Diffrence between Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid vs Retin A

Diffrence between Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid vs Retin A

Hey there! It’s Christy from Go See
Christy Beauty Boutique and for those of you don’t know who I am, I’m a licensed
Esthetician who has a storefront and have been treating clients with Acne for
over ten years. And so today we’re going to talk about the differences between
Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, and Retinoids for Acne. So if you’ve been
feeling overwhelmed, confused, frustrated in the differences between the products,
then we’re going to go ahead and get started now. This video is to not treat,
diagnose, or give medical advice. This video is simply for educational and
instructional purposes only so that you can make a more informed decision on
your skin care products. So if you’ve been following us now, we’ve been doing
an entire playlist on oily skin and how to control Acne breakouts.
Such as the BEST cleansers for oily skin and Acne, eight products and tips to help
control oily skin and Acne, and the 10 daily habits that you may be doing that
may be causing your Acne breakouts. So if you haven’t subscribed already, please go
ahead and hit the SUBSCRIBE button and the notification bell. I’m waiting! Okay, let’s get back to our series. So
today we are talking about the three most common ingredients in Acne-fighting
products and they are: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, and Retinoids. We’re going
to talk about the differences between all three, the commonalities, and what may
be best for your Acne breakouts. I will be including links on some of the
products that contain some or one of these ingredients in the description
below, so if you’re interested you can take a look at them. They are by no means
an exhaustive list, however some of these I have actually used in the treatment
room and they have given favorable results. So whether they’re, I’m using
them currently or I have used in the past, I’ll go ahead and put the links
below. Okay so first before we begin, I do want
to say that every skin type is unique, therefore each of these ingredients may
respond differently to every type of skin. So the only way to know which
products work best with your skin type, which protocol works best with your skin
type, and what gives the most favorable results is through trial and error. Okay
so the first ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide. It is not only used as an
ingredient to help fight Acne but it’s also used for hair lightening, teeth
whitening, and even in foods to lighten foods such as flour, baking flour,
cereals, and even cheeses. Benzoyl Peroxide is in the Peroxide family. It
also produces Benzoic Acid and Oxygen. Now the reason why I’m telling you this
is because Benzoyl Peroxide introduces Oxygen, and the Acne-causing bacteria
works in “anaerobic conditions”, which means “without Oxygen”.
So when Benzoyl Peroxide introduces Oxygen to the surrounding area it
creates an inhospitable environment the Acne-causing bacteria. It also
reduces the amount of oil that the Acne bacteria feeds off of, it actually feeds
off of the fatty acids in the sebum. Now the side effects of Benzoyl, Benzoyl
Peroxide can be anything from slightly annoying to all the way up to severe. So
for example: It can bleach anything that it comes into contact with, because it’s
from the Peroxide family. So it can obviously bleach your hair, bleach your
sheets, your towels, anything that it comes into contact with. And because it
reduces the amount of oil your skin produces, it can also cause excessive
dryness, flakiness, itchiness, as well to the more severe, for some people who have
sensitive skin, it can cause rashes, crustiness, and even swelling. So
therefore it’s not recommended for sensitive skin types, including skin
conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea. So, it is best for sensi–, most
sensitive skin types to avoid this ingredient. It is best for red papules
and red pustules, so if your Acne is mostly red and it has some pus, or it’s,
some of them are kind of cystic, then Benzoyl Peroxide works well with that. So
it is more drying than Salicylic Acid, and so then our next one we’re going to
go into is Salicylic Acid. And this is derived from the bark of the Willow tree
as well as an extractant from the Wintergreen leaves. So whereas the
Benzoyl Peroxide reduces the amount of bacteria that is on the skin that causes
Acne. Salicylic Acid is a Beta- Hydroxy Acid and so what that does is it
actually increases skin cell turnover rate. Now there are some anti-fungal
properties, antibacterial properties, and also “keratolytic”, meaning it “breaks down
skin cells”. so what that does is it breaks, basically breaks down the skin
cells so that if you have congestion or whiteheads or blackheads it reduces that
because it sloughs down the clogged pores and allows the oil to come up onto
the surface. Now people who are allergic to Aspirin may not be able to tolerate
this, and it’s not everyone, because sometimes your body processes it
differently. So some people who are allergic to Aspirin, you know they’re
ingesting it, but if they apply it they’re okay, and other people can’t do
both. So you have to be careful with Salicylic Acid. So unlike, again, the
Benzoyl Peroxide, the Salicylic Acid is better for people who have more
congestion or more whiteheads and blackheads, and if you have both, then you
can do a combination of both Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. And because
it increases skin cell turnover rate, it does make your skin photosensitive. So it
is important to use sunscreen. Now some of the downsides of using Salicylic Acid
is, again, like Benzoyl Peroxide, it can, for some skin types, increase redness,
itchiness, flakiness, some stinging, and dryness. So what I found in most of my
clients who had Acne grades one and two with predominantly more congestion or
clogging of the pores, they responded better with acid products including
Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid. Now as I said before, you can
experience dryness, flakiness, and itchiness both, both with the ingredients
and so with my clients, they have responded best because they have to
hydrate their skin, because if you’re not hydrating your skin then your skin can
produce more oil, and then if you produce more oil, then the Acne-causing bacteria
feeds off that. So what you can do to counteract that is you can use a
water-based gel serum for hydration and, for some clients, they can use a
lightweight moisturizer. And I say the difference between the two is because
some of my clients, if they used a lightweight moisturizer, they started
breaking out again and others could use the lightweight moisturizer
and basically still have great-looking skin. So again, the only way to find out
is through trial and error and to try it out. And finally we’re going to talk about
Retin-A or Retinol. So I will tell you the differences between the two. So first
of all, Retin-A is stronger, must be prescribed by a Dermatologist, it is
Vitamin A, and it’s also known as Tretinoin. So the other one is Retinol and
that is a derivative of Vitamin A, and so it is not as strong as the Retin-A, and
you can find this in most over-the-counter products in different
percentages, so you don’t need a Doctor’s prescription. And Retinol takes a little
bit longer to work because it’s not as strong. Now you do have to be careful
because with both products, some of my clients have found that they’ve actually
INCREASED their breakouts even more in addition to the redness, peeling, and
flakiness. So again, you have to find out what works best for you. Both of them
work, they speed up the skin cell turnover rate to reduce the amount of
clogged pores that you have, and not only is it prescribed, or, you know, you can use
it for Acne, but you can also use this in addition to that for age spots, fine
lines and wrinkles, and areas of hyperpigmentation. Okay so, in addition to
that, just like the other two, it may not be suitable for people who have
sensitive skin, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, and in addition is, may not be
recommended for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. If you’re going to
use Retinoids for Acne, they also come in a whole array of different names such as:
Differin, Adapalene, Renova, there’s another one that’s called Epi-Duo, which
is a combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide. So and there’s, there’s
a whole lot more of those and so just know that they all come in, they can come
in different names. So what my clients have generally found is that if you have
extremely oily skin or very tolerant skin, you can respond very well to Retinoids
for your Acne. And if you continue to use these products, make sure that you AVOID
any other additional exfoliating products and any waxing services on your
face or anywhere else that you are using these Retinoids. If you find that your
skin is red, very sensitive, some swelling and inflammation,
it is best during that time to use more hydrating, calming, anti-inflammatory
products to help you go through that adjustment period. So once again, I hope
that this video helped explain some of the differences, some of the benefits, and
some of the disadvantages of using these ingredients for, to control oily skin and
Acne. And if you liked this video, please SUBSCRIBE to the channel, we’ll be having
a lot more information coming and we’ll be doing several product reviews, so
again, you can make a more informed decision on these products. Thank you for


  • Go See Christy says:

    If you are currently struggling with acne break outs or have had acne break outs, which ingredient worked best with your skin? Which ones did not seem to work with your skin? I will put links in the descriptions on which products seemed to work with well with my acne clients.

  • Adriana Girdler says:

    This is so informative. I didn't know the benefits of each of these ingredients. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, cheers!

  • mzellenicole01 says:

    Can you talk about Tazorotene?

  • Beer and Marketing says:

    Thanks for the info. You laid it out very clearly.

  • James Schultz, Ph.D. says:

    It’s amazing how trial and error is the only way forward with so many different things. Your skin included!

  • Professor Heather Austin says:

    Thanks for sharing the difference between benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retin A. I had acne bad when I was younger. It's so great to learn about this.

  • Togi Lee says:

    Thank you for the great informative videos!

  • Heather Gerhardt says:

    I have occasional acne and I am 43!!! I think it is mostly from moving to a new climate. It is slowly getting better. Thanks for sharing.

  • AliNowak says:

    Did not know about these helpful products. Very informative. I will have to try these.

  • Aviation Exploration says:

    Mam That's very informative video Helps Alot!..Just want to Know that is if you have excessive oil skin With Grade 4 acne with acne scars what will best suits you?

  • Marcel Cung says:

    I went from benzoyl to tretinoin. I started using both together, but after a few days I’ve noticed my face would be really sensitive. I tried using a different face wash, and it would cause my face to “peel” where I’d find a lot of skin coming off. Initially my face would burn a lot, but now it burns a bit less (but still burns). My face would be incredibly dry now as well. Is there anything I should do?

  • Romie Aman Pahwa says:

    I am South Asian/I have brown skin. My nose can supply oil even if there is no oil left anywhere else on the planet. It produces that much. Problem, I have, is that I have an acne spot(with pus) on my nose and I think, it is because of the oil/sebum.It has been nearly four weeks now and this is the first time I used 10% Benzoyl Peroxide + Drink a lot of water + Spray100% pure Rose water all over my face. But all in vein; there is absolutely no change that I see. Now, I think I should try Salicylic acid; also because I have heard that because of the pH level of the brown skin people, the use of benzoyl Peroxide leaves red spots once it clears out(if it clears out) the acne. I has similar sized pimple on my cheek and used the same(10% b p), n now I have red sopt there. Please advise and also what % of Salicylic acid I should use. Thank you.

  • Lex Ferrante says:

    I find it so interesting how some people's skin react better to different products. I don't really have breakouts anymore except when I'm pregnant! When I did struggle with acne, benzoyl worked a lot better for me. And I agree, moisturizing is so counter-intuitive, but absolutely critical 🙂

  • Isabella Rivera says:

    I’ve had under the skin pimples in between my eyebrows for about 2 years now. They’re completely flat and don’t hurt to touch, but they look like pimples. They only become pimples when I touch that area but I don’t know how to get rid of it. I also have these tiny red veins around my nostrils for also almost 2 years now. If anyone knows who how to get rid of these plz lemme know.

  • Isabella Rivera says:

    Also what is your opinion on witch hazel? I put it around the broken capillaries on my nose. Does that cause inflammation?

  • Liljana Gjyshja says:

    Hi Christy! I am a 15 year old girl, and I'm having a lot of acne breakouts, especially on my cheeks, I do not touch them pop or squeeze them. I only use a tea tree oil based soap to clean my face. I don't know what type of acne I have sometimes they are just pimples (with white stuff on them) and sometimes they are pimples under my skin that hurt a lot! Until they come out and again form (sorry that I can't explain) a white thing again. Idk what to do anymore, do you have any advices? I also i do not use make up

  • Leanne Weaver says:

    Thanks for sharing this! So true that trial and error is the way to go, since everyone will respond differently.

  • Kylie Carlson says:

    I was lucky enough not to have acne growing up but my brother did and it was always a struggle for him. Great video!

  • Kelly Roach says:

    Amazing video – thank you for the info and the links to the ingredients.

  • Victoria Nicole says:

    I have ezcema and I didn't know that I had to stay away from Benzoyl Peroxide which makes so much sense now

  • Deep Shona says:

    Hay dear,
    I want suggestion for u.. my age is 30 n I have oily n acne prone skin n now I had bad pimples on my face so m using ratino-a every night n himalaya clarina face wash it has Salicylic Acid.. so my question is ratino n salicylic acid face wash does harm my skin…

  • Robinah Biira says:

    Very good explanation,, thanks

  • Harsh Maurya says:

    2:54 Benzoyl Peroxide

  • surfer says:

    Aloe vera gel can be used if u have breakouts with moisturizer

  • Monique van Rensburg says:

    How can you alternate between using retinol and benzoyl peroxide? For example, using each every other night?

  • Mahua Debnath says:

    What to do for acni mark… Plz suggest me mam

  • sidharth yadav says:

    Thank you..it was really helpful

  • Venkatesh Gandi says:

    Hi Cristy. I visited your channel for the first time. Thanks for providing the information clearly. I am currently using benzoyl peroxide with the combination of "Nadifloxacin". What does this "Nadifloxacin" meant for? please also explain What does the "Clindamycin Phosphate" meant for with the combination of benzoyl peroxide? Will take a look on your play list now. THANKS AGAIN! 🙂

  • Bella Rose says:

    What a great vid! I’ve found the best treatment for my moderate acne is 2% salicylic acid (think Clearasil) 2x a day (don’t skip) for face after a mild cleanser. (Eucerin or CeraVe). I can use CeraVe PM moisturizer after Clearasil safely. However, , 5% benzoyle peroxide (not 10%) works like a dream for body breakouts. I’ve tried benzoyle perox on my face & it just dried out my skin & still had the breakout. That routine has worked for me forever! Hope this helps someone. 😊

  • rodrigo villarreal says:

    Hii there can i use retin-a in night and benzoyl peroxide in the day of course applying sunscreen

  • Game Hub 16 says:

    I'm 18 years old
    I have oily skin and also have too many blackheads on my nose .
    I have bought salicylic acid3% ointment .
    Can i use this ointment everyday on my nose ?

  • Gdhhsh Shshab says:

    Can i leave salicylic acid overnight on my face?

  • K says:

    Thanks gorgeous 🥰

  • Chiara May says:

    I absolutely agree that trial and error is the way to go. I suffer from eczema (mostly on my hands, not on my face) but can handle 5% benzoyl peroxide and found it very effective

  • Narbi Claire says:

    Thank you for the great information! Do you have any advice for people with large pores? The older i get the worse they are 😑

  • Ayim Gatica says:

    New sub from sweden here! I love, love, love your chanel 🙌🏻 How long should you try out the products to tell if they're working for you or nah?

  • Sheryl Zac says:

    I have ovarian cyst and cystic acne on my face too. Is there any connection?? Plz do reply

  • Rosebelle Guya says:

    I just discovered your channel and I really live love your videos. Keep it up. I really love your youtube content. 💓

  • MrTopLeft says:

    Could i use all three?

  • Mary Smith says:

    You mentioned to avoid waxing when using retinoid, what about laser for hair removal? Love your videos by the way, thanks for sharing your knowledge

  • Kunjal Sahu says:

    does salicylic ic acid makes skin dark???and can we use hyloronic acid if using salicylic acid face was???plz tell

  • DRM says:

    Mam may I ask
    Example: I need to wash my face first with soap or face wash before using benzoyl peroxide or just wash with water then use benzoyl peroxide?

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