Raw shea butter, a moisturizing ingredient found in our benzoyl-peroxide based Acne Control Complex.
What's the best acne treatment? As someone who prefers natural and healthy ingredients in skincare products, I'm an unlikely advocate for benzoyl peroxide. Especially because it's a serious synthetic chemical that can cause dry skin, peeling, and flaky skin.
Despite all the side effects, it's hard to argue with its proven results: study after study shows that benzoyl peroxide remains one best acne treatments available. It's even better than many prescription acne drugs, especially now that researchers at the CDC have proclaimed, “The End of Antibiotics, Period."
And, even though it's not natural, the Environmental Working Group deems it relatively safe in terms of cancer and allergy risks.
So how do you use benzoyl peroxide without all the nasty side effects? Here are three quick tips.
I usually just rinse my face with warm water. If you use a cleanser, make sure it's very, very gentle (most aren't). Avoid soaps, scrubs with grit, and hot water.
Moisturizers will help counter the drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. In the morning, everyone, men and women, black and white, should use a sunscreen on their face, neck, and hands.
For very lightweight hydration in the evening, give your face some jojoba oil. Contrary to all of the hype about "oil free" products, this is an amazing ingredient for acne-prone skin and it even offers a mattifying effect.
When at the drugstore, avoid the temptation to grab "maximum strength" products. Look for products with 2.5 - three percent benzoyl peroxide. Research has proven that these lower dosages are nearly as effective at fighting acne but with significantly fewer side effects.
Here at Arithmetic, we go a step further: our Acne Control Complex combines a three percent benzoyl peroxide solution with tea tree oil (a natural blemish-fighting ingredient). But what's unique about our treatment is that it's packed with multiple moisturizing ingredients, including shea butter and jojoba oil. This counters benzoyl peroxide's drying effects, making the well-established benefits of this drug available to people who have had difficulty with it in conventional formulations.