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What is benzoyl peroxide?
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Our clear skin of late is credit to one very special ingredient – so what’s the secret? We can explain all…

What is benzoyl peroxide?

“Acne-Prone Alice added benzoyl peroxide in to her skin care squad to help take down her spots for good.”

Benzoyl peroxide (try saying that after a couple of glasses) is an anti-acne ingredient that boosts the amount of oxygen in your skin, which kills off bacteria. It breaks down the spot-causing debris that builds up in your pores, so it can also be used to prevent flare-ups too. Although you can get it over the counter, most will require a prescription but remember to check with your GP first before you start using it, as it can clash with some medications.

Who needs it?

Anyone who’s be struggling with acne that just refuses to shift. It comes in varying strengths (anything from 2.5% to 10%) so depending on how sensitive your skin is and how severe your spots are, they’ll be a good strength for your skin type. Always start out with the lowest strength and see how your skin reacts as it will make your skin super dry if you go in too strong.

Where do we find it?

To scoff: Not this one, folks!

To smother: targeted spot treatments, serums, cleansers and masks.

When should it go on our face?

Use it before bed when skin isn’t photosensitive as it will make you more susceptible to sun damage. Plus, overnight it capitalises on your skin’s natural renewal process. The only slight snag is it can stain so keep it away from your clothing, hair and your favourite bedding until it has completely sunk in.

Avoid it…

It can make your skin more senstitive to the sun, so as always, wear your SPF and try to start the treatment in winter if you can (even if you don’t plan on using Benzoyl Peroide, you should still be using SPF anyway!). Be sure to check it out with your doctor first to see if it is right for you.

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