Many people suffering from acne turn to prescription benzoyl peroxide cleansers and powerful cleansing solutions made with salicylic acid to help clear up congested pores and calm down irritated skin. However, these acne treatments may aggravate the skin even further.
Onset Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology, has highlighted the effects of BenzEFoam™ Emollient Foam, a 5.3% benzoyl peroxide solution that can effectively reduce the level of P.acnes counts in patients. The results of a study of BenzEFoam™ on back acne were published in the June issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and demonstrated that the total P. acnes colony counts on the backs of patients were reduced by more than 99% after two weeks of treatment. The results were compared to the effects of a standard prescription 8% benzoyl peroxide cleanser, which had a minimal effect on back acne of patients after two full weeks of treatment.
According to Dr. James L. Leyden, MD, Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, “it is well known that “leave-on” formulations of benzoyl peroxide are more effective in reducing P. acnes than cleanser formulations, and this may be especially relevant on the back where there is less sebum to solubilize benzoyl peroxide particles, a necessary step for penetration into sebaceous follicles.”
The emollient foam has the added benefit of moisturizing the skin and spreading easily over a large area, making it especially attractive for patients suffering from acne of the back and other parts of the body, in addition to the face. The treatment can be left on the skin for about five minutes before it is rinsed off thoroughly. There is a risk of bleaching of the skin with this treatment, so patients must wash the cleanser off within the specified time frame.
Approximately 50 percent of acne patients in the United States have both facial and non-facial acne symptoms, and the skin disease affects about 40 to 50 million Americans. The BenzEFoam™ product is available at dermatology centers around the country.