Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

Salicylic Acid vs Benzoyl Peroxide

 

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are active ingredients found in popular acne treatments. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel. Salicylic Acid is a welcome alternative for people with sensitive skin.


Benzoyl Peroxide Salicylic Acid
Can cause initial dryness and irritation to skin, such as redness and swelling In skin care products it’s used as a gentle exfoliant to clear dead cells and stimulate new skin cells
Can remove the skin’s top protective layer, increasing the risk of sunburn and premature aging (if sunblock is not used) In toothpaste it’s used as an antiseptic to rid bacteria
Can bleach hair, teeth and clothing In medication it’s used to aid stomach and fever relief
Can be flammable at high concentrations In plants it can make flowers blossom

 

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a vital ingredient in many skin care products, lotions and creams, used to treat acne and psoriasis, as well as hair products to treat dandruff. This Beta Hydroxy Acid, compared to Alpha Hydroxy Acid, is a great exfoliant used to treat acne and acne-prone skin. It effectively penetrates oil-filled pores and exfoliates the dead skin cells that build up inside , thereby reducing irritation and inflammation. Salicylic Acid also helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. If used continuously, this acne medication can effectively unclog pores and prevent future breakouts.

Where does Salicylic Acid come from?

Derived from the bark of the willow tree, Salicylate has been used for centuries, though primarily for the treatment of fever relief. Salicylic Acid literally, comes from word “salix”, which is Latin for willow tree.

Who should use Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is tough enough to combat acne and gentle enough to soothe skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema and acne treatment. And it’s great for all skin types! It works well for oily and acne-prone skin as it deep cleans pores. It’s essential for dry/sensitive skin because it creates less irritation than AHAs and by removing the dead layer of skin it allows for moisturizer to be better absorbed. This exfoliating process is a must for aging skin, as it evens the appearance of tone and texture and allows for the growth of new skin.

How It Works

Acne occurs when excessive amounts of dead skin cells collect inside a pore and bind with excess oil to create a plug. That plug creates an airless environment that is an ideal condition for acne bacteria to thrive. Salicylic Acid, a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), fights the breakout within the pore by helping to normalize excessive shedding of cells and excess oil production—the primary contributors to blocked pores and breakouts. Salicylic Acid also gently exfoliates the upper layer of the skin to help keep pores clear and unblocked. Salicylic Acid is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps to calm red, swollen acne-stressed skin. The combination of benefits that Salicylic Acid provides makes is ideal for dealing with today’s breakouts and redness and for improving the health of the skin to inhibit the formation of future breakouts.

Why It’s Recommended

Salicylic Acid treats, heals and prevents acne without over-drying or irritating skin, which can cause more acne breakouts. Because acne can only be managed through regular and consistent treatment, Dr. Murad has specifically designed his formulas for daily use.

Murad’s Acne Products

Murad’s Acne Line is clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation. One of our bestselling products, Acne Clearing Solution, contains .5% Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree oil, Queen of the Meadow extract and a vitamin blend. In a Murad-sponsored study, 96% of users saw clearer skin in 72 hours. Our newest acne product is Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator which contains Salicylic Acid and pumpkin seed extract. Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells—while dissolving beads smooth and soften skin.

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What Skin Care Products Do You Need in Your Gym Bag?

For those with an active lifestyle, making sure that you have the right skin treatment products is essential to having great-looking skin. Regular workouts can be healthy for your body and skin, but the buildup of sweat on your clothes during your workouts can cause breakouts that can damage your skin. Of course, you probably take a shower or clean up after your workouts, meaning you most likely put a few products into your gym bag to keep your skin clear and clean. While there are times that you may forget or run out of your usual skin care products while you’re at the gym, you also want to think about using products that are milder and gentler on your skin. If you’re going to be washing your skin a little more than usual during the day, you don’t want to irritate it! Here are gentle skin care products you want to start keeping in your gym bag.

Cleansers for Removing Sweat and Salt

No time for a wash?

Get a few spritzes of the on-the-go-friendly, refreshing Hydrating Toner to rehydrate skin and neutralize surface impurities

A mild, gentle cleanser is important if you’re going to wash your face after a hard workout. Make sure that you use one that won’t irritate your skin and cause problems down the line. You also need to get skin those vital nutrients and antioxidants that will help combat breakouts as well as the signs of aging. Murad Daily Cleansing Foam helps give your skin a healthy glow while gently clearing it. It works to restore skin’s natural balance while pomegranate extract gives your skin the needed antioxidants it needs to stay protected from free radicals.

Have 5 minutes?

Cleanse skin immediately with the antioxidant-rich Essential-C Cleanser to remove oil and sweat, and refresh skin with a burst of citrus.

 

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion for Hydrated, Post-Workout Skin

A gentle cleanse means making sure that you use the right lotion to make sure that your skin isn’t irritated after frequent washings. Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion is formulated to reduce the size of pores and refine your skin’s texture. As an oil-free moisturizing formula, Murad Canada’s Skin Perfecting Lotion contains Queen of Meadow and Algae extract which work to clear pores.

A Lip Treatment

In our skin care treatment routines, we tend to focus on our face or body when it comes to anti-aging or acne treatments. While skin care products that focus on your face or body are the primary products of any regimen, you should also be using a lip treatment that will moisturize your lips. Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips is especially formulated to help moisture penetrate your skin. It’s the perfect size to pop in your gym bag for use after every workout.

But No matter what….

Always use an SPF before heading back to work. Apply the 3-in-1 Invisiblur formula under or on top of makeup to protect skin from UV rays, blur imperfections and treat signs of aging.

When you’re going to the gym more often, making adjustments to your skin care treatment routine can be tough when you want to keep your skin healthy while not irritating it after an extra washing. Make sure you choose the gentlest skin care products that will make sure your skin keeps that healthy glow, especially after a tough workout!

Doctor Murad Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

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Why You Should Be Using An Oil-Based Makeup Remover

Did you know:

Today’s makeup is super long-wearing—that means great day coverage but a real risk of clogged pores and acne at night. To meet the challenge of easily removing these long-wearing products without stripping your skin, we’ve developed Renewing Cleansing Oil. Renewing Cleansing Oil is a remarkable new, non-greasy cleanser that has the power to thoroughly remove your makeup without scrubbing. Renewing Cleansing Oil not only leaves your skin remarkably clean, it actually leaves your skin noticeably softer and smoother.

How it works:

Renewing Cleansing Oil forms a strong bond with the oils and minerals that give your makeup its staying power. That’s why when you rinse off with Renewing Cleansing Oil, makeup, BB cream, sun-block, excess oil and impurities rinse off too—leaving skin free of potentially pore clogging debris. And Renewing Cleansing Oil isn’t just an exceptional makeup remover. Renewing Cleansing Oil supports the health of your skin by preserving your natural pH balance and strengthening skin’s natural protective barrier.

How to use:

Massage Renewing Cleansing Oil’s botanical oil formula directly onto dry skin to dissolve makeup—even the most stubborn mascara. Rinse off dissolved makeup and grime with a splash of water to enjoy skin that’s soft, residue-free and healthfully clean.

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Doctor Murad Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

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Tips for Combination Skin

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Late afternoon: your forehead, nose and chin look embarrassingly shiny and your pores are about the size of craters of the moon. No matter how much powder you apply, the shine just reappears with a vengeance. What’s even more intriguing is that the rest of your face looks perfectly fine: no shine, no enlarged pores, just smooth, balanced skin. Or maybe there’s some dryness on the sides of your cheeks? Either way, you are experiencing a bad case of COMBINATION SKIN.

You know you have combination skin when your T-zone is oily most of the times while the rest of your face stays normal or dry. The imaginary ”T “of the T-zone is formed by your forehead, nose with the surrounding area, plus your chin. This skin type in particular is always a challenge in skincare – products for oily skin will work on your T-zone but present the risk of over-drying the rest of your face, while hydrating products for dry skin will cause even more trouble on the oily parts while balancing the rest.

This is where products specifically formulated for combination skin are needed. Products for combination skin reduce oil production without stripping skin of its moisture while balancing and hydrating the rest of the face.

To balance your oily and dry areas effectively, give your skin some extra TLC.

Here are a few tips for combination skin:

Exfoliate regularly

– Exfoliation will remove the layer of dead skin cells that can lead to acne breakouts because of too much oil. If your sides are dry, then your skin’s cell turnover is slowed down and exfoliation will help improve this condition. Fruit enzymes, AHAs and BHAs are all effective exfoliators for combination skin.

Hydrate

– Probably not what you wished, especially for your T-Zone! But maintaining optimal hydration will help your skin produce lessmoisture oil and balance out the entire face. Special moisturizers for combination skin are water-based, oil-free, and include antioxidants and plant extracts that combat oil production. Such plants can be Queen of the Meadow, Myrtle, Witch Hazel, Cinnamon, Argania, etc.

Shrink the pores

– Often your pores in the T-zone appear enlarged. To minimize them and give your skin a smooth, even look, it helps to have some occasional steam bath for your face. Always use a gentle cleanser formulated for combination skin and use a toner that will help shrink those pores in an instant. Toners are designed to help balance your skin’s pH after cleansing and they are formulated with gentle astringents and botanicals that calm the skin.

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Wash your face regularly

– It doesn’t get easier that using a special cleanser for combination skin. Morning and evening, wash your face to remove dirt and impurities and balance skin effectively. Cleansers for combination skin are gentle and don’t dry out your skin. Never go to bed with makeup on – it can cause more irritation and lead to imbalance.

Drink water

– Maintaining optimal internal hydration is essential for beautiful, balanced skin. It’s not just about the water intake, but also about other healthy fluids that count as “water”: natural juices, soups, herbal tea and milk.

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Tips and Tricks to Help Reduce the Chances of Acne Breakouts

Acne Tips and Tricks
Many people tend to panic when they notice the first signs of an acne breakout. The irony is that stressing out about your acne actually can make it worse. I know that acne can be upsetting, but there are a number of things you can do to prevent and minimize it.

A good skincare routine (look for products that contain the acne medication Salicylic Acid, as well as hydrators and anti-inflammatory agents) is usually the best way to keep acne at bay. But there are other things you can do to reduce the chances of breakouts.

Here are some everyday tips and tricks that you can add to your skincare routine for clearer, healthier skin.

  1. Use a clean pillowcase every night. Changing your pillowcase daily can help reduce your skin’s exposure to acne-causing agents like bacteria, dust and makeup. You wouldn’t press a dirty washcloth against your face for six to eight hours, so don’t sleep on a dirty pillowcase.
  2. Eat foods rich in water to flush impurities from your system. By eating more water-rich foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, you can help support your body’s natural mechanism for purifying and detoxification.
  3. Clean your cellphone every day. Think of all the places your cellphone goes during the day – your purse, your desk, the counter at the store, and even the bathroom sink. It can carry a collection of bacteria that you don’t want to press up against your face. Keep antibacterial wipes handy to clean your phone before it touches your face.
  4. Eat foods rich in Lecithin, Vitamins A and C, Zinc and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Your skin can be more vulnerable to breakouts if you have vitamin deficiency, especially Zinc, Vitamin C and Essential Fatty Acids.
  5. After sweating, take a shower with gentle, exfoliating cleanser. Exercise is a great way to help keep skin clear. Breaking a sweat helps to flush the body of toxins. But make sure to thoroughly wash those toxins off the skin once you are done by taking a warm shower and using a gentle, exfoliating cleanser after you work out.
  6. Try not to stress. Stress can make acne flare-ups worse. Take time for yourself each day and relax. What’s good for your mind is good for your body too.
  7. Eat healthy. A balanced diet with lots of water-rich raw fruits and vegetables promotes clear skin. Unhealthy eating in general can contribute to unclear skin. Try to avoid foods that are high in grease and fat. But you don’t have to avoid chocolate! A long-standing myth is that chocolate makes people break out. Bittersweet dark chocolates with 45 to 80% cocoa actually are good for you in moderation because of their flavonoids content. Darker chocolate means more flavonoids and potentially greater health benefits.
  8. 80/20 Rule. My “Pitcher of Health” philosophy encourages the 80/20 rule, allowing for 80% healthy, balanced diet and 20% comfort foods. By giving yourself permission to make yourself happy and permission to live without a feeling of guilt about cupcakes and other things you like to eat, you alleviate cell-killing stress.

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 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

 

 

 


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5 Tips for Acne Breakout Prevention

1. Eat your Water

One of the easiest lifestyle choices you can make is making sure you stay hydrated. Hydrated skin doesn’t over-produce oil that can cause breakouts. Along with drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables that are antioxidant-rich and that contain cellular water will help keep your skin looking great all year round. Goji berries and pomegranates are particularly good for hydrating your cells and feeding your complexion with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

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Need to clear a blemish on the spot? Tips on how to do just that.

While treating your acne problem holistically is the best way to get clear skin, sometimes you need to treat a blemish on the spot. 10408897_10152208850242124_6925456880913826573_n Even if you have found an effective acne treatment program and experience clear skin most of the time, sometimes an acne blemish just pops up. This can be due to stress, a reaction to makeup, a skin care problem or a sudden shift in your hormones. If you suffer from ongoing acne, treating your inflammatory acne blemishes is a daily activity. Whether you’re trying to treat a rare blemish that just showed up on your skin one day or trying to get rid of acne blemishes as part of a larger acne treatment program, here are some important things to keep in mind about acne spot treatment.

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