Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Treatment

The use of benzoyl peroxide for acne treatment is very common. Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is present in 90% of prescriptions, mainly in patients suffering from papular pustular acne or cystic acne.
Due to its excellent exfoliating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this medication is ideal for on the spot treatments, directly on the lesion. For this type of treatment you should use benzoyl peroxide gel.
People prone to acne often require preventive treatment. Frequent use of a benzoyl peroxide face wash reduces the oil in the skin, unclogs the pores and eliminates the bacteria that cause acne.

Benefits of the benzoyl peroxide for acne treatments

  • Exfoliating: Removes dead skin cells, favoring the replacement of it.
  • Keratolytic: Cleans and unclogs the pores of dead cells rich in keratins, causing the formation of comedones.
  • Lipophilic: By penetrating the pilosebaceous unit, it reduces the production of bait by the sebaceous glands.
  • Antibacterial: It is a broad spectrum antibacterial, which eliminates Corynebacterium acnes, one of the causes of acne outbreaks.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces the inflammation of pimples.

Benzoyl Peroxide Products

There is a wide range of products to choose from, some of which are well-known brands such as Neutrogena, Perrigo or Humane. But all have one thing in common: their main ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, only the concentrations and the presentation vary.
Laboratories sell products as gel, cream, foam or lotion, but always in concentrations of 2.5, 5 or 10%.  The 10 % is the maximum concentration that can be bought without a prescription. It should only be used in normal or oily skin and under no circumstances should it be used on dry or sensitive skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Gel

The 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel is very slight. Its use is recommended for people with sensitive skin or mild acne. It is also recommended for use in teenagers who have never used the product to minimize the use of chemicals on young skin.

Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream Formula 0.75 oz ( Pack of 6)
  • 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Benzoyl peroxide acne medication; Maximum strength effectiveness
  • Oilfree

Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Gel

5 % Benzoyl Peroxide gel is use in moderate and severe acne.It can be applied in face, shoulders,chest and back.

Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide 5 Percent Large 90 gram Tube of Acne Treatment Gel
  • Acne Treatment
  • 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
  • 90gm Tube
  • Clear Skin

Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Gel

Benzoyl Peroxide 10% should not be use in face.It is recommended in moderate and severe acne.

How to use Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

Apply the benxoyl peroxide gel directly on the lesion. This should be done gently without rubbing it and avoiding contact with healthy skin. Its frequency of use is only once a day, always before sleep.
note: Before you start using benzoyl peroxide you should make sure that you are not allergic. To do this apply a small amount on your wrist or behind the ear. It is normal that it stings a little and your skin turns pink. They are normal effects in benzoyl peroxide and they vary depending on the concentration. If after 30 minutes these symptoms are maintained or exacerbated, do not use the product.

Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% Wash

Benzoyl peroxide 5% Wash

Benzoyl peroxide 10% Wash

How to use Benzoyl Peroxide Face wash 

Another advantage of this Acne face & body wash and all products containing benzoyl peroxide is that they kill the bacteria deep in the pores, reduce oil and sebum on the skin. This gel not only clean the skin, but clear acne an prevent future outbreaks. In this short video you will see how to use Humane Benzoyl Peroxide 10%.


  1. Before using acne wash, moisten the skin.
  2. Apply a uniform layer on the wet skin and let it act for at least a minute.
  3. If you have oily skin and can tolerate the normal stinging sensation that benzoyl peroxide causes when cleaning, let it work for 3 to 5 minutes for a better result.
  4. After this time rinse the skin abundantly, avoiding that the humane acne wash does not make contact with the eyes or hair.
  5. the following would be to apply a moisturizer without oil.
  6. If you are going to be exposed to the sun do not forget to apply a sunscreen of your choice.

A good option would be the cetaphil dermacontrol SPF 30, with excellent moisturizing properties and broad spectrum protection.

Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects and Contraindications.

Side effects such as peeling, itching, irritation and redness of the skin usually occur when using benzoyl peroxide. . The appearance of these side effects depend on the concentration and the frequency used. If you have any of these symptoms, you should reduce the frequency of your application and even decrease your concentration.

Hypersensitivity: BPO should not be used in patients who have shown hypersensitivity to benzoyl peroxide or to any of the other ingredients in the products.

Vitamin C products: In conjunction with products derived from vitamin C, their properties cancel each other when applied at the same time.

Beaching power: Being a peroxide, as is the hydrogen peroxide used in hair discolorations, so it is recommended to avoid contact with clothing and fabrics, as this can discolor them.