Benzoyl Peroxide, one of the most heavily emphasized skin saviors for acne. It's used in cleansers, toners, creams and treatment gels.
What makes it so great? Why is it worshipped in skin care?
Let's first dive into what Benzoyl Peroxide actually is. Benzoyl Peroxide is first synthesized in a lab, and then formulated into concentrations usually being 2.5, 5, and 10%. It works as an antiseptic, killing off bacteria (amongst other things) in the skin.
Initially, this seems like a great idea for acne sufferers. People want visible results fast. It sounds heaven sent... but if it seems to good to be true, it usually is. Benzoyl Peroxide strips the skin of its natural oils, harming the skin barrier. Natural oils are essential for your skin's health and well being, as well as having a healthy and functioning skin barrier. Your skin barrier protects your skin from harsh elements like pollution, and retains moisture levels in the skin. When your barrier function is compromised, your skin's resilience is gone. This means over time, with the use of Benzoyl Peroxide, your skin will lose it's function to protect itself as well as hold its firmness and elasticity.
If a product can/will bleach your own clothing and sheets, it's most likely not the best solution for your face! Opt for a solution such as Willowbark extract, the natural alternative to Salicylic Acid.