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Benzoyl Peroxide

While retinol should be the starting point for nearly all patients with acne, benzoyl peroxide is the next treatment to be added. A must-have for the treatment of inflammatory acne, benzoyl peroxide is anti-bacterial and also helps exfoliate. As a leave-on gel, I nearly always recommend the 2.5% concentration, as the stronger concentrations can cause irritation and aren’t therapeutically superior. Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulder, and back.

We recommend this benzoyl peroxide gel:

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Dr. Song Medicals 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Medical Grade Acne Gel
This gel works wonders for inflammatory acne, especially when combined with retinol. Unlike many other brands of benzoyl peroxide on the market, this formulation is also hypoallergenic. The 2.5% strength is strong enough to get the job done, yet gentle enough to avoid irritating the skin. Apply it in the morning prior to putting on sunscreen. Like all peroxides, it can bleach clothing and towels.