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Portland, OR
A 30-year-old female asked:

If allergic to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, what do you use to treat adult acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Retinoic acids: I doubt you're allergic to both, though they are both unpleasant to use and will irritate the heck out of your skin. That's part of how they work. If you are not able to tolerate these, a retinoic acid derivative toically is a good start. Your physician can add something else to the regimen if you're not clear in two weeks.
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 17-year-old female asked:

How can I treat acne on sensitive skin very sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and moderately sensitive to salicylic acid skin is also dry?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Options: Your physician may offer you topical Clindamycin instead; you may be able to tolerate a retinoic acid derivative, an oral antibiotic may work its magic, or if you can take & want the oral contraceptive pill, it may clear you.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How could I use salycilic acid and benzoyl peroxide together for acne?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 51 years experience
Yes.: But it's irritating.
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