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Can you put hydrogen peroxide on pimples?

Can you put hydrogen peroxide on pimples?

Yes: It's not generally what primary care physicians and dermatologists use, but it can be used to treat acne. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


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I was wondering if I was allergic to hydrogen peroxide because when I used this product on a popped pimple it flared and now that area is swollen?

I was wondering if I was allergic to hydrogen peroxide because when I used this product on a popped pimple it flared and now that area is swollen?

Not allergic: Hi. No, you're not allergic to hydrogen peroxide. Your neutrophils make it throughout your body, as part of their oxidative burst in fighting bacterial infection. And hydrogen peroxide is a tiny molecule; too small to raise an allergic reaction to. You probably just have local infection/inflammation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, is it a good idea to use them to get rid of butt pimples?

Tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, is it a good idea to use them to get rid of butt pimples?

Encourage: Medical evaluation to determine why you are getting these and to insure you don't have boils. Don't put cart before the horse. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to put hydrogen peroxide on acne?

Is it harmful to put hydrogen peroxide on acne?

Don't: Hydrogen peroxide is helpful to clean wounds if bleeding not for acne care. Avoid putting chemicals on your face that will not help your skin. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks and noticed my acne getting out of hand and it looked infected so I put a bit of hydrogen peroxide on my face, and noticed white spots?

I'm 38 weeks and noticed my acne getting out of hand and it looked infected so I put a bit of hydrogen peroxide on my face, and noticed white spots?

Acne: The hormones in pregnancy make acne much worse for a lot of women. There are many over the counter acne facial washes and topical medications that may help. Hydrogen peroxide is not one of them that will help. After delivery you should see improvement as the hormones return to normal levels. A dermatologist post partum can offer other treatments as well. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide good for adult acne?

Hydrogen peroxide good for adult acne?

No: Benzoyl peroxide (bpo) would be a much better choice. Bpo is lipid soluble and will help to dry up skin oils (sebum) and provide a better result for acne, regardless of the patient's age. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide for acne?

Is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide for acne?

Not too frequent: Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in acne products. Hydrogen peroxide could be use in a pinch. I use hydrogen peroxide to clean wounds in the er. I have read that with regular use it can damage skin, but on a one time use I have never seen any significant problems. ...Read more

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Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for facial acne?

Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for facial acne?

No: Get something that actually works -- a cheap rx. I start folks on topical clindamycin, with a retinoic acid derivative if there are lots of blackheads, benzoyl peroxide if not. The cost should be almost nothing. More extensive disease is usually manageable by oral antibiotics, and dermatologists have the big guns. This is the 21st century and nobody needs unwanted acne. ...Read more

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Is hydrogen peroxide whiten dark spot cause by acne?

Is hydrogen peroxide whiten dark spot cause by acne?

No: The number one most important thing you can do to lighten your skin is to wear sunscreen everyday -- even when it's cloudy. I will prevent your spots from getting darker.
You may also try a natural skin bleaching cream that contains kojic acid at least 4%. ...Read more

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Can I mix table salt and hydrogen peroxide for acne?

Can I mix table salt and hydrogen peroxide for acne?

Worthless: This is one more 'pop' remedy that will disappoint you. Acne is a chronic, serious, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed medically but will vanish only when it self-cures with age. If two weeks of benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cystic acne?

Much too weak: Cystic acne seldom responds well to any measure short of isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted. Only a dermatologist can prescribe it. There are adjuncts, but don't expect much benefit from hydrogen peroxide -- its penetrates poorly. Benzoyl peroxide is a mainstay against milder acne. ...Read more

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Safe to use hydrogen peroxide on skin for acne (everyday)? I heard it can kill you healthy cells as well due to 'free radical damage'

Safe to use hydrogen peroxide on skin for acne (everyday)? I heard it can kill you healthy cells as well due to 'free radical damage'

Get real Rx: Hydrogen peroxide is a poor choice for the reasons that my colleague has given. However topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is your best friend for acne. If you are not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can prescribe medicine that will work. Since you're a lady, the oral contraceptive pill may clear you if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use witch hazel and hydrogen peroxide for acne?

Is it a good idea to use witch hazel and hydrogen peroxide for acne?

No.: Witch hazal is fine due to its calming effects on the skin but I do not recommend hydrogen peroxide. It is antibacterial, yes. But it is entirely too harsh for skin and could cause more problems than good. I recommend using a medicated daily cleanser and possibly a leave on product such roc retinol--available in drug stores. If this is not effective, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If I use hydrogen peroxide on my face to help get rid of zits will it help?

If I use hydrogen peroxide on my face to help get rid of zits will it help?

No: Topical benzoyl peroxide, which you can get over the counter, is your first try. If insufficient, a woman who can take the oral contraceptive pill may find this clears her. Otherwise, your physician might add topical Clindamycin and if you are not clear in four weeks, a systemic antibiotic that's right for you. All acne can be managed nowadays. Good luck and stay proactive. ...Read more

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Bleaching with hydrogen peroxide can remove dark spots on face in 2 weeks? Which can remove dark spots from acne faster?

Bleaching with hydrogen peroxide can remove dark spots on face in 2 weeks? Which can remove dark spots from acne faster?

See a dermatologist: Your treatment will not work. Post-inflammatory acne pigmentation will improve with tretinoin cream + hydroquinone. Control of the acne is important. See a skin dr. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide/glycolic acid chemical peel that is done to the face for acne, is it safe for the skin in run?

Hydrogen peroxide/glycolic acid chemical peel that is done to the face for acne, is it safe for the skin in run?

It can cause issues: It's possible that in the long run too frequent and/or too "strong" a chemic peel can lead to uneven pigmentation, acne/rosacea flares and superficial blood vessel (capillary) damage - aka broken blood vessels. So be careful try to avoid doing them more than 1X/month unless a physician specifically suggests otherwise. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acne scars to vanish after using lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide?

How long does it take for acne scars to vanish after using lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide?

They don't: Neither of those things will make scars go away. See a dermatologist to discuss your options. ...Read more

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What are the chances a cut/ wound is infected if it bubbles when you put hydrogen peroxide on it?

What are the chances a cut/ wound is infected if it bubbles when you put hydrogen peroxide on it?

Not diagnostic: Most wounds will bubble with peroxide-- does not imply infection at all. Question should really be whether you should be using peroxide at all! - it tends to kill the "healing" cells, so I personally do not recommend it. ...Read more

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Can you put hydrogen peroxide on lip blister or cold sore?

Can you put hydrogen peroxide on lip blister or cold sore?

Yes: It may burn and will not cure the lesion. Cold sores are viruses and acyclovir may be needed. ...Read more

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Can I put hydrogen peroxide on an open wound?

Can I put hydrogen peroxide on an open wound?

Not advised: Hydrogen peroxide impairs wound healing, use a commercial wound irrigation solution, which any drug store can help you with. Just saline (salt water) is acceptable. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to put hydrogen peroxide on a dark spot?

Is it possible for you to put hydrogen peroxide on a dark spot?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Applying Hydrogen peroxide to your skin to lighten it is not a good idea. You can buy products that are specifically designed for lightening dark spots ...Read more

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What happens to someone's skin when they put hydrogen peroxide on their face?

What happens to someone's skin when they put hydrogen peroxide on their face?

Hydrogen peroxide is: A powerful oxidizer. It bubbles on skin when H2O2 separates into oxygen O and water H2O. If left on the skin for a period of time, the oxygen is absorbed into the dermis and creates small oxygen bubbles in the tiny capillaries at the skin surface and turns the skin white. Short periods of exposure have slight antibacterial properties. But long exposure will dry your skin. Rinse with plain water. ...Read more

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I just put hydrogen peroxide on my son's cut and his skin turned white briefly. Is that normal?

I just put hydrogen peroxide on my son's cut and his skin turned white briefly. Is that normal?

Peroxide Bleaching: Yes. This is perfectly normal with hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide actually has a bleaching action on the skin which will eventually fade and once again become normal. No need to worry about this. ...Read more

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Got a medium size cut on finger. I've put hydrogen peroxide on it multiple times a day and it still fuzzes. Is there constantly germs? Should I worry?

Got a medium size cut on finger. I've put hydrogen peroxide on it multiple times a day and it still fuzzes. Is there constantly germs? Should I worry?

The fizzing: Does not mean bacteria are there (although there are bacteria there). It is caused by an enzyme in your tissue and blood. Kept clean and dressed with antibiotic ointment. and stop using peroxide which is basically worthless except to clean drying blood away. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it ok to put hydrogen peroxide on poison ivy?

Can you tell me is it ok to put hydrogen peroxide on poison ivy?

I wouldn't do that.: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Hydrogen peroxide may damage already damaged skin. ...Read more

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Growth on inside of labia menora. Tried to squeeze, only a little blood came out. Put hydrogen peroxide on it, and now white. Nothing coming out. Help?

Growth on inside of labia menora. Tried to squeeze, only a little blood came out. Put hydrogen peroxide on it, and now white. Nothing coming out. Help?

See your doctor: A growth like that can be many conditions. PLease see a doctor for a detailed exam as this is the only way to diagnose this ...Read more

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Is it bad to put hydrogen peroxide on popped blisters, or would hydrocortisone or something else be better?

Is it bad to put hydrogen peroxide on popped blisters, or would hydrocortisone or something else be better?

Clean them: Popped blisters just need basic cleaning. Peroxide will burn quite a bit. Soap and water then cover with a bandaid or moleskin until the new tissue comes in. ...Read more