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Are you using a salicylic acid cleanser or a lotion or gel? Salicylic acid cleansers are not good. It needs to stay on your skin to really be effective and it can be more irritating when used as a cleanser. I suggest you buy some Panoxyl 5% bar and Neutrogena acne defense lotion. The lotion has salicylic acid in it and the Panoxyl has benzoyl peroxide. You have to order the Panoxyl 5% from a drug store pharmacy to get, because of its limited availability.
joey_brezinski, how do you know all of those products don't work for some people? I have met plenty of people who used some of those brands that did not work for me, but seemed to work for some of them. Sure, most of those products don't work for most people, but you can't speak for everybody. What do you mean by salicylic acid does whatever it wants? If you use salicylic acid by itself chances are it wont work, but if you add benzoyl peroxide in your regimen chances are it just may work. The same goes for benzoyl peroxide in most people. This is because benzoyl peroxide just targets some oil, and bacteria, but not those sticky dead skin cells, and the salicylic acid targets dead skin cells and is anti-inflammatory. So using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide targets all of the symptoms of acne. However, you should use a moisturizer that has salicylic acid in it, so you wont dry your skin too much. If you have dry skin I suggest you don't use both, if you have normal or oily skin you should try it. My advice is to never use salicylic acid cleansers. I can't speak for everyone, but most people find the cleanser to be irritating and non effective. Salicylic acid needs to stay on the skin longer to loosen up those sticky dead skin cells, so use a lotion or gel.
[QUOTE=Healthy.J]Are you using a salicylic acid cleanser or a lotion or gel? Salicylic acid cleansers are not good. It needs to stay on your skin to really be effective and it can be more irritating when used as a cleanser. I suggest you buy some Panoxyl 5% bar and Neutrogena acne defense lotion. The lotion has salicylic acid in it and the Panoxyl has benzoyl peroxide. You have to order the Panoxyl 5% from a drug store pharmacy to get, because of its limited availability.[/QUOTE]

Thanks everyone for your replies. I have been using the panoxy bar w/ 10% benzoyl peroxide as a cleanser for a long time (Panoxyl works really good) and the Neutrogena acne defense lotion (2% salycic acid in it) and wear the lotion all day. The first week I wore the lotion, I started breaking out with little zits really bad, but it has since stopped and the pimples are slowly going away. One of the posters was probably right, all that gunk probably did have to come up to the surface!





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