Angela Palmer is editor of About.com Acne, a site focused on helping people with less than perfect skin. She recently updated an excellent post about what to expect when treating zits and blemishes with benzoyl peroxide.
The rest of her post helps you understand what to expect when beginning treatment with benzoyl peroxide on a week-by-week basis, with special focus on the drug's side effects.
Our Acne Control Complex uses a low dose of benzoyl peroxide combined with tea tree oil. We optimized the product for adult complexions by working specifically to minimize its side effects with soothing and hydrating ingredients.
The product helps make using benzoyl peroxide more comfortable, but it's important for everyone to be thoughtful about how powerful benzoyl peroxide can be—and to use it with caution.
In fact, last week the FDA warned that in extremely rare cases, acne products may "cause life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation." While their warning wasn't able to say for sure that benzoyl peroxide is the cause of these rare reactions, they advised people to look at the Drug Facts section of their acne products.
If you look at our product's Drug Facts panel, it recommends that you patch test the product for sensitivity on a very small area of your skin for a few days before you really begin using the product.
Once these warnings have been considered, benzoyl peroxide remains an excellent acne drug—especially when it's in a formulation like ours, which is optimized for the thinner, dryer and more sensitive skin of adults. I hope you'll check out Angela's article—and soon find yourself on a path to clear, healthy skin.