Hi. The drying effect of Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% can be reduced in a few simple ways. First, try to use a smaller quantity. If you feel that it's over drying, use only a "green pea" size of the gel for the whole face each night. If it's still drying after a couple of days, you may use it every other night. The last option. Mix in the palm of your hand a pea size of your benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and a similar quantity of your moisturizer. Then apply the mixture to your face. Mixing the moisturizer will actually reduce the BP % to 1.25%. Another last tip: Do not apply the BP gel to the sensitive areas of your skin; under the eyes and the folds around your mouth and chin. These areas are too sensitive, and are easily irritated by all anti-acne creams.