I remember as a kid watching the Clearasil commercials that came on TV and then begging my parents to get it for me when they went to the grocery store.
My acne started when I was about 12 years old. Being a child of the 80's I remember Clearasil and Stridex pads were the most popular over the counter products on the market for acne.
Back then I didn't know much about the acne-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide or the proper use of it for treating pimples. All I knew is that my face looked horrible and I was willing to try anything.
I assumed that since the percentage of benzoyl peroxide was 10% that it would kill even more bacteria and get my skin clearer quicker. Boy was I naive.
If I used the cream at night by morning the swelling from the pimple may have gone down but my skin was also dry, cracked and peeling from being irritated by the benzoyl peroxide.
Here's some helpful tips on the proper use of benzoyl peroxide:
- It is a preferred anti-bacterial agent for long term control of acne. Oral antibiotics or other topical antibiotics such as erythromycin or clindamycin may sometimes be prescribed for short term use.
- The 2.5% concentration is equally as effective as the 10% concentration with less irritation.
- To get the best results it should be applied to the entire face not just as a spot treatment.
- Helps to stop the blemish process that is happening deep inside your skin's thousands of pores.
- Since it can permanently discolor clothing and linens it is best to use it for facial acne. For body acne look for a product containing salicylic acid as the active ingredient.
So gone are the days when we would just treat our pimples as they appeared…why treat just a pimple when you can prevent blemishes from surfacing in the first place?
It takes a full one to two weeks for a blemish to surface. Because the bump that appears on the skin is the final step in the process, spot treatments are largely ineffective.
Your skin needs targeted medicines that penetrate to where the problem originates, stopping acne before it's visible on the skin's surface.
I personally have had success with the use of an acne regimen that has benzoyl peroxide as one of its main ingredients. Although it is an effective ingredient for treating acne your skin needs to be acclimated to it.
Any good regimen that uses benzoyl peroxide will have you using it every other day at first eventually working up to daily use. With continued use you should see less blemishes on your face.
Acne is serious business to anyone who suffers from it. It may not be curable but it is definitely treatable.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse and licensed esthetician who has suffered with acne and hyperpigmentation since the age of 12. She wants other acne sufferers to understand that even though acne is not curable that it is definitely controllable with the right regimen and lifestyle changes. Clear and radiant skin does not have to be a dream, it can be your reality!