What most people don’t know is that Pepto Bismol has two ingredients that aid in acne treatment; salicylate and benzoic acid.
What is Salicylate is Pepto Bismol?
Salicylate is a close relative of salicylic acid, which is a well-known treatment of acne. Salicylate helps reduce inflammation, is a mild exfoliant and a comedolytic ingredient. A Comedolytic ingredient is a drug that breaks up comedones and opens clogged pores.
Salicylic acid works to loosen and get rid of white heads and blackheads alike. It also has an anti-inflammatory quality to ease redness of inflamed areas. Red, inflamed pustules is a classic trademark of acne and can often be confused with rosacea. Salicylic acid can help reduce the redness, inflammation, and swelling.
What does the Benzoic acid do in Pepto Bismol?
When you use benzoyl peroxide, what you’re actually getting is benzoic acid and oxygen, because the product breaks down on contact with your skin. The oxygen helps kill P. acnes, the bacteria that contributes to acne, and at certain spa’s oxygen facials are recommended for the acne prone. Benzoic acid causes the skin to peel and dry, exfoliating out the plugs of dead skin and sebum (oils) that inflame the hair follicles, causing bumps with no pus heads. Benzoyl is sold in concentrations up to 10 percent, but studies show that concentrations of 2.5 percent are just as effective. Anything after that range I think is a bit of an overkill and can cause too much excessive drying of the skin causing more oil production.
Is there a difference between Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid?
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are not the same thing, and they have two very different functions.
Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are lipid soluble, which means they can get through the oil (sebum) and do their jobs in fighting acne bacteria.
So, should you use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid? If you have red, inflamed skin and/ or pimples, use a product with benzoyl peroxide. The benzoyl peroxide will get into the follicle to fight off the bacteria causing the skin to react and become inflamed. If you have blackheads or whiteheads, then you want to use salicylic acid to loosen up the whiteheads and prevent future blackheads.
What if you have problems with blackheads and white heads?
That’s what makes the Pepto Bismol Mask so great, you get both ingredients in one product! Or in theory you could go buy a product with salicylic acid to use in the morning and at night you could apply the benzoyl peroxide, or vice versa. Just remember I do not recommend going over 2.5% for either product.
The Pepto Bismol Face Mask:
- plain ole traditional pink pepto bismol, I wouldn’t use flavors for fear of the extra food dyes.
- Some cotton rounds or cotton balls, even a tissue or napkin would work
Apply all over, avoiding the eye areas. Leave on no longer then 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. After the rinse simply apply a moisturizer if needed, and sunscreen for sure if going out into the sunlight.
To see the Pepto Bismol Face Mask In Action:
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