Acne vulgaris (commonly called acne) is a skin disease caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland). Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in non-inflammatory forms. Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples or zits. Acne is most common during adolescence, affecting more than 85% of teenagers, and frequently continues into adulthood. The face and upper neck are the most commonly affected, but the chest, back and shoulders may have acne as well.
Often, acne clears up after several years, even without treatment. It can be disfiguring and upsetting to the patient (it is emotionally troubling). If left untreated, it can leave permanent scars that may have to be treated by your dermatologist in the future. To avoid acne scarring, treating acne is important.
Successful treatments show little improvement within the first two weeks, they usually take a period of two to three months to improve and start flattening out. The modes of improvement are not necessarily fully understood but are believed to work either by normalising shedding into the pore to prevent blockage, killing the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes), having anti-inflammatory effects or by interfering with hormones.
Benzoyl Peroxide, an antibacterial can be very effective in treating mild cases of non-inflammatory acne. It prevents/may be used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. It may be combined with other topical or oral treatments. This acne treatment does not affect sebum production or the rate at which your skin sheds dead cells, so it is important to continue to use it even after your acne disappears so that your acne will not return.
It is available in concentrations between 2% to 10%. It is available in a range of gels, creams, lotions, bar soaps or washes and cleansers. As with any product, please read the label carefully and follow the instructions for proper use.
Benzoyl peroxide has the advantage of being a strong oxidizer (essentially a mild bleach) and thus does not appear to generate bacterial resistance like antibiotics.
Its side effects include dryness. If you experience mild dryness you can apply a light oil-free moisturizer that is non-comedogenic to prevent overdrying of your skin. If you are trying benzoyl peroxide for the first time, it is advisable to start with a low concentration (2.5%) so as to determine if your skin is sensitive to the product. Another side effect is irritation; mild irritation can be taken care of by decreasing your frequency of use. For severe irritation however, it is advisable you discontinue use. If you experience dermatitis (i. e. red, dry, itchy skin), it would be best you discontinue use and treat with a mild topical steroid like hydrocortisone. Most drugs have people who are allergic to them. So if you fall into the range of people who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide (usually characterized by itching and redness), it is important you discontinue the use of the product.
CAUTION: Benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair, clothing and linen so it is important that your skin is completely dry before you touch any fabric.
Most benzoyl peroxide products are to be used twice daily in other to achieve its result and consistently too. Also stick to the regimen for about 2-3 months to obtain favourable results.
Well hope you know a little about benzoyl peroxide and are encouraged to start using it. Like I always say, you have nothing to lose except your acne.
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