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here is some info i found about bp and salicylic i thought you all might find interesting:

FACT: BP penetrates deeply into the pores and kills acne-causing bacteria, stopping the acne process before it starts.
FACT: Salicylic acid, while a highly effective surface exfoliator does not penetrate into the pores, nor does it kill bacteria
FACT: BP has a unique dual mechanism that works as follows: once it penetrates the pores it releases oxygen which in turn kills bacteria. It's deep exfoliating propeties then flush out the pore impactions, leaving the skin acne free
FACT: As a surface exfoliator, salicylic acid is sufficient for loosening superficial impactions such as blackheads, however it does not treat acne at it's source in the dermal layer.
FACT: Two often overlooked but important benefits of bp: by arresting bacterial growth, inflammation is minimized, and as a result, so too is acne scarring. In addition, the cleansing properties of bp give pores the appearance of being smaller
FACT: Everything in moderation....BP is a powerful oxidant and overuse over extended periods of time can prematruely age skin by accelerating free radical activity. As such, it is important not to overdo! The good news: a thin film of either 5% or 10% bp gel based product applied over the generalized area of breakout-not over just a specific pimple-and left on the skin for only 20-30 minutes a day, will work wonders, without detrimental aging effects.
FACT: Treating the whole affected area of the face, not just a specific blemish, is important because it is the presence of bacteria spread througout a large area at the dermal level that causes breakout. To effectively stave off future breakouts, it is essential to kill all the acne causing bacteria present. When visible breakout subsides try using a 2.5% concentration in a cleanser to maintain results
FACT: REGUARDING THE BAD RAP BP HAS ACQUIRED RECENTLY AS UNNECCESSARILY HARSH: DETRACTORS LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT IT CAUSES DRYNESS, PEELING AND OFTEN IRRITATION. BUT PEELING IS SIMPLY EXFOLIATED SKIN, AND THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT WITHOUT EXFOLIATION, ACNE WILL NOT IMPROVE.

It bears pointing out that, if used properly, the amout of exfolation caused by bp can be controlled and that redness and irritation are often a function of overzealous application. Many of us mistakenly, believe that, if a little is good, a lot is better and we apply our skin treatments accordingly, enthusiastically globing on thick layers of zit medicine where we see any sign of breakout. Once again, with bp a little goes a very long way and restraint is key to achieving effective and attractive results.





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