Acne Cure or Powerful Bleaching Agent!

By: Thomas E. Reitz

Scientist: "To kill the bacteria that causes acne let us just kill everything including the top layers of the skin! Yes, let's just burn it all off! That has to be healthy for the skin...
Jr. Scientist: "Well, actually, I don't think so... In college, we just learned..."
Scientist: "Oh wait, those layers of the skin will grow back... Hurrah!"
Jr. Scientist: "But, why does the acne keep coming back? Is there something wrong with the skin?"
Scientist: "Yes, the skin is stupid and we know better! Keep putting the ble..., I mean the solution on the skin! Yes, that's it! Oh and don't forget to tell people to not get the solution on their clothes or hair cause it will immediately whiten them"
Jr. Scientist: "Okay, we'll add that to the bottle. That does sound rather harsh."
Scientist: "Let's see what else, oh yes! This is very important! We need to limit the solution to 2.5% perhaps 10% cause the ble..., I mean the product, is so strong."
Jr. Scientist: "Yes, as I recall, in college we learned, in high concentrations is highly flammable and explosive.

Sir, will people actually put this on their skin?"
Scientist: "Of course, this is an acne cure! We'll just need to advertise it with young teens in the commercial. They haven't even studied chemistry yet! It'll work great! OR we can use famous celebrities that these kids look up to to endorse it!"

Okay, here are some facts. Its chemical name is C14H10O4. Its natural form is that of a white crystalline powder. Its stability is described as stable, but highly flammable and potentially explosive, especially when mixed with organic materials. What is this? It is benzoyl peroxide!
Benzoyl peroxide presents a number of hazards. Firstly, it is potentially explosive when mixed with organic material. Friction or grinding may also be sufficient to make it explode. The compound is very flammable. Benzoyl peroxide is toxic if you breathe it in, and may be harmful if you swallow it or get it on the skin. Possible tumor promoter. May act as a mutagen. Toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant. (The above was taken from areas of the Oxford Chemical Safety Database.)
Wow, now I know that this is at 100% dosage. But did you also know that this acne cure is used to dye hair and is an active ingredient in teeth whitening systems! Okay, I don't know about you, but when I was a teen, if I had heard ANY of this, I sure would have turned and ran in the opposite direction instead of putting it on my face twice per day!
Now, let's look at pure lye soap... hmm... there are no bleaching agents... there is nothing explosive or flammable... hmmm oh yes, and this soap contains natural formed glycerin (from the soap making process) which hydrates these top layers of skin the benzoyl peroxide burns off. Hmmm... hydrated skin, I bet that is healthier! Oh wait it is! Of course! Well, what is in this soap... well look at that. Just lard, water and lye.

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