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Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Salicylic Acid

B enzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the top two active ingredients that you will find in any OTC acne medication. In my opinion, they are both effective in treating acne, but there are certain times in which I prefer to use one over the other. SO, WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO? Benzoyl Peroxide : reduces acne causing bacteria, oxidizes pores to loosen dirt and oil buildup and has anti-inflammatory properties. Salicylic Acid : dissolves keratin and the layer of skin that clogs the sebaceous gland. MY EXPERIENCE AND USE OF BOTH I prefer to use benzoyl peroxide (BP) during the warmer months of the year. It is a bit drying, but I find it is beneficial during the hot and sweaty spring/summer months. It works more like a mattifier if I apply it when my face is slightly damp from cleansing or toning. It also pairs well with my sunscreen.   I only use it 1-2 times a day so I don’t experience any peeling or irritation. I find that BP is most effective in reducing pimple siz