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How long does benzoyl peroxide take to work?
The NHS advises that benzoyl peroxide normally works within 4 weeks of treatment, so you should see the improvement you’re looking for within that time.
After this, you may want to carry on using your treatment to prevent breakouts in future, offering a long term solution to your acne.
What type of acne do I have?
Acne is a skin condition that results in spots caused by the build up of too much sebum (oil) in the hair follicles in your skin.
There are different types of acne and different levels of severity. The different types of spots include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
Your acne may be deemed as severe if you develop nodules (large, hard, painful lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin) or cysts (large, pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils).
At this stage, you should seek advice from your GP for expert treatment to avoid scarring, especially if it’s making you feel very unhappy.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that can happen to anyone but is especially common in children and young adults.
Acne happens when the glands in the surface of your skin start to produce too much of an oil named sebum, which can clog your follicles, causing spots, whiteheads, blackheads, and more.
It’s caused by hormonal changes, like those that happen during puberty, pregnancy, or throughout your period.
When you have acne, your skin will produce too much oil or sebum, which then clogs your pores and causes breakouts.
When combined with this excess oil, the bacteria that live on your skin can get aggravated, causing redness and inflammation alongside the spots and this whole combination can be sore and irritating.
Acne can be mild, causing just a few spots and blackheads, but can range all the way to severe acne, which can cause large, painful papules, cysts, and nodules on top of everything else.
Although people think acne is all about breakouts of spots, there are a couple of other symptoms you may experience when you have acne, including oily skin, or skin that’s sore or hot to touch.
Acne usually appears on your face, chest, or back, and it can be tempting to squeeze the spots that appear there, but you should resist the temptation and use an acne treatment to help you manage your condition effectively and avoid scarring.
How long should I leave benzoyl peroxide on my face?
How long you should leave benzoyl peroxide on your skin will depend on the treatment you’re using.
If you’re using a benzoyl peroxide gel, you may need to leave the treatment on so it can work but if you’re using a wash gel you’ll usually need to rinse it off after a minute or two.
The best thing you can do is check the information that comes with your treatment, as it will explain exactly how long you need to leave it to do its thing and whether you’ll need to wash the treatment off afterwards.