Skin care has its share of buzz words and wondrous compounds that are supposed surefire cures for a given skin issue. Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid are an example of two of these compounds that tend to compete for managing acne. The problem is that both of them are actually quite good for people trying to do just that. So where does that leave you? OROGOLD would like to elaborate on this issue to help clear up the conflict and help you pick which is best for your skin. To understand how to pick the best product though requires knowing a bit about each of the compounds and how they are intended to work for your skin.
By contrast to the hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide is not a compound meant to break up oil and grime from the skin. It doesn’t even enjoy the exfoliating property of the acids even though it can likewise dry out your skin. Benzoyl peroxide’s specialty lies in targeting the bacteria that build up and cause acne in the environments the hydroxy acids break up. This peroxide penetrates pores just as readily as salicylic acid and its siblings and kills the bacteria responsible for acne. As a result, it is less of a preventive measure than it is a good option to use when you see a breakout starting. That it doesn’t specialize in helping deal with oily skin also means it has a slightly broader use than salicylic acid. OROGOLD isn’t suggesting you abandon its use if you have oily skin, but to remember that taking preventive measures is a better option with oily skin.
Salicylic acid is almost the only beta hydroxy acid used within skin care products. As a result, you’ve likely seen it being advertised extensively on acne fighting products. As a beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is slightly more potent than any of the alpha hydroxy acids used in cleansing products. This is highly beneficial as it clears up oil on the skin and penetrates deeply into pores to break up dirt and other build up. The hydroxy acids are all used in this fashion. It makes them highly suitable for oily and combination skin that has oily patches. This is why they are used so extensively in cleansers whether they are advertised or not. However this utility does not extend to the same benefits you can get from using benzoyl peroxide.
Making the Most of Different Treatments
Products using each of these compounds have a place in skin care during an acne breakout. You do need to intelligently choose what you’re going to use though. Salicylic acid’s potency means you can dry your skin out easily through overuse when fighting a breakout. As a result, you may wish to try trading out every so often for benzoyl peroxide for an extra push to fully clean out your pores of both large and small scale problems that can clog them. However, don’t think either one will solve the issue fully on its own and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to each. Keep your skin moisturized while using either product to avoid your skin drying out and producing more oil. This way you can get through your breakout as smoothly as possible.
Skin care products all have specialties and the trick is knowing how best to make use of them. Onceyou know how best to use a product, you can adjust your skin care routine. OROGOLD hopes that discussing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid’s different uses help you the next time you’re fighting a breakout. Prevention of the breakout is the best option though. Don’t forget to cleanse when you wake and before you go to bed. This won’t prevent every breakout, but it will go a long way towards keeping your skin as clear as it can be even if you have problem skin.