Acne treatment tips with benzoyl peroxide and Oxy 10 review

Acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide and Oxy 10 review
After 21, my acne diminished from an immovable beard (literally all over the chin and along the jawline) to the odd one or two spots a month. I am a huge follower of Dan Kern's The Regimen, which worked where retinoids, clindamycin, adalpalene, tazaret and a tonne of other medications had not. My dermatologist didn't want to give me Accutane for "the beard", but she put me on The Regimen and adapted it to suit my needs.

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So for the infrequent adult acne that I get, I rely on the trusty 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, the mainstay of The Regimen. And, if I get a pustule or a painful comedone instead of a tiny zit, I use a stronger version of BP - usually 5%, made by Galderma. But Oxy 5 feels stronger than the Benzac AC 5% somehow!
Anyone who has dealt with acne has heard of Oxy 10 and Oxy 5, made by The Mentholatum Company. I get mine from a local drugstore. 
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I keep Oxy 10 for very local application, right on the most painful pimple itself. And, the cream dries it up overnight, so I'm left only with the pigmentation, which I then cover with concealer till it goes away. It also dries out the surrounding skin, so be sure to apply it only on the pimple itself and moisturise the skin. There are two versions of Oxy 10 - regular and Oxy cover (rather inappropriately-named "Flesh Tone"; flesh is what is beneath the skin).
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I use the coloured version when I have acne and cannot use makeup. Don't be alarmed by the tone - it evens out and should suit most skin tones. It isn't going to cover up hyperpigmentation, but it will provide some coverage, while bringing down the pimple!
Acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide and Oxy 10 review
I've tried the 10% BP from Palmer's as well, and found the Oxy version more effective. But the Oxy version contains parabens whereas the Galderma cream does not.
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Sun protection while using BP is paramount, because it can certainly fry up your skin otherwise. And this routine works well for me. But make sure you speak to your derm/GP before opting for acne medication!
P.S. This post has not been sponsored, solicited or requested by Mentholatum or Galderma or www.acne.org. However, I recommend checking out the latter's forum, especially for some lovely makeup ideas!
  1. I get so much acne consistently during summers! I guess I'll have to visit a derm..
    xx
    TiTi's Corner!

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    1. Actually, some of the prescriptions (cosmoceuticals, if you like) are as fun as makeup, so you won't regret it! Especially if you pick an indulgent lady derm who has a daughter in your age group :P

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  2. I suffered with acne since i was 11 and when the dermatologist gave me pan oxy gel it worked straight away, i could see all my spots & a few scars disappearing and it was the holy grail for me. Last year they discontinued it and all my spots came back, the doctor gave me benzoyl peroxide but it doesn't work! what does work though is sudocrem this stuff is the holy grail! i have a blogpost on it. Jennie xx
    www.madabout-beauty.blogspot.com
    http://madabout-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/sudocrem-sudocrem-one-of-best.html

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    1. Gosh...thank you for sharing! It is horrible when they discontinue an HG product; happened with my 2% SA face wash. Different acne vulgaris bacteria react to different things on different people, I suppose! Isn't PanOxyl gel a form of benzoyl peroxide as well? It was one of the brands I had to try out before settling on Benzac AC.

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  3. such an informative post Renu :) Thanks for sharing...

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  4. Nice info Renu, I am using Persol cream and it is not an overnight curable thing, but helps a lot :)

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    1. That shows up as another version of BP! Apparently it works because acne vulgaris cannot thrive in presence of oxygen and BP releases oxygen into the topmost layer of the skin.

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  5. Thanks for this information, my identical twins have been suffering with cystic acne all over their face and back for two years and we have tried everything. I really like the Neutrogena acne range of products and that has worked really well for us as long as I keep them motivated otherwise they get lazy and the acne comes back. The acne isn't as bad now so I have high hopes it will disappear as they get older, no scarring so far. Always on the look out for new treatments though as I find changing their routine seems to help too.

    Jac x0x

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    1. Have you tried Neutrogena's On The Spot treatment? It works very well for me, combined with the Oil Free Acne Wash - not the foam cleanser. The trick is to dry the acne out and then squeeze - if you squeeze when it's still pus/gunk-filled, it causes scarring. Backne is worse - never goes away for me, no matter what I do, so I just wear clothing that covers it up! Hope their acne goes away soon xx

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  6. Great post, really helpful! :)

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  7. Great tip for the needy! I will suggest the same when someone asks me :)

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  8. My girlfriend and I started to get this odd acne, we are in our twenties and it is just embarrassing so we tried benzyl peroxide and that worked fine, except it never really allowed our faces to heal. So after a year or so we stumbled upon Citrus Clear products and we found that it helped immensely, she has dry skin, and I have oily skin. She washes her face with the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash, uses it morning and night and has been using it for about a month and her acne is nearly gone, a few pimples still pop up now and then but it is down to just red marks on her face where acne one was. I wash my face with the Citrus Clear Wash and use it at night if a pimple pops up and my face is almost completely acne free.

    it has worked better then benzyl peroxide and our faces are no longer dry - I have seen it work on extremely dry skin, and oily skin and for such a cheap price its worth try.

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