Topical Agents for Acne
Topical suspension, cleanser
BENZOYL PEROXIDE (BEN zoe ill per OX ide) is used on the skin to treat mild to moderate acne.
Benzoyl Peroxide may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use this medicine to wash affected areas. Do not apply to raw or irritated skin. Avoid getting medicine in your eyes, lips, nose, mouth, or other sensitive areas. Do not wash treated areas of skin for at least 1 hour after using the medicine. If you experience very dry and peeling skin or skin irritation, talk to your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Benzoyl Peroxide contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Benzoyl Peroxide is only for you. Do not share Benzoyl Peroxide with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-severe burning, itching, reddening, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-increased sensitivity to the sun
-mild burning or stinging of the treated areas
-red, inflamed, and irritated skin
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Benzoyl Peroxide. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
-salicylic acid or sulfur containing products
-topical antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-skin disease, abrasions, irritation or infection
-an unusual or allergic reaction to benzoic acid, cinnamon, parabens, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your acne may get worse during the first few weeks of treatment, and then start to get better. It may take 8 to 12 weeks before you see the full effect. If you do not see any improvement within 4 to 6 weeks, call your doctor or health care professional.
Once you see a decrease in your acne, you may need to continue to use this medicine to control it.
Do not use products that may dry the skin like medicated cosmetics, products that contain alcohol, or abrasive soaps or cleaners. Do not use other acne or skin treatment on the same area that you use this medicine unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. If you use these together they can cause severe skin irritation.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
This medicine may bleach hair or colored fabrics. Avoid getting the medication on your clothes.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.