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Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid Or Tea Tree Oil

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Bp just completely stopped working for me. I went to the grocery store and realized Ive tried everything on the shelves. Im using salylic acid right now just to feel like Im trying. Where do you buy tea tree oil? Ive never tried it, nor have i seen it being sold in anything but a shampoo lol.

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Bp just completely stopped working for me. I went to the grocery store and realized Ive tried everything on the shelves. Im using salylic acid right now just to feel like Im trying. Where do you buy tea tree oil? Ive never tried it, nor have i seen it being sold in anything but a shampoo lol.

You can find it at The Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. Although I found that buying from there you got very little product for your money. I bought mine from Amazon.


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I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html

Very interesting! Is alcohol the only way to dissolve the salicylic acid?

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Well, you can supposedly dissolve it with water, but it's never worked for me. Alcohol is really the only I've been able to dissolve it. I was hesitant to use alcohol on my face, but I did it anyway, and it's been nothing but awesomeness... If you follow the recipe I gave on my post, you'll be all right. It never caused any dryness or anything. Please try it! Honestly, I've been trying for YEARS to cure this ridiculous acne, and I finally found a way. It takes a long time (it took four months for me, but my face was severely clogged... like, EVERY pore), but it's totally worth it.

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Well, you can supposedly dissolve it with water, but it's never worked for me. Alcohol is really the only I've been able to dissolve it. I was hesitant to use alcohol on my face, but I did it anyway, and it's been nothing but awesomeness... If you follow the recipe I gave on my post, you'll be all right. It never caused any dryness or anything. Please try it! Honestly, I've been trying for YEARS to cure this ridiculous acne, and I finally found a way. It takes a long time (it took four months for me, but my face was severely clogged... like, EVERY pore), but it's totally worth it.

I really enjoyed your blog! It's so full of useful tips and links!

The alcohol really does scare me, but I love the idea of a pure salicylic mixture. Right now I am using an aspirin paste that is standing in for a cleanser/soap once a day.

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I've heard about the aspirin mask, but it's not the same as cosmetic grade salicylic acid. How do you feel like the aspirin paste is working?

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Salicylic acid (BHA) cleared my clogged pores, small bumps, and helps with oiliness. The big red bumps I use BP.

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I've heard about the aspirin mask, but it's not the same as cosmetic grade salicylic acid. How do you feel like the aspirin paste is working?

It seems to work fine, but I can only use it once or twice a week or my skin gets too irritated.

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ive use neutragena (salicic acid) and it worked ok but not how i had hoped.im now trying xout (benzoyl peroxide) and it has broken me out. so now im looking for different home remedies that might work better. im gonna try tea tree oil to see how it works.

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I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html

What kind of closed comedones did you treat with this formula? Were they bumps, whiteheads? I am never sure what people mean when they refer to closed comedones. Thanks!

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I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html

What kind of closed comedones did you treat with this formula? Were they bumps, whiteheads? I am never sure what people mean when they refer to closed comedones. Thanks!

My closed comedones were bumps just under the skin. Some people call them whiteheads, but to me whiteheads are closer to the surface than mine were. Some of the bumps developed into cysts that just took FOREVER to go away, and were painful and red. These bumps were all over my face. I swear EVERY SINGLE PORE was clogged. It made me crazy. And it's really hard to treat because since the pore is clogged, no medicine can get down into it. Scientists are saying that it has a lot to do with a linoleic acid deficiency in some people's sebum, which causes oleic acid content to increase. Oleic acid does basically the same thing as linoleic, but it's thicker and dryer than linoleic acid. This makes it more liable to clog the pores.

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Honestly none of them. Treat from within if you want to stay clear in the long run. They can all be aggravating and have a lot of mixed responses.

All you need is a gentle cleanser once a day. Being gentle you will not need to moisturise.

Avoid DAIRY, SUGAR, REFINED CARBS and TOO MUCH CAFFEINE.


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Is there any essential oils that help with small bumps or closed comedones? I do have a natural SA %2 from Alba. I might apply it on my problem area again, I never had any issue with it. What I get is probably different.. they usually get inflamed with white head. Not sure if that's considered a closed comedones. I will still apply SA and see what happens.


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Exercising: cardio is great for skin and lifting a bit.

Thinking positive and try not to stress or think about acne.

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I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html

I've ordered the ingredients for your toner and want to try it on a particularly bothersome closed comedone as a test. About how long do you think it will take to see results if I apply it twice a day? Thanks.

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I have had closed comedone acne for over 20 years and I cured it FINALLY with salicylic acid and hemp oil. I blog about it because I know how damaging to the self esteem this can be, and how difficult it is to treat! Please check it out. I am NOT selling anything.

http://practicalbohe...cylic-acid.html

I've ordered the ingredients for your toner and want to try it on a particularly bothersome closed comedone as a test. About how long do you think it will take to see results if I apply it twice a day? Thanks.

Ginger, I think it would take a week or two. I'm not really sure, as I've never tried it on just one comedone before! Let me know how it works, will you?

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I know it sounds ridiculous that I am treating one comedone! I am in my 50s and am mainly on this site to find answers to treat my teenage son's acne. My acne has cleared for the most part but I still have lingering issues like large pores, scarring, and occasional break outs and I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve my skin with natural products. But I have this one bump (which I recently learned is a closed comedone) above the corner of my mouth that is really annoying me so I would like to get rid of it once and for all! I'll keep you posted...

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ginger, did it work on that closed comedome?

It does seem to be less noticable, but I am still working on it. So far I have only used a 1% SA homemade acid instead of Miritextiles 3-4% and I only apply it once a day, so I expect my results to be a lot slower than hers. But I do plan to increase the SA percentage now that I know my skin can tolerate the it. I have been using the Hemp Oil and apply a little each day to my enitre face. I also use a green tea toner on my face. So I am not following her instructions exactly, but I do see a slow and steady improvement.

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ginger, did it work on that closed comedome?

It does seem to be less noticable, but I am still working on it. So far I have only used a 1% SA homemade acid instead of Miritextiles 3-4% and I only apply it once a day, so I expects my results to be a lot slower than hers. But I do plan to increase the SA percentage now that I know my skin can tolerate the it. I have been using the Hemp Oil and apply a little each day to my enitre face. I also use a green tea toner on my face. So I am not following her instructions exactly, but I do see a slow and steady improvement.

I moved up to a 2% salicylic acid and have added Witch Hazel with 14% alcohol to my daily routine and I can keep it at bay. But I am beginning to think these larger than normal closed comedones are never going to completely go away and it will be constant maintenance to keep it reduced.

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My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide: Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well. 2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria. Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products. I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.

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My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide: Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well. 2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria. Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products. I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products. In my personal experience, it does nothing. While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner: Benzoyl peroxide. It's not even a contest honestly. Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.

Pretty sure it's legal to sell up to 20% salicylic acid peels over the counter.

Otherwise Skin Laboratories, Makeup Artists' Choice, Perfect Image, and Diana Yvonne would have all been shut down a LONG time ago. Perfect Image actually got a FDA recall just a few months ago on their hair loss product because it contained too high minoxidil, so they were just investigated and didn't have to stop selling their at-home peels.

For some of us, higher strength salicylic acid makes a difference in clogged pores that benzoyl peroxide does not.

http://www.ncbi.nlm..../pubmed/1535287

Most cases of acne vulgaris are either mild or moderate in severity and well-suited for treatment with nonprescription agents that are safe, effective, and convenient to use. A review of four clinical studies and a comedolytic assay attests to the efficacy and safety of 0.5% and 2% solutions of salicylic acid for the treatment of acne vulgaris. In three placebo-controlled studies and a comedolytic assay, salicylic acid pads reduced the number of primary lesions and thereby the number and severity of all lesions associated with acne. Comparative studies of salicylic acid have shown it to be superior to benzoyl peroxide in reducing the total number of acne lesions. Adverse reactions to salicylic acid are generally limited to mild, local irritation occurring in a minority of patients.

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/19250161

Eighty subjects with mild to moderate facial acne were randomized to receive either the LHA formulation twice a day or benzoyl peroxide once a day for 12 weeks. Efficacy and tolerance were evaluated at days 0, 28, 56 and 87. Results LHA formulation and benzoyl peroxide decreased the number of inflammatory lesions from baseline to week 12 by 44% and 47% and noninflammatory lesions by 19% and 23%, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the two treatments (P = 0.748; P = 0.445).

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/14708455

A 12-week double-blind randomized study was performed to compare benzoyl peroxide 5% (BP) gel and chloroxylenol 0.5% plus salicylic acid 2% (PCMX + SA) cream (Nisal cream) for efficacy and adverse reactions. Thirty-seven volunteers participated in the study, 19 in the BP group and 18 in the PCMX + SA group. The patients applied the medication twice daily to the entire face. Clinical evaluation and lesion counts were obtained at 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks. At week 12 both groups showed a marked improvement in both inflammatory and noninflammatory lesions (60% and 54% for the BP group and 62% and 56% for and 56% for the PCMX + SA group, respectively). Although PCMX + SA showed a slightly stronger keratolytic effect throughout the study period, there was no statistically significant difference in the reduction of the papulopustules or comedones between the two groups. Adverse effects such as erythema and photosensitivity were significantly fewer in the PCMX + SA group at week 12 (p = 0.0002 and p = 0.05, respectively). These results suggest that PCMX + SA cream is as effective as BP gel in the treatment of papulopustular and comedonal acne and that it is better tolerated.

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/16778460

after 3 h, bp was significantly more effective in disrupting sc cohesion than sa and ra, indicating bp is a moderate keratolytic agent in addition to its antimicrobial properties. After 6 h, all three agents were similarly effective in keratolysis. Barrier disruption, as measured by TEWL, paralleled depth of SC removal. SA tended to exhibit the greatest keratolytic efficacy superficially, hence its clinical effectiveness in superficial conditions such as comedonal acne, whereas BP was more effective at deeper levels, complimenting its antimicrobial effects and enabling it to treat deeper, more inflammatory lesions. None of the agents significantly affected skin erythema. These techniques provide a robust and rapid assay for in vivo keratolytic demonstration.

I think it's a stretch to say that salicylic acid "does not work."

I actually personally agree most with the study that stated benzoyl peroxide is better for inflammatory lesions, and salicylic acid is way better for comedones.

Certainly drugstore salicylic acid is ineffective. It's pH is usually too high and it has too many filler ingredients to penetrate into the skin. If you get a quality product at a 2.0 pH or lower that is almost purely salicylic acid, there is a HUGE difference in efficacy.

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BP is the strongest of the three for certain. It is effective in those not sensitive to it and if used properly. However, I don't believe BP should be used morning and night. SA is a great day treatment. I agree that SA is not a stand alone treatment for moderate to severe acne, but used in conjunction with another nighttime treatment for active active, it is effective. My son currently gets mild acne around his nose. I recently started him on the 0.5% SA, and this does seem to be keeping them at bay. Formulation is key.


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