What is benzoyl peroxide topical?

Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide topical is used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Do not use benzoyl peroxide topical while you are also using tretinoin (Altinac, Avita, Renova, Retin-A, Tretin-X). Using these medications together could cause severe skin irritation.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using benzoyl peroxide topical, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not use benzoyl peroxide topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid using sunscreen containing PABA on the same skin treated with benzoyl peroxide, or skin discoloration may occur.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of benzoyl peroxide applied to the skin is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging or burning of your skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging;
  • itching or tingly feeling;
  • dryness or peeling of treated skin; or
  • redness or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. 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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Interactions

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied benzoyl peroxide. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Acne Treatment, Acne-10, Acne-Clear, Ben-Aqua, Benoxyl 10, Benoxyl 5, Benzac, Benzac AC, Benzac W, Benzagel Wash, Benzagel-10, Benzagel-5, Benzashave 10, Benzashave 5, Benziq, Benziq LS, Benziq Wash, Brevoxyl, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, Clear By Design, Clearplex, Clearskin, Clinac BPO, Del-Aqua, Desquam-E, Desquam-X 10, Desquam-X 5, Desquam-X Wash, Fostex Bar 10%, Fostex Gel 10%, Fostex Wash 10%, Inova, Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash, Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash, Loroxide, NeoBenz Micro, NeoBenz Micro SD, Neutrogena Acne Mask, Neutrogena On Spot Acne Treatment, Oscion, Oscion Cleanser, Oxy 10 Balance, Oxy Balance, Oxy Daily Wash Chill Factor, Oxy Vanishing Gel, Oxy-10, Panoxyl 10, Panoxyl 5, Panoxyl AQ 10, Panoxyl AQ 2.5, Panoxyl Aqua Gel, Peroxin A, Peroxin A 10, Persa-Gel, Persa-Gel W, Seba-Gel, Triaz, Triaz Cleanser, Vanoxide, Zaclir, Zeroxin, ZoDerm Redi-Pads, benzoyl peroxide topical, Brevoxyl-4 Creamy Wash Complete Pack, Brevoxyl-8 Creamy Wash Complete Pack, Brevoxyl Creamy Wash, Breze, Ethexderm, Lavoclen-4, Lavoclen-8, NeoBenz Micro Wash, NeoBenz Micro Wash Plus Pack, Oxy Spot Treatment, Pacnex, Panoxyl AQ 5, PanOxyl Maximum Strength Foaming Acne Wash, SoluCLENZ Rx, Triaz Foaming Cloths, and ZoDerm Redi-Pads (obsolete)

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