Steps on how to Treat Acne using Hydrogen Peroxide
Acne — blemishes, zits or pimples are unwanted infections of the skin that can strike individuals of any age or sex. Acne is more common in teenagers and in women who are pregnant, on their menstrual cycle, or starting or stopping birth control pills. Hydrogen peroxide’s same oxidizing properties allow it to react with bacteria, viruses, spores, and yeasts, making it a great disinfectant. Also, interestingly enough, in high concentrations, it can be used as a propellant in rocketry.
If you have ever used hydrogen peroxide to disinfect a cut, you probably have noticed all the fizzing and bubbling that happens. There are many types of acne, but cystic acne is the one that causes deep pitted scars which take longer to heal. If you are looking for a home remedy to health pitted acne scars, check out this article. There are many other natural home remedies to treat acne scars, but in this article, we are going to look at how we can use hydrogen peroxide to treat acne scars.
How Hydrogen Peroxide works?
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic used on the skin to prevent infections. It is the combo of Hydrogen and water in equal amount. When the Hydrogen peroxide is applied on the area, it oxidizes the area and kills any bacteria which causes any infections.
It is also great in drying the skin, reducing the oil production in the skin and helps to prevent and cure the acne.
Things to remember before and after use:
- If you are dealing with severe Acne problem, then the use of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide is advisable otherwise 1% is good enough to treat the mild and low Acnes.
- Care should be taken while applying this Antiseptic, as it can do irritation in the eyes in the form of burning. If it gets in your eyes and the burning is unbearable then immediately rush to the doctor.
- Avoid the application on eyebrow or other hairs as it can bleach the hair.
- It has the drying properties and if you feel any irritation of extra dryness then immediately stops the process.
- Always use non-oily based moisturizers after the Hydrogen Peroxide treatment as the oil can cause Acne.
Steps to Use:
- Use a good cleanser to wash your face. Make sure that your face is free of makeup and other dirt contaminants.
- Get a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in a small containing. Now using a Q-tip or a cotton ball, gently apply small amount of it directly on your acne scars. Leave the other areas alone. Tip: to make sure that your hydrogen peroxide solution remains effective for later uses, keep it away from direct light as light is known to damage the solution.
- Leave the solution on your scars for 2-3 minutes’ max, and then wash it away using your facial cleanser.
- Next, apply a toner or rose water all over your face.
- Now the important part, don’t forget to moisturize your face right after this treatment. Hydrogen peroxide is known to dry up your skin, so you have to give your skin the moisture it needs. Get a good moisturizer and apply to the areas where your used hydrogen peroxide, as often as you can.
- If you have Vitamin E oil at home, you should apply that on acne scars as well.