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Over the counter acne treatments

Active ingredients in ‘over the counter’ (OTC) acne treatments should be considered with care. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common and many acne treatment marketers claim it is a highly effective solution to severe acne problems. It is the key ingredient in one of the highest selling acne treatment products, which has plenty of celebrities claiming it changed their life!

Benzoyl peroxide should, however, be used with care. It is a petroleum-derived product that is banned in Canada and the European Union Countries (EU). Known to cause skin and eye irritations and sensitisation, hives and suspected immunotoxicity, products containing benzoyl peroxide are best used sparingly and only in the short term.

Look for soothing hypoallergenic and organic moisturisers that will replenish the skin’s natural balance without further clogging pores if using these kinds of over the counter acne treatments and look for a product with a benzoyl peroxide strength that suits your skin type best.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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