Is Benzoyl peroxide safe? Will it cause my skin to age with long term use?
Benzoyl peroxide is ingredient used in many acne products that generates free radicals and skin damage. It promotes skin damage similar to unprotected sun exposure. The redness caused by the application of Benzoyl peroxide to the skin is a visible demonstration of oxidative stress or free radicals causing skin damage. Repeated application of Benzoyl peroxide has been found to cause premature skin aging. The extent of skin damage from Benzoyl peroxide is determined by the concentration of the Benzoyl peroxide, the frequency of application and the duration of its use.
More disturbing facts about Benzoyl Peroxide:
- Dries out most skin types, and in some cases excessive dryness and flaking.
- Can bleach your eyebrows and hair.
- Can cause increased redness and irritation.
- Makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage.
- Benzoyl peroxide used to be labelled as a category 1 acne treatment product by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), then they changed it to a category 3 product which means the safety is unknown. At this point in time, it still remains under that category.
- Repeated sun exposure or BP use generates free radicals that damage the skin’s structure and cellular DNA, resulting in premature aging of the skin.
- BP generates free radicals which interferes with and slows down the healing process. The red and brown marks that are a part of the acne healing process may last weeks longer when BP is a regular part of the daily regimen.
- The product is often tested on animals.
There are safe and effective alternatives to Benzoyl Peroxide. Fill out the online Skin Assessment and one of our Experts will guide you in choosing the best products for your skin needs. If you live in Vancouver book a complimentary Skin Consultation at SKN Clinic