Can Benzoyl Peroxide fight acne?

Benzoyl peroxide works to treat and prevent acne by killing bacteria underneath the skin, as well as helping the pores shed dead skin cells and excess sebum (oil).

Benzoyl peroxide may be used in combination with other acne treatments.

Benzoyl peroxide may be found in the following acne treatment products:

  • acne creams and lotions: typically applied once or twice a day on the entire area of skin as both a treatment and preventive measure
  • face washes and foams: used once or twice a day to help prevent acne and treat existing lesions
  • acne body washes and soaps: ideal if you have frequent breakouts on the chest, back, and other areas of the body
  • gels: tend to come in the form of spot treatments with higher concentrations and are typically applied only to the affected area