When trying to eliminate pimples and blemishes salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the two main things people turn to. A lot of the time you might have a favorite one of the two. I am going to be breaking down and comparing both to find out the differences so you might be able to find out which one works for you. Of course while one might work for you it might not work for others because everyone’s skin is different, meaning everyone needs different products.
Okay so first let’s discuss what each one exactly is. Salicylic acid comes from the bark of willow trees which is pretty cool. Benzoyl peroxide is found in cereal products and used as a bleaching agent in things like cheese. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting that. Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can come in many different forms. For example, you can buy salicylic acid in face washes and cleansers. It depends on what products you want to use.
Salicylic acid can improve your skin in many ways. It works by exfoliating and keeping your pores clean. This helps with future breakouts and mild cases of acne. Overall it is really cleansing, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Salicylic acid can dry out the skin. Benzoyl peroxide can also dry your skin out, but maybe even more so than salicylic acid. Using benzoyl peroxide can severely dry out your skin and may cause peeling. However, it isn’t a bad product just make sure not to overuse and moisturize daily.
Using benzoyl peroxide can have great benefits. It works underneath the skin killing bacteria. Like salicylic acid it also removes dead skin clearing your pores. It works for the opposite things salicylic acid does. Instead of clearing blackheads and whiteheads, it helps with things like red bumps, cysts. So benzoyl peroxide can help with more severe acne, but make sure to speak to your dermatologist.
Overall they are both very useful in your journey to clear skin. If you are having trouble deciding, there is a possibility of using both at the same time. You’ll need to have moisturizer on, for sure. Remember one might work better for you than others and always consult with a dermatologist for professional advice. I recommend experimenting with both of them, seeing your own results will help you to decide.