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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
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In brief: Kills bacteria
Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin.
The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation.

In brief: Kills bacteria
Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin.
The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Amy Miller
Family Medicine
In brief: BPO for acne
Benzoyl peroxide works in 2 ways to clear up acne.
First it increases the rate of skin turnover, so the dead surace cells get sloughed off more readily and don't stick around to clog up the pores. Second, it is antimicrobial so it helps get rid of the bacteria on the skin that is causing the break outs. It can be very helpful for acne!

In brief: BPO for acne
Benzoyl peroxide works in 2 ways to clear up acne.
First it increases the rate of skin turnover, so the dead surace cells get sloughed off more readily and don't stick around to clog up the pores. Second, it is antimicrobial so it helps get rid of the bacteria on the skin that is causing the break outs. It can be very helpful for acne!
Dr. Amy Miller
Dr. Amy Miller
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