On a general note, hydrogen peroxide has long been used in the beauty world and even for medicinal purposes. They are put in many hair colors, are used to highlight hair, but is also applied to cuts and scratches as a disinfectant. It is even used in food industry and as an alternative to pricey house-cleaning products. Putting some of this product on your face has been one of the most recent trends in skin care, but how safe this actually is?
This topic has been debated among dermatologists and its users for a long time. They’ve all presented both good and bad sides of using this product on your face. While some people say that instead of using this for quick fixation of our skin problems we should opt for natural products, better diet and less exposure to the UV rays, the others claim that, if used in moderation and for a restricted period of time, this product is pretty harmless.
How do both sides explain their standpoints on the safety of hydrogen peroxide?
As we have already emphasized, there are different standpoints when it comes to the safety of hydrogen peroxide. It all boils down to how we see it and what sort of results we are looking for.
Persons who are satisfied with how hydrogen peroxide works boast about how clear and radiant their skin has become after the treatment. One of the most frequent reasons they opt for peroxide is to skin bleaching, i.e. getting rid of dark and age spots which are all majorly a consequence of our exposure to the sunlight. What they usually stress is that this product is to be used during a limited period of time as it dries your skin. It is usually applied by soaking a cotton ball with peroxide and applying it to the impacted places. It is essential that you prepare your skin for the treatment by thoroughly washing and exfoliating your face. What you do afterward is maybe even more crucial. You should never disregard moisturizing your skin after treating it with peroxide because it will prevent, or at least ease the irritation and give your skin back glow. This is supposed to be done once a day for a few weeks for the noticeable results. The comments in favor of the peroxide utilization say that it is normal to feel some stinginess or some redness after each treatment but reassure that with appropriate application there should not be major problems. Some women also report that they team up the peroxide with other crèmes and are more than satisfied with the results. They also claim that the product gets the acidity back to the skin and also brings back some oxygen.
On the other hand, the adversaries of this sort of skin treatment think that using peroxide for bleaching could cause cancer. To be more precise, the peroxide causes free radicals to damage our cellular walls which are in the front row of warriors against unfriendly outside effects. When the cellular walls are damaged, our whole body is less resilient to the UV rays which, unfortunately, is the root for being struck by lethal diseases such as skin cancer. Aside from this major side-effect, the anti-peroxide preachers state that it actually hinders the blood flow to the skin and can cause serious allergic reactions that manifest through rashes, redness, and stinginess.
So, is it safe?
Every medication, be it produced in a lab or by nature herself has its pros and cons which are exactly the case with hydrogen peroxide. On a general note, we can calmly say that hydrogen peroxide IS safe to be used. Provided that you use it in moderation and with prescribed frequency, it can do more good than harm to your skin. Of course, as peroxide can be highly toxic and some people are very sensitive to it (especially people with fair complexion), you are advised to seek other skin-care suggestions from medical specialists that will most likely do some tests and see how to fit you are to treat your skin with this. You can even do the test on your own by putting a bit of peroxide on inconspicuous areas of your face to see how your skin responds.