Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most common active ingredients used to treat acne and problem skin, claiming to alleviate breakouts and associated irritation/redness. For many years, it has been the most frequently chosen and most effective topical antibacterial compound used to deal with the occasional zit, mild to severe breakouts, and everything in between.
How Does It Work?
Benzoyl peroxide is an effective ingredient against acne and breakouts for the following reasons:
- Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial. This means it destroys the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that reside on the skin and inside pores and pimples.
- Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores.
- Benzoyl peroxide is anti-inflammatory. It reduces the amount of swelling, pain and redness created by acne and pimples.
Is Benzoyl Peroxide for me?
Benzoyl peroxide is often prescribed by a Dermatologist but can be found in many over-the-counter products with a potency of anywhere from 2.5% to 10%. As with most active ingredients, products that include benzoyl peroxide will come in a range of concentrations, though higher levels do not necessarily mean greater potency or effectiveness. One major thing to know about just how benzoyl peroxide works is that it works best when used regularly. Rather than turning to it only when the skin is heavily irritated, daily usage as a part of a consistent skincare regimen may be more effective for some, especially those with more severe problem acne.
There are many reasons that benzoyl peroxide has been, and remains, a great ingredient for treating acne both over-the-counter and with a prescription. It is effective at safely treating acne and pimples, even at low concentrations. It offers unique activity on the skin – cleaning and unclogging pores while also dealing with the bacteria that causes breakouts in the first place.
The SLMD Acne Lotion is a clinically proven acne formula that contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and usable for all skin types. It is a lightweight formula that penetrates deep into the pores to kill bacteria that causes pimples and stop breakouts before they form.
The SLMD Acne Spot Treatment clears away blemishes and prevents future breakouts using a maximum strength benzoyl peroxide formula that kills pimple-causing bacteria and reduces the size of current breakouts, while keeping the skin’s moisture levels even and normal.