Which leaves population control up to you. Benzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective over-the-counter medication for acne. It reduces the numbers of the P. acnes bacteria by taking the environment one step beyond inhospitable—to truly lethal. Benzoyl peroxide breaks down in contact with skin, releasing oxygen which kills the anaerobic (active in the absence of oxygen) P. acnes bacteria. And while P. acnes has been shown to develop resistance to some antibiotics, it cannot form resistance to this particular path of antibacterial action. Benzoyl peroxide also dissolves keratin—a protein that can block pores. Skin RX Clinic Treatments Follow the Science
At Skin RX Clinic, we’ve developed products that address the biological process of acne development, to treat breakouts quickly and safely and prevent reoccurrences. We know the importance of using a three-pronged approach to acne skin care—daily cleaning, regular exfoliation and bacterial population control. Our four-piece daily cleaning and treatment kit, the Acne Control System, is gentle, even to sensitive skin, while removing surface oil and debris and controlling excess sebum. It includes an advanced sunscreen, which is very important whenever an acne regime is being followed, to counter the tendency of most acne treatments to increase solar sensitivity. SkinRX Clinic’s 15% Smoothing Gel offers deep cleaning and exfoliation as an effective-strength all-day or all-night glycolic acid treatment, or as a series of glycolic acid peels for those with sensitive skin. The End-Zit mask is a therapeutic, professional-strength product that contains materials which draw impurities and oils away from the skin without stripping moisture. Our two strengths of the effective medication Benzoyl Peroxide fight bacteria while tailoring treatment to your skin’s sensitivity and the severity of acne problems.
Bacterial overgrowth is the enemy. The severity of acne ranges from papules—small pink bumps that can be tender—all the way to cysts— the deep, painful pus-filled pimples that can cause scarring. The more bacteria, the worse the problem. So the goal of treatment is to minimize the damage by minimizing bacterial growth.
Bacteria love a ‘messy’ environment. Anything that can block pore openings and impede free flow contributes to clogging and breakouts. That makes regular and thorough removal of surface oil, dead skin cells and make-up critical to prevention and treatment. However, harsh cleaners or determined scrubbing can irritate skin, increase inflammation and make acne worse (just like picking at pimples). The healthiest regimen combines gentle but effective daily cleaning and regular exfoliation through glycolic peels or microdermabrasion.