Acne is one of those skin problems that can range from mild to chronic. It not only affects the texture of the skin but self esteem and confidence. Mild acne problems can be treated with acne clearing cleansers and lotions. But for chronic cases, you want to consider benzoyl peroxide.
There are a number of reasons behind the onset of acne which includes bacterial infection, hormonal imbalance and lack of nutrients in one’s diet. There are many treatments for acne, but remember to chose the one best suited for your skin type. Dry skinned people do need a lot of moisturizing.People with oily skin Oily skinned people need to stick to gel based and water based formulas instead of oil based ones.
Treatment with Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most trusted and most effective acne treatment. It is available over the counter as well as on prescription. Benzoyl peroxide is available in the form of topical treatment as well as in the form of face washes. The topical medication are in both gel and cream forms.
It is often prescribed to be used either as a spot treatment or for the application to the whole of effected area. As a spot treatment it can be applied directly to the pimple. This helps to shrink the swelling and also act as a disinfectant.
Adverse Effects: This treatment is a potent bleacher. So it may stain your clothes or pillow cases. Moreover, Benzoyl peroxide may also cause skin dryness. So moisturize your skin regularly!
Prevention with Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is available in the form of topical treatment as well as in the form of face washes. Even after complete treatment from acne, benzoyl peroxide should be used in small quantity for the prevention of next infection.
Safety: It is safe to be used under makeup. But since benzoyl peroxide makes your skin sensitive to sunlight, a use of sunscreen should be incorporated into the skincare regimen. Pakistan experiences hot and humid weather conditions so a sunscreen with a higher SPF (60+) would be ideal.
Availability in Pakistan: Benzoyl peroxide is available on prescription by the following brand names:
- Acne Wash cream by Derma Techno
- Brevoxyl cream by Stiefel
- Crozyl Gel by AGP Pharma
- Panoxyl-5 and Panoxy-10 by Stiefel.