There are a few possible causes for increased redness after using benzoyl peroxide (BP): Allergy to benzoyl peroxide. In this case, redness is very severe, and the skin is itching. Once this happens, you need to stop applying the BP product immediately and look for anti-acne products that do not contain benzoyl peroxide. A good alternative would be products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinol. If redness and irritation are mild, the reaction can be the normal dryness related to benzoyl peroxide. If it's excessive, try to reduce the quantity of BP you apply and/or use it every other day until the redness and dryness decrease to a level that does not bother you too much. Always prefer Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% which is less irritating than the usual 5% Benzoyl peroxide products.
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