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Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine you use to treat
acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions,
gels, soaps, and liquids.
How does benzoyl peroxide treat acne?
Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores.
It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne pimples and
At first, acne may get
worse. Your skin may get red and peel. It’s not a quick fix. You may need to
use the product for as long as 4 to 6 weeks before your acne starts
Does it have side effects?
Side effects of benzyl peroxide for some people
While using a product that contains benzoyl peroxide, call a
doctor if you develop:
Who should not use this product?
Talk to a doctor before allowing a child younger
than 12 to use a product that contains benzoyl peroxide.
Where can I get benzoyl peroxide?
You can buy products that contain benzoyl
peroxide in the grocery store or pharmacy. Look at the outside package to find
products that have benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. Strengths range
from 2.5% to 10% benzoyl peroxide. Start with the lowest strength to see how
your skin reacts. Brand names include Brevoxyl and Triaz.
Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not
available in all systems.)
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerEllen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofOctober 13, 2016
Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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