We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. Below outlines the directions, benefits, expectations, and risks with Benzoyl Peroxide.
Benzoyl Peroxide (typically shortened to BPO) is an antimicrobial treatment for acne. When applied to your skin, BPO penetrates pores and releases oxygen compounds that kill acne-causing bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight acne.
Another important function of benzoyl peroxide is to prevent antibiotic resistance. Topical and oral antibiotics are commonly used for the treatment of acne, but your skin’s bacteria can become resistant to them, rendering these treatments ineffective. Due to its mechanism of action, benzoyl peroxide prevents skin bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics, allowing them to remain effective.
When choosing a benzoyl peroxide product, keep in mind that lower concentrations (2.5% - 5%) are just as effective and less irritating than higher concentration (10%) products. Your doctor may have recommended either a benzoyl peroxide wash, or a cream/gel that should not be rinsed off. Please make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendation.
There are dozens of good benzoyl peroxide washes to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites.
It's not uncommon to experience some occasional redness and scaling of the skin from benzoyl peroxide, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. To reduce your side effects, follow these directions carefully.
If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.