We don’t recommend hydrogen peroxide though it can cure acne. Read to find out why. (Anyway, for spot treatment you can go with it.)
Hydrogen peroxide was first described in 1818; it’s a combination of oxygen and hydrogen in equal parts. Pure hydrogen peroxide is colorless liquid and thicker than water.
It’s a strong oxidizer, antimicrobial agent and antibacterial agent. It is used in hospitals to prevent cross-contamination.
When applied on skin, oxygen present in hydrogen peroxide reduces bacteria by killing them. Though few people believe hydrogen peroxide can heal open wounds they’re wrong. Along with bacteria it kills skin cells, making it difficult to heal properly and leaving scars.
Can Hydrogen Peroxide Treat Acne?
Yes it can.
Acne is caused by mainly 3 things excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria.
When you apply hydrogen peroxide on acne affected area, the oxygen present in this acid reacts with P. acnes and other bacteria to kill them. P.acnes bacteria which are main cause of acne can’t survive in oxygen rich environment.
It also serves to exfoliate dead skin cells which are accumulated over pores clogging them. It controls excess oil production by drying your skin. Through oxidation process it reduces further breakouts.
Directions to use hydrogen peroxide
You can get diluted hydrogen peroxide from local store. 3% of hydrogen peroxide is highest percentage, more than that is not recommended.
In case you got higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide mix water to make it to less than 3%.
Using cotton ball apply the solution on washed acne affected area. Rinse it off after 15 minutes. Apply moisturizer after treating with hydrogen peroxide.
Why I don’t recommend?
If you’ve read above paragraphs then you know that it says hydrogen peroxide is a great remedy to treat acne. But still why I don’t recommend?
Treating acne is not a single shot process, it’s a long process. When you use hydrogen peroxide or benzoyl peroxide for longer period they may treat acne but they make your skin dry. Your skin loses its natural moisture. But yes for spot treatment I may recommend these acids.
But who would want to go for a product which has short term result and long time side effects?
No one right?
Note: Few people may see good results with hydrogen peroxide, but you must remember skin type matters a lot here.
Do you know any other natural remedy to treat acne? Share here in comments.