Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne
Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter acne treatments such as creams, gels, and lotions. Benzoyl peroxide is an antiseptic, and helps reduce the number of bacteria on the skin, reduce the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Ideally the cream or gel containing benzoyl peroxide should be applied to the skin about 20 minutes after washing, once or twice per day. Many people find that a six-week course can clear most or all of their acne, although sometimes it is advisable to continue treatment, albeit less frequently, after completing the main course, so as to prevent acne returning.
Benzoyl peroxide does however has some downsides:
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