, changing my diet and drinking countless glasses of water. I finally came across a pharmacist who recommended Benzoyl Peroxide 1% cream so I thought why not? I was pretty excited to get started on the so called Benzoyl Peroxide treatment program which promised results in 3 months or less. I thought right, no more crushing pimples and no more scars. Each time a pimple would appear I would use a little bit extra on the pimple itself and immediately noticed that the inflammation went down.
What I soon realized was that there was a price to pay for the reduction in inflammation. All my acne followed the same pattern, they would appear and then the Benzoyl Peroxide would shrink them but then I would still have a painful and visible lump under my skin. I religiously used Benzoyl Peroxide for 3 months and still kept getting spots. The worst thing was that the constant peeling effect of the drug made my skin sore and sensitive. I had put so much hope in Benzoyl Peroxide that I was not prepared to give up without a fight. Once again I had the same miserable results but this time the side effects were 10 times worse.
Conclusion Of Benzoyl Peroxide
The answer was pretty simple and the best way to describe it is in what I call the Acne Equation: Bacteria + Excess Oil = Acne. No amount of ritual cleaning or use of the above medications will ever completely get rid of all surface bacteria so therefore the answer must be in the excess oil part of the equation. Benzoyl peroxide can be a useful ingredient in your acne treat, just be careful.