Natural Remedies

Hydrogen Peroxide Cure for Acne

| Modified on Sep 17, 2023

Acne is an issue that affects individuals of all different ages. And, it can be difficult to find an effective natural acne cure that works with your skin without over-drying it or simply making your skin health worse. Hydrogen peroxide, however, is a safe, effective option that will effectively treat acne and help you get your best looking skin.

What Causes Acne?

Essentially, three factors contribute to the formation of acne. Overproduction of oil, irregular shedding of dead skin, and the buildup of bacteria are the three main contributors to acne. The condition occurs as the hair follicles and pores in the skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. As the clog progresses, bacteria builds up leading to a pimple as the plug becomes inflamed or infected.

How Can Hydrogen Peroxide Help?

Hydrogen peroxide is a unique combination of hydrogen and oxygen in equal but concentrated forms. When applied to acne, hydrogen peroxide functions to clear infection. This treatment is considered somewhat of a "miracle cure" by many.

How hydrogen peroxide works:

In effect, hydrogen peroxide functions to oxidize the environment to which it is applied, so as you apply it to your skin, it adds oxygen to the area, which kills bacteria. As the bacteria is eliminated, acne is healed. Hydrogen peroxide also functions to dry the skin, reducing oil generation as well as the potential for future breakouts.

How to use hydrogen peroxide:

Using hydrogen peroxide to clear acne issues is fairly simple. First, clean your skin with a gentle cleanser. Then dip a cotton ball into the hydrogen peroxide. Dab the soaked cotton ball over the affected area. Concentrate on any specific blemishes by holding the cotton ball over these areas for a longer period, 1 to 2 minutes. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to dry and apply a light, oil-free moisturizer to any dry-prone areas.

Additional Considerations

Hydrogen peroxide may have a slight drying effect, especially on sensitive skin. As such, individuals with more sensitive or dry skin should use the treatment sparingly.

If you are experiencing an isolated or even recurring issue with acne blemishes, consider trying hydrogen peroxide as a treatment option. Continue reading below from more than 30 readers who successfully cured acne using hydrogen peroxide and let us know if this natural cure worked for you!

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36 User Reviews

Posted by Cari (Old Greenwich, Ct) on 06/07/2014

I tried the hydrogen peroxide remedy on a few pimples last night that had just started to look ugle (white puss at top). I held a cotton ball with the peroxide on each one for about a minutes. Couldn't believe it.. the next morning they had almost disappeared. Amazing! Better than the OTC creams that dry the pimple out, but still takes a few days.

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Posted by Thelawofone (South Florida) on 09/20/2013

I have been ingesting drops of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in distilled water. It has cleared up my acne about 90% up till now. I will continue to take it, but so far, it has been the only thing that has worked and given me dramatic results fast. I've been taking it for about 3 weeks till now and am constantly improving. I suffer from facial and body acne.

Background: I've had acne on and off for 17 years. I was on topical medications for a long time, but they were not a cure. They only covered up the real problem which is internal. Then I started taking orthotricyclen, a birth control pill. It completely cleared me up, but then I started to notice that I had no libido whatsoever. So I got off it. My body then stabilized on the hormones but I broke out worse than before.

Then I started trying alternate remedies. Several things helped. Enemas and colonics cleared me up about 50%. Taking fresh yeast mixed with tomato sauce cleared my face up completely but I would still get acne on my back.

Then, I had to take antibiotics and they messed me up again. The acne came back full fledged.

I contacted a psychic who told me that the problem was that I had leaky gut. My gut was toxic. She recommended the hydrogen peroxide ingestion therapy along with a digestive enzyme and probiotics.

Tried the probiotics and several different digestive enzymes but I didn't see results till I started taking hydrogen peroxide.

Regimen: I start off with 3 drops of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide mixed in 6-8 oz distilled water three times a day (so total 9 drops in one day). The next day, I take 4 drops in water three times a day. The day after, 5 drops and so on. I take this about 10 days and then have a few days of rest where I don't take it (like 3-5 days). Then I start up again in a cycle. If I notice any nausea, I take longer to build up the amount of drops. Everyone is different, so some people might not be able to build up to such a high amount of drops. Important! To avoid any reaction with food, take on an empty stomach, aka 3 hours after eating and don't eat for up to an hour after taking it.

Please check out food grade links on Amazon regarding this therapy. Just check people's reviews and see the success rate of this therapy. This is oxygenation therapy which also works for multiple other diseases such as cancer.

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Posted by Jenna (Dallas, Pennsylvania) on 09/03/2012

I am 16 and have had acne problems the majority of my life, I have tried pretty much every home trick and countless acne products. I had a horrible breakout on my cheek and tried hydrogen peroxide. Since a pimple is essentially a wound like a cut or scrape (same face, same germs) I decided to treat it like one. I poured a litttle bit into the bottle cap and dribbled it over my cheek (this works better than a cotton ball for me) and let it work its magic for a mintute. Then I put on a dab of anticeptic cream and a bandage and went to bed. When I woke up the acne was completely gone. Now I do this every night, hope this helps someone!

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Posted by Carrie (Riverside, Ct) on 04/17/2011

I have an area about the size of a quarter just below the right corner of my mouth that keeps breaking out. I was washing it and putting colloidal silver gel on it a few times a day, but that only made it worse. I read about using hydrogen peroxide for pimples on this site and last night held a cotton ball soaked in peroxide (3%) against the broken out area for about 8 minutes. It was amazing because I saw teeny tiny white postules appear in places where there weren't any visible signs of pimple. It did look very red afterwards, so I don't suggest people do this before going to work in the morning. This morning when I woke up the area was 80% better with no redness. Being Sunday, I did the peroxide treatment again this morning for 4 minutes and fewer tiny white postules appeared this time. More redness, but not as bad as last night. An hour later, my skin looks incredible. About 95% healed. Fantastic remedy!

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Posted by Lisa (Anaheim, CA) on 07/23/2009

I just want to give a big, two thumbs up for the Hydrogen Peroxide skin remedy. My skin is generally clear save the occasional breakout, but I experienced bad skin breakouts for a few months due to stress. It was probably the worst ever, and none of my usual practices were working. I gave Hydrogen Peroxide a try and immediately (within a few days) saw dramatic results. Now the breakouts were pretty bad so it did take me some time to truly clear my skin.

I just want to say to anyone with skin problems, have faith and go the distance, as we all know it often takes time and patience. I also want to second the person who said not to pick at or exfoliate or anything like that because if I hadn't tried to 'help things along' by exfoliating the dry skin, it would have been clear much quicker. I know that this is a general guideline with clearing the skin, but with the HP it seems to be very much required because of the way it works.

Once my skin got to a clearer stage, I decided to only use the HP once a day in the evening, because it was drying things out too much and I didn't need this so much when my skin was almost clear. It looked smoother underneath makeup by doing this. I hope this makes sense! In other words, the breakouts had dried out or subsided to a point where I could decrease the HP, and instead focus on more moisturizing methods. It took me awhile to realize that I was overdoing it, and needed to move into something different, so I hope this helps someone if they experience this as well. I also took zinc as someone else suggested and I can't say for certain but I believe this helped. Thanks again!

Replied by
(Houston, Tx)

It has gotten better.- But still

Acne, the bain of my existence. I got my first pimple in 5th grade and unlike many people here, have ALWAYS had issues with acne. I have used Retina, 4 diff types of antibods, Aczone, Differin, Tri- something, Benz Perox, etc, and was basically about to go on Accutane but just couldn't get myself to do it. I usually get the big pimples that are red and sore and hurt and you can't even pop them because they have no white head to pop.

I am just exhausted but have given HP a shot. I have done it for two weeks and it has helped the big/sore/jupiter pimples, however they are not completely gone. They are now like small asteroids but still present none of the less. Does anyone have any advice on how to get them completely off my face? I wipe my face with HP cotton swabs at night and press the swabs on the pimples for 10 mins. My face hasn't gotten dry at all but REALLY REALLY red around any pimple are, make up covers that up though.

Maybe I should do it longer... I don't know. But I wanted to see if I am missing another ingredient or something. I will keep this thing updated if there is improvement or if they just linger. I JUST want them off. I really want to change the feedback to a solid yea instead of a half hazard yea.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Makeup, The first thing you should know is that with all the medications you have taken for your acne throughout your life, you have definitely messed up your internal ecosystem. All that medication destroys the good flora in your body and leads to havoc. That would be something you should seriously consider, re-establishing the good bacterias in your system. That can be done through diet. The drs. aren't going to tell you that because they're schooled in prescription drugs NOT in true healing!

You can go through all the recent posts in regard to candida issues because they would apply. Specifically, read the thread of Gwendolyn's on the latest post page as you will get information to help you. The acne is a by-product of the state your body is in. Personally, I would do the apple cider vinegar before the HP as it will help alkalinize you. Just going at your face from the surface is never really going to "cut the root out" so if you are serious about getting them "completely off your face", you are going to need to do internal cleanup.

I wish you the best and hope you get started so you can begin to see Real results. Peace, Lisa

Replied by Eddie
(Porter Ranch, California)

To Makeup from Houston, Texas:

[1] Wash your hands thoroughly with soap of your choice while singing the Happy Birthday song twice;

[2] Splash very warm water unto your face.

(as warm as you can handle without burning);

[3] Use a pad containing Salycic Acid on your


[4] Wash your face with a cleanser with Salycic Acid

[5] Using a cotton pad, apply full-strenght

Apple Cider Vinegar to your face. Use ACV product with the word, "Mother, " on the label;

[6] Using a cotton pad, apply Hydrogen Peroxide

to your face, and then wait a full 2 minutes, then

pat dry;

[7] Apply any strength of Benzoyl Peroxide cream or lotion...let it dry;

[8] Morning session, apply non-comedogenic

oil-free sunscreen. Night session, apply non-comedogenic oil-free moisturizer.

[9] Wash your hands again as in [1].

[10] If you're not going out because of the weekend, off days, no-school days, vacation, etc. = Skip [8] entirely. For example, do not apply night session moisturizer on a Friday, if you're not going anywhere on the weekend.

The preceding 10-step acne skincare program had been tested with 5 different people with all clearing their acne breakout-prone faces within 2 weeks of adhering to all the steps, twice a day.

Thank you for reading... Please post your results.

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Posted by Mike (Anahiem, California) on 12/24/2008

When I came accross this site about 5 weeks ago and read all the feed back about Apple Cider Vineigar, I rushed to the store and bought a huge bottle of organic unrefined ACV and statrted taking 1oz 3x a day with 8oz of water. I really had alot of hope for this but unfortunately after almost five weeks I'm in the same place I was when I started. I'm 31 and in my early teens I had moderate acne that was easily controlled by your standard face washes and creams. For some reason within the last few months acne has retuned like never before. I first went back to all the stuff I've used before like noxzema,clearasil,acilic acid face wash, clearasil toner and it only seemed to get worse. After patiently useing each for about a week at a time (never combine 2 of these or your skin will become red irratated and scaley)still nothing, just more embarrassing frustration. Also tried cutting out all dairy and meat, and the raw foods diet. I also exercise regularly (3x week). ACV and organic unrefined cocnut oil (as a light moisturizer) seemed like it was stating to work in the first week so I keeped at it, but acne kept comming back with no relief in site. So I stopped ACV after over 4 frustrating weeks and turned to Hydrogen Peroxide and UREKA!! At last somethig that works after the first time I used it!! I just washed my face noxzema, used a cotton ball to apply the peroxide all over my face and that was it. I held the cotton ball over the bigger zits for about 3-4 mins (stings a little) then whent to bed. The next morning my entire face had cleared up by 50%. I'm useing it in the morn and before i go to bed(after showering).This is day 2 and getting even better. Face is a little dry but not ahole lot. This stuff is amazing!! Thanks to everyone who has posted on this site with different remidies. Hope this post helps somebody. Good luck!!

Replied by Cured
(Niceville, Fl)

Mike, glad you found something that worked. This is just a guess but I am guessing that you started the coconut oil about the same time or after starting Apple Cider Vinegar. What you were experiencing is most likely detox/candida die-off from the coconut oil. I experienced a get worse before you get better effect when I started using virgin coconut oil. I used as a moisturizer as well among other things. I have never found anything that you can put around your eyes like that with no problems. Anyways the first week I was fine. After that I broke out for the next few weeks. I continued maybe backing off a day or so. I couldn't help it though my body like craved it. After 2 months now, my skin is clear with only one here or there. My regimine--ACV as toner, coconut oil straight over ACV, then my makeup. I also make turmeric capsules that I take for anti-inflamitory but helps with acne as well.

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Posted by Wendy (Small Town, NC) on 12/09/2008

Hydrogen Peroxide has worked great for my acne and periodic cold sores. Once or twice a day I swab my face with it after washing. I also rinse with it after brushing. I have not had a blemish or cold sore since!

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Posted by Sandra (Jackson, KY/U.S.) on 11/11/2008

Thank God for hydrogen peroxide. I have had a lot of trouble lately with acne, worse than usual. Like a lot of the rest, I thought hey why wouldn't it work. My skin looks better!! It was overnight I noticed a difference. I have been using witch hazel and didn't understand why it wouldn't changing anything. I'll keep my witch hazel, but peroxide is definitely at the top of the list!! Hang in there everybody!!

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Posted by Kelly (Wauwatosa, WI) on 11/03/2008

I am 43 years old women and have been on Acne medication (antibacterial) for 8 plus years and tried just about everything topically. It had been very embarrassing having constant breakouts and so frequent last cyst/breakouts had not healed before next round started. I had some surgery last July and my face was so clear from the antibiotics it made me start to think what I can use topically on my face. I started using store grade Hydrogen Peroxide on a cotton ball twice a day, just wipe over my face morning, night and if I exercise. I have not had a breakout for 3 months. My face is clear and healed up nicely. After suffering so long and spending a lot of money on different products I am thrilled. I just wish I would have tried this sooner. Side benefits it has lightened age spots on my face. One negative is not to get on your eyebrows because after daily use it will lighten them.

Can't wait till my dermatologist sees me! They will be shocked at the dramatic difference!

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Posted by Angela M (Atlanta, GA) on 10/12/2008

I decided to try hydrogen peroxide on my face to rid it of acne. Yes. It works my husband and a I could not believe it. My skin is very smooth. I thank God for this website. I apply hydrogen peroxide to my skin in the morning and at night. I actually saw these results in two days. Angela

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Posted by MissR (Chicago, Il) on 09/17/2008

IT WORKS FOR ACNE!!! I've used every harsh antibotic and prescriptive topical for acne there is, and pretty much exhausted my options. So dermatologists would just put me back on things I've already tried to see if it will "work this time" or work after the Accutane!A friend told me her boyfriend suffered from acne and his derma was sensitive to bacterial growth. I don't know why the light bulb never went off in my head before. But I thought, "hymmm, maybe I should just try disinfecting my skin..." And what's the first thing a person typically uses to disinfect a small wound - HYDROGEN PEROXIDE! I litterally tried it for one week and it significantly cleared my skin. I stopped taking new set of antibiotics the last dermatologist prescribed because, of course, it didn't work. Accutane worked for 3 yrs, then acne came right back. I do, however, take Yaz birth control that helps with the monthly hormonal breakouts. BUT!!! and that's a major but - my skin would not be as clear as it is now without some cheap $1 hydrogen peroxide. I just get so mad thinking about all the money I spent seeing dermatologist and getting prescriptions the insurance wouldn't cover because it was considered "cosmetic" to try and clear acne.

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Posted by Linda (West Newfield, Maine) on 09/17/2008

To Julie:

09/16/2008: Julie from Boston, MA writes: "Adult Puberty Acne?

I am 32, never a zit or blemish to speak of until four months ago. I now have these horrible cyst like pimples around my mouth constantly. I have tried ACV, aspirin masks, coconut oil, and even tumeric, but nothing is helping. I am going to try the peroxide tonight as soon as get a chance to run to the store. I will let you all know how it works."

I feel your pain! I swear - within a week after my 40th b'day, I developed an acne cyst. Never had acne as a teen. You want to talk about being depressed! I've struggled over the years as it comes and goes but recently - I'm 50 this year - had the worst outbreak EVER and didn't want to leave the house. After much surfing of the 'net and MORE surfing of, I tried taking Vitamin C and after about a week of 2,000 mg daily have started to see a huge improvement. (I was determined to NOT take antibiotics.) I also tried dabbing peroxide which helped dry the blemishes that were threatening to ooze. Honestly, since taking the C I feel better overall and find that my pores are reduced a bit - my skin looks smoother. The acne, or rosacea, or whatever the heck this mess is was in a line, almost, from a spot in the center of my forehead...down my nose (big bump there!)...flared out under my eyes, on my cheeks...and was all around my mouth with a huge cyst in the center of my chine. Horrid! My eyes were terribly bothered - very bloodshot and a bit swollen - for about a week and I've read that rosacea can get into your eyes. When that happened, I mixed a drop or two of Colloidal Silver in about 1/8 cup of water and dropped it into my eyes. After a few days, I used the Silver straight and within a couple of days my eyes were 100% better - feeling and looking.

This site is amazing! I sometimes just peruse the testimonials for hours, one search leading to another - learning and enjoying what everyone has to say. Ted is a genius; Deirdre, the site looks terrific! Thanks to you and all who contribute and maintain this great resource. I am convinced that none of us need to surrender to synthetic "medications", that all we need to heal ourselves is at our fingertips.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
391 posts


Part of the cyst on the skin story is the circulating microscopic fats and calcium is circulated. What the vitamin C does is it prevents oxidation of the oils. When oils get oxidized what happens is that the oils becomes hard, and crusty. These get clogged into the capillaries near the surfaces of the skin, causing cysts. High microscopic free calcium can also lead to this form of cyst and ascorbic acid or vitamin C reacts with this to become calcium ascorbate and are rid off safely into the kidneys or the intestines as a waste. So lipid peroxidation maybe reduced with vitamin C and some extent with occasional vitamin E, It also helps to reduce diets high in potatoes (one of the highest in calcium), and vegetable oils. More fish oils will have a anti sticky platelets effect reducing the cyst by reducing the blood from being obstructed in the capillaries.


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Posted by Julie (Boston, MA) on 09/16/2008

Adult Puberty Acne?

I am 32, never a zit or blemish to speak of until four months ago. I now have these horrible cyst like pimples around my mouth constantly. I have tried ACV, aspirin masks, coconut oil, and even tumeric, but nothing is helping. I am going to try the peroxide tonight as soon as get a chance to run to the store. I will let you all know how it works.

Replied by Gayle
(Winona, MN)

Could be rosacea, or another dermatologic condition. Rosacea is related to stress, and looks a lot like acne, but tends to be around the mouth and on cheeks: It's very treatable w/a short-term topical cream from a dermatologist. Good luck!

Replied by Kelly
(Nashville, TN)

If the acne is only around the mouth, it could be peri oral dematitis. If you are using a toothpaste that contains flouride, try switching to one without. Many times flouride is the culprit and just switching to a natural toothpaste could clear up the problem.

Replied by Sandi
(Atlanta, GA)

To: Julie from Boston, MA re:"Adult Puberty Acne?

I don't want to be one to rain on anyone's parade, but might the cyst like pimples be oral herpes? That is what it honestly sounds like to me that it may be HSV 1 (the herpes virus that causes cold sores, etc.). Just to be on the safe side, if I were you I would get a blood test TO RULE OUT HSV 1.

If indeed you do have HSV 1, then olive leaf extract would be great to use to rid yourself of the cold sores, or to suppress them and keep your break-outs a lot less frequent.

Good luck!

Replied by Shannon
(Blue Water Bay, Fl)

I agree with Sandi from Atlanta. As soon as I read your decription Julie that is the first thing I thought of. Either way, you have found the cure I am sure. Wendy from NC posted about rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide to prevent. This works! Use as a mouth wash for 20 min or as long as you can stand as soon as you notice them coming up. This is a good one to add to your weekly and occasional daily routine as it also whitens teeth over time.

Replied by Joan
(Chantilly, Va)

MOUTH RASH -- The rash around your mouth could be a reaction to tartar control toothpaste. That was the cause of my rash around my mouth, and a 10-year-old friend who had been to every kind of doctor. Good luck!

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Posted by Danielle (Chicago, IL) on 07/19/2008

Acne Remedies: I tried hydrogen peroxide with the assumption that it was an antiseptic that would aid in killing bacteria, infection, etc. (essentially what pimples are when inflamed). It definitely works. As others recommended, soak a cotton ball and hold for several min. For spot treatment and to avoid overdrying & light eyebrows, I use a q-tip. I will do this 2-3x's a day. If you have already squeezed or picked, the peroxide will often cause drying, flaking, or scabbing on that pimple so I recommend using baby oil on that spot (overnight). For day, I recommend Eucerin since it heals very dry skin and is non-irritating. I never realized how much dirt is still on your face, even after you thought you washed it well. Witch Hazel is a great toner, after washing. This will remove all excess dirt without overdrying.

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Posted by Karen (Scottsdale, AZ) on 07/09/2008

I have been using hydrogen peroxide for acne after reading about it on this site, and it really works! There's no reason to spend big $$$ on Proactiv...because plain 'ol cheap hydrogen peroxide is a main ingredient in Proactiv. And not only am I really pleased with the results I've gotten with clearing up breakouts, I also have found that it has cleared my skin tone up! Yes, it's bleaching it, but the hyperpigmentation I had from sun damage both looks & feels a lot better. The only suggestion I have is that if you are going to put hydrogen peroxide on your entire face with a cotton ball, please put some Vaseline on your eyebrows first so that your eyebrows don't bleach like mine did! :)

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Posted by SimpleMD (Clarksburg, WV) on 02/25/2008

Okay might sound lil crazy as I am a physician myself who totally believes in Alternative Medicine for herself and her family. Anyway, I suffered from acne all my life always putting something on my face to treat it nothing worked.I accidently found this website 3 weeks ago

I tried the Hydrogen peroxide on acne leisons and my face is clear new leisons go away in less than 24 hrs addition to that I apply coconut oil to my face and neck its the best moisturizer I ever used - doesn't aggravate my acne at all. After yrs of hiding under make up my face is clearing up and complexion has a glow to it. I went overboard with different things I guess but all are working.

I take 1 teaspoon of molasses in my tea in the morning (hoping to get rid of gray hair) 1 apple cider tablet couldnt stand drinking it ...also apply it topically after cleaning my face with H2O2 and then coconut oil externally ...wipe off excess and you are good to go ...I am thankful to all of you who have written the feed backs and remedies.I am 36, people think of me in my late twenties now lost 8 lbs in less than one month with these ACV tabs and everything else am doing I guess..everyone should give it a try better than many expensive creams and meds. Good Luck all...and thank you Earth Clinic:)

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Posted by Rob (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 12/20/2007

Best solution for acne - Hydrogen peroxide. Ive tried alot of different acne products, somehow i was finally lucky enough to stumble apon Hydrogen peroxide, ive been using it for 1 week, only 1 time per day and its cleared my acne. Dirt cheep, easy to get, effective, the only downside is my eyebrows are blonde. (ill take that over acne anyday)

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Posted by Zonia (Melbourne, AUZ) on 11/26/2007

Thank you for the amazing knowledge on this site!!! suffering with dry skin with acne (and especially bad flare up over the last 2 month?) I have struggled with what to do with my face - moisture, dry it out? differin, aspirin..... Hydrogen peroxide what can I say - i never knew i had that much bacteria in my skin, I put it on and all the pimples went white! and have defineatly reduced in size!!! WOW. Then I started reading other peoples succcess and Ted's responses so I have started B.S and lemon drink x3/day = good result. alkalizing diet = good result. ACV on face =????? my face is now red and scaly, very tight and feels like sand paper. I have to admit this maybe the baking soda or the ACV but I am a little scared to try them again - maybe I did something wrong, or is this a normal detox response? ?? so now for a moisturise what should I use????

Replied by Jen B
(Des Moines, IA)

I have never tried H2O2, but I have used ACV and I have normal to dry skin. I dilute it in a 1:1 ratio and them moisterize with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is very moisterizing and its chemically very similar to our own natural moisterizers. It is also a small molecule so it doesnt clog pores.

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Posted by Ella (Alberta, Canada) on 09/14/2007

I tried the hydrogen peroxide remedy for acne and it has been simply amazing! I was in the bath one evening and I had a bad flare up on my right cheek of probably about 5 or 6 pimples that I had popped, got out some hydrogen peroxide (I use stronger percent than 3 though) and poured a bit on to a piece of tissue paper and held it to my cheek for roughly 10 minutes. Yes it stung! But it went away quickly. The stuff literally flattened all those inflamed pimples I had which felt super smooth, I was SO relieved! I thought, hey..I'm going to try this every day! I rub the solution on my face about 3 times per day. My face is so clear now with no pimples!! I have a history of red marks left over from 10 years of acne and the HP has lightened them significantly and it's only been about a week since I've been doing it! Since it bleaches hair I thought well hey, it would probably have some effect in fading red marks too, makes sense right? If I get a breakout, I hold a soaked cotton ball to the area for a few minutes, then later on the redness is gone and the pimple is flat. I LOVE this stuff and I think all acne sufferers should try it. Works so fast!!!

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Posted by Mark (Austin, TX) on 09/12/2007

Peroxide cured the Acne/Folliculitis on my face and scalp. I had these painful, sometimes puss filled, and often crusty red bumps on my scalp and forehead/temples since fall of 2002. It was gross, it was ugly, it was embarrassing, and it was now 2007!

Since 2002 I have been to 3 Dermatologists, each one progressively hitting me with stronger and stronger treatments (I stopped short of Accutane), and have been through countless 'remedies' before attempting peroxide. After about 3 - 4 weeks of applying the peroxide topically 2-3 times a day, the bumps are gone -completely gone. The only downside is that I have brown hair that is now a burnt orange color and blonde in a few spots. But hair grows back.

When I say I've tried everything I mean it, from prescriptions to over the counter to changes in habits. The following is a list of some of the stuff I've tried without success:

Dr. prescribed medication: Monocyclene, Tetricyclene, Evoclin, Retin-A, Ketoconazole 2% shampoo.

Over the Counter stuff: Proactiv, facewash, facewash pads

Shampoo: Every strength and every brand of Medicated shampoo out there, t-sal, coal tar, 2% pyrithione znic, natural shampoos, tea tree oil shampoo, nioxin.

I've shaved my head, changed laundry detergents, I've changed my sheets every other day, I've used triple antibiotic ointment, tea tree oil (not diluted), organic athletes foot oil, hydrocortisone 1%, cranberry pills, showering 2-3 times a day, even diaper rash ointment - yes, that's right, diaper rash ointment.

Most of these attempts yielded mediocre temporary results. After about a week of use, any bumps that disappeared returned with a vengeance.

All along all I needed was a $1 bottle of peroxide. Amazing.

Good Luck!

Replied by Jules
(Santa Monica, Ca)

Just thought I'd add this info: yes, it can mildly bleach facial hair...also, it will bleach/fade moles. I had a (nice) beauty mark on my face...not trying to get rid of it, right? But the HP faded it quite a bit. : ( Take care where u apply the HP, as it WILL fade moles!

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