Benzoyl peroxide is most often prescribed to clear up acne. It clears up these breakouts by killing bacteria on the skin and reducing oil production.
What’s bad about this? Your skin uses this oil (and some of the bacteria) to function properly, so using benzoyl peroxide long term it is extremely drying and damaging to most skin types.
It works essentially like a bleach. In fact, if you get a lot of it on your towels or clothes, you might notice that they change color. Pretty crazy!
The pH of your skin should be between 4.5-5.5, but those who use benzoyl peroxide will develop a more alkaline complexion. Once you stop using benzoyl peroxide, your skin will naturally go back to being more acidic. This is why people who stop using products like Proactive will often have skin issues (like breakouts) once they stop using it. This is what we refer to as SKIN DETOX.
In addition, benzoyl peroxide is linked to the promotion of tumors, is toxic when inhaled, and is a known eye and respiratory irritant. It also makes acne scaring way worse which is what upsets my clients the most!!!! Pretty scary stuff!!!