Is Benzoyl peroxide effective for acne treatment?
Benzoyl peroxide is commonly found in OTC anti-acne washes, creams, and lotions.
Benzoyl peroxide has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and comedolytic properties, which makes it effective in acne treatment. It has antimicrobial properties against Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcal aureus. However, unlike the antibiot- ics, it will not induce bacterial resistance and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by reducing oxygen free radicals.