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Topical acne meds: Benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin can both be used to treat acne, but it is best to apply them at different times of the day. Tretinoin is best used at night time. At the beginning it is best to alternate them at night time, one night one, one night the other, until the skin gets used to them. They can both be drying. There are combination benzoyl peroxide/retinoid medications that can be used. ...Read more
Can using benzyl peroxide or salicyclic acid actually irritate your skin more sometimes than do it any good?
Concentration issue: You may have more delicate skin and require a lower percentage of active ingredient (w/b.P.). The salicylic acid is usually used to remove dead skin (and fungus or other problems along with it), so need to understand how it works and what is "acceptable" response. If worried, see your dr or a dermatologist for advice, or ask your pharmacist. ...Read more
Compared to each other, would you recommend a 3 step process face wash with benzyl peroxide or a face wash with benzyl peroxide that is just one step?
Keep it simple: I like simple things for my patients. Gentle rinsing of the face along with a benzoyl peroxide wash 1-2 times per day is often enough to get rid of the oil and debris from your pores. Try not to scrub, it is often not necessary. If this doesn't help your acne then it is time to see someone to assist. ...Read more
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