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How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Acne Skin

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author image Michelle Zehr
Michelle Zehr started writing professionally in 2009. She has written on health, fitness, fashion, interior design, home decorating,sports and finance for several websites. Zehr possesses a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University and a graduate certificate in health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Acne Skin
Hydrogen peroxide can dry up acne and prevent new breakouts from happening. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

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. One treatment method includes the use of hydrogen peroxide, a common over-the-counter antiseptic that can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.

Step 1

Clean your face using mild soap and water or a gentle facial scrub to remove oil, dirt and makeup from your skin. Pat dry with a towel.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts.

Step 3

Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two.

Step 4

Rinse your face with water.

Step 5

Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.

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