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Benzoyl Peroxide
Jun 20, 2005
I'm finding it practically impossible to find a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream. I used to be able to find it at Walmart, Walgreens, etc but recently I can only find 2.5% (which isn't strong enough) and 10% (which works, but since 5% works, I don't see why to increase it).

Where can I get a 5% benxoyl peroxide cream?

Or, has anyone successfully diluted a 10% cream?

I'm thinking equal parts of bpo and neosporin? bpo and aloe vera gel?
Could I mix a larger batch so I didn't have to do a small amount each time I use it?

Also, what's everyone's (who uses bpo) favorite brand?
Hmmm.. maybe bpo isn't as popular as I thought... or maybe everyone's just as clueless as I am...
I dont use bp as a cream, i just use a bp wash but i used to use clearzit cream a few years ago and it had 10% bp and it worked really well
At walmart you can get zap-zyt and that is 5% im pritty sure, im a guy n i use it... who woulda thunk, but anyway, it usually works for me for about 3 weeks then for some reason i become immune to it and it stops working again so i stop for a week and then go back on it and it works like a charm :) It is like five bucks a tube though but it wrks great. and they say just put like a little on pea sized, but that never works when i try it. i cover the acne fully so its 100% covered. but when you sleep, sleep with your face in the air so the oxygen can get to it. that took me some time to figure out.
Thanks! i'll look into it.
I checked ZapZyt out and it's 10% bpo. :( Like I said earlier, I'm looking into mixing the 10% bpo w/ something to make it 5% (I would think half bpo, half ??). I have no idea if this is safe...
Have you asked your drug store if they can get it in? Or maybe buy it online? There has to be some somewhere! They wouldn't stop making it, so maybe your shop needs to stock more!
It's not a really popular product on here, but the natures cure set comes with a 5 percent bp. And some sugar pills too if you're interested.
Haha, sugar pills. That's funny, I've heard a lot of people refer to Nature's Cure as placebo (aka sugar) pills. I'm sure I could order 5% from the pharmacy seeing as though bpo is still a prescription drug - I just wanted the ease of going to the store and picking some up when needed.

I mentioned this in another thread but I'll say it here too for the people following this one. I tried mixing equal amounts of bpo 10% and lotion. It worked just as good as applying the bpo and then lotion - still too harsh. I went out and got 2.5% Neutrogena On-The-Spot since that's the only 2.5% bpo out there now (at least around me). So far so good. I followed *Dan's* advice and applied more than a thin layer but NOT the two finger lengths he reccommends (over kill I think). I did one finger. I'm also starting to use the Equate brand of Neutrogena Healthy Skin Lotion w/ spf. I like it so far. It's not too greasy if you rub your hands together quickly and then apply.
Benzoyl Proxide actually ages the skin, I try my best not to use that at all. I use Tea Tree Oil GEL.
BP is completely safe. It can cause reddening of the skin if you're allergic to it or it's too harsh. It can dry out skin and irritate eyes or nose membranes if it makes contact with them.

It does make skin more sensitive to sunlight which means you should wear an SPF lotion and not tan - which are two things noone should do anyway.

I've used it for a long time and my skin still looks like it did before I began using it - minus the acne of course. :)

I'm curious: where did you find that information out? If you go to WebMD and look BP up you'll find the side effects possible - nowhere does it say skin aging. My doctors in the past have all said it's safe also. Even the crazy "everything can give you cancer and is bad for you" website says that it's safe.
Benzoyl Peroxide is the worst thing for skin. Any decent derm would tell you this. Not the ones out to make money off of pro activ and such, but I wouldn't expect you to believe me. If it works for you, do you really care what it's going to do to your skin in the long run?
I had some things to say... but I decided that it's not worth my energy.

Tea tree oil is also a great product. I do suggest that people use it - I find that applying it full strength w/ a clean q-tip on stubborn pimples works better than Klaron lotion and w/o the possibility of ODing on it! It's been proven that 5% tea tree oil is just as effective (it does take longer to start working) as 5% benzoyl peroxide, and w/ less irritation than w/ BP.
Do you make your gel or buy it?
I buy my gel. It's not worth my energy to tell people not to use Benzoul Peroxide. Will anyone really listen? No, especially if it works for them. I've gotten the real answers about the junk though. I used to use it all the time. I learned from my mistake and I've moved on. Maybe some people will benefit from what I say, and I hope so. I'm not selling something, it's just advice from someone who's dealt with the issue. Several sites say it's safe to use and it's good for acne, but they don't tell you what the truthful sites say. It ages the skin faster than tanning and smoking does. It also makes it easier for the skin to develop scars.
[COLOR=Blue][I]do they sell clearasil in 5%, or only the 10%?

the neutrogena on-the-spot 2.5 treatment, does it have the same powder-looking coverage that clearasil has?[/I][/COLOR]
Clearasil used to have 5%. I can't find it anymore.

Neutrogena has more of a gel consistancy. It reminds me of oil-free lotion. Clearasil is thicker and doesn't spread as easily.

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