November 7, 2011

Benzoyl Peroxide is Now Only Sold Over The Counter?

Ah, Benzoyl Peroxide. My trusty facial wash since 2000.

I recently went to the dermatologist and asked her for another facial wash that would reduce the oil my skin produces. I told her I was using Benzoyl Peroxide and asked for a slightly stronger version. She then informed me that Benzoyl Peroxide was no longer prescribed and could be found over the counter.

I knew this was coming.

Ever since every skincare company realized that the key ingredient to battling acne was Benzoyl Peroxide, OTC facial washes began using Benzoyl Peroxide. I once used Clean & Clear's wash with Benzoyl Peroxide for a couple months and it worked. It made my skin less oily, but also dried out my skin like a raisin. I couldn't bare the dry skin anymore, so I had to toss it.

While Benzoyl Peroxide is great for fighting acne, you must be careful with it. It can bleach your facial towels and tops when washing your face. It can also dry out your skin to a crisp. The only thing worse than a face full of acne, is a face full of dry brittle skin. You want your face to be healthy, so use a lotion or moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated.

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