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Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide For Blemishes and Acne

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a natural substance found in some plants which has anti-blemish and acne-clearing properties. It effectively removes dead skin cells, unclogs congested pores and balances sebum production. Also known as beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid visibly improves skin texture and promotes a more even, radiant skin tone.

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl Peroxide is another commonly used ingredient in skincare for acne and blemish treatment. It has excellent antibacterial properties which helps reduce the number of propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria which causes acne vulgaris) on the skin.

Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide: Which One is Better?

Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide reduce acne inflammation. Studies showed that benzoyl peroxide is more effective for treating inflammatory acne lesions. However, salicylic acid is less drying and less irritating, so it is best for treating blemishes and mild acne including blackheads and whiteheads.

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Author:

Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.

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Scientific Sources: (1) WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, World Health Organisation (WHO), 18th list - April 2013 (Final Amendments – October 2013). (2)Treatment of acne vulgaris with salicylic acid pads, Clinical Therapeutics, 1992 Mar-Apr: 14(2): 247-53. (3) Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review, 2015: 8: 455–461. (4) Propionibacterium acnes and Acne Vulgaris: New Insights from the Integration of Population Genetic, Multi-Omic, Biochemical and Host-Microbe Studies, Microorganisms, 2019 May; 7(5): 128.

 

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