Benzoyl peroxide is a commonly used topical treatment for mild acne. It is safe for adults and children, and can be used in pregnancy.
Benzoyl peroxide is a bactericidal agent and works rapidly on P acnes, ( a bacteria associated with acne and inflammation) without causing antibiotic resistance.
The medication has been used for over 5 decades and is know to have an excellent safety profile.
In fact, BP is considered to be an integral component of first-line therapy for acne vulgaris, based on its ability to markedly reduce inflammatory acne lesions and its ability to moderately reduce comedonal acne lesions. It may also be used successfully as a component of long-term maintenance therapy.
Possible side effects:
1.Dryness of the treated area can be expected and is usually mild. If the skin is visibly scaly, apply a light non-oily moisturizer.
2.Contact dermatitis (red, dry, itchy skin) can be due to irritation or allergy. It can be treated with a topical steroid such as hydrocortisone cream
3 Bleaching of clothing. Make sure the benzoyl peroxide has completely dried before the treated skin touches clothes or bedding. It is more likely to stain cotton and linen fabrics than polyester and fleece fabrics
We Recommend: AKNETROL™
Acne Treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide 10%
This maximum-strength, acne-fighting formula helps control oily skin, neutralize bacteria on the skin and prevent future breakouts. An increase in cellular turnover promotes exfoliation to mitigate bacterial proliferation and clear clogged pores.
• Neutralizes acne causing bacteria, calms redness and minimizes skin reactions.
• Removes impurities and clears clogged pores.
• Hydrating glycerin replenishes moisture to soothe the skin.
• Contains four natural antioxidant extracts to boost skin’s resilience.
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J Drugs Dermatol. 2013 Jun 1;12(6):s73-6.