“ Brand: Oxy / Type: Blemish Control / Subcategory: Lotion „
I woke up one morning with a disgusting breakout on the side of my left cheek, forehead and chin. I dont usually suffer from acne, I do however get a few spots on the time of the month...but this was something completly different. The spots had turned into deep red, browny colour and it was painful when i touched my face.
Naturally I was really really upset. So I went into Boots and ended up buying the Oxy emergency blitz gel, used it for a day and saw that it helped a little, it helped get rid of some of the redness on my face. I then found out that it contains around 2% of benzoyl peroxide. So I figured if that worked a little bit then surely the oxy 10 containing 10% benzoyl peroxide would work wonders?
I was right! I rubbed it into the problem areas of my face just before going to bed. Yes it does dry out lots and it looks like you have toothpaste on your face, but its not like I was going out anywhere so it was ok. The next morning there was a considerable difference. I applied it again the next night and the morning after my spots had completly dissapeared.
People keep going on about how it dries up the skin and is flaky, the solution is simple, dont use it during the day, just use at night when in bed because either way the recommended usage is once/twice a day anyway, no more.
In summary this product is a godsend and can be brought at boots for a cheap price of around £5 (I cant remember exactly how much I paid, I was so desperate to use it I didn't care!)
I used to have real bad acne during my teenage years (12 - 19 years old, that is a very long time). I first used Oxy as it was cheap and it worked for some of my friends.
Cheap. Moreover, you get quite a lot of product.
It is white without any prominent scent.
When I first started using it ...:
Initially, I tend to apply quite a lot and it will kind of settle on my skin, leaving a white "paste" on my face. Then, I started putting only a thin layer, and that white "paste" is not as bad, though I know it is still there, just thinner. So, I recommend using this only at night/ using very very little at one go.
Oxy10 contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, which is what helps with the acne in this product. There is a detailed list of things to note with Oxy10, which lists some of the side effects of benzoyl peroxide. One of it is that it tends to dry out skin, and it did for mine, though my skin was really oily already that time. This gave me a dilemma: should I moisturize my skin? I hate the flakes on my skin yet most moisturizers does not help with my oily skin.
In the end ...:
I got an oil-free moisturizer, and apply Oxy10 after applying moisturizer. However, the white "paste" problem occurred again, as the product is not getting on my skin, I think. Moreover, it did not minimize the problem of dryness. There were less flakes, but my skin look really dull. On the bright side, my pimples were lesser now, and this is a big reason why I was reluctant to give up this product.
As I have read from a lot of books, for BP to work, you must apply a thin layer REGULARLY! That is the keyword. BP not only "cures" pimples, it prevents. Try not to use it as a spot treatment (though it works perfectly as one), but apply it over a large area instead. Hence, it is important that you choose a BP product that does not dry out your skin too much. Oxy10 was proving to be too harsh for my face.
In the end, I decided to use this product on my chest and back instead (I had some acne there too. How fortunate!) For my face, I switched to other products, which has a lower percentage of BP. So far, I read that 2.5% BP is the best percentage you should be putting on your face as it pentrates without drying your skin too much. For more serious acne, use 5% (you can use Oxy5!). Oxy10 is really reserved for the body, where the skin tends to be thicker. (Unless you have really oily skin of course, and I shall not argue that.)
And I am glad to say that Oxy10 clears up the acne on my back and chest too (:
What Is It and What Does It Do?
Oxy 10 is a lotion containing 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. It costs around £6.00. It can be bought from your pharmacist without a prescription although you will need to ask for it from behind the desk.
Oxy claim there is nothing more effective without a prescription at treating acne. It has been clinically proven that it kills 90% of spot causing bacteria in 24 hours.
Is It Easy To Use?
It's a simple, easy to use lotion. Simply wash and dry your face and then massage the cream into the areas affected by spots. DO NOT smear cream all over your face. Wash hands after use. This will most certainly bleach clothing if it comes into contact with it. For the first week apply only once per day (very sparingly if you have sensitive skin) and if no irritation develops you can use it twice a day. If your skin becomes red and irritated stop using it and ask your doctor for another treatment.
Does It Work?
Definately one of the best over the counter remedies you can find. In the first week or two, my existing spots dried up and fell off, leaving faint red marks on my skin which then faded away a few days later. Once under control, I applied this very thinly daily and was able to keep my spots away (I suffer from moderate acne). It does have a few side effect though, such as peeling, dry skin and sensitivity to sunlight so please read the label before use and stop if any side-effects become troublesome!
Is It Worth It?
Although it's a very effective treatment, you can get almost identical creams and gels for much cheaper. Try searching for Panoxyl 10 or Quinoderm online. They contain the same active ingredient - 10% Benzoyl Peroxide and do the same job. Therefore, I'd recommend you use one of the cheaper alternatives!
As a long time sufferer of acne I have spent what feels like a life-time searching for a cure. I've lost count of the treatments or methods I have tried, be it dietary, holistic, antibiotics or over the counter products. Some of these worked for a time, but it was always only temporary, the spots returned and my face once more became a battleground.
I recently finished a course of antibiotics which had been keeping the worst of the acne at bay, I'd opted in favour of trying another medication but when I started getting almost constant migraines I realised I had to give my body a break.
Panic! For the first time in months I was going to be without any treatment, I became really stressed about what my skin was going to do and decided I needed to take drastic measures, this came in the form of purchasing the strongest over the counter acne product I could find, which is OXY 10 Benzoyl Peroxide lotion.
Now I've steered clear of BP ever since my skin had a nasty reaction to Salicylic Acid, I assumed it was too sensitive to take anything of that nature so opted for other methods of combatting the acne. I wish I hadn't!
I expected this to come in a tube but it actually comes in a little white pot with a flip cap. This can make it difficult to get out as you have to squeeze it quite hard so that when it eventually does appear, it's often in too great a quantity as you only need a tiny amount.
The Product and application:
The product is a white cream with no particular scent, I expected something quite offensive smelling but thankfully it's not. Oxy 10 comes with strong warnings, it is likely to be extremely drying and often causes peeling and redness with the first few applications, the trick is to apply VERY LITTLE, just a tiny smear on the end of your finger. Once your skin has adjusted you can up the amount you use if needs be.
So you gently smooth the cream over the affected area gently until absorbed, which is extremely quickly, washing your hands thoroughly afterwards as it will bleach fabrics, and then waiting a few minutes before applying a good moisturiser. This last step is vital as, as I said before, this product is very drying!
I saw results within 12 hours, my existing spots were drying out and there were no new ones on the way, which for me is miraculous! For the first couple of days I applied it a night and in the morning but this was too much for my skin so I took it back to once at night, sometimes only every other night depending on what my skin was doing. The trick is to understand how much or little your skin can take and then adjust your routine accordingly.
After a day my skin was drying and peeling a little, but I found if I exfoliated this helped ease the problem, after a a few days I'd begun to adjust to it and no longer have any problems. My skin is clear and the scars from my old acne are fading faster than they ever have before, my complexion is much more even.
If you've been struggling with your skin and are at your wits end then I recommend you to give this a try, the results are well worth it. But just to reiterate, less is more! This product is a spot treatment, not for smearing all over your face so be careful.
Now that I have my acne under control I'm going to try the acne.org 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide treatment, which is less irritating and can be used all over your face as a preventative measure, as well as a spot treatment. So look out for my review in the near future!
Oxy 10 costs £4.88 from Boots, which is a good price considering the tiny amount you need to use each day, it should last for ages.
There is nothing more effective, without a prescription, than the active ingredient in OXY 10 for treating stubborn spots and acne.
Kills more than 90% of the spot casuing bacteria p.acnes in 24 hours
Maximum strength for stubborn spots and acne
Active Ingredient: Hydrous Benzoyl Peroxide Ph Eur to give Benzoyl peroxide 10% w/w. Also contains: cetyl alcohol, citric acid, glycerol, glyceryl monostearate, (s/e), methyl phydroxybenzoate (E218) propylene glycol, propyl phydroxybenzoate (E 216), sodium citrate, sodium lauryl sulphate and water
A maximum strength spot treatment for stubborn spots & acne /