How Benzoyl Peroxide works

How Does Benzoyl Peroxide Work on Acne

Benzoyl Peroxide for Pimples: Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most commonly used ingredients for Acne treatments of late. It can be found in a whole lot of Acne creams and gels which are prescribed and can also be used as a solution. It is one of the bleaching agents that belongs to the peroxide family and the least harmful. It therefore acts as a quick acne relieving agent with not many side effects. However, just like the other peroxides, it works best when used in combination with other acne treatments as well.

Why do we use Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne?

Benzoyl peroxide, like its other peroxide family members, has got an excess oxygen. This means that when it reacts with the Acne inflicted areas, it releases oxygen into the pores of the skin. This first off helps the skin breathe and then it kills the bacteria because most of the bacteria that are found in the acne inflicted areas is the anaerobic bacteria. That solves half of the problem.

In addition to that, it has an anti-inflammatory action which calms down the immune system of the skin and reduces the redness and thereby the soreness as well. Some drying is imparted which allows the sebum to dry up. With very few side effects as has been proved (1) , Benzoyl Peroxide has therefore, come to be one of the favorite drugs that can relieve acne.

Benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne:


Benzoyl Peroxide reduces some of the most common complaints of Acne – pain, redness and inflammation by acting on sebum and calming down the immune system of the skin. Therefore it is one of the most soothing anti-acne products.


The major action of Benzoyl Peroxide cream is to be able to kill the bacteria or the microbes that cause it. It  therefore, stops acne breakout from getting worse while also stopping the ongoing ones.


It oxygenates the skin cells and this is one of the main reasons that the skin can heal.

Break dead skin

Dead skin sometimes settles down in these pores worsening acne. These clusters of dead cells can be removed with the help of this benzoyl peroxide as it melts them away.

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

How to use Benzoyl  Peroxide for Acne

Here are a few steps that you can use Benzoyl peroxide in to treat your acne if you’re using it in the form of a solution.

Step 1 : Buy a 2.5% to 5.5% solution of Benzoyl peroxide at a medical store. It is easy to get it from any local pharmacy store with or without prescription, especially if it is of lower concentrations. If you can’t get one of a lower concentration, it is recommended that you dilute it further.

Step 2 : Wash the oil and dirt off your face by using a mild face wash. Wipe your face clean so that there are no remnants of the soap and water.

Step 3 : Dip a cotton ball into the Benzoyl peroxide solution and dab it over use your face gently. Make sure that it does not reach the sensitive areas of your face like the eyes and the eye brows, the nostrils and anywhere near the mouth.

Step 4 : Rub it gently over the acne inflicted areas of your skin with a dry cotton ball or with your fingers (which must be dry) for a while.

Step 5 : Leave it on for about a 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

Step 6 : Wipe your face clean and apply a moisturizer (preferably with a sunblock) and you’re done.

Benzoyl Peroxide Gel for Acne

  • Benzoyl Peroxide is available in the form of gels and creams in the same
  • concentrations of 2 to 5.5 % which are available easily in many pharmacy stores.
  • You can get them directly instead of making a solution apply them on your face on the afflicted areas.
  • These gels can be left for a bit longer as they come built-in with a moisturizing effect. But not more than a half an hour in any case as they dry up the skin.


Before and after using Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

Here is a testimony of how Benzoyl Peroxide treatment can change your acne-afflicted skin over the period of a month or two upon regular usage. Continuous and careful use, when monitored, can get rid of pimples and redness and eventually works even on the scars that are left behind by the pimples.


Precautions while using Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

Start with low doses – Just like Hydrogen Peroxide, Benzoyl Peroxide can cause irritation, more so in some people than others. So it is best to start off with really low doses at the range of 2.5% before you get to the higher doses. Also, don’t use it too regularly right at the beginning. Once in three days should be fine for beginners.

It can bleach your skinIt can bleach your skin causing blotchy patches and hyper pigmentation. Although this effect is seen only mildly upon prolonged usage of lower doses, you should make a note and consult a dermatologist when the side effects get too uncontrollable.

It can also bleach your hairMake sure that all your hair is off your face as it can bleach your hair. It should be noted that it can also bleach your eyebrows.

Make sure to do a patch test on yourselfJust like any new chemical used on the skin, it is best if you can get a patch test of the benzoyl  peroxide cream done on your skin before you actually uses it over your face just in case it reacts adversely to your particular skin type.

It can dry up your skin so use excess moisturizerOne of the primary side effects of Benzoyl peroxide for acne is that it can dry up your skin. In fact, drying up of the sebum is one of the mechanisms through which it acts. So use a moisturizer after you wash off the solution or the cream.

Make sure you don’t buy benzoyl peroxide creams with these additives :

These additives that are found in some low-grade gels and creams are added as additives to the benzoyl peroxide cream and are yet not very good for acne as they tend to clog the pores. So check for these ingredients before you get your Benzoyl Peroxide solution.

  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Laureth 4

Upon guided use, Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the best drugs you could’ve asked for curing your acne. However, careful, strategic usage with enough precautions is recommended to avoid any mishaps. Share your Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne experiences with us and let us know how it has helped you.

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