Comparing Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid

Mar 23rd 2018

benzoyl peroxide vs salicylic acid

People who have acne usually purchase over-the-counter medications to try to eliminate the pimples. There are many products on the market that clear-up or prevent acne.

Typically, one of two ingredients are in the over-the-counter medication; salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know my preference is salicylic acid by a long shot as benzoyl peroxide simply does not agree with my skin.

It is important to have some knowledge about each of these ingredients before purchasing a product to help cure or prevent acne. Bacteria is a cause of acne and benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria because it is a antimicrobial. It commonly causes dryness, this is because it dries the skin during the bacteria killing phase.

You may also find it causes the skin to peel. This is the problem I have with the product, it just irritates ait and really does nothing for my acne problem. When the dryness and peeling occur, use less of the product you purchased. Add a moisturizer to your skin before applying the acne medication if your skin is dry.

In addition, benzoyl peroxide products increase skins sensitivity to sunlight. Wearing a good sunscreen is always important for your skin’s health. However, if you are using an acne medication containing benzoyl peroxide, then it is even more important to wear sunscreen.

For people whose skin continues to peel or become dry, try switching to acne products with different ingredients. Some people are actually allergic to benzoyl peroxide.

Another common ingredient found in over-the-counter acne medications is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is used to treat non-inflamed acne. Comedonal acne is another name for non-inflamed acne. Ointments, cleansers, toners and other products used for acne treatment contain this ingredient.

Many people with acne find salicylic acid products works to eliminate their pimples. The product helps dead skin cells to exfoliate. This assists in keeping the pores clear of flakes of dead skin.

Everyone’s skin is regenerating each day. This process is called desquamation. The most inner layer of skin or epidermis has new cell development. Eventually the new skin cells reach the top layer of skin to replace the surface cells. The surface cells are now dead flakes of skin. It take about 28 days for this process to occur. Salicylic acid has been created to make the outer skin cells be removed quicker than the usual 28 days.

Salicylic acid, also known as beta hydroxy acid is available in various strengths over-the-counter. Typically, it is applied once a day. Too much or extra applications can irritate or dry the skin. Salicylic acid should be used on a larger surface than benzoyl peroxide products. This product is designed to unclog pores excessive oil and dead skin cells; which cause acne formation.

Make sure to purchase a moisturizer to apply to the skin that is being treated with salicylic acid. Choose an oil-free moisturizer to avoid causing additional oiliness to the skin surface. You may have skin flaking, itchiness and stinging from the use of salicylic acid.

If you have severe reactions to over-the-counter salicylic acne products, you may be allergic. Consult a physician. Nursing and pregnant women are advised not to use salicylic acid products.

Many people with acne are confused concerning whether to choose salicylic products or benzoyl peroxide products. Both products are available in over-the-counter medications. Generally products containing these ingredients can be found in many stores. Salicyclic acid will help skin cells renew faster. It works nicely for teenagers who have blackheads.

For inflamed acne that is noticeable red; benzoyl peroxide may be a better choice. This over-the-counter ingredient will kill bacteria that causes acne for many people. Both ingredients can cause allergic reactions for some people. Most people will have a reaction of dry skin while using each of these ingredients. Peeling skin may also occur while using these products. Using a good moisturizer and a sunscreen is a great skin care plan while using these over-the-counter medications.

Most people get acne at some time in their lives. Teenagers are particular prone to acne because of rapid growth and increased hormones. Typically, people will get just a few pimples or white heads. Some people get blackheads or comedones.

A few people will get cyst-type or acne vulgaris with inflammation patches of red patchy skin. Usually, the face is the area of the body that most people get acne symptoms. However, many people get acne on other areas of the body. The first plan of action for most people is choosing an over-the-counter medication to apply to the skin. People can choose products that contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.