Benzoyl Peroxide Or Salicylic Acid for Acne?

Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are used to treat acne and both have their side-effects too.

These drugs are included in most recommended home remedies to treat acne.

Note: Consult your doctor before using any of these drugs.

Let’s start with Salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid for Acne

Also known as beta hydroxy acid is commonly used to treat skin diseases. Salicylic acid promotes shedding of dead skin cells; this is a great way to exfoliate your skin. Many cosmetic products already included salicylic acid to their ingredients list.

Acne which is caused due to accumulated dead cells and excess sebum clogging pores can be treated when you can shed dead cells clearing pores. Anyway excess oil can’t be effectively control by salicylic acid. For this purpose (to control excess sebum) use jojoba oil or aloe vera gel.

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic and belongs to same class that of aspirin. If you’re allergic to aspirin don’t use salicylic acid.

Not just acne with salicylic acid you can treat warts, stretch marks, remove calluses and corns and other skin diseases.

Directions to use Salicylic acid

Concentrations of salicylic acid in products vary from .5% to 2%. Get the one prescribed by dermatologist. Follow doctor or instructions given on product.

Various forms of salicylic acid found in market are, salicylic acid pads, a salicylic acid lotion, cream, gel. Use any one among them.

Wash the area before applying medication. Pat dry and apply medication on bumps, avoid medication coming in contact with eyes, nose or other sensitive parts of the body, wash immediately if medication gets in these areas.

It’s important to continue using salicylic acid for best results.

Side Effects

Not every skin loves these remedies. You may see redness, dryness or irritation on your skin. Stop using salicylic acid as soon as you feel irritation.

Apply natural moisturizer after treating with salicylic acid.

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

This is one of the most recommended and inexpensive treatment for acne. Many over-the-counter products include benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient; even in medication this drug is prescribed.

Acne is mainly caused by excess sebum (oil), dead cells and bacteria. These bacteria are called P. acnes. When pores gets blocked oxygen is not allowed, so this oxygen less environment is favorable for P.acnes to grow and multiply. Applying benzoyl peroxide will promote oxygen into pores thus making it difficult for these bacteria to survive; also it reduces number of break outs on skin.

Directions to use Benzoyl Peroxide

Get a lotion or gel with 2% of benzoyl peroxide, higher percentage may irritate your skin.

Wash the affected part and then apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide, leave it for few minutes and rinse it off. Avoid nose, eyes and other sensitive parts getting in contact with this lotion or gel.

If you see no result after using for weeks, try increasing the dosage.

Side Effects

Like salicylic acid bezoyl peroxide may leave your skin dry and flaky. Though you may see acne is treated, you‘ll have dry skin left.

Consult your dermatologist before continuing with these remedies.

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8 Argan Oil Skin Benefits – A Remedy to Treat Acne

Beauty of natural resources is, they come with lots of benefits for human and have less or no side-effects. Same goes for argan oil; this gold liquid of Morocco is extracted from nuts of argan tree. (Argan trees are found in Morocco)

Argan oil comes with bunch of natural antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids and carotenoids. The antioxidant property of argan oil helps to cleanse the skin pores that are clogged by sebum and dead cells. These nutritional properties of argan oil grabbed attention from cosmetic industries and most of them are now including argan oil their cosmetic products for skin and hair.

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Traditionally unroasted argan oil is used to treat various skin diseases. We will be discussing about this later in this post.

Skin benefits of Argan Oil

1. Antioxidant

Antioxidant is a molecule which breaks chemical chain reaction that result in free radicals which damage skin cells. Vitamin E in Argan oil is primary antioxidant which helps skin in reducing acne inflammation and balances the skin moisture levels by controlling sebum production.

2. A Great Skin Moisturizer

Dry skin is the main cause of most skin diseases like itching, eczema and psoriasis. Essence of argan oil is a great skin moisturizer. Absence of cholesterol makes argan oil more effective than other natural moisturizers like olive oil and shea butter.

Wash the affected part with water and pat dry with smooth towel. Massage in circles with few drops of argan oil. For best result repeat it regularly.

3. Anti-aging property

Lack of hydrate makes skin lose its natural elasticity forming wrinkles; aging is the main cause of wrinkles. Applying argan oil topically helps rehydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

4. Controls Sebum

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Acne causes when sebaceous glands releases excess sebum (oil), this oil along with dead skin cells gets clogged at pores blocking oxygen. Topical application of sebum as mentioned above helps to moisturize and control sebum level throughout the skin.

5. Reduce Stretch marks

Argan oil along with maintaining pH level helps to fight free radical that causes blocking of pores. Pregnant women can use argan oil to reduce their stretch marks.

6. Treating Acne with argan oil

Acne is not a single skin disease condition. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and cysts all fall under acne. Main causes of acne are:

  • Dead skin cells.
  • Excess sebum production which blocks skin pore not allowing oxygen.
  • And bacteria grow rapidly due to lack of oxygen.

Applying argan oil on pimples or acne flare-ups, balance sebum level on the skin and terminate chain reaction that causes free radicals.

Acne, which spoil your appearance act as a spoilsport even after treating by leaving scars on your face. Studies prove that daily application of argan oil make acne scars disappear.

Also read about 14 natural remedies to get rid of white patches

7. Essence of Argan oil for Eczema and Psoriasis

Dry skin is main triggers behind these chronic skin diseases (though main cause is still unknown). Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes sliver patches on skin, applying argan oil helps retain skin moisturizer and reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Likewise, eczema triggers with dry and unhealthy skin, antiseptic property in organic argan oil reduces itching and regain moisture.

8. Boost Immune System

Argan oil is made of 80% of fatty acid this makes it more resistant to oxidation. Oleic acid is effective in lowering cholesterol improves circulation and boost immune system.

Did you ever use argan oil to treat acne or any other skin disease? Please share in comments.

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5 Effective Home Remedies for Forehead Acne

Forehead acne is common and most people have them at their adolescence age. People with pimples on forehead feel miserable, as it ruins appearance and come with pus. There are many pricey products to reduce these red bumps on your face and forehead, which takes time and sometimes can have side effects. Or you can try simple home remedies to treat acne on forehead.

Natural medicine kills bacteria, reduces inflammation and improves resilience of the skin.

Before spilling out those effective natural remedies let us write few words on causes of forehead acne.

Causes or triggers may differ from person to person but at the end common thing is they block skin pores. More oil (sebum) is produced by sebaceous gland which gets clogged at pores along with dead skin cells. Natural bacteria in our body need no oxygen and when pores gets clogged with oil these bacteria starts infecting resulting in inflammation and pus.

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So it’s best to prevent excess oil pumping through home remedies, in breakout cases where pimples or acne marks flare up, these below mentioned natural remedies will help to wipe out those red bumps.

Natural Home Remedies for Forehead Pimples or Acne

Though there are bunch of natural medicines to treat forehead acne we short list 5 effective remedies. First remedy is to exfoliate and cleanse skin either with home made scrubs or through products.

1. Raw Honey

Bees while making honey adds an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide, this makes honey antibacterial. Honey is been used as a natural remedy to treat various diseases from ancient times. Next time you see a honey bottle drop it your cart.

Honey can be used both externally and internally (by consuming it).

  • Apply honey on affected area using a cotton ball.
  • Wash it after half-an-hour with lukewarm water.

Cinnamon and honey mixture works great to slow down swelling of pimples.

2. Peppermint

This powerful herb is filled with manganese, copper and vitamin C. Oil extracted from peppermint helps to stop bacterial growth. This essential oil can be used in beverages, foods, cosmetic products and for treating skin diseases.

  • Get few peppermint leaves and crush to attract its juice.
  • After applying it on affected part, leave it for about 10 minutes and wash it with cold water.

You can get peppermint essential oil instead.

Related post: Diet for dry skin

3. Cucumber

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Cucumber which belongs to melons family has a bunch of health benefits. 95% of cucumber consists of water which helps body to hydrate and eliminate toxins. It has rich amount of vitamin K, vitamin C, biotin and vitamin B.

  • Grind cucumber to make a face mask, apply it on face and rinse it off after 20 minutes with cold water.
  • Else, soak sliced pieces of cucumber in water for about an hour and then drink that water or use it to wash your face. (Nutrients and vitamins in cucumber get transferred to water)
  • You can also eat it a sliced cucumber.

4. Papaya

Papayas are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, copper, vitamin C vitamin B, potassium and magnesium. This antioxidant helps to reduce inflammation and redness of pimples.

  • Crush few pieces of papaya to extract its juice.
  • Now apply it on your flare-ups and rinse it off after few minutes.

5. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

ACV is a type of vinegar which can be used topically (on top of skin) to prevent various skin infections. Many doctors use ACV as antiseptic for infections. It’s also used in foods.

  • You can take it orally or apply few drops of apple cider vinegar on affected part.
  • Within few weeks you can see the change.

Related: Apple cider vinegar to remove mole

Few more natural remedies include tea tree oil, boswallia, witch hazel, lemon oil, mandarin oil, lavender oil, coconut oil for acne and aloe vera.

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