Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy Benefits for the Skin
Livestrong Jun 14, 2011: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to treat a wide variety of common skin ailments. Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2 acts as an antibacterial and antitoxic agent that kills pathogens and better aids your body by improving the immune system.
Soaking in a hydrogen peroxide bath can aid in killing off common bacterium that cause skin infections and can ease the discomfort of allergic skin reactions.
To prepare a bath of hydrogen peroxide, fill your bathtub with warm water, adding 3.5% diluted hydrogen peroxide solution to it--about two quarts of the solution per 20 gallons of water. The water opens up the pores and allows the oxygenating action of the solution to go to work. EarthClinic.com advises that you use a peroxide soak during the daytime, as the stimulating properties of oxygen may interfere with sleep. Just 30 minutes in the tub is enough to do the trick.
When your skin becomes irritated either from an infection or external irritant, it will likely turn red, swell and become itchy. A soak in appropriately diluted hydrogen peroxide can help ease these symptoms by soothing inflammation and promoting healing. It can be especially helpful with inflammatory-based conditions like allergies, eczema and psoriasis.