Benzoyl Peroxide (On the skin)
Antiacne, Antiacne Antibacterial, Antiacne Keratolytic, Keratolytic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
This medicine is available without prescription. Some of the skin products are available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, benzoyl peroxide topical is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
Decubital ulcer (bed sores)
Stasis ulcer (a certain type of ulcer)
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Bar, Cream, Foam, Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Lotion, Pad, Soap
When you first begin to use this product, apply it to 1 or 2 small affected areas of the skin for 3 days. If no discomfort occurs, follow the directions on the product label or use the medicine as directed by your doctor.
Missed dose:Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you ever had an allergic reaction to an acne product.
This medicine may bleach your hair or clothes.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Burning, blistering, swollen, or peeling skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild stinging, itching, redness, or dry skin
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
10 Benzagel Acne Gel, 2.5 Benzagel Acne Gel, 2.5 Benzagel Acne Lotion, 5 Benzagel Acne Gel, 5 Benzagel Acne Lotion, 5 Benzagel Acne Wash, Acetoxyl 10, Acetoxyl 2.5, Acetoxyl 20, Acetoxyl 5, Acne, Acne 10 Gel, Acne Foaming Face Wash, Acne Medication 10, Acne Medication 5, Acne Wash, Acne-10, Acne-5, Acnomel Bp 5, Alquam-X Acne Therapy Gel, BPO 4% Creamy Wash Complete Pack, BPO 4% Gel, BPO 8% Creamy Wash Complete Pack, BPO 8% Gel, BPO Foaming Cloths, BPO-10, BPO-5, BenzEFoam, BenzEFoam Ultra, Benzac, Benzac AC, Benzagel, Benzashave, Benziq, Binora, Brevoxyl
There may be other brand names for this medicine.