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What is Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser?

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A benzoyl peroxide cleanser is a cleanser that has benzoyl peroxide in its formulation. Benzoyl peroxide is used to combat acne. The cleansers are commonly used on the face, but they can be applied anywhere on the body where acne can appear.

Benzoyl peroxide cleansers work to fight bacteria, dirt and oil. They can help to reduce dead skin and makeup buildup that clog pores. They also can be used as part of a beauty regimen to help control shine.

A benzoyl peroxide cleanser might be purchased over the counter, but cleansers with stronger concentrations of benzoyl peroxide can be obtained through prescription. Dermatologists who have identified severe forms of acne can write prescriptions for patients who require stronger formulations. However, it should be noted that, in many cases, stronger concentrations of benzoyl peroxide aren't needed and simply serve to cause more skin problems for an acne sufferer.

A benzoyl peroxide cleanser can come in the consistency of a liquid wash, a cleanser bar or a foam. Before applying the cleanser, individuals are advised to moisten the skin with water. Then, the cleanser is gently massaged into the skin for about 20 seconds. Individuals will want to work the cleanser into the skin enough to achieve a full lather. After a lather presents, they can thoroughly rinse the area with cool water and pat the area dry with a clean towel.

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A benzoyl peroxide cleanser in the form of a liquid wash, cleanser bar or any other form can be used in lieu of a standard soap bar. This means that individuals who choose to use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser do not have to use a standard soap bar to cleanse the same area. In fact, using a soap bar prior to or in between using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser might cause excess irritation, drying and redness. People who use benzoyl peroxide should slowly work their way up to the recommended usage. For example, if a product is to be used three times a day, it would be a good idea to use the product once a day at first and slowly increase the frequency of use so that the skin can be accustomed to the product.

Those who invest in benzoyl peroxide cleansers should also look into purchasing a suitable moisturizer to use with it. This is because benzoyl peroxide has a reputation for drying the skin. Replenishing the skin's moisture after using a benzoyl peroxide product can be the key to keeping skin hydrated, nourished and healthy.

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