A salicylic acid cleanser would be washed off pretty quickly so if you are looking for a topical product to try there are plenty of 2% salicylic acid toners on the market and Clean and Clear does make some of them.
Clean and Clear makes a 5% and a 10% benzoyl peroxide but if you haven't used these OTC products before you may want to look at a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide acne product instead and then move up to the stronger ones.
I would look at the acne skin care aisle of the drugstore to see what products you want to try. You can try a 2% salicylic acid toner on your face and once that's dry then put on the benzoyl peroxide product. Salicylic acid is an exfoliant and the benzoyl peroxide is a disinfectant and can help to exfoliate the skin surface too. Be sure to use a good sunscreen when you use OTC acne meds as your face can be more prone to the sun when you are exfoliating your skin.
If OTC acne medications don't help to clear up your skin though please see a doctor for help.
On the previous post I Would lwant to clarify.Benzoyl Peroxide may be beneficial for certain skin types.When Dealing with complex Acne problems, it is critical that you go with the treatment regimen that is best suited for your skin. You may suffer from combination skin ,oily, dry or you may have a hormonal influence on your acne breakout.Your first step should start with controlling the inflammation,reducing oil production(which will help relive pores from clogging) and minimizing the surface bacteria
How would you suggest executing the first step in controlling inflammation, reducing oil production and minimizing the surface bacteria? I am presently taking Doryx and applying Metrogel nightly but I still have very oily skin with large pores that often get clogged, forming black heads. I also have a real problem with cysts. Every time I go to the doctor to request a treatment, they prescribe an oral and a topical but no cleaning regimen. When asked, they just tell me to use Purpose or Cetaphil and no toners. None of this is helping and I am extremely frustrated! Please let me know what to use and where to get it to execute the "first step" and clear my skin.
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