Hydrogen Peroxide is a powerful acne treatment that can be harmful if not used with caution. It must be used in the lowest possible concentrations, from 1% to no more than 3% or it may compromise the skin’s natural barrier that protects against infection. One of the ways in which Hydrogen peroxide works as a disinfectant is by releasing oxygen into the skin when applied. Since the bacteria that causes acne is anaerobic and cannot live in an environment containing oxygen, it dies due to unsuitable living conditions. Caution needs to be exercised because if used in too high concentration or too often, hydrogen peroxide also has the potential to destroy the beneficial bacteria on the skin’s barrier that is needed to protect against infection and irritants. Compromising the barrier can also worsen acne significantly.
Not only does it work in killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide is also an exfoliant, ridding the skin of excess sebum and skin cells that clog pores. It is a weak acid which is good news for skin, since, as mentioned above, is also slightly acidic.
Instructions for use are simple and quick. There are a variety of ways to go about using hydrogen peroxide for treating acne but the most common way includes:
- Wash with a gentle cleanser
- Dab 1-3% hydrogen peroxide on affected areas
- Wait for 5 minutes and then rinse
- Apply a rich moisturizer
It is not recommended to use this treatment daily, one to three times per week is sufficient to prevent excess drying or irritation.
Some people use hydrogen peroxide in a cream form that is specifically created for acne. Others mix it with baking soda and a moisturizer and use it as a facial masque. The idea of the latter seems safer because the other two ingredients may act as buffering agents against the harshness of the peroxide.
However used, it is imperative to use a broad-spectrum SPF at all times when utilizing hydrogen peroxide because it sensitizes skin, making it more vulnerable to UV Rays that cause aging and skin cancer.
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