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Does Benzoyl Peroxide Bleach
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Sort-of: Acne on the back usually require an antibiotic in addition to benzoyl peroxide or whatever non-antibiotic you prefer. Topical Clindamycin may help but many folks with acne on the back, and most men with bad acne on the back, will spend a few years on a systemic antibiotic that's right for them. ...Read more
No: This would not lighten the skin coloration in the area. ...Read more
Too weak: If you call it bad, you. Need to get with a competent physician now. Clear aril is weak and pricey. We can manage you. ...Read more
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
Sometimes: You can try and see if it works. If not your dermatologist can discuss other topical med or other treatments. ...Read more
Very good: Benzac has been around a long time and contains benzoyl peroxide (bpo). Whether it is any better than other over-the-counter bpo creams is unlikely except that brand name benzac ac does have ingredients to help absorption and minimize irritation, which may allow more consistent use and thus better results. Bpo must be used consistently for several weeks to really see the full benefits. ...Read more
No.: No. They've never been mixed together.;.Get a more detailed answer ›
Acne: BPO is an old antibiotic that acne bacteria seem to have no resistance to. It may dry the skin but has a long track record ( think Clearasil) Clindamycin is an antibiotic that helps kill P acne bacteria, it dosent get everywhere so by applying it directly to t e acne you can deliver the drug to the area of need. ...Read more
Typically very short: duration and mostly happens on darker skin, for a day or two, but it is not common so if your skin lightens with BP, have your dermatologist switch you to a different topical antibacterial agent ...Read more
Is benzoyl peroxide a bleach?? Or a type of bleach..?? Does it contain bleach?? How does it really work??? Is it really harmful for skin like bleach?
Yes,: It whitens by oxidation, but bleach you use to wash clothes uses chlorine ...Read more
I am using benzoyl peroxide and i am noticing my face looks really white compared to the rest of my body is this because of the bleach?
Could be: Try not using it for a few days to see if the color in your face improves. Are you seeing a dermatologist? People with darker skin can experience bleaching of skin from benzoyl peroxide. There are other alternatives that won't do that. Perhaps Differin (adapalene) would be a good choice. ...Read more
Can Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) 5% temporarily bleach some parts of the skin ? I've had a white/beige spot on my face for the past 2 weeks or so
Do not think so: As far as I know this product only bleaches material ie clothing, carpeting, towels etc. ...Read more
I want to treat "bacne" (back acne) WITHOUT oral meds. What can I use without ruining my clothes with bleach from benzoyl peroxide? Need it gone soon.
Hello...im an african with black skin...a have pimples on my temple and my cheeks.will benzoyl peroxide bleach my skin if i apply it on ...??
Probably not: To my knowledge, benzoyl peroxide treatment of acne doesn't bleach skin -- but I'm not a dermatologist, not certain. However, this may not be the right question. In dark skinned persons, any scarring can be depigmented, i.e. light color. Your acne itself carries more risk of this than treatment does. Severity of acne can be easily controlled, e.g. with low dose antibiotic. See a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Using benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel for acne. It says it can bleach. Does this only apply for when it is still wet, like before it dries up on your face?
Yes: From the company website: The DermaWand® also delivers enriched oxygen. The oxygen bathes the skin, soothing your senses with a fresh and clean fragrance. This enriched oxygen helps renew the skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of pore size." You can use DermaWand® with any skin care products you are currently using, although it’s recommended that you use it with the DermaVital products! ...Read more
Moistrizer: Apply moisturizer first and if necessary decrease frequency of application to every other day. Short contact time with wash rather than cream will still work and be less irritating. ...Read more
Varies: Benzoyl peroxide (bpo) is a good acne medication but people with dry skin tendencies will see their dry skin get worse. Stopping the bpo helps and using an oil free moisturizer helps even more. A small percentage (5-10%) of people develop a contact allergy when they use bpo which left untreated can last for weeks. ...Read more
Yes: Most pts. Have too much local reaction with 10 %. ...Read more
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