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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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Which is better defferin or benzac (benzoyl peroxide)?

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Which is better defferin or benzac (benzoyl peroxide)?

Whichever works 4 u: Benzac is a brand of benzoyl peroxide (http://www.drugs.com/cons/benzac-topical.html). Various strengths of benzoyl peroxide are available over-the-counter w/o prescription. Differin is a brand of adapalene (http://www.drugs.com/differin.html), which is available by prescription only. Typically we recommend OTC products 1st. Failing that, we then try any number of prescription options. ...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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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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For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

Not for spots: Use them on a regular basis to prevent new lesions. If this isn't working, get with your physician. You also need to know that enjoying your own body is not a health problem. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Retin A (tretinoin) or benzoyle peroxide what's better?

Retin A (tretinoin) or benzoyle peroxide what's better?

Retin A/benzyl: both of these medications work in a different way to reduce the inflammation caused by acne. As a first step of treatment, doctors always start with benzyl peroxide to help remove the clogging of sweat glands. Sometimes, we add antibiotics lotion to it to help treat the infection. if it doesn't work, we do Retin A (tretinoin) ...Read more

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Whats better for acne, sulfur cream or benzoyl peroxide cream?

Whats 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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Which works better with tretinoin, topical erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide?

Which works better with tretinoin, topical erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide?

Either should help: My usual sequence is to try benzoyl peroxide, then topical antibiotics (erythromycin is a good one), then topical tretinoin (they can be used in combination or separately). The tretinoin and benzoyl willl both dry your skin out. It depends on how severe your acne is and how sensitive your skin is. ...Read more

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What's more effective for acne Differin (adapalene) or benzoyle peroxide ?

What's more effective for acne Differin (adapalene) or benzoyle peroxide ?

Both work: Their mechanism of action is different for each one, but in studies, they have both been proven to be effective in reducing acne. ...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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Is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide good for acne?

Is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide good for acne?

Yes: Clindycin and bomzoyl peroxide topically are both commonly used for acne treatment ant prevention. ...Read more

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Supposing that sacilic acid works for my acne, would benzyl peroxide too?

Supposing that sacilic acid works for my acne, would benzyl peroxide too?

Probably: Use it as tolerated. It's a bit stronger. If you're not clear in two weeks, your personal physician can help you with prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Which is more effective for acne retin-a or benoyl peroxide medications?

Which is more effective for acne retin-a or benoyl peroxide medications?

Depends on type: There are two basic types of acne; comedonal and inflammatory. Pimples that are small, with a center that is white or black, are called comedones. Dermatologists usually recommend medications like Retin-A for that type of acne. If the pimples are larger, red, and tender to touch, medication that helps get rid of bacteria on the skin, like benzoyl peroxide, work best. Using both helps mixed type. ...Read more

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Can I use adapalene and benzoyl peroxide gel alternatively for acne treatment? Like adapalene before bed time and benzoyl peroxide in morning?

YES: This is a good combination treatment. The two medications work in different ways and therefore help each other out. The Adapalene can make you more sensitive to the sun. Be careful in the sun. The benzoyl peroxide can be drying especially in the winter, so a mild moisturizer such as aveeno (oatmeal). You are on minocycline. It can cause grayish pigmentation of the skin/ gums. Not reversible. Rare. ...Read more

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What's better differin (adapalene) or benzoyle peroxide?

Acne treatment: Either one could be effective by itself. ...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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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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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?

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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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I suffer from severe itchycheek acne with pimples, black heads and sometimes cystic acne. I have tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinol A.

I suffer from severe itchycheek acne with pimples, black heads and sometimes cystic acne. I have tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinol A.

See a dermatologist: Your acne is a function of hormones. Certain birth control can make it better, other birth control can make it worse. Do you have normal menstrual cycles? You will probably do well with oral spironolactone and topical tretinoin. This usually works in 3 months, then is continued. If it fails, oral isotretinoin will rescue you. ...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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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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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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