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I have read before that benzoyl peroxide, similar to antibiotics, kill the "good" bacteria just as well as the bad. So basically if you use it for a long time (I used it every day for several years) and you suddenly stop using it, your skin will basically be defenseless causing an overgrowth of the bad bacteria. The place I first heard about this was on a site that was selling some product so I took the information with a grain of salt. But due to my recent mishap with stopping the use of all the products I was using which I posted a week ago or so, I can't help but wonder if this is really true. I don't plan on going off my regimen again any time soon, but in a year or two maybe if my skin still hasn't cleared up I might consider it, (this time testing on just one section of my face at a time, of course).

But I am wondering, aside from slowly cutting down on usage rather than stopping it right away, is there anything I can do to help balance things out while going off the benzoyl peroxide. I've heard of people putting unflavored/unsweetened yoghurt on their skin because of the live cultures in them, but it seems to me these are the bacteria that live in the intestine, not on the skin. Or are they?

Anyway, any information about this would be appreciated, thanks.

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