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Doctor insights on: Benzoyl Peroxide Vs Sulfur Acne

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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What's better for acne, sulfur cream or benzoyl peroxide cream?

What's better for acne, sulfur cream or benzoyl peroxide cream?

ACNE: Benzoyl peroxide cream works better and is recommended by dermatologist as first line of treatment for acne. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Great choice!: Benzoyl peroxide is a great choice for acne. Use the cream if you have dry skin or the gel if your skin is oily. Don't use too much because it can irritate the skin. ...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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What can I use besides benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Many choices: Talk to your doctor. You can develop a plan for treating your acne over time. That will help take a lot of the stress out of having acne. ...Read more

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Does benzoyl peroxide make acne worse at first?

Does benzoyl peroxide make acne worse at first?

Not always: But BP is just for bacteria and sebum, you need typically something in the vitamin A family for the blackheads. ...Read more

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What is the best benzoyl peroxide product to use for acne?

What is the best benzoyl peroxide product to use for acne?

Any BP gel or lotion: Otc benzoyl peroxide is a good treatment for mild acne. It kills p. Acnes, the bacteria involved in the formation of acne. It works well in combination with other treatments, such as antibiotic gels. Any cream may have irritating side effects in some unlucky people, and/or lead to uneven skin tones in darker-skinned people. One can start with every-other-day use and increase if no skin irritation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for benzoyl peroxide to work on acne?

How long does it take for benzoyl peroxide to work on acne?

Give it 2 weeks: If you're not clear by then, it won't clear you. Get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength rx. Stay on top of it and you can manage your acne. ...Read more

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Would my clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) work for my bad acne?

Would my clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) work for my bad acne?

Won't be enough: Severe acne usually requires a combination treatment, including one or more prescription medications. All acne is manageable today, and if untreated it is a severe personal and professional liability. Please get on the phone and make an appointment with your physician. ...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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Can you leave the clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) ulra acne+mask on all night?

Can you leave the clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) ulra acne+mask on all night?

Yes: Hopefully your skin can tolerate it. If you require something stronger, ask your personal physician. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does benzoyl peroxide take to work (acne medication)?

Help please? How long does benzoyl peroxide take to work (acne medication)?

It may not: If you're using this to the limit you can tolerate and you're not clear in two weeks, you're going to need additional, prescription-strength medication from your personal physcian. ...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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What is the best acne fighting ingredient if benzoyl peroxide is intolerable or useless?

What is the best acne fighting ingredient if benzoyl peroxide is intolerable or useless?

Other options: Get with your personal physician now. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, you'll probably need prescription-strength rx. Never use an antibiotic as sole therapy; your initial rx might be a salicylic acid wash or topical retinoic acid derivative plus topical Clindamycin or systemic tetracycline. We can manage all acne nowadays but it's not easy. If you're offered isotretinoin, consider it. ...Read more

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Once you start using products with benzoyl peroxide do you always have to use it or your acne will come worse?

Once you start using products with benzoyl peroxide do you always have to use it or your acne will come worse?

Will clear: In fact, your physician probably has something you can add for better results. Eventually you will be able to discontinue treatment; there is little or no rebound from benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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I've been using benzoyl peroxide for about a month and my acne has only gotten worse. Why? Should I stop using it?

See a dermatologist: There are different kinds of acne and different degrees of severity. There are a variety of meds in use. Probably your best therapy will be oral spironolactone 100mg a day for several years. Safe except if pregnant or in kidney failure. ...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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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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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) work for my bad acne?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) work for my bad acne?

Too weak: If you call it bad, you. Need to get with a competent physician now. Clear aril is weak and pricey. We can manage you. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Acne: Sure it is. Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teenage acne by itself or in combination with an antibiotic or adapalene. ...Read more

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Can I mix lotion with benzoyl peroxide to treat acne?

Can I mix lotion with benzoyl peroxide to treat acne?

Benzoxyl peroxide: Benzoxyl peroxide is available in a lotion form avoiding the need to use lotion ...Read more

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Does benzac (benzoyl peroxide) acne gel actually work?

Benzoyl peroxide: This is your basic topical treatment. It will clear maybe half of cases of acne. If this is not sufficient, get with your physician who can add something that will. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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What dose of benzoyl peroxide is normally effective against acne?

21/2 per cent: Even percentages as low as 2 1/2 percent can decrease acne, although it is available in 4, 5, 8 and 10 per cent concentrations. 4 and 8 per cent body washes is a good approach for back acne. ...Read more

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How much time does benzoyl peroxide take to work (acne medication)?

A few weeks: If you're not seeing good results by 2 weeks, or you're not clear in 4, get with your personal physician who can add something that will probably clear you. It may take as long as 8 weeks to get optimum results with just benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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What kind of benzoyl peroxide do doctors suggest for acne? Example of one?

What kind of benzoyl peroxide do doctors suggest for acne? Example of one?

Cheap: Any over-the-counter preparation is a good start for treating acne. If this fails, your physician may add a topical agent such as Clindamycin and/or a retinoic-acid derivative. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should you keep clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) vanishing acne cream on for?

How long should you keep clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) vanishing acne cream on for?

Indefinitely: It is advisable that you use the topical benzoyl peroxide creams available over the counter on an as needed basis for treatment of mild to moderate acne without cystic component. If it has been for a prolonged period of time such as over three months, I would recommend following up with your physician. ...Read more

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How much should I apply benzoyl peroxide on acne and what should the concentration of the medication be for first time use?

Use a small amount: On the pimples, after washing and drying your face, no more than twice a day. 10% cream is a common strength. ...Read more

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