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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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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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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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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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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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What's better differin (adapalene) or benzoyle peroxide?

Acne treatment: Either one could be effective by itself. ...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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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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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...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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Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Yes: Benzoyl peroxide does work for inflammatory lesions. There are so many different concentrations and preparations of benzoyl peroxide available it is hard to recommmend without seeing the patient. It works less well for blackheads and whiteheads. See your dermatologist. ...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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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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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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Can benzoyl peroxide wash and clindamycin phosphate foam be mixed?

Can be used together: Benzoyl peroxide wash is meant to be washed off. Clindamycin foam is meant to be left on. It is acceptable to use the benzoyl peroxide was in the shower, then apply the Clindamycin foam after the shower to help control acne. ...Read more

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Whiteheads (Definition)

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Benzoyl Peroxide (Definition)

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