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Acne benzoyl peroxide products have quite a loyal fan base due to their
effectiveness in treating mild to moderate acne. Whilst their side
effects have limited their accessibility to some, new skin deployment
methods promise to give benzoyl peroxide a more democratic edge.

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One of the problems with benzoyl peroxide topical acne treatments is that
they can be quite irritating, particularly to sensitive skin. Those fans
of benzoyl peroxide will thus be pleased to learn that one skin care
company that supplies prescription acne and skin care products is
releasing a treatment with a delivery system that reduces benzoyl
peroxide's irritating effect.

Called NeoBenz Micro, this acne treatment will be available only by
prescription, which is one drawback. On the plus side, it should mean
that the acne sufferer is given the appropriate strength to their
particular needs. It is aimed at helping people with mild to moderate
acne, and comes in three strengths. These are 3.5% benzoyl peroxide, 5.5%
benzoyl peroxide, and 8.5% benzoyl peroxide.

The difference in this treatment as compared to regular benzoyl peroxide
solutions, is that it is a time release product. The method designed by
SkinMedica, NeoBenz Micro's developer, uses very small 'sponges', called
microsponges. These hold the active ingredient, in this case benzoyl
peroxide, to be slowly released throughout the day. It means that though
acne is kept in contact with benzoyl peroxide for the whole day, only
small amounts of it are released onto the skin. These amounts are enough
to be effective but far less irritating.

The side effects that this benzoyl peroxide acne treatment aims at
reducing are rashes, skin soreness, and irritation. Aside from the
unpleasant feeling these effects create, they unfortunately also reduce
the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide in clearing acne.

NeoBenz Micro is one example of a new trend in the pharmaceutical
industry. It aims at taking existing products and developing new ways to
package and deliver the active ingredients, thus effectively modernizing
many treatments. The emphasis in the past had been more research oriented
- finding new and more powerful treatments rather than fine tuning
existing ones that were proven to work.
Other examples of this phenomena include converting treatments into
sprays, with the effect of increasing absorption and convenience.
MedPharm, a research contracting firm, is turning one eczema treatment
and two acne treatments into sprays. These are still in the development
stage, however.

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