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Benzoyl Peroxide
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Benzoyl Peroxide Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(BEN zoe il peer OKS ide)

U.S. Brand Names

10 Benzagel®; 5 Benzagel®; Acne Clear Maximum Strength [OTC]; Benzac® AC; BenzaShave®; BenzEFoam™; Benziq™; Benziq™ LS; Brevoxyl® Acne Wash Kit [DSC]; Brevoxyl®-4; Brevoxyl®-8; breze™ [DSC]; Clearskin [OTC]; Clinic BPO; Desquam-E™ [DSC]; Desquam-X®; EthexDERM™ BPW-10 [DSC]; EthexDERM™ BPW-5 [DSC]; Inova™; Levoclen™ Acne Wash; Levoclen™-4; Levoclen™-8; NeoBenz® Micro SD [DSC]; NeoBenz® Micro Wash [DSC]; NeoBenz® Micro [DSC]; Neutrogena® Body Clear® [OTC]; Neutrogena® Clear Pore™ [OTC]; Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash [OTC]; Neutrogena® On The Spot® Acne Treatment [OTC]; Pacnex™; Palmer's® Skin Success Invisible Acne [OTC]; PanOxyl® Aqua Gel; PanOxyl® Bar [OTC]; Triaz®; Zapzyt® [OTC]; Zoderm®; Zoderm® Hydrating Wash™; Zoderm® Redi-Pads™

Canadian Brand Names

Acetoxyl®; Benoxyl®; Benzac AC®; Benzac W® Gel; Benzac W® Wash; Desquam-X®; Oxyderm™; PanOxyl®; Solugel®

Mexican Brand Names

Benoxyl AQ AL; Benzac AC; Benzac W

Pharmacologic Category

Acne Products; Topical Skin Product; Topical Skin Product, Acne

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to benzoyl peroxide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Benzoyl peroxide works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection causing the acne (pimples).

How is it best taken?

• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.

• Shake foam and lotion well before use.

• Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.

• Makeup can be used after the skin has dried.


• Wash and rinse affected area with warm water, then pat dry.


• Wet cloth with water and work into lather.

• Wash face with cloth for 10-20 seconds.

• Rinse face and pat dry.

Face mask:

• Clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.

• Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.

• Wait 15-25 minutes for the mask to dry, then rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

Shaving cream:

• Wet affected area and apply a thin layer.

• Shave, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Apply a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:55:40.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 13:01:47.0

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