Benzoyl Peroxide is a common ingredient found in many acne-targeting products, including Dr. Zenovia’s Clear Complexion Collection. It is a chemical compound that oxidizes on the skin, releasing oxygen to destroy pore-clogging bacteria. Benzoyl Peroxide is anti-inflammatory, comedolytic, and anti-bacterial meaning it decreases skin inflammation, opens the pores, exfoliates the surface layer of skin, removes excess sebum, and kills bacteria. These properties make it a powerful acne-reducing agent.
By absorbing directly into the pores, Benzoyl Peroxide not only helps diminish current breakouts and redness but also prevents future breakouts. The ingredient has a balancing effect that works to control the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
How to Use Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne-Prone Skin
Benzoyl Peroxide can be used on all types of acne and does not require a prescription. It works particularly well for inflammatory acne including papules, pustules, and cysts. The percentage of the ingredient in over the counter topicals varies from 2.5% - 10%. The various percentages available are all effective at fighting acne, but the higher percentages run the risk of drying or irritating the skin if used as a leave-on treatment.
For cleansing the face, Dr. Zenovia’s 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cleanser deeply penetrates the skin to remove buildup from clogged pores and eradicate blemishes. As a wash-off treatment, it is infused with a powerful, yet gentle dose of ultra-micronized 10% Benzoyl Peroxide to eliminate any possible irritation.
For a spot treatment, Dr. Zenovia’s 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment is a clinical-grade hormonal acne solution that targets flare-ups whenever they strike while helping to reduce any redness or irritation. This spot treatment is formulated with medical-grade Bakuchiol and Aloe Vera to help soothe acne-prone, sensitive skin.
Tip from Dr. Zenovia: Dr. Zenovia notes that it’s important to gradually introduce ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid, and Retinol into your skincare regimen. If excessive dryness or irritation occurs, reduce application. Additionally, as these ingredients can increase sensitivity to the sun, be sure to follow with SPF during the day.
For skin hydration, Dr. Zenovia’s Aloe Vera Blemish Soothing Moisturizer is an ultra-light, oil-free moisturizer that features skin-soothing Squalene and medical-grade Aloe Vera. Due to Benzoyl Peroxide’s drying properties, it is important to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day.
Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects
Benzoyl Peroxide is highly effective at helping to get rid of dead skin cells and excess oil. Such effects may lead to skin dryness and peeling. Dr. Zenovia therefore recommends gradually introducing this ingredient into your routine and building up the frequency of usage over time. If excessive dryness or irritation occurs, reduce application.
Benzoyl Peroxide can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is important to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ on a daily basis. Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 provides the benefits of a brightening moisturizer and contains transparent nano zinc-oxide broad-spectrum mineral protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
It is possible to be allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide. Stop use if you have a negative reaction and consult a board-certified dermatologist.
Note from Dr. Zenovia: Please consult a board-certified dermatologist before incorporating new products into your skincare routine. No acne product can clear the skin overnight- it may take a few months of regular use to see results.