For the nearly 50 million Americans affected by acne, the many available medications and treatments can be confusing and overwhelming.
It's easy to make mistakes treating acne or even make it worse, despite the best intentions.
Here, experts list the most common mistakes. In most cases, a dermatologist can help undo the damage.
Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores.
It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne pimples and
At first, acne may get
worse. Your skin may get red and peel. It’s not a quick fix. You may need to
use the product for as long as 4 to 6 weeks before your acne starts
Does it have side effects?
Side effects of benzyl peroxide for some people
Dry or peeling skin.
Skin that feels warm.
Tingling or slight stinging.
While using a product that contains benzoyl peroxide, call a
doctor if you develop:
rash or itching.
Blisters or a burning feeling.
Who should not use this product?
Talk to a doctor before allowing a child younger
than 12 to use a product that contains benzoyl peroxide.
Where can I get benzoyl peroxide?
You can buy products that contain benzoyl
peroxide in the grocery store or pharmacy. Look at the outside package to find
products that have benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. Strengths range
from 2.5% to 10% benzoyl peroxide. Start with the lowest strength to see how
your skin reacts. Brand names include Brevoxyl and Triaz.
Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not
available in all systems.)
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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