When Benzoyl Peroxide Over-Dries A Blemish

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Benzoyl peroxide may do wonders for killing pimple-causing bacteria, but the key is to use it sparingly. Too much of it on any one spot can cause redness and flaking since it diminishes the amount of oil the skin produces.

If you’ve overused benzoyl peroxide, let your skin recover and repair itself. Try a replenishing, non-occlusive moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and apply it to both the affected area and the rest of your face.

Sometimes benzoyl peroxide makes skin dry because it’s dry to begin with. Skip anti-aging products with retinoids and glycolic acid-as well as additional benzoyl peroxide-until your skin feels like it’s back to normal.

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