I had a horrible horrible day today! Over the holidays, I bought the Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10 for my occasional breakouts and yucky painful pimples. I thought it would work great because of all the reviews but I had a very VERY bad reaction to it :( I spot treated two of my pimples the night before and this morning I woke up to a dry, swollen and itchy face! I went to work with loads of concealer on...and twiddling my fingers because I want to scratch my face out! I know it's bad to put anything over it, but I didn't want to look like I took the night off and went to get my ass kicked at a boxing ring. =p
Persal-gel 10 has 10% of Benzoyl Peroxide.
My face is itchy (still itchy now!), dry, and red.
This is what I found online:
Benzoyl peroxide generates free radicals in the skin. Its effect is similar to unprotected sun exposure. The redness of the skin (erythema), caused by sun exposure and benzoyl peroxide, are both the result of free radicals (oxidative stress) upon the skin. Repeated sun exposure or benzoyl peroxide use generates free radicals that damage the skin's structure and cellular DNA, resulting in premature aging of the skin. The extent of the damage and aging from benzoyl peroxide is determined by the concentration of benzoyl peroxide, the frequency of application and the duration of its use.
The thing is that it did get rid of my pimples overnight, but I had 'excess' cream on my finger so I didn't think and spread the cream around some other blemishes...and yeah. Not good. This is truly only meant to be used on the pimple itself, and not anywhere else.
I have some pics below...
This is after some concealer already =/ It's on my chin as well, but my camera didn't get that.
The ITCH! :(
What can I put on to make it better?!?