How Salicylic Acid & Benzoyl Peroxide Work – Acne.com Expert Advice

How Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide work


When it comes to fighting acne, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide make a great team. As Dr. Sonia Batra explains, benzoyl peroxide is both a powerful anti-bacterial agent and exofliator. However, the oil in pores is a stubborn obstacle when it comes to deploying benzoyl peroxide deep within the skin. That’s where salicylic acid, also an exofliating agent, lends a hand. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that can push through oil, allowing the benzoyl peroxide to operate inside the pore. This is crucial for killing the P. acnes bacteria, which thrives below the skin’s surface.

The Proactiv+ 3-Step System utilizes both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide for a synergistic approach to clearing pimples and blemishes from your face and body. Delivering oxygen and bacteria-fighting ingredients to acne trouble spots is the first step to a clear, youthful complexion. The chemistry may seem complicated, but the results speak for themselves.