Understanding Acne Correctives

BENZOYL PEROXIDE, also known as BPO, BP Gel, and Acne Med is found in cleansers, scrubs and serums.

Benzoyl Peroxide is a bleaching and peeling agent but also increases cell turnover, reduces bacterial count, reduces inflammation and pain associated with acne lesions, eliminates oils, and works as an antimicrobial.  As a result, it clears up existing acne and prevents future breakouts.

Benzoyl Peroxide is our first line of defense against moderate to severe acne, but it is a strong corrective and we recommend you use it under our guidance.  Over-use may cause sensitivity and irritation, and continual use may cause free radicals that cause extra wear and tear on the skin.  When you work with us, we will help you use this product to attain clear skin and then help you to transition to other products to help you stay clear without prolonged use of Benzoyl Peroxide.

MANDELIC ACID is found in cleansers, scrubs, toners and serums.

Mandelic Acid is a natural exfoliant originally derived from almonds.  It works to treat a variety of skin conditions including photo-aging, acne, rosacea, and uneven skin tone.  It is extremely beneficial for lightening acne scarring and preventing future break outs.

Mandelic Acid is antibacterial and antifungal. It is our first choice for follicular acne which usually occurs on the forehead and jaw line.

Mandelic acid is completely safe for long term use and is offered in many different forms and strengths.  It provides mild exfoliation and provides antiseptic and antibacterial support.  It also reduces inflammation and redness.

If you are currently using a Benzoyl Peroxide treatment at night, try using a good mandelic serum like Face Reality Mandelic 8% Serum in the morning for added support.  Mandelic serums may also be used alone or mixed with an acne safe moisturizer or sunscreen.

GLYCOLIC ACID is found in cleansers, scrubs, toners and serums.

Glycolic is in the same family (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) as Mandelic Acid and removes dead skin cells through exfoliation.  Glycolic Acid is most beneficial to those who suffer from blackheads and large pores.  Those with more cystic inflamed acne tend to do better with Mandelic Acid or Salicylic Acid.  

SALICYLIC ACID is found in cleansers, scrubs, toners and serums.

Salicylic Acid is a superb exfoliant as well as an analgesic and pain reliever.  Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid known for aiding cellular turnover, neutralizing the bacteria and reducing redness.  Salicylic acid is often paired with other acids in toners, cleansers, and spot treatments for best results.  Salicylic acid is not usually recommended for blackhead prone skin.  It tends to dry the blackhead into the skin, unless it is combined with retinol.

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