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 (for the skin) is used to treat acne.

There are many brands and forms of benzoyl peroxide available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

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  • Acne-Clear, Benzac AC, BenzEFoam, BenzePrO, Benziq, Benzoyl Peroxide, BPO, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, Clearplex, Clearskin, Desquam-X Wash, Fostex Wash 10%, Inova, NeoBenz Micro, Neutrogena Acne Mask, Oscion, Oxy Daily Wash, Oxy-10, Pacnex, PanOxyl, Persa-Gel, Riax, SoluCLENZ Rx, Triaz
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking benzoyl peroxide topical:

    Less common or rare:
    Painful irritation of skin, including burning, blistering, crusting, itching, severe redness, or swelling
    skin rash
    Incidence not known:
    Difficult breathing
    fainting
    hives
    itching
    swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    tightness in the throat
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking benzoyl peroxide topical, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Burning, itching, scaling, redness, or swelling of skin (severe)
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with benzoyl peroxide topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common:
    Dryness or peeling of the skin (may occur after a few days)
    feeling of warmth, mild stinging, and redness of the skin
  • (topical gel, topical lotion, topical liquid, topical bar, topical foam, topical kit, topical cream, topical pad, compounding powder)
  • Acne

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