Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in over the counter acne treatment medications used to treat mild to moderate acne. It is common to combine several acne treatments with a benzoyl peroxide medication. Benzoyl peroxide works be reducing the amount of bacteria (topical antiseptic) on the skin that causes acne, causing the skin to dry and peel.see all Skin procedures
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What to Expect
Over-the-counter acne treatments have been used for decades to help get rid of unwanted blemishes on the face and body. Benzoyl peroxide is a common active ingredient in acne fighting products and is sold in creams, washes, and foams. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after treatment with benzoyl peroxide.
Little preparation is needed before treatment when using a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide. If using a prescribed dose, consult with your dermatologist before use. Before application ensure treatment area is clean and dry.
During Treatment: Week 1-3
OTC benzoyl peroxide is well tolerated by most people. However, for best results, it is advised to:
- Avoid strong facial cleansers for 1 week
- Avoid sun exposure for 1 week