Question by  lousha (14)

Will hydrogen peroxide react with uv rays while I swim?


Answer by  bteegarden (11)

Technically speaking hydrogen peroxide is not reacting with UV rays. UV radiation is a promoter of free radical formation. Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidant that works through decomposition to hydroxyl free radicals. Although UV radiation is not necessary for hydroxyl radical formation from hydrogen peroxide it will, however, accelerate the reaction.


Answer by  LouB (294)

Hydrogen peroxide has not been shown to react in this manner. Hydrogen peroxide has been shown to react slightly more in salt water as opposed to fresh water. Levels are nominal, so neither environment should be of concern when it comes to a reaction. This is the case in almost all levels of UV penetration.


Answer by  pradhaprajgmailcom (1518)

You are going to swim in the clean water,not in a contaminated one.So why should you worry about all these things.Even if you are a professional swimmer this oncept will not crop up as your coach will take care of it.Do not imagine -ve.Enjoy swimming.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, yes it does. The peroxide reacts the the rays to produce an effect on the skin. But it only affects some types.


Answer by  ScottHorn (232)

Hydrogen peroxide can be both created and destroyed by UV light depending upon the other substances present with the hydrogen peroxide. In the case of hydrogen peroxide used for cosmetic purposes such as hair bleaching, there is no chance of a reaction as the hydrogen peroxides is removed completely after the cosmetic process.

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