October 20, 2010

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Why Choose an Acne Treatment with Salicylic Acid?

If you’re exploring options to decide what the best acne treatment for your skin is, then you’ve certainly encountered discussions of the two primary ingredients used to get rid of acne: Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. In some cases, you may even have encountered products that use both ingredients. But why choose an acne treatment that uses Salicylic Acid, which is the main acne fighting ingredient in the Murad Acne Complex products? And why avoid Benzoyl Peroxide? Surprisingly, many people don’t know the benefits of Salicylic Acid and the drawbacks of Benzoyl Peroxide.

You and Your SkinWhy Avoid Benzoyl Peroxide?
You’ll notice that the Murad acne treatments don’t include Benzoyl Peroxide. Why is that? The truth of the situation is that Benzoyl Peroxide dries out your skin. That may sound like a good thing if you’re combating acne, but in reality drying out your skin will only lead to more irritation. When your skin becomes overly dry, it produces more oil to compensate for the dryness. That, of course, combines with the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin to clog pores and create more acne breakouts. However, the additional issue with Benzoyl Peroxide is that it can cause skin irritations that then increase redness and flaking on your skin. There are also a number of other studies that link Benzoyl Peroxide with the creation of free radicals as well as even increased instances of sun damage. At Murad, we believe that there’s a better way to treat acne breakouts. And that way is with Salicylic Acid.

Why Use Salicylic Acid Acne Products?
At Murad, we believe that the best acne products use Salicylic Acid. Acne isn’t just caused by oil that needs to be dried up on your skin. It’s also caused by the build up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Those dead skin cells then combine with surface oil to clog pores and cause the bacteria that creates acne. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid that works as an exfoliant to remove the dead skin cells before they can clog pores, and it helps to shed the dead skin cells from within the pores themselves. In short, instead of treating acne by drying your skin up, Salicylic Acid treats acne by ensuring that you have clear pores that can’t be clogged.

If you’re using a Salicylic Acid product for the first time, then you will want to be patient with the results. It can take up to four weeks to purge and cleanse your pores from their current state. However, in the long term, Salicylic Acid will keep your skin clear without over-drying it. Benzoyl Peroxide, on the other hand, will often dry and irritate your skin, ultimately leading to signs of aging.

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