In normal people this response is fairly small; p. acnes are just harmless bacteria and don’t need an all-out assault. But acne patients have overly powerful immune systems (also known as chronic inflammation) and this causes an extreme and over the top response to p. acnes. The excessive amounts of inflammtory chemicals cause the pore to become red, swollen, and adopt all the other characteristics of a pimple you’re familiar with.
In other words then, bacteria is a very important part of the acne formation process. Benzoyl Peroxide works by destroying this bacteria; when you apply it to your skin, it breaks down and forms oxygen, and this floods into your skin pores. However, though Benzoyl Peroxide might have the ability to reduce acne, it also has an extremely high number of reported side effects.
These effects are extremely varied and are severe in some cases. Some users report that Benzoyl Peroxide causes their skin to dry out and get excessively flaky.
Some report that BP causes their skin to get red and irritated, which is quite opposite to the desired result of getting your skin to look better. Some people even report that Benzoyl Peroxide can cause premature aging. Apparently people noticed that using Benzoyl Peroxide for a long time caused their face to gain the kind of wrinkles they expected would be decades away.
Therefore the fact that Benzoyl Peroxide works does not at all mean that you should use it. You only have to go on the internet to find the problems that people have had with it.If you compare the customer reviews and experiences for Benzoyl Peroxide to other products, then you’ll see that the amount of problems reported is significantly higher. There aren’t any studies studying the side effects such as premature aging, but it makes a lot of sense when you consider the science. Benzoyl Peroxide forms oxygen (as well as benzoic acid) when it comes into contact with the skin, meaning that it can cause oxidative damage to your cells.