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Hey guys! How are you all doing?

This is my first post here. I've been battling moderate acne for quite a while (5 years), i'm 19 now.

I've tried all sorts of topicals and antibiotics, and I've noticed that Benzoyl Peroxide worked quite well for me. After having used it for a few months, I was 75% clear with the occasional few pimples every now and then, but I had flaky skin and I believed that BP was trapping my oils. I decided to stop using it and look for natural cures. Green tea helped reduce it, but i didnt find a good enough solution. Retin A did a good job too as well, but made my face flaky and red.

Long story short, I am thinking about going back to BP (5%). But I don't want to keep using it for the rest of my life. My question is: If I use BP, will I reach a point where the acne naturally stops, and thus i can stop using it, OR does using BP make my face prone to acne and dependant on it (BP) for as long as I use it?

Thanks

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4 minutes ago, DarthRen said:

My question is: If I use BP, will I reach a point where the acne naturally stops, and thus i can stop using it, OR does using BP make my face prone to acne and dependant on it (BP) for as long as I use it?

Yes, odds are your acne will stop naturally and you'll be able to stop using BP. And no, BP will not make your face prone to acne or dependent on BP. BP stifles acne symptoms until acne resolves naturally on its own. When acne resolves naturally, you won't need BP to stay clear. Hope this helps! :)

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37 minutes ago, DeLovely said:

Yes, odds are your acne will stop naturally and you'll be able to stop using BP. And no, BP will not make your face prone to acne or dependent on BP. BP stifles acne symptoms until acne resolves naturally on its own. When acne resolves naturally, you won't need BP to stay clear. Hope this helps! :)

 

Thanks deLovely!

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I agree with you, 2.5% is much gentler on skin than stronger formulas and still produces great results! :)

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Unfortunately, there is no cure for acne, but that doesn't mean you will have to use it for the rest of your life.  Fortunately, BP is one of the more mild treatments and you shouldn't experience too many issues.

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Stick to 2.5% BP, and just remember, you're only 19. Your skin will naturally get drier as you age. My skin is way better now that I'm a bit older. :) 

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