Episode 24: Benzoyl Peroxide, Benzene, and You

Summary

In this episode, Dr. Lyle discusses benzoyl peroxide and the recent concerns raised by Valashur about the presence of benzene in benzoyl peroxide products. He explains that Valashur has a history of testing products for impurities and notifying the FDA. However, the benzene was only found in products that were exposed to high heat for extended periods, which is not how they are supposed to be stored. Dr. Lyle emphasizes that one molecule of benzene is not toxic and that there are thresholds for toxicity. He also highlights the importance of educating the public about the science and not relying on activist talking points.

Takeaways

Benzene was found in benzoyl peroxide products that were exposed to high heat for extended periods, which is not how they are supposed to be stored.
One molecule of benzene is not toxic, and there are thresholds for toxicity.
It is important to educate the public about the science and not rely on activist talking points.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for storing and using benzoyl peroxide products.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction to benzoyl peroxide
00:30 Valashur’s testing and FDA involvement
01:24 Benzene presence in benzoyl peroxide
03:23 No safe level of benzene exposure
04:06 Toxicity of one molecule of benzene
05:05 Thresholds for toxicity
06:04 Long history of benzoyl peroxide use
06:29 Detection of impurities over time
07:56 Educating the public about thresholds
08:25 Activist talking points
09:23 DNA repair mechanisms
10:24 Xeroderma pigmentosa and DNA damage
11:24 Homeostasis and cell signaling
12:22 Dose-response curves
13:20 Oncotic necrosis and cell death
14:48 Relevance of Valashur’s study
19:00 Following manufacturer’s instructions
19:53 Take-home messages

References:

EHP Paper.

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