As a person who was medicated for her acne for an extremely long time, I will tell you that one of my most favorite prescription topicals was my tube of benzoyl peroxide. I used this as my topical, spot treatment for any and all zits, pimples, blackheads etc. I started just smearing a little bit on my face at a time, but after many years, when necessary, I would use a great big glob of it on “issues” as they arose. This was my go to and I always had it on hand.
So when I began to look into more natural treatments for my acne, the first thought I had was what I was going to do without my benzoyl peroxide. You see, I knew that I wanted to explore the whole, “heal from within to fix your acne,” thing but I was concerned about how to handle the acne that was already on my face or the acne that may continue to be present until my insides were feeling better. When you have pimples on your face, it is really hard to get through the day if you feel that there is nothing you can do about it. This was where my benzoyl came in. Even if my face was a mess, at least I felt that I could try using it and have some decrease in the redness or flare.
But as I looked more into my benzoyl peroxide, I realized that I was smearing it on my skin, which is a very absorbent organ. It is our largest organ and it is a very efficient absorber. At the same time, I knew that my benzoyl had numerous labels on it indicating that this was not something that should be consumed and that if consumed, I should contact a doctor. These two thoughts collided and I questioned why I shouldn’t eat this, but I should let my skin absorb it. Either way, it was getting it in my body and apparently that was not a good thing. These thoughts, enabled me to make the tough decision to give it up and I started looking for alternatives.
After trying various natural methods of spot control, I can tell you that my MOST favorite and MOST effective benzoyl peroxide alternative is a very high quality, therapeutic grade, tea tree essential oil. Lavender essential oil works very well too so if tea tree is too strong on your skin, then you might take a look at lavender. I use both directly on my skin, just as I would use the benzoyl peroxide but many people find that tea tree directly on their skin can be too much and instead, they dilute it with a bit of jojoba or other thin oil.
So if you are looking to decrease your acne prescriptions, this might be place to start.