Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid

Just about every product for acne these days has one or the other of these active ingredients, but which one works better at treating acne and what is the difference?

I have used many regimens with SA (Salicylic Acid), and many with BP (Benzoyl Peroxide), but never payed attention to which one worked in clearing up my skin better. After doing a little homework on the subject I’ve found their differences.

Benzoyl Peroxide is used to kill the acne causing bacteria deep in and around pores.

Salicylic Acid is used to exfoliate the skin by shedding off the top layer of skin cells, which is supposed to prevent the pores from clogging.

From what I’ve read many people male and female have seen good results when using the products together (But not at the same time). For instance after washing the face in the morning apply a 2% Salicylic Acid treatment, and at night after cleansing the face apply a 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide treatment. Also never use a product with over 2% SA, and never use one with over 2.5% BP, because it could irritate the skin making the condition worse. Just remember with acne sometimes, less is more!

Also product reviews will be going up shortly, as soon as I get my Murad Acne Complex in the mail. These reviews will also include day-to-day pictures of my skin, to show if the product is working or not! Last, but not least I’ve come to wonder if congested sinuses could be linked to acne, because I always have the worst sinus problems. So I also ordered a sinus rinser to see if it could possibly help. I’ll keep you all posted throughout the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime go and upload your Pop or Not pictures!


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