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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