Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound used as a bleaching agent for hair and teeth, but its most common use is in the treatment of acne. Benzoyl peroxide is highly antibacterial and is able to penetrate acne lesions and kill the bacteria that cause pimples, redness, swelling and inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide is typically administered as a topical treatment in cream or gel form. Those who suffer from acne can use it to spot treat pimples or evenly distribute on areas of the skin that show signs of breakout. It is most effective against whiteheads but can be used for other types of acne as well.
Although benzoyl peroxide is widely used and safe for most acne sufferers, it can be drying and irritating if used regularly by those with sensitive skin, so it is not recommended to use the product over large areas of the body if you have sensitive skin. Another precaution to take in the use of benzoyl peroxide is to be careful with towels and clothing since it contains strong bleaching properties. It is important to consult a dermatologist before using benzoyl peroxide as an acne treatment, and it is also recommended to start with a low concentration and increase the dosage if it does not appear to be strong enough. Doing so may prevent dryness and irritation.