Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash Review

PanOxyl’s acne foaming wash saved my dry acne prone skin twice. It’s hard to think I haven’t written a review on it sooner. I went around trying other cleansers (in retrospect for no good reason). I suppose I wanted to avoid the only side effect I found it to have; bleaching my hair and towels but looking back my skin would have been in a far better state if I had just stuck with it in the early stages.

Now that I’ve reincorporated it into my skincare routine and it can be officially be dubbed a staple (I’ve officially repurchased it more than twice). I can finally share what makes it so great and why I wish I never stopped using it.

Skin history 

If this is your first post of mine, here’s a brief recent history of my skin. In 2019 I noticed my skin was becoming rougher skin than I was used to. My skin developed blackheads for the first time. Soon thereafter in 2020 after some trial and error, my skin got worst and I experienced cystic acne on several parts of my face. I finally saw a dermatologist and received medication that worked for a time and I’ve been trying to maintain my skin through a series of dietary and skincare changes ever since. To keep track of the progress and the products I’ve found to be helpful I’ve documented those details on this blog.

About Panoxyl

According to Panoxyl’s official website, “PanOxyl® uses the power of benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria fast. Our daily washes are clinically proven to clear existing acne and prevent future breakouts to end the acne cycle. Dermatologists recommend PanOxyl® because it’s an effective medicine backed by real science.”

It promises to work through the use of its main ingredient, benzoyl peroxide to provide fast-acting relief from acne. It helps clear pores to prevent new pimples and stop the breakout cycle.

The ingredients

Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) Inactive Ingredients: Carbomer Homopolymer Type C, Carbomer Interpolymer Type A, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Propanediol, Purified Water, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, t-Butyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum.

The experience

I use the maximum strength version of PanOxyl. The 10% benzoyl peroxide-based acne foaming wash goes from cream to “foam” as it meets the water on your face. The foaming is minimal compared to other foaming washes but the light airy feeling is there.

I would repeatedly break out on my forehead with tiny pimples for months and when I reintroduced PanOxyl into my routine those pesky pimples were the first to go. Two bottles in and this is the smoothest my skin has been in a long time. And when I do have breakouts they are manageable and gone within a few days.

Side effects

Benzoyl peroxide is a drying ingredient and may cause your skin to strip or flake. I didn’t experience this but it’s mentioned on the product packaging so it’s fair to say I should warn you too. 

But a good moisture-balancing routine should prevent this side effect altogether. To balance my skin after cleansing with PanOxyl I use Good Molecules’ Niacinamide Brightening Toner and in the morning follow up with moisturizer and SPF.

At night, I cleanse and tone with the same products and add Good Molecules’ Discoloration Correcting serum followed by acne treatment (adapalene gel/Differin). In each routine, my skin is noticeably hydrated and smooth.

PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash is a great first step into managing acne without the lofty price tag. It’s affordable and it works. Thousands of people worldwide agree. Check out the reviews and when you’re ready to order it’s available on Amazon.

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