The Acne Busters

Most zit-zapping products contains either Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid as one of it’s main ingredients, so let’s find out what these two ingredients really do for our skin.

BENZOYL PEROXIDE

How it Works: It’s powerful anti microbial properties help decrease acne-causing bacteria.

How much is it safe to use?
It’s available in strengths from 2.5% to 10% in soaps, gels, creams, or lotions.

When Should I use it?
It can be pretty drying, so it’s best used at night. Start with the lowest possible percentage. (Proactiv Solutions‘ 30-day kit, contains a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide concentrate that’s safe for daily use.


SALICYLIC ACID



How it Works:

IT sloughs off excess skin cells and penetrates into the skin, helping dissolve the material that clogs your pores. (I’s this clogging that traps acne-causing bacteria in your skin, creating inflammation and resulting in pimples.)

How much is it safe to use?
2.5% salicylic acid is the most common preparation available, and it’s also the safest to use. You can usually find it in anti-acne astringents and facial toners.

When Should I use it?

Twice daily is your best bet.

Quick note:
Layering a five percent benzoyl peroxide treatment over a two percent salicylic acid one clears the skin quicker than other combos. This is according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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5 Comments

  1. I used to get zits when I’m about to have my period and I am also using some medication if that’s the case. Acne is a skin problem that can be resolved with the right product.

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