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Which is more effective in killing acne bacteria: benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Which is more effective in killing acne bacteria: benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

They differ: Benzoyl peroxide is an astringent that is used to kill surface bacteria. Salicylic acid does not kill bacteria it breaks down pore plugs formed by skin oil and skin cells. The main cause of acne is a change in skin cells from testosterone stimulation. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Can I mix benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid together and apply or is it better one after another, rinsing in between? Thank you

Can I mix benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid together and apply or is it better one after another, rinsing in between? Thank you

Separate: Uncertain what you are using these for but I would keep them separate. You can discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid at the same time? will this hurt skin? I have a salicylic acid toner & benzoyl peroxide mask?

Is it ok to use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid at the same time? will this hurt skin?  I have a salicylic acid toner & benzoyl peroxide mask?

Use both at: Start with using mask in the evening only for a week. Then add the toner in the morning. Don't use both products at the same time. If your skin becomes irritated use only one of the products. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for acne?

Is it safe to use both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for acne?

Standard treatment: Use of a salicyclic acid wash and benzoyl peroxide (5-10%) are pretty standard entry level treatments for acne. Probably half the kids will need more aggressive medications to see a benefit, but this is a good starting point. ...Read more

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And which products are better for cystic acne all natural or benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid? I'm going in circles searching for the right one!

And which products are better for cystic acne all natural or benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid? I'm going in circles searching for the right one!

Cystic Acne: For cystic acne you would need oral antibiotics like prescription solodyn (minocycline) or doryx. Topical prescriptions would be epiduo or ziana or acanya or retin a. If these medications are not effective then there is accutane. 80% of patients that take Accutane never have acne again. ...Read more

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Had acne for 2 years. Had an allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide. Tried salicylic acid and just about everything else. Prefer natural ingredients. ?

Had acne for 2 years. Had an allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide. Tried salicylic acid and just about everything else. Prefer natural ingredients. ?

Requires a visit: Realistic treatment for acne requires that your health professional actually take your history and look at your skin to come up with a plan of treatment. Since acne can drag on for decades in some patients,it is good to become informed about your particular skin and how to keep it healthy. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Retin A, (tretinoin)ANTIBIOTICS;: Those patients who can not use benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be treated with retin a (tretinoin) cream and topical antibiotics like Erythromycin or clindamycine. Other alternative therapies which may be effective are manuka honey te tree oil brewers yeast bittersweet night shade some of these have been approved in europe.But discuss with your doctor or dermatologist what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can i use purifying salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together ? purifying salicylic acid to clean pores and benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria.

Can i use purifying salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together ? purifying salicylic acid to clean pores and benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria.

Acne combo treatment: Yes, it is okay to use these two agents together for severe acne, but the combination can be too harsh for some people. It safest to start with a wash (cleansing soap) to test tolerance. If no severe redness or irritation, you can use topicals (pads or gels) one after the other. ...Read more

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Hi drs......What is the preferable transdermal drug as a once/daily use for treating mild acne (benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid/azeliac acid/other) ?

Hi drs......What is the preferable transdermal drug as a once/daily use for treating mild acne (benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid/azeliac acid/other) ?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Never ending pimples. Tried everything from pills to benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, tea tree oil. Wash face twice a day w/ moisturizer. Plz help!

Never ending pimples. Tried everything from pills to benzoyl peroxide,  salicylic acid, tea tree oil. Wash face twice a day w/ moisturizer. Plz help!

See a dermatologist: If you have been consistent with topical acne preparations which include a benzoyl perioxide produce and a retinol such as Retin A, (tretinoin) Differin, or Tazorac along with oral antibiotics and are not seeing progress, I recommend that you consult a dermatologist. Accutane may be offered as an option, but your doctor is better able to recommend what's best for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a salicylic acid cleanser, tea tree oil, and some aloe vera gel. How can I use these together effectively to treat acne?

Have a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a salicylic acid cleanser, tea tree oil, and some aloe vera gel. How can I use these together effectively to treat acne?

May not work: Use the topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate, a daily wash with the salicylic acid, tea tree oil only if you are a female (it's made men grow breasts), leave the aloe vera unused. This will clear you only if your acne is mild. If it's on your trunk is producing scars or isn't gone in two weeks, get with your physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more

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Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Which one should I use for sensitive skin? Benzoyl peroxide acne cream or salicylic acid acne cream?

Benzyl/salicylic aci: One has to try benzyl proxide low strength like 2.5% and if tolerated can be increased to 5%., not cream but wash .But if not tolerated than you can try 1%salicylic acid and can be increased to 2% if tolerated. You have to try what your skin can tolearate, it varies from perso0n to person.If in doubt, consult your md/dermatologist. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is salicylic acid 2% as effective as benzoyl peroxide 5%?

Is salicylic acid 2% as effective as benzoyl peroxide 5%?

Use as tolerated: Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% or 10% as tolerated is your best bet unless you have a lot of blackheads, in which case a retinoic acid derivative may be best. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will work. ...Read more

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How should I use salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together?

How should I use salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together?

Can be used but: Some dermatologist recommend salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide together but may increase skin irritatin and drying effect on the skin benzyl peroxide kills acne causing bacteria but can cause skin irritation and dryness .While salicylic acid promotes skin turn over to unclog pores but can also cause skin irriation and dryness. Combination products are available in form of cleanses, masks, gels;loti. ...Read more

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Would you suggest to use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on your skin?

Would you suggest to use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on your skin?

Probably: If your skin is not getting irritated or too dry then you should be able to use both products without a problem. ...Read more

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Is this safe to use salicylic acid face wash and after that applying benzoyl peroxide ? I mean can they both work together without any harm??

Is this safe to use salicylic acid face wash and after that applying benzoyl peroxide ? I mean can they both work together without any harm??

Excessive dryness: Applying an oil free hypoallergenic moisturizer after each cleansing with warm water and a gentle pH balanced cleanser can help prevent excessive dryness when using facial medications. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are sometimes used together in acne regimens, but can be irritating for some people. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide be Tee tree oil be salicylic acid for acne???

Benzoyl peroxide be Tee tree oil be salicylic acid for acne???

All slightly differ: All tend to dry out acne, but BP acts more like a topical antibiotic. Tea tree oil has some antibacterial properties, and salicylic acid actually deposits the acid in the acne follicles to clear them up. Depending on your type of acne I would still only pick one to try like a BP and then clean your face with either tea tree oil or salicylic acid wash. then see derm if not improving ...Read more

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