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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(BEN-zoh-ill per-OX-ide)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Benoxyl, Benzagel, Desquam, Fostex, Persa-Gel, Vanoxide


Benzoyl peroxide is used to treat mild to moderate acne.

How To Use

This medication is for topical use on the affected area only. Avoid using this in the eyes, mouth and nose, and on inflamed or damaged skin. The liquid wash or bar soap is used instead of soap once or twice a day. Wet the skin before applying this. Gently work up a lather and rinse thoroughly. Do not scrub the skin. Creams, lotions or gels are usually applied once or twice a day to the affected area. A small amount is applied to the affected area and rubbed in gently. Pads: Wash the affected area of skin with a mild cleanser and water then dry it. Next apply the pad, usually once or twice a day to the skin as directed.

Side Effects

Slight stinging, dryness and peeling may occur initially. Expect this. However, notify your doctor if the following effects occur: redness, irritation, scaly eruptions, rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: other skin problems, any allergies. This medication may bleach hair and colored clothing. Avoid contact. Safe use of benzoyl peroxide in children under 12 years old has not been established. Benzoyl peroxide should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Though there have no reports (to date) of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all medicines you may use, both prescription and nonprescription, especially: other skin medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


This medication is available in many forms such as lotion, cream, gel or cleanser and in various strengths (2.5% to 10%). Some can be purchased without a prescription. Discuss the various products with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best one for you.

Missed Dose

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember and resume your regular dosing schedule.


Store between 59 and 76 degrees F (15 and 24.4 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.