from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flammable white granular solid, (C6H5CO)2O2, used as a bleaching agent for flour, fats, waxes, and oils, as a polymerization catalyst, and in pharmaceuticals.
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- n. A peroxide derived from benzoic acid; it is used to bleach flour, and in many industrial applications
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- n. a white crystalline peroxide used in bleaching (flour or oils or fats) and as a catalyst for free radical reactions
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Blemishes spot-zapped with benzoyl peroxide become crusty, unattractive, and harder to cover.
The tough surface, immovable blemishes, and oily rebound due to drying regimens; the rawness from overzealous lunchtime peels; the crepey, dry tightness of alpha hydroxy acid abuse; the flaky patches from benzoyl peroxide dabbing—none of it wears makeup well.