Let's take a look at the major acne issues: extra skin cells, bacteria, and oil. There are products available in the market place that promise to rectify each above issue. Yet, you've probably noticed on your long and difficult journey that they simply do not work and even if they do, they don't work for too long.
These promises to kill the bacteria or to dry up the oil will help, but it doesn't solve the whole problem. The first step to clear skin is to get rid of the excess skin cells; this is the root of any acne problem.
Retinoids were originally developed to address the excess skin cell problem. It's objective is to cause the outer layers of skin to slough off and the cells to be less sticky in the process. When used correctly they will help lift those impactions right out of your skin. But if used incorrectly, they can severely irritate the skin, and do nothing for your acne. Some of the most popular formulations contain isopropyl myristate or one of the other pore-cloggers, making your already challenging acne problem worse. Even if used correctly and with the correct formulation, retinoids do not address the bacteria or oil problem.
Benzoyl Peroxide is the one product that does a remarkable job of addressing all three factors that contribute to acne. It dries up oil and kills bacteria by flooding them with oxygen. Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) causes mild exfoliation and makes those sticky dead skin cells unsticky! It is amazing to see how those plugs soften right up after a couple weeks on BPO. When used consistently, BPO stops those plugs from forming in the first place.
But you're probably wondering why it hasn't worked for you in the past. Firstly, you were probably using the wrong BPO. Similar to some retinoids, most BPO formulations have ingredients that will clog pores. BPO is naturally drying, so manufacturers add fillers like creams or lotions to counteract this effect. Many of the creams are pore clogging, and of those that aren't, most contain fatty acids that prevent the BPO from getting into the pore to do its work. So just because a product contains five or 10 percent BPO, this does not mean it will help your acne.
Secondly, even with the right formula, you have to be religious in your use. The night you skip is the night a microcomedo forms. You may think you're in the clear, but know that the lesion won't surface for weeks or even months.
Thirdly, your skin will adapt to the BPO. So even the right BPO used consistently will stop working over time, and you need a way to increase its action, probably more than once.
Lastly, while BPO is the best acne medication ever developed, it isn't the entire answer to acne skin care. While many claim an allergy to BPO, chances are pretty good that you are not as less than 1% of the population is actually truly allergic to BPO. To be sure, a patch test should be done before fully using. If you only think you are allergic because your face got red and irritated, you're probably not using a protocol to allow your skin to properly adjust.
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