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Doctor insights on: Benzoyl Peroxide Vs Salicylic Acid For Oily Skin

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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 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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Acne skin care question. Is salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide better?

Acne skin care question. Is salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide better?

Both products help: Both products can be helpful, however one may work better for you than another. You can try one or the other or use them both. 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?

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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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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Can you advise an acne medication that contains salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide? I had clear skin, and now I am suddenly breaking out!

Can you advise an acne medication that contains salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide? I had clear skin, and now I am suddenly breaking out!

Two products: These are two effective ingredients in acne treatments, but they work differently and I don't think are usually combined in the same product. Salicyclic acid aids exfoliation and prevents clogged pores. Benzoyl peroxide works by killing bacteria that cause breakouts. They are both very drying so figuring out how much of each your skin can handle is important. I think you need two products:) 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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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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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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Does salicylic acid normally fix acne faster than benzoyl peroxide?

Does salicylic acid normally fix acne faster than benzoyl peroxide?

No: They work by different mechanisms one is keratolytic and peels salicylic acid and the other kills bacteria. The two can be used in combination. Read more

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Should benzoyl peroxide be used before or after salicylic acid to treat acne?

Should benzoyl peroxide be used before or after salicylic acid to treat acne?

Acne: There would be better penetration of your benzoyl peroxide into the skin if put on after salicyclic acid. 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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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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Currently I am treating my allergy from benzoyl peroxide 10% can I wash my face with facewash containing salicylic acid at the same time?

Currently I am treating my allergy from benzoyl peroxide 10% can I wash my face with facewash containing salicylic acid at the same time?

Benzoyl peroxide: For the moment, I would only use mild soap and eater and apply moisturizer after you wash your face 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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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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In acne medication, what's the difference between salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide?

In acne medication, what's the difference between salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide?

Clearing pores: Benzoyl peroxide is a drying agent that kills the bacteria causing acne. Salicylic acid removes dead skin, unclogs pores, and kills the bacteria. Salicylic acid is more effective than benzoyl peroxide in clearing the pores. It also has less side-effects that benzoyl peroxide. 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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