How to End Benzoyl Peroxide Peeling
Benzoyl peroxide is often included in acne care regimens. According to Emory University's Student Health Services online resource, this is because of its ability to kill bacteria and speed up dead skin cell shedding to discourage pimples from forming and help get rid of ones that have already formed. Its strong effects, however, can irritate your skin, causing redness, burning and, in some cases, peeling. This is especially true during the first three weeks you're using benzoyl peroxide, according to the Thomson Reuters online health encyclopedia.
Use the smallest concentration of benzoyl peroxide that gives you results. According to Emory University's student health services, benzoyl peroxide is commonly available in concentrations of 2.5 percent, 5 percent and 10 percent. Prescription formulas may be even stronger. Switch to a 2.5 percent solution if you've been using a more concentrated formula. This may help put a stop to your peeling problem without sacrificing results.
Use the recommended amount of benzoyl peroxide according to the package label or your doctor's instructions. Don't increase the amount of benzoyl peroxide you apply or the frequency with which you apply it beyond the package recommendations. Doing so could increase your risk for side effects, including peeling, according to the Thomson Reuters online health encyclopedia.
Avoid using benzoyl peroxide in places where you have broken skin, such as a cut or scrape, or anywhere your skin is sunburned or windburned. Using benzoyl peroxide on damaged skin increases the risk of your skin becoming irritated and peeling.
Don't use other acne treatments on areas where you apply benzoyl peroxide for at least one hour. Doing so could increase the likelihood your skin will get irritated and peel, according to the Thomson Reuters online health encyclopedia.
Decrease the frequency with which you apply benzoyl peroxide to reduce peeling. If you're using it twice a day, see if peeling improves when you use it once a day. If you use it every day, switch to every other day for a few weeks.
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