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Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a time tested and effective therapy. While not an antibiotic, it reduces acne-causing bacteria, dead skin cell build up, and irritation associated with acne.  But don’t overdo it—too much can cause dryness and irritation so follow your dermatologist’s instructions carefully. Also use white towels, sheets and pillowcases when using BP, since it can bleach linens and clothing.