Our skincare products are made up of certain active acids and ingredients that tackle one or more skin concerns. One such ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, which is commonly found in OTC acne treatments.
An antiseptic, benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria by releasing oxygen on the surface of the skin. It is an anti-inflammatory and opens up clogged pores. Skincare experts swear by this ingredient and recommend it for treating a number of common skin concerns. Here are 4 common skin concerns that can be treated using benzoyl peroxide.
Benzoyl peroxide helps banish acne and pimples. Due to its ability to reduce inflammation, this ingredient is also recommended to those with cystic acne. Benzoyl peroxide is found in cleansers, lotions, gels, creams and toners. Using is as a spot treatment also works wonders. Dab the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix onto individual breakouts to get rid of them quickly.
No matter how much you try, it is difficult to keep your hands off your face when a huge pimple is sitting on it. But constantly touching the zit can leave behind a stubborn dark spot or scar that can take weeks if not months to fade. But benzoyl peroxide can help you get rid of the dark spot quicker. It has the ability to slough off dead skin cells, making dark spots and scars appear less prominent.
Uneven skin tone
Environmental stressors can cause the skin to look uneven and pigmented. Using benzoyl peroxide topically will give you even-looking skin tone due to its bleaching properties. With regular use, it might also make your skin appear brighter.
Blackheads and whiteheads
Did you know blackheads and whiteheads are considered non-inflammatory acne? After all, acne breakouts and pimples stem from them. Since benzoyl peroxide has the ability to kill germs and bacteria, applying it on blackheads and whiteheads may prevent acne.
Please note: While over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide products can be used to treat mild acne, for moderate and severe acne we suggest visiting a dermatologist who will recommend the right concentration based on your needs.