Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the best anti-acne ingredients available today. These are significantly better than any OTC and prescription topical medications (cream/gel) that one can get. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria while salicylic acid exfoliates and unclogs pores.
Can you use Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid at the same time?
More is not better in this case. Both Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid exfoliate the skin. Using them in the same cream can over dry and over dry the skin: the best use of these two magic ingredients would be as a combination of a silicic acid cleanser and benzoyl peroxide night cream or use your benzoyl peroxide night cream and you salicylic acid night cream on alternate nights.
What is the best ingredient of acne cleansers? Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic acid?
The best ingredient for medicated acne cleanser is salicylic acid 0.5 or 2.0 depending on the skin type of the user. Salicylic acid 0.5 acne cleanser would be better to people with dry or normal skin, and salicylic acid 2% would be better for people with oily skin. You should avoid benzoyl peroxide cleansers. As cleanser stays on the skin for short period of times, the benzoyl peroxide in acne cleansers does not have the time to penetrate the skin pores and destroy acne bacteria and hence less effective as a cleanser than the salicylic acid cleanser that is lipophilic and penetrate faster into the skin oil glands.
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid acne treatment creams – how do they compare?
As benzoyl peroxide has a stronger anti-bacterial effect than glacial acid, it is more effective on active red acne. For mild or comedonal acne (mainly blackheads and whiteheads). and adult acne salicylic acid can treatment is usually the best fit.