Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide: My Acne Experience

My acne experience on Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide. I believe that people who have one or more skin problems have stories to tell. If you have acne, you have probably heard of Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide or perhaps you are actually undergoing these treatments. I am going to share my acne experience with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide and say something that I have never told anyone before. Before I start, please check out my User Guide, now you can register and share your story with me and all the other readers of this site. I hope that this site will be a place for me and you to exchange knowledge and experiences, without borders, a friendly place where we help each other.

What is Benzoyl Peroxide? Just in case you do not know, Benzoyl Peroxide is an oxidizing agent which possesses antibacterial properties and is classified as a keratolytic. Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%, 5% and 10% are indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Five years ago in 2010, I came across a YouTube video, where a man with pretty good skin, talking about his success stories and step-by-step acne regimen. He used only a gel cleanser, 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and a non-greasy, non-comedogenic, non-medicated moisturizer made specifically for the face on a daily basis. I was full of hope and I thought I should follow his regimen. After reading his YouTube comments, I found that he was using Neutrogena cleanser and moisturizer. I grabbed my car keys and straight away went to the nearest drugstore to buy the similar products that suit my skin. I could not find 2.5% so I bought the least percent of Benzoyl Peroxide available, which is 5%. The regimen should be performed both in the morning and in the evening, about 10 to 12 hours apart. I followed the regimen diligently.

After a few days, my face started to itch. I thought I got bitten by a mosquito. I could not help but to scratch to relieve the feeling. The more I scratched the more it itched, the more it swelled. Eventually, my face was burning until I could not stand it anymore. I went into the emergency department at 2am in the morning, on my 22nd birthday. Doctor said that I was allergic to certain cosmetics. Then only I realized it was actually the 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. I had an argument with my mom and I burst into tears at the hospital. I had tablets at home alone instead of having a nice meal at a cozy restaurant with friends. It was such an unforgettable birthday. Look at the picture, I found it in my external hard disk. The tablets were Prednisolone and… Prednisolone is used to treat a variety of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions. The moral of the story, do not simply try other’s skin care regimen or treatment just because their skin look perfect. Things that work for them might not be suitable for you because we are all unique individuals with different skin types. If you are buying any chemical, be sure to read the product information and follow the directions carefully. Do not be too desperate like me. I have learned over the years. I know exactly what you are going through.

Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

I am using both Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. What is salicylic acid? Salicylic acid is also a keratolytic causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. Both Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid are popular in the treatment of acne, so which one is better? I use Salicylic Acid for my blackheads and I use Benzoyl Peroxide on pimples (see: How to Pop a Pimple). For your information, use Benzoyl Peroxide starting with no more than 2.5%, then if necessary upgrading to 5% after a while. Never go over 5%. 10% can be used but only for spot treatment and use a cotton swab to treat. I use 5% Benzoyl Peroxide to treat the mild to moderate pimples; 10% Benzoyl Peroxide to treat the more stubborn pimples that do not respond to mild acne treatments. What are the benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide? Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne bacteria that causes pimples, helps dry up excessive oil and helps unclog pores. It is easy to use and vanishes upon application.

Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

When using Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, avoid unnecessary sun exposure and use a sunscreen. If severe irritation develops, discontinue use and institute appropriate therapy. After reaction clears, treatment may often be resumed with less frequent application. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, lips and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, or looking to get pregnant, during your pregnancy, both should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor. Last but not least, data from several studies employing a strain of mice that are highly susceptible to developing cancer suggest that Benzoyl Peroxide acts as a tumor promoter. The clinical significance of these findings to humans is unknown. Benzoyl Peroxide has not been found to be mutagenic (Ames Test), and there is no published data indicating it impairs fertility. Use with care.

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  • anna is clear
    October 28, 2015 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Please note that next to these two most used active ingredients there’s now also a new unique formulation based on a rye ferment. It will only normalize the P.acnes without destroying skins healthy micro flora and absolute no side effects. 100% natural. Effective, innovative and safe.

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