Dear Dr D Love
Many thanks for your reply.
You have hit the nail on the head but I do seek more information if you've got it.
How sure are you that benzoyl peroxide (BP) does not kill staph aureus or epidermidis? Could you direct me to any studies or text books so I can read the evidence myself? Your point about BP increasing skin cell turnover makes me wonder if a topical retinoid would be more appropriate - assuming BP isn't killing the causative organisms...
I am curious why BP doesn't kill staph. My understanding is that staph is a facultative anaerobe so I'm assuming BPs mode of action (producing oxygen) is ineffective against staph as it can respire with or without oxygen, is that broadly correct?
And finally, are you familar with the antimicrobial properties of blue light?
Sorry for taking so long in getting back to you on this.
Thanks for your answers and help on this subject.
So basically no one really knows for certain whether BP is effective against staph species...
I accept your answers and I'm satisified with your service here, however in terms of science and the wider pursuit of knowledge I'm not sure whether I'll keep looking for something more conclusive.
But thanks again.