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How does benzoyl peroxide treat mild acne?

Benzoyl peroxide (BP) mainly kills the bacteria that can proliferate in a pore and cause acne, but it’s quite drying and irritating. Benzoyl peroxide should usually be used as a spot treatment; it’s too irritating to use all over your face (the exception is if you’re using a mild BP wash when you cleanse your face). With BP, it doesn’t matter whether you buy gels, pads, or creams. Use whatever form you like best, because it’s not the form that matters, it’s the concentration. Strongest isn’t necessarily better. Because it’s so drying, you want to find the lowest concentration that helps you. Start with 2.5 percent and go from there. You can buy 10 percent treatments, but they’re usually meant for the chest and back, which can tolerate higher concentrations.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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