Benzoyl PeroxideAn antibacterial agent effective against acne.Benzoyl PeroxideTopical MedicationTrueShould you become pregnant, please stop this medication and check in with your dermatologist.lotiontopical antibioticsPrescription3.1%

Benzoyl peroxide: a review of its current use in the treatment of acne vulgaris

Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy

Benzoyl peroxide is a first-line treatment for acne and its efficacy is enhanced when used in combination with topical retinoids or antibiotics.

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Water-based versus alcohol-based benzoyl peroxide preparations in the treatment of acne vulgaris.

Dermatologica

Use of 5% benzoyl peroxide reduced acne by over 75% at 8 weeks in more than 70% of patients.

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Comparing 2.5%, 5%, and 10% benzoyl peroxide on inflammatory acne vulgaris.

International Journal of Dermatology

Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, 5% and 10% formulations were equivalent at reducing inflammatory papules and pustules, but the 10% strength caused significantly more irritation.

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The short‐term effects of benzoyl peroxide lotion on the resolution of inflamed acne lesions.

British Journal of Dermatology

A 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion significantly reduced the number of inflamed acne lesions when used for only 5 days.

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Studies on the Mechanism of Action of Topical Benzoyl Peroxide and Vitamin A Acid in Acne Vulgaris

Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

Benzoyl peroxide has a different mechanism of action than vitamin A or tetracycline

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IngredientsBenzoyl Peroxide

BPO

Topical Medication

C14H10O4

Topical medication icon clear backgroundBlack tear drop shaped outline with a white backdrop.

TARGETS:

Inflammation IconBlack like with a bump in the middle and a copy of that bump offset above the line.

Inflammation

AcneVarious circles filled in black and white used to represent a digital version of hormonal acne.

Acne-causing bacteria

Non-Comedogenic IconBlack line with a circle shaped dip in the middle. Three black outlined circles float above.

Clogged pores

BENEFITS:

Reduces inflamed and non-inflamed acne lesions (i.e. reduces pimples and blackheads)

Prevents antibiotic resistance

2009

Benzoyl peroxide: a review of its current use in the treatment of acne vulgaris

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Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy

1986

Water-based versus alcohol-based benzoyl peroxide preparations in the treatment of acne vulgaris.

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Dermatologica

1986

Comparing 2.5%, 5%, and 10% benzoyl peroxide on inflammatory acne vulgaris.

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International Journal of Dermatology

1982

The short‐term effects of benzoyl peroxide lotion on the resolution of inflamed acne lesions.

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British Journal of Dermatology

1974

Studies on the Mechanism of Action of Topical Benzoyl Peroxide and Vitamin A Acid in Acne Vulgaris

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Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

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SIDE EFFECTS


Common side effects of benzoyl peroxide include redness, irritation and peeling. Benzoyl peroxide can also cause bleaching of clothing/linens but not the skin. Allergic reaction to this medication is rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, itching/swelling (especially of face/lips/tongue/throat), feeling light-headed, and difficulty breathing. Should you become pregnant, please check with your dermatologist to determine whether you should continue this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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