Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most popular antibacterial agents used for the treatment of acne and pimples which has been on the market for decades. In fact, it is the only medication that has been so successful in treating acne that you will find this agent in various strengths as an active ingredient in all the major anti-acne creams worldwide.
The bacteria which are responsible for acne is called Propionibacterium acnes. This is an anaerobic bacteria. This means that this micro-organism cannot survive in oxygen-rich environment at all. So, when Benzoyl peroxide is applied, it increases the amount of oxygen in the pores by a greater degree thus reducing the bacterial overgrowth. This agent is effective against other anaerobic bacteria as well.
The only side effect that you might experience from this medication is that it can leave your skin extremely dry at times and your skin might flake as well. So, it is very important you choose the right concentration of Benzoyl peroxide in your anti-pimple cream. The minimum concentration is 2.5 % v/v but can range up to 10% v/v. It is always advisable to use an oil-free moisturizer for optimum effects. Even after that, if you still feel dryness, you might probably reduce the strength of Benzoyl Peroxide.
The important thing to keep in mind is the right application plan. To get best results, always use Benzoyl Peroxide after you have cleaned your face with a face wash. Apply as a thin film on the affected areas and leave it like that for some time. For optimum results apply twice a day and preferably before sleeping at night so it can work all night long. It will take some time before you get the full benefit of this agent.
So be regular with this drug and be patient. Just as it took some time for the pimples to show up upon your skin, it will take some time to clear them off as well. You can expect to see noticeable change in two weeks and maybe complete elimination in a month or two. It may be advisable to visit a dermatologist who can decide the right strength and right brand for you. He can also help you with a plan as to what to do in case you experience any side-effects.
Benzoyl Peroxide is a potent bleach as well, so make sure you keep your clothes and sensitive things away from this, otherwise you might end up fading and spoiling your favourite shirt or skirt. However potent this agent might be, you can always have those unwanted acne back on your skin if you stop using it. Benzoyl Peroxide can only help you manage the final stages of acne and not eradicate its cause.