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Some Side Effects When Using Benozoyl Peroxide To Treat Pimples

By Michelle Withers

If you use any over the counter topical treatments for acne, chances are they contain a substance called benzoyl peroxide. This chemical is very commonly used to treat acne, and can be found in everything from cleansers to creams and lotions for acne. It’s only used topically though, and isn’t a cure per se.

You might want to try an external treatment product if you suffer mild or moderate acne. For many people, topical treatments will be sufficient and effective. Plus there are fewer side effects with topical treatments, including those that contain benzoyl peroxide.

If you use the chemical regularly it is possible to have it start to irritate you or cause a rash. In people with dry skin it can be drying and even cause some flaking. Finally, you should never use benzoyl peroxide on broken or cut skin.

You are likely wondering right now how benzoyl peroxide can be safe and yet effective topically against acne. The answer is simple. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria. Specifically it kills bacteria including the type of bacteria that is responsible for most cases of acne. It’s safe for your skin though, and should not damage or harm anything other than bacteria.

Remember though, some people do have slight adverse reactions such as a mild burning, or itching or swelling. If you experience these, check with your doctor right away.

Don’t combine a product with benzoyl peroxide with another skin care product. If you do, you may reduce the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide, or cause skin irritation.

Most people do well with benzoyl peroxide and find that it is effective for them in concentrations of at least 2.5%. Unless you are allergic to it, benzoyl peroxide is safe to use and can be used to treat acne on people of all ages.

If your stubborn acne does not respond to topical treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, consider a Zeno acne clearing device. This is a little hand-held device that treats acne with heat. It is safe to use, and extremely effective in many cases the Zeno is able to clear acne in a matter of hours.

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Withers, Michelle . "Some Side Effects When Using Benozoyl Peroxide To Treat Pimples." Some Side Effects When Using Benozoyl Peroxide To Treat Pimples. 4 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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