Benzoyl Peroxide

Acne is one of the most common skin challenges

skin-redness.jpgAcne is one of the most common skin challenges in the U.S., and it’s not just limited to teenagers. In fact, it impacts all ages, races and genders. Nearly 60 million Americans have active acne and 20 million are at risk of developing scar tissue as a result. What’s your defense?

One effective defense is benzoyl peroxide (BPO), a chemical in the organic peroxide family that has been used in acne treatment formulas for more than 80 years. It works as a bleaching and peeling agent and is antimicrobial, increasing cell turnover, reducing the bacterial count, clearing up existing acne and preventing future breakouts.

Benzoyl Peroxide is a white or off-white needle shaped water-soluble crystalline powder that offers the following benefits for blemished and impure skin:

•It peels skin similar to salicylic or resorcinol reducing blockages.

•It kills the bacterium Porpionibacterium acnes (P.acnes)

•It has inflammatory properties reducing pain and discomfort associated with many lesions.

•It eliminates fatty acids/oils in the skin.

Tips for Successful use of Acne Med with BPO

Expect to be a bit dry!

Benzoyl Peroxide can be extremely irritating and drying.   During the initial weeks, you will experience some dryness, redness, itching, flaking, tightness or mild peeling.  This is temporary and will subside as your skin adapts to the product.  Try to put up with some peeling as it will eventually go away; but if you get “uncomfortably dry”, then let us know.  Those that can put up with being a bit dry, clear faster! 

Not on Eye or Lower Neck

Do not use Acne Med on your neck or eye area as the tissue is too delicate and will irritate the skin too much. 

No Eye Cream

Do not use eye cream or moisturizer around the eyes or neck because the acne Med will migrate through the cream and cause irritation and possible swelling.  

Eye Irritation

Allow your Acne Med to dry before going to bed.  If your eyelids get irritated, try changing your pillowcase more often. When you are wearing acne med all night, it will get on the pillowcase. 

Smile Lines 

This area tends to be the most sensitive area on the face and will be the first place you see irritation and dryness.  You can put a very thin layer of Rhonda Allison Pro Salve on this area to occlude it for a few days and then resume product use there.           

Not When Working Out

Do not wear Acne Med when you expect to perspire, as in exercising or physical labor or getting hot in the sun.  If you are wearing it, wash it off or it will irritate your skin.           

Will Bleach Fabric

Acne Med will bleach fabric, so we suggest wearing a white shirt or T-shirt when using it. Also, use a white washcloth when removing from your skin. Use white pillowcases when you start wearing it overnight. Make sure and wash your hands with soap after using it to avoid bleaching towels.  

Allergic Reaction

Allergies to benzoyl peroxide are very rare but do occur occasionally.   Dry skin does not constitute an allergic reaction; rather an allergy is characterized by itching, swelling or burning associated with a rash similar to a mild case of poison ivy dermatitis.  If an allergic reaction occurs, stop using Acne Med and contact us immediately. 

Use Religiously!

If you skip a day or two or only spot treat, it gives a chance for acne to form.  You will never get clear if you skip your homecare.