Rating Ingredient
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BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, is more commonly known as salicylic acid.

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benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective over-the-counter topical acne treatment. Learn more.

Categories: Anti-Acne
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salicylic acid

Also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this exfoliant, skin-soothing ingredient tackles many of the causes of acne and improves the appearance of clogged pores.

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