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Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide

Everyone is occasionally forced to deal with breakouts; however, with all the treatments now available to consumers, no one has to fear the unexpected pimple anymore.

Whether you experience occasional breakouts from time to time or have been plagued by acne throughout your life, knowing about the positive and negatives of salicylic acid vs. benzoyl peroxide is important in picking the right acne treatment for you.

To find out more information about your cosmetic treatment options, please contact us today. We'll put you in touch with a board certified cosmetic surgeon who can answer your questions and help you understand your options.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid works by unclogging pores and exfoliating the skin and can be found in blemish dissolvers, overnight acne lotions, and clarifying cleansers.

Salicylic acid:
  • Helps speed cell turnover rate on the skin's surface
  • Slows the shedding of cells inside the follicle to prevent clogging
  • Breaks down blackheads and whiteheads
What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

The reason so much debate occurs between salicylic acid vs. benzoyl peroxide is simply because when choosing an acne treatment, it's important to know where your problem areas are and which treatment will work best to give you clear skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide:
  • Kills the bacteria that cause breakouts
  • Reduces the bacteria responsible for breakouts
  • Helps to dry blemishes

Benzoyl peroxide was one of the first acne treatments to be made available to customers and can be found in acne wash, benzoyl peroxide gels, and other acne solutions.

Contact an Acne Treatment Professional

When weighing your options between salicylic acid vs. benzoyl peroxide, it's important to understand the differences between and benefits of each acne treatment. An experienced dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can evaluate your skin and help you determine the best course of treatment.