If you’re prone to acne, you may have tried a few different remedies and methods to cleanse your skin, including face washes. A face wash is important for managing acne as it rids the dead skin cells, oil, dirt, makeup, and sweat, which cause breakouts.
As key as a face wash is to any skin care regimen, it’s a given that there are tons of different acne face washes available. Luckily you’re not alone in selecting the right one for you.
Benzoyl peroxide reduces excess oil on the skin and removes dead cells that can clog pores. These attributes make it ideal for those with inflammatory acne—red, painful bumps and blemishes. If it’s just a few whiteheads and blackheads you’re dealing with, it may not be the best ingredient for you, since it can be quite drying. But it can be very effective at both treating active acne lesions and preventing new ones, especially if you pair it with a salicylic acid.
To get the most out of your benzoyl peroxide face wash, here are some tips to help you get started:
It works best when used continuously
Benzoyl peroxide works to treat acne by helping to kill the existing acnes bacteria inside your pores. It does not increase your body’s ability to fight the bacteria when you’re not using it. That’s why it’s best to use it continuously—for the treatment of existing blemishes, and the prevention of new ones.
It doesn’t work overnight
When you’re using benzoyl peroxide for acne, it’s important to be patient. It might take a few weeks (longer, in some cases) to see improvement. For most, it proves to be well worth the wait.
It’s best to ease into it
To help mitigate irritation when you start an acne regimen that uses benzoyl peroxide, start slowly—an hour or two a day—to see how your skin reacts. As we mentioned earlier, some minor irritation is normal. That said, if a product causes burning, swelling and itching that worsens with each use, it could signal an allergic reaction, and you should stop using it immediately and notify your Skintherapy esthetician.
More isn’t necessarily better
You’ll find that benzoyl peroxide products range in concentrations from 2.5% to 10%. Depending on the severity of your acne, you may want to start with the lowest concentration and work your way up. Your esthetician can help you decide what works best for you according to your skin.
Interested in trying a BPO wash for your acne? Click here to check out our 2.5% BPO Wash. Keep in mind products with active ingredients work best under the direction of an expert.
For a more in depth look into what Skintherapy can do for you and your skin, start by giving us a call at 801-800-6602. We can answer any questions or concerns you have and help you find a regimen that works.