# Acne?

1. Feb 19, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

Hi,

Recently I discovered 2 acnes on my face and neck. My mom told me is acne. Anyone know any good acne treatment!?

-Tom

2. Feb 19, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

You're 15 and just now getting two pimples? You are lucky. Benzoyl peroxide is popular, but I think salicylic acid for small breakouts is less drying.

3. Feb 19, 2004

### The_Professional

I don't have acne so prevention is the best medication. I usually wash my face with Neutrogena cleanser, then I apply a moisturizer with Alpha-hydroxyl which helps repair sun damage. After cleansing, you may want to try using a toner that's alcohol-free that you gently apply with a cotton ball on your face and throat, then the moisturizer.

I would also watch the food I eat, sweets are usually bad for the skin. Salmon is very good, as well as it protects your heart.

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4. Feb 19, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Stress can cause breakouts. I have a big presentation worth $$megabucks$$\$ tomorrow and of course I have a zit on my chin now the size of a BUS!

5. Feb 19, 2004

### Loren Booda

For me, washing my face with Neutrogena soap and treating local breakouts with 10% (or 5% if sensitive) benzoyl peroxide. The pimples then scale off after a day or two of treatment. Even today at the age of 44, I had a pimple that I treated with b. p.

In years past, my overall acne could be dried up with applications of retinoic acid (vitamin A), which might appear as a "sunburn." Some doctors also prescribe tetracycline antibiotic.

6. Feb 20, 2004

### jimmy p

aww zits and spots. I dont treat my face with anything other than shower gel and i am ok. A lot of people here use Clearasil to prevent spots.

7. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

Is Hydrogen Peroxide = Benzoyl Peroxide??

8. Feb 21, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
No, Prudens, they are two very different chemicals.

Personally, I've found that just taking a multi-vitamin with a decent amount of vitamin A (NOT its precursor, beta-carotene) does wonders for my skin.

- Warren

9. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

So do Hydrogen Peroxide also do good on acnes?

10. Feb 21, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
I would strongly advise that you not apply hydrogen peroxide to your skin. It is far too potent for any kind of regular topical use, and probably wouldn't help acne anyway. It's a bleaching agent, and will damage your skin.

- Warren

11. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

ahh **** :\ Where do I get Benoyl Peroxide then:\

12. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

wait, benzoyl peroxide is a bleaching agent as well :\ ****.

13. Feb 21, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Most non prescription acne medications contain it. Have you seen Stridex or Clearasil at your pharmacy?

14. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

Contain hydrogen or benoyl?

15. Feb 21, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Benzoyl.

It comes in 2 strengths 5% & 10%.

16. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

I couldn't find anywhere selling Benzoyl only Hydrogen. Is there much of difference?

17. Feb 21, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Yes and listen to chroot's advice!!!

You probably won't find bezoyl peroxide for sale under that name, it will be an ingredient in a topical acne medication. It is extremely drying. I cannot use it, my skin is so sensitive that within 2 days it caused blistering and swelling. I looked like I had been burned.

18. Feb 21, 2004

### PrudensOptimus

Benzoyl Peroxide: a chemical for application in low solutions on the skin. It destroys the P. acnes bacteria ( which is the predominant micro-organism in sebaceous follicles and comedones) by penetrating the follicle and releasing hydrogen peroxide (free-radical oxygen species, which are capable of oxidizing bacterial proteins.) Acne bacteria cannot survive in the presence of hydrogen peroxide.

It is an excellent treatment, the problem is that most people don't use benzoyl peroxide products correctly.. They apply the medicine to existing pimples rather than using it wherever they are likely to get acne, which can prevent it from popping up in the first place.

Benzoyl peroxide also has drying actions, sebostatic effects, and causes mild skin desquamation. Benzoyl peroxide improves both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions. It can be effective as monotherapy in mild cases of acne and is used as an adjuvant in moderate to severe cases of acne. Benzoyl peroxide is available as prescription and non-prescription products and also in combination with Erythromycin (Benzamycin) and Clindamycin (Benzaclin) -both are topical antibiotics-, hydrocortisone, and sulfur.

Resolution of acne usually occurs within 4—6 weeks of initiation of treatment. It coincides with a reduction in levels of P. acnes, lipids, and free fatty acids in the skin follicle.

In the skin, benzoyl peroxide is metabolized to benzoic acid. Approximately 5% of the benzoic acid is systemically absorbed and excreted in the urine. It can produce hyperpigmentation or dark spots.

19. Feb 21, 2004

### Loren Booda

Most pharmacies carry it for the purpose of treating acne breakouts.

20. Sep 17, 2007

### leslie20

I’m using benzaclin since one month and I have noticed that the pimples have started to fade……a friend of mine suggested me to use it.

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