- Benzoyl Peroxide BPO | Acne Info
Benzoyl Peroxide BPO | Acne Info
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This topical antibiotic medication ...
Tests slightly below the number-one treatment, oral tetracycline. "Benzoyl” propels "peroxide" into your pore called a follicle releasing oxygen, killing the pimple causing anaerobic acne P. bacteria. Doctor recommended and FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) approved for OTC (over the counter) to clear blackheads and pimples at their source.
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- Sloughing action promotes peeling inside your pores, evacuating plugs, blackheads and infection.
- Killing and stopping pus causing bacteria, speeds healing with its anti-inflammatory action reducing swelling and redness.
What's the trick?
- Strength and frequency of application are key for success.
- Apply 10% BPO Benzoyl Peroxide Gel as the last product up to twice daily, missing one or two days can bring a new crop of pimples.
- Moderate to severe acne can take three weeks or more for improvement.
Strongest the first 20 minutes… if dryness or irritation occur wash off after 20 minutes, or use the below schedule, slowly increase your wearing time over days or weeks before removing with water.
- 5-10 minutes
- 15-30 minutes
- 1-3 hours
- 4-8 hours
Sometimes you just need to dilute, put a pea size in the palm of your hand and mix with equal parts water, bending over the sink apply to the entire area where you normally break out. Wash your hands with soap and water avoiding transference. Straight benzoyl peroxide on a clean Q-tip can be dotted on pimples over diluted benzoyl peroxide.
Sanitation is key, each time use
- 2 clean white washcloths, 1 to wash and 1 to dry face to prevent infecting your skin with the acne bacteria from a dirty washcloth. (Time crunch, use rough disposable medical gauze squares.)
- White because tint - red, yellow, blue, etc. - exacerbate acne.
- Dirty pillow cases…put seven or less inexpensive clean white pillow cases on your sleeping pillow, each night pull off the old one.
- Wash on the hottest cycle with your regular detergent and disinfect with bleach in your washing machine.
- Don’t use fabric softener in the washer or fabric softener sheets in the dryer, they exacerbate acne.
- Hate laundry? Purchase large supply in a warehouse (Costco, Sam’s Club) or discount store - baby washcloths are a good idea for your face.
- Disinfect your razors after each use.
- Discard, all make-up you may have put your fingers into contaminating the product with bacteria. Powder puffs, brushes or any make-up tool used to double dip from your face back into the container should be sanitized at least with soap and hot water after each use.
- The only make-up that doesn’t harbor bacteria from double dipping is mineral make-up, if not using this make sure it doesn’t cause blemishes.
- Use disposable cotton pads or sponges but don’t double dip into your make-up product with the used side. Turn the cotton pad or sponge over to the clean side every time you dip into your make-up product, then throw away.
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- Can lighten fabric (clothes, carpeting, bedding) or hair, allow to dry before coming in contact.
- Sleep, inexpensive clean white cotton men's or boy's t-shirts changed nightly will prevent problems when using on your body…even for women.
- Dark skinned people, watch prolonged contact doesn’t temporary cause discolored brown application areas.
- Flush eyes with water if contact to stop redness.
Successful acne therapies have two prongs.
- Clear the follicle, allowing the oil from the sebaceous gland to reach the surface of the skin; or, prevent the sebaceous gland from manufacturing oil.
- Kill or inhibit the acne bacteria growth.
Prescribed therapies to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria are called antibiotics. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur and resorcinol are FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) approved OTC (over the counter) active ingredients to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide, a topical antibiotic medically testing slightly below the number-one oral therapy tetracycline, may be obtained without a doctor’s prescription. The "benzoyl" propels "peroxide" into the follicle, releasing oxygen killing the anaerobic Acne P. bacteria responsible for acne. Anaerobic defines a bacterium that can not survive in the presence of oxygen.
Antibiotics that interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills:
Women are able to use hormone therapy in the form of birth control pills to treat acne. These lower progesterone/testosterone and elevate estrogen levels in the skin, calming the oil glands. Less oil means less food for the acne P. bacteria to survive, reducing acne pimples and cysts.
- Patients on minocycline antibiotic can develop a grayish, blue to black pigmentation in their skin and internal organs.
- Commonly appearing in old acne lesions - unusual areas are the gums, nail beds and white outer tissue covering the entire eyeball except the cornea.
- Harmless, but esthetically displeasing physicians normally discontinue the use and may prescribe a substitute antibiotic outside the tetracycline family.
- The discoloration will resolve over time without medical supervision.