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Doctor insights on: Benzoyl Peroxide For Whiteheads

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Is mandelic acid effective at treating acne and whiteheads? How effective is it in comparison to benzoyl peroxide?

Is mandelic acid effective at treating acne and whiteheads? How effective is it in comparison to benzoyl peroxide?

Mandelic acid/acne: Mandelic acid is a weak acid that may help in acne but in my opinion the medical literature is more favorable to benzoyl peroxide for acne therapy... Best to see a dermatologist in person. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Is tretinoin more effective against whiteheads than benzoyl peroxide?

Is tretinoin more effective against whiteheads than benzoyl peroxide?

Yes 4 long term: The answer really depends in the cause but, generally speaking, tretinoin isoprene effective than benzoyl peroxide but their use is not mutually exclusive. ...Read more

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Have pimple on my back and better on my face. Can I use the benzoyl peroxide gel I have in my cabinet that I use for my face?

Have pimple on my back and better on my face. Can I use the benzoyl peroxide gel I have in my cabinet that I use for my face?

OTC Acne Treatment: If one is getting scarring (not staining, but depressed or pitted scars), one should seek a medical opinion for prescription treatment. The following can be used: clogged pores (whiteheads and blackheads): - retinol at bedtime - salicylic acid - glycolic acid - benzoyl peroxide inflammatory lesions (red bumps and/or pus bumps) - benzoyl peroxide gel - topical sulfur. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Yes: Benzoyl peroxide does work for inflammatory lesions. There are so many different concentrations and preparations of benzoyl peroxide available it is hard to recommmend without seeing the patient. It works less well for blackheads and whiteheads. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been using benzoyl peroxide for approx 50 days. I am now using it every other day but acne is starting to reappear if i stop. What do I do?

Hi, I have been using benzoyl peroxide for approx 50 days. I am now using it every other day but acne is starting to reappear if i stop. What do I do?

Keep using it: Acne can't be cured but can be controlled. I see you are also using topical clindamycin, which you should not be using without daily benzoyl peroxide as well. Eventually your acne will remit as you get older, but there's no predicting when. I'm glad you got a good result with a relatively mild regimen, and hope it will continue to be enough. ...Read more

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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...Read more

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How do you increase the benefit associated with benzoyl peroxide on acne?

How do you increase the benefit associated with benzoyl peroxide on acne?

Add retinols : Studies have shown that the combination of benzoyl peroxide and retinoids are top line treatment for acne. So if the benzoyl peroxide alone is not working the next step would be to add the retinoids ...Read more

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What % of benzoyl peroxide should I use? What is the recommended amount? (acne)

Try 5%: Apply this 2-3x/day and see how you tolerate it, then go up or down. If you're not clear in 2 weeks, get with your physician. ...Read more

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Even after an acne course of one month consisting of benzoyl peroxide and some other medicines,acne isn't completely gone,what to do now?

Even after an acne course of one month consisting of benzoyl peroxide and some other medicines,acne isn't completely gone,what to do now?

What other meds?: It's only been a month, and often when started on appropriate therapy the acne will get worse before it gets better. However, if you feel the "some other meds" are not working, then you need to return to the doctor/dermatologist.There may be stronger forms of those meds - rarely do docs start you on the strongest ones right away. There may also be different options - I don't know what they've used ...Read more

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