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Performance Ingredients for Acne

Acne products must include certain ingredients to achieve success for the client. These ingredients can be found in DermaQuest™ Skin Therapy targeted acne regimen products.


An aggressive treatment for acne, DermaQuest™ Skin Therapy reserves the use of BPO products to the higher grades of acne. The function of the ingredient is simple, benzoyl peroxide penetrates the oil in the follicle, and when it reaches the lower levels of the follicle, the peroxide changes to free oxygen. Since the P. acnes bacteria are anaerobic (can only live where no oxygen is present), it dies, controlling the acne lesion.

The problem with BPO is that overuse of it can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin later on. For this reason, BPO is sold only by prescription in Europe and in Britain. The BPO professional and physician-only mask is the Acne Tx Mask [10%] with MSM, to be used only under monitored professional care.


A beta hydroxy acid naturally occurring in sweet birch and wintergreen leaves. Topical application of salicylic acid on a daily basis in low (1-2%) concentrations promotes regular, even exfoliation. It can also minimize the plugging of follicles through enhancing cellular exfoliation in the follicle walls, and by opening clogs with its ability to move through oil easily. Over-the-counter products are 1% or less, while professional esthetician and physician level care products are from 2-4% for home use and are formulated with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients.

In more concentrated forms (4-30% professional treatment), salicylic acid acts as an exfoliation agent, and even as a peel. The CIR recommends that the esthetic level of salicylic acid for professional treatments not exceed 20% concentration and a 3.0 or higher pH. Physicians typically use 30% salicylic acid in their treatment series.


A naturally occurring sulfur compound and nutritional component found in the normal diets of humans, MSM is an ideal substitute for sulfur in acne treatments. It shares many of its parent compound’s therapeutic properties, but without the unwanted side effects.

This ingredient is in all DermaQuest™ Skin Therapy targeted acne regimen products.