Now that you understand the primary types of acne and the causes of acne, let’s talk about how treatments like PanOxyl® can help you break the acne cycle...Read More The first thing to remember is that not all acne remedies are the same. Some are designed to just treat blackheads without actually treating the underlying cause of your acne. Others require a prescription. If you have mild to moderate acne, the good news is you can usually treat it with over-the-counter (non-prescription) products like PanOxyl®. Let’s take a closer look.
BENZOYL PEROXIDE VS. SALICYLIC ACID
When shopping for an over-the-counter acne treatment, you’ll notice that most contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in PanOxyl®). Both treat acne, but they work very differently. Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin to help... Read More unblock pores, but it doesn’t kill the P. acnes bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide, however, helps break the acne cycle, clearing existing breakouts now and helping to stop emerging pimples before they form. It also acts as a mild skin exfoliant to help unblock pores. Benzoyl peroxide is the ingredient that makes PanOxyl® so effective..
ABOUT BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient in PanOxyl®, is the #1 over-the-counter acne ingredient recommended by dermatologists. Here’s why:
- IT WORKS THREE WAYS 1. Benzoyl peroxide helps to reduce inflammation. 2. It works as a skin-peeling agent to unclog your pores. 3. It helps prevent new blemishes from forming.
- IT HELPS BREAK THE ACNE CYCLE Unlike salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide helps break the acne cycle, clearing existing breakouts now and helping to stop emerging pimples before they form.... Read More It works for both mild and moderate cases of inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne.
- IT GIVES YOU OPTIONS Benzoyl peroxide is available in several strengths and forms like, PanOxyl® 10% Acne Foaming Wash and PanOxyl® 4% Acne Creamy Wash, which is used for sensitive skin and mild to medium acne. Since benzoyl peroxide has...Read More a mild drying and peeling effect, especially in the first few weeks, you may want to start with a lower percentage and see if that works before ramping up to 10%. But like anything, try it out and see what works best for you.
ABOUT SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic acid is the other acne-fighting ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter products. Salicylic acid works on mild inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne by helping to correct abnormal shedding of cells...Read More, which may help prevent clogging. It also acts as a peeling agent to help break down blackheads and whiteheads and unblock pores. Salicylic acid does not kill the bacteria (P. acnes) that cause acne. Salicylic acid is found in acne washes and leave-on treatments, with concentrations of up to 2%. PanOxyl® does not contain salicylic acid.