Benzoyl peroxide – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

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Benzoyl peroxide is a topical treatment that is usually used to treat mild acne. The medicine has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an oxidizing agent. Benzoyl peroxide is sold in the market as a cream, gel, lotion, and wash at different concentrations (2.5, 5, and 10 percent). It may be used in combination with other topical or oral medications.

Known side effects of benzoyl peroxide

The known side effects of benzoyl peroxide include the following:

  • Dryness or peeling of the skin
  • Feeling of warmth
  • Some stinging
  • Tingling

Benzoyl peroxide may also cause serious side effects, such as burning, blistering, redness, or swelling of the area of the treated area, rash, hives, itching, tightness in the throat, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, and swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue.

Body systems that may be harmed by benzoyl peroxide

The body systems that may be harmed by benzoyl peroxide include the integumentary and respiratory systems.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent benzoyl peroxide’s side effects

The food items that may prevent the side effects of benzoyl peroxide, particularly dryness or peeling of the skin, include fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, and trout; nuts, which are rich in vitamin E; avocado, which is rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants; beta-carotene-rich sweet potato; foods rich in zinc, such as oysters, beef, beans, and wheat germ; olive oil; and cucumbers, which are rich in water and vitamins A and C.

Treatments, management plans for benzoyl peroxide’s side effects

Natural treatments for the side effects of benzoyl peroxide – particularly peeling and drying of the skin – include the topical application of olive oil, aloe vera, lemon and sugar scrub, cucumber, aloe vera, oatmeal bath, and mint.

Where to learn more

Summary

Benzoyl peroxide is typically used topical treatment for mild acne.

Benzoyl peroxide is available in the market in various forms, such as cream, gel, lotion, and wash.

Benzoyl peroxide causes dryness or peeling of the skin, a warm feeling, stinging, and tingling sensation.

The food items that may prevent dryness or peeling of the skin, a side effect of benzoyl peroxide, include fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, and trout, nuts, avocado, sweet potato; foods rich in zinc, such as oysters, beef, beans, and wheat germ, olive oil, and cucumbers.

The natural treatments for dryness or peeling of the skin, a side effect of benzoyl peroxide, include the topical use of olive oil, aloe vera, lemon and sugar scrub, cucumber, aloe vera, oatmeal bath, and mint.

Sources include:

DermNetNZ.org

MedlinePlus.gov

Bustle.com

Top10HomeRemedies.com



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