Salicylic acid, definitely. I have tried acne products with BP, glycolic acid, retinol, and the only ingredient that is present in all products that have worked for me is salicylic acid.
Benzoyl peroxide is a relatively stable form of peroxide whose purpose is to kill acne bacteria. But salicylic acid works by helping to slough off skin cells that are blocking the pore.
I am 46 and still get acne on my chin and upper lip, and I know it is because I wear Invisalign and always touch my face in that area. I also have a bad habit of resting my chin on my hand and sure enough, after a dentist visit to check the Invisalign or a long computer session where I caught myself resting my hand on my chin, bam next day is breakout city! Always always always wash your hands, don't touch your face, clean off your phone with antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer every day and consider getting one of those heated zit killer things. I don't want to get in trouble in this review by telling you the name, but it has a little metal button that heats up and you rest it on the zit for a 2.5 minute cycle. They are totally not environmentally sustainable but they can get your acne under control by eventually killing off the bacteria that take up residence on your face and cause acne.
answered 1 month ago
- San Francisco Bay Area
everyones skin will react in differnt ways but being 35 & having acne as well, I would prefer the Salicilic acid..Its more gentle & it wont cause irratation to the skin..I have very sensitive skin & i cant use anythn but the salicillic acid treatments.If u have blemishes u might want to try a mask with Gycolic acid in it..Thats very helpful & non irratating.I hope I answered some of your concerns
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
- New York, New York
It depends on what your skin responds to. I have suffered with acne since middle school at a time when all the products out there where BP-based. About 5 years ago the market flooded with SA and MY ACNE RESPONDS to it much better than BP. Try both active ingredients with some cheaper products out there first. You may get some relief with both used in combo. You never know until you try. As far as the black spots, either hydroquinone or glycolic acid products work especially in combo with potent vitamin C products. Every zit leaves a brown/black scar on my face. So I completely understand. Unfortunately, it's all trial and error.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
- Philadelphia, PA
I use Benzoyl Peroxide. I have been battling acne since a teenager. I get mostly terrible hormonal cystic acne. I have been using DDF products, the Acne Scrub, the Gylolic Toner and the Acne Control gel, and this for the last 8 months has been working better than the prescribed epiduo medicine by my dermatologist. My blackheads are gone. The dark acne and hormonal patches have faded. For me Salycic acid doesn't help my acne. Hope you find relief.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
- Leesburg, VA
I have been a Skin Care Specialist/ Aesthetician for several years and have dealt with many patients that have those icky left over marks from acne. One of the best products I have found that works is the Obagi Clear which contains 4% hydroquinone. It does not clear the acne but it's the best product I have found to get rid of those dark marks. Every patient that has come to me dealing with those marks, Obagi Clear has worked. The product is a bit pricey but it does work. Make sure you are wearing a good sunblock because the sun will bring those marks right back.
As far as clearing the skin of the acne I personally love the Peter Thomas Roth's Acne Clearing Gel. You may want to try their Acne trial Kit to see if you like the products.
Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!
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