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Benzoyl Peroxide Not Working For You?


Posted : 10/13/2014 1:18 am

If I understand correctly, acne is caused by a bacteria (P. acnes). Right?

So... why do we say "everyones skin is different"? While I'm sure we all vary we're not THAT different. In fact, it seems the only thing that really varies between us as individuals is our sensitivity to dryness and irritation.

FACT: Benzoyl Peroxide kills P. acne by creating oxygen where bacteria can't live. ANYONES skin. It can't not work (at killing the bacteria).

FACT: While bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics, that's not so with oxygen. So it doesn't stop working, or "not work" for some people.

If benzoyl peroxide doesn't work, it has to mean that either you're not using enough, or using it often enough, or that it's not in fact acne at all and some other issue (folliculitis, etc.) because it can't not kill the bacteria and it's not acne without the bacteria.

I've used benzoyl peroxide products (including "The Regimen") for years. There's no doubt they help if I use them religiously but have never completely cleared me. But lately I've been experimenting with anti-fungal shampoos and have had bumps that I've had forever go away... so I'm becoming convinced I had acne AND some kind of fungal folliculitis at the same time.

So... if anyone else out there has gone as far as they can with benzoyl peroxide, try anti-fungal shampoos like Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and Nizoral, each of which has a different active ingredient. I'm rotating them now to avoid any kind of fungal resistance AND using benzoyl peroxide and I'm as clear as I've ever been.

I'm going to try a peel next.


Posted : 10/13/2014 11:59 am

I noticed a big difference when I substituted T-Gel for my regular shampoo 3-4 times a week for a few months after getting clear on the regimen.


Posted : 10/13/2014 4:11 pm

I used benzoyl peroxide for years with great results, but after I had my first child I developed an allergy to it. If I use even the smallest bit on my face, wherever I put it turns red and swells up. I read that you can develop allergies to things after child birth. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones, now after baby number 2 I am battling hormonal breakouts, and still can't use benzoyl peroxide :(