Acne - The Truth about Benzoyl Peroxide

April 22, 2014

On February 17, 1995 the FDA published findings that said that Benzoyl Peroxide was changed from a category 1 (relatively harmless ingredient) to a category 3 (causing significant concern). The reason for the change in category was the fact that Benzoyl Peroxide was proven to cause tumors in mice. In addition, the studies showed that Benzoyl Peroxide, in fact, had tumor initiation potential, making consumers with no pre-existing conditions at risk for harmful tumors.

 

  • Benzoyl Peroxide dries the skin and increases levels of inflammation and free radical production, which  in turn, leads to premature aging.
     

  • BP can also make the skin more prone to hyper pigmenting from sun overexposure – especially if the sunscreen you use contains PABA ( Para-amino-benzoic acid,) which is known to damage DNA.

 

  • Can bleach your eyebrows and hair.

 

  • BP is generally always recommended for long term, regular use as it is used to “prevent” breakouts by keeping skin completely stripped.

 

  • PubMed in the National Library of Medicine lists over 100 articles from medical publications dealing with the research aspects of benzoyl peroxide and cancer with two-thirds supporting a linkage between benzoyl peroxide and skin cancer.

 

Like most things dealing with the body, ailments are a sign of an internal imbalance within the body and oftentimes is a reflection of diet be it physical or mental and the skin is no different.  Treating the symptoms such as an Acne Outbreak is temporary at best but should you opt to combine treatment with a healthy lifestyle make sure the products you use are consistent with bringing out your true beauty.

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