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Benzoyl peroxides is one of the most commonly used proudcts in the battle against acne. It is found in many over the counter and prescription medications and is part of many combination acne regimens.

How it works
Benzoyl peroxide's main mechanism of action is by fighting bacteria. It is one of the most effect ways of killing p. acnes, the main bacteria the contributes to the formation of acne. Unlike other products, bacteria do no develop resistnece to benzoyl peroxide, making it an important part of overall acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide products come in many different strengths, and overall, they all do about the same. The lower concentrations will often take longer to achieve the desired results, while higher concentration may cause more potential irritation.

Benzoyl peroxide is typically used once a day and is indicated for inflammatory types of acne (pimples, nodules, etc.). Benzoyl peroxide does not have much effect on blackheads or whiteheads.

Types of benzoyl peroxide
There are numerous products containing benzoyl peroxide. Some of these include Triaz, Panoxyl, Vanoxide HC, Brevoxyl, Zoderm, Proactiv, Benzac, Clearasil, Oxy-10, and others. Benzoyl peroxide can also be foung in combination therapies.

Potential side effects
The main side effect of benzoyl peroxide is irritation. Many of the newer formulation have been created to decrease this irritation as much as possible.

It is important to note that up to 10% of people may develop an allergy to benzoyl peroxide. This usually presents similar to a reaction to poison ivy. If you feel this has occured, hold the medication and contact your dermaologist.

One other well know side effect of benzoyl peroxide is that it can bleach clothing, bedding, and towels. Remeber this when you apply so that you don't accidentally ruin anything.


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