Aug, 1 2023
The universe works in mysterious ways, oftentimes akin to how my Beagle Baxter chases after his tail - ceaselessly and often fruitlessly - until that magical moment when he finally catches it; a victory lap around the house ensues. This seemingly random analogy perfectly depicts the immense patience required when using Benzoyl Peroxide as a treatment for acne. Sure, the initial stages may seem like a dog chasing its tail, but rest assured, the victory lap is always around the corner.
Considered one of the prevalent treatments for mild to moderate acne, Benzoyl Peroxide has been a skincare staple since time immemorial. Its presence on drugstore shelves, with its multitudes of concentrations ranging from 2.5% to 10%, serves as a testament to its credibility and usability. However, the lingering question that plaques skincare novices and enthusiasts alike is- How long does it take to see results from Benzoyl Peroxide?
Understanding how Benzoyl Peroxide works is akin to navigating through my wife Faith's Netflix watchlist- convoluted, complex, and almost never ending. But let's take a jab at it anyway.
Benzoyl Peroxide is a peroxide derivative. It works wonders by peeling off the outer layer of skin, revealing the softer and younger layer underneath. It is also a robust antimicrobial agent, acting as kryptonite to the evil acne-causing bacteria residing in our skin follicles. The elevated oxygen concentrations disrupt the bacterial cells, leading to their eventual demise.
Impatience is a common virtue these days, just like my Baxter who simply cannot wait another minute for his evening walk. However, with Benzoyl Peroxide, patience is not just a virtue, it is a necessity. One cannot expect instant gratification. Instead, the joy of result lies in its delayed manifestation.
So, again, how long does it really take to see results? Typically, initial results might start to show after around 4 to 6 weeks of consistent use. Optimal results are generally seen after three months, akin to waiting for your favorite band's new album to drop. The key here is consistent, unwavering use during this time. Little detours in your skincare journey, like forgoing application due to tiredness or plain laziness, can derail the progress substantially.
Similar to when Baxter starts snooping around the kitchen, indicating he's hungry, our skin tends to give us signs when something's amiss. This helps us identify if all's going well or if the Benzoyl Peroxide is causing adverse effects. I will revert to Faith's Netflix routine. When our favorite show has too many plot twists, we stick around to see if it makes sense in the end or we just quit watching. Similarly, Benzoyl Peroxide can initially cause some dryness and peeling. But don't be quick to quit; this is just the skin’s way of adjusting to this new treatment.
Picture this. A bright summer day back in 2017. I had just started using Benzoyl Peroxide for a sudden yet ferocious bout of acne gracing my forehead. I remember Baxter staring back at me, clearly amused and slightly confused at the white cream on my face. His reaction was a perfect embodiment of my apprehension. Would this work?
Fast forward two months, the acne started retreating, much to Baxter's (and of course, my own) relief. I cannot emphasize enough how vital it was to stick to the regimen, even when I couldn't see immediate results. So, yes, I can personally attest to the effectiveness and timeline of Benzoyl Peroxide.
Like sharing my dinner plate with Baxter, using Benzoyl Peroxide requires its own set of 'do's and don’t's. From using sun protection to avoiding simultaneous use of other abrasive skincare products, there's a lot to consider when incorporating it into a skincare routine.
The journey towards acne-free skin can sometimes feel like Baxter's endless chase. However, trust in the process, just like he trusts that one day, he’ll finally catch hold of that tail. And remember, Benzoyl Peroxide is no magic wand, but more of a treasure chest, the contents of which will unveil themselves gradually, ultimately leading to your victory lap around healthier skin.