When it comes to acne, the struggle is real.. It’s the one issue that literally keeps popping unexpectedly regardless of age, sex or general skin condition.. Let’s dig deeper into the 2 top ingredients famous for combating acne. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the dermatologists go-to ingredients prescribed to annihilate pimples. However, each has its own properties and powers which call for some further clarification to keep you in the know..
What Is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is derived from the bark of the willow tree, though it can also be made synthetically in a laboratory. It’s an exfoliating agent that is gentle yet very effective. Basically. Salicylic acid dissolves away dead, sticky skin cells and remove them from the skin to reveal the healthier, smoother skin underneath.
Salicylic Acid Properties..
#1 Dead cell disposal. Clears the way for the acne treatment process by breaking apart the dead and sticky skin layer..
#2 It’s an anti-inflammatory, used for treating rosacea, and very mild when used in sensitive skin cases..
#3 It’s a mild anti-bacterial. Killing acne caused by bacterial infections.
#4 Reduces pore size.
Who Should Use Salicylic Acid?
#1 Oily, acne-prone skin types benefit a lot from salicylic acid. By removing excess sebum output and un-clogging pores.
#2 Ideal for those struggling with whiteheads and/or blackheads. Salicylic acid can help loosen and gently remove the open and closed comedones without abrasive forces and while simultaneously reducing inflammation.
However, going overboard with it your skin might become red, irritated, and even dry from over-exfoliation. It’s best to use mild concentrations when using an all-over product such as a cleanser or cream, and to reserve the more potent stuff for spot treatments.
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What Is Benzoyl Peroxide?
While salicylic acid removes dead skin cells that are clogging pores, benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is a synthetical peroxide. When the ingredient is applied to your skin, it releases free oxygen radicals that are basically like kryptonite for acne bacteria. Best when used for inflammatory acne lesions, which are the pre pimple red spots that show up the night before. It kills bacteria, may exfoliate, and reduces oil production.
Benzoyl Peroxide Properties..
#1 Kills bacteria and prevents antibiotic resistance.
#2 It’s an exfoliating agent. Increases the turnover of the skin and removes the mixture of sebum and dead skin cells from the pores.
#3 Benzoyl peroxide works quickly (as soon as five days!)
#4 Benzoyl peroxide creams often leave behind a white film, so they’re not exactly a covert leave-on treatment.
Who Should Use Benzoyl Peroxide ?
Benzoyl peroxide should be used sparingly.You won’t need a super high concentration of 10% benzoyl peroxide in order to benefit from it. If you have sensitive skin then it’s wise to do a spot-test first. Benzoyl peroxide is known for bleaching things, including your towels, clothes, eyebrows, and even skin.
Now that the difference between salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide is clear, and by knowing that each ingredient attacks a different acne-causing source, this will help you determine which ingredient is best for your skin.
One option is to cover all your bases by using both ingredients in conjunction.. However, go for salicylic acid if your case is sensitive, oily, congested skin with a lot of blackheads and whiteheads. Or for daily use for someone who wants gentle exfoliation and may be a bit oily even if they don’t have acne. Contrarily, benzoyl peroxide is for treating those deep and tender pimples very well. Moreover, it’s for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation – AKA sun spots or lingering post-inflammatory-hyperpigmentation from old pimples.