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Ingredient Focus: Benzoyl Peroxide

Having oily and spot-prone skin is a curse to many men. We naturally have oily skin, which in turn, can cause a build up of spot-causing bacteria. For the time when you have a breakout, it might not always be necessery to go to the chemist or doctors to get treatment. Many brands offer skincare that is effective in preventing and managing breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide is known for it’s acne-fighting properties, so it’s worth looking into it in more detail.

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound of the peroxide family.  It’s one of the most important peroxides as it’s easy to produce. Most commonly, benzoyl peroxide is used for the treatment of acne. Products that contain salicylic acid and sulphur are often combined with benzoyl peroxide to increase effectiveness. You may also recognise benzoyl peroxide as it’s used for many other purposes, including teeth whitening and bleaching hair. It’s actually on the World Health Organisations list of essential medicines, which makes it one of the most important ingredients used.

What Does Benzoyl Peroxide Do in Skincare?

Benzoyl Peroxide is typically used to treat mild to moderate acne. It works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria by causing the skin to dry out. This also makes it a particularly effective ingredient in any products designed to manage oily skin.  It’s possible to use products containing benzoyl peroxide in conjunction with other treatments, however we recommend using it alone and seeing how your skin reacts.

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Our Final Thoughts

Benzoyl peroxide is used in many skincare products that target acne-prone and oily skin. We would always recommend checking you’re not allergic to products with active ingredients in by only using it on a small area for a couple of days to see whether your skin reacts. Any products containing benzyol peroxide might bleach certain fabrics, so be aware of this when using. With all that being said, benzoyl peroxide is super effective in the treatment of acne and blemishes.

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