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Switching From 10% To 2.5% Benzoyl Peroixde

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Hey everyone.

I've been using 'Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser (10%)' for about 8 months now maybe? Anyway I've been using it on my face twice daily and it has done wonders. But, since everyone is saying 2.5% is just as effective as 10% while causing less dryness and irritation, I am considering changing to it and start to using it 2 times a day instead. Will my skin be affected at all by this? 10% gives me no side effects whatsoever, except from maybe a slightly oily nose even after moisturizing, but I was wondering since my skin is so accustomed to 10%, will 2.5% somehow be less effective?

Also, I would be buying the BP instead of Clean & Clear which says that it continues to stay and fight bacteria in the pores, long after washing. Does all BP do this or could it be a patented feature of the brand i'm using?

Loads of questions I know :S

Thanks guys!

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If it's not broken, don't fix it.

People say not to use above 2.5% in order to avoid side effects; if you're not getting any side effects then you have no need to change it as far as I'm concerned

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Morning Routine:

- Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

- Hyaluronic Acid Serum (homemade)

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (on acne prone areas)

- Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream (10% Glycolic Acid)

- SK:N Sunscreen SPF 30

- W7 Camera Ready Primer

Evening Routine:

- Lush Ultrabland + Washcloth

- Soap & Glory ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser + Washcloth

- Boots Time Delay AHA Toner

- Differin 0.1% cream

- Hazelnut oil with rosemary + clary sage (stops oil production)

- Vitamin C Serum (also homemade) OR

- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

Once/Twice a week:

- Green Clay Mask (+ salicylic acid)

- Exfoliate with No7 skin cleansing brush

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as long as you're happy with your current situation, don't switch. For most people, 10% BP can only be viably used as a spot treatment as best while 2.5 produces amazing results for their other needs. That said, if 10% BP is working for you, just stick with what works.

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