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Salicylic Acid VS Benzoyl Peroxide

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☀️ Salicylic Acid:

  1. It exfoliates the outer layer of the skin by dissolving dirt, oil & dead skin cells that clog pores.
  2. It can cause irritation & dryness if care is not taken to restrict the usage.
  3. It doesn’t make skin photosensitive & hence sunscreen is not mandatory.
  4. It is available as a cosmetic up to 2% in serum, cream, lotion, or balm form.

✨ Benzoyl Peroxide:

  1. It penetrates into the pores & kills acne-causing bacteria with oxygen.
  2. It is best suited to work on live acne with pus such as pimples, pustules etc
  3. It can be drying & irritating for most skin types, can leave a stain on fabrics.
  4. It makes skin photosensitive & hence sunscreen is mandatory.
  5. It is available as a prescription product in gel, cream, lotion or balm form.

☀️ Which one is better for acne?
Salicylic acid is best suited for non-reactive comedones such as blackheads & whiteheads and benzoyl peroxide suits acne with pus such as pimples & pustules.

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