Teenagers almost always sport at least a few pimples. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that at least 85 percent of those between 15 and 24 suffer from acne, especially boys and young men who seem to get worse cases of pimples than girls and young women. The Mentholatum Co., which makes Oxy Acne Solutions products, aims its Oxy 5 product squarely at the teenage market.
You can blame your hormones and your parents for your acne, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Awakening hormones in teenagers serve to drive too much oil production within your skin, and oily skin promotes pimple development. At the same time, cases of bad acne and acne scarring tend to run in families, so if one of your parents had terrible skin as a teenager, you may suffer from bad acne too.
Oxy 5 Clinical Acne Treatment contains 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, one of the most commonly used acne treatment ingredients. You use Oxy 5 once per day by applying it to the entire area of your skin affected by acne blemishes -- it's gentle enough to use on your skin every day.
Benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient in Oxy 5, works to treat acne by killing the bacteria that's responsible for inflammation and infection in acne breakouts, according to Drugs.com. Benzoyl peroxide also helps to dry out your skin and remove excess oil. Oxy 5 contains a patented form of benzoyl peroxide that's more likely to penetrate deeper into your skin, according to the manufacturer.
Because it contains benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient, Oxy 5 can cause some side effects, according to Drugs.com. Many people suffer from burning, itching or stinging, especially when they first use products containing benzoyl peroxide. You might also encounter skin dryness and peeling. Don't let Oxy 5 touch your hair or clothing, as it can function as a powerful bleach.
Oxy 5 receives generally high reviews from users on the website Acne.org, although some people complained that it dried out their skin. Some people also reported using the Oxy Clinical Advanced Face Wash product, which contains salicylic acid, another acne-fighting ingredient.