Solutions - About Acne - Proactiv Australia

By: Sheer Cover  09-12-2011
Keywords: Benzoyl Peroxide

One of the most important factors in controlling and preventing spots is to find a regime that works for you and stick with it.

Most cases of mild blemishes can be improved with "off the shelf" products that don't require a prescription from your doctor.

There’s a wide range of belmish control solutions available, so there’s a great chance one of them will work for you. If you start controlling blemishes early before they get too severe, you’ll have a much better chance of avoiding emotional problems down the track.

If your pimples get worse or last more than a couple of weeks, you should see a dermatologist to find the right treatment for your particular situation.

What it is

One of the most commonly used ingredients, Benzoyl Peroxide can be very effective in controlling mild cases of non-inflammatory acne. It can also be combined with other topical products.

Where to get it

Common Side Effects

NOTE: If you experience dryness, irritation or dermatitis, you may want to give your skin some time to recover by trying a lower concentration or reduce the frequency of use.

Irritation: Mild irritation may be reduced by less frequent use. Keep from eyes, lips, mouth and sensitive areas of the neck. If excessive swelling, irritation, redness or peeling occurs, discontinue use. If these persist, consult a physician. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and other sources of ultra violet light.

Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis (red, dry, itchy skin) can be caused by irritation or allergy. If you experience contact dermatitis, discontinue use immediately and treat it with a mild topical steroid, such as hydrocortisone cream (available in most pharmacies), or consult a healthcare professional.

Bleaching of clothing: Benzoyl Peroxide products may bleach or discolour towels and fabrics. Wash hands after use and allow skin to dry completely before coming into contact with clothing.

What it is

Where to get it

Common side effects

Irritation: Children are more likely to get skin irritation from Salicylic Acid. If you experience mild irritation, try using the product less frequently. If irritation is severe or persists even when you’re not using it as often, you should stop using the product and consult a healthcare professional.


The approved range of Salicylic Acid concentrations for acne systems is 0.5%–2%. Salicylic Acid can be very drying to the skin, even in low concentrations. If you experience dryness or irritation, take a look at the other skin products you're using. Some products can enhance the keratolytic properties of Salicylic Acid, leaving your skin dry.

A few things to avoid if you are experiencing dryness or irritation when you’re using Salicylic Acid products:

  • Abrasive soaps or cleansers
  • Alcohol-containing preparations
  • Any other topical skin preparation or any preparation containing a peeling agent (Benzoyl Peroxide, Resorcinol, Sulfur, or Tretinoin [Vitamin A Acid])
  • Cosmetics or soaps that dry the skin
  • Medicated cosmetics

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