Benzoyl Peroxide is commonly used for treatment of acne. It is available in many forms such as soap bars, washing lotions, creams, gels, etc. It is available both - OTC and on prescription.
- Removes excess oil,
- Unclogs the closed pores, and
- Kills the bacteria.
You should consult with your doctor
- If you have eczema, or raw skin because of sunburn, etc. Benzoyl Peroxide may cause irritation if used on such skin.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. No studies have been done about absorption of benzoyl peroxide in the pregnancy or in the mothers milk. Let your doctor decide.
- If you want to use benzoyl peroxide on a child or a very old person.
- If you are using other topical that may peel or irritate the skin on the same place, where you plan to use benzoyl peroxide.
- If you are allergic to any dyes, preservatives, etc.
Benzoyl Peroxide may irritate the skin and acne may flare up after you begin the use. These will go away slowly. If the irritation persists, inform your doctor.
If benzoyl peroxide produces side-effects such as skin warmth, blisters, excess peeling, etc., inform your doctor.
Article created on: August 21, 2006