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Benzoyl Peroxide : What you need to know

08.09.2022 | Skincare

If curing acne has been your main skincare goal, chances are, you have heard or have been recommended to try benzoyl peroxide. Let’s start by breaking down what exactly it is, what benefits this ingredient has to offer and what your best options are for your own skincare journey.

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl Peroxide is an anti-bacterial ingredient used to reduce acne-causing bacteria. It’s most suitable for those looking to manage mild or moderate acne and prevent future breakouts.

What are the benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide?

  • It kills acne-causing bacteria
  • It removes excess oil and shine
  • It removes and prevents the build-up of dead skin cells, which also allows the other products in your routine to penetrate the skin with ease

Is Benzoyl Peroxide considered a medical strength product/formula?

It is considered a medical product that can be purchased without a prescription. 

What is the percentage in this formula (and is a higher percentage better or suitable for you?)

Our Supersolution Acne Solution is made with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is enough to kill up to 95% of acne-causing bacteria and help prevent future breakouts. Benzoyl Peroxide can be formulated at a range of %'s which are effective; we have chosen 5% to both minimise sensitivity and maximise efficacy. Products can include up to 10% Benzoyl Peroxide but the risk of the product being more drying is increased, depending on your skin type.

How to use our Supersolution Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide?

We always recommend doing a patch test first before trying any skincare product for the first time. If you’re in the clear, then simply apply the cleanser onto a wet face, gently massage the area for no longer than 1-2 minutes before washing off and pat dry. To reduce the chance of irritation, gradually introduce this product into your morning and evening routine by using it once a day to every 3 days and swap with a gentle cleanser on alternative days.

What other products can you use it with to treat acne?

You can safely pair it with Hyaluronic Acid Serum & Omega Water Cream in an anti-acne routine. We don’t recommend using it with other BHAs/ AHAs/and Retinol products.

What makes our Supersolution Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide unique?

We’re so excited about the release of our new Supersolution Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide formula because typically benzoyl peroxide washes can be extremely drying and irritating. But our formula is specifically made with ultra-hydrating ingredients (including Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid) to help minimise dryness and lock in moisture, reducing the risk of irritation. In addition, its luxurious lightweight feel leaves skin feeling clean, soft, and mattified.

Should you use Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid for acne?

If you are struggling with stubborn and persistent acne in the form of whiteheads and inflamed spots, our new Supersolution Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide is for you. If you are leaning more on the side of an oily complexion with blemish or breakout-prone skin, we would recommend the Salicylic Acid Cleanser.

What our founder, Colette Laxton, says about Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide:

“This product is close to my heart as someone that suffered from acne as a teenager, I couldn’t get a product over the counter that was strong enough and being able to create a product that works, is accessible, and doesn’t have that drying effect, it’s a huge achievement.” - Colette Laxton, co-founder

What Dermatologists say about Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide;

"Most benzoyl peroxide washes are not pleasant to use at all. They can feel very drying. People may think that they need that for acne, but that’s not necessarily the case. This has a beautiful texture that applies evenly throughout the face so the active ingredient is applied evenly on the face, and has great contact with the skin. It’s not drying and leaves no trace. This is probably the most unique benzoyl peroxide cleanser that I have ever used." - Dr. Cristina Soma, dermatologist

Shop our Supersolution Acne Solution with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide.



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Written by one of our askINKEY skincare advisors

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