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Brand Name(s) : Acnecide, Brevoxyl, Duac, Oxy-10, Panoxyl 10, Panoxyl 5, Panoxyl aquagel, Panoxyl wash, Quinoderm
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Benzoyl peroxide should be used with caution:

  • avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes
  • care should be taken when applying the product to the neck and other sensitive areas
  • it may bleach hair and coloured or dyed fabrics

It should not be used in:

  • known allergies (hypersensitivity) to benzoyl peroxide or to any of the ingredients in the medicine

Also see list of precautions and interactions


Do not store above 25°C. Do not freeze.


What is it used for?

  • Benzoyl peroxide is used to attack the bacteria that causes acne.
  • It is a topical preparation for acne.
  • It is used to attack the bacteria (germ) known as Propionibacterium acnes, which is one of the main causes of acne.
  • In general this drug is used to treat mild to moderate acne.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include reduction in the number of propionibacterium acnes, leading to a reduction of acne.

Listed below are the typical uses of benzoyl peroxide.

  • the treatment of acne vulgaris

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.


How often do I take it?

  • Apply this medication 1-2 times daily, after washing with soap and water.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • Improvement can generally be seen after 4-6 weeks of treatment. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • You should try to avoid exposure to strong sunlight while using benzoyl peroxide. If exposure is unavoidable, use a suitable sunscreen lotion and apply benzoyl peroxide in the evening. Remember to wash the affected area before use. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • How long you will have to use this medication will depend on how quickly your condition improves. Keep using this medicine for at least three months unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you otherwise.


  • skin irritation
  • increase in peeling
  • increase in reddening

During the first weeks of treatment, a sudden increase in peeling and reddening will occur in most patients; this is not harmful and will normally subside in a day or two if treatment is temporarily discontinued.If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.


Before taking benzoyl peroxide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other topical acne medications; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

  • known allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol intake is not known to affect benzoyl peroxide.

The elderly: there are no specific recommendations. As acne vulgaris does not usually occur in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below


If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, do not use benzoyl peroxide unless your doctor has told you that you can.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Avoid using this product if you are breastfeeding unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following medicines may interact with benzoyl peroxide:

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.


If you should accidentally use too much benzoyl peroxide, you may find that your skin becomes irritated. Wash off as much as you can, and when the irritation has gone down, start using it again as directed.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally swallowed benzoyl peroxide or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.


do not worry if you forget to use your benzoyl peroxide at the right time. When you remember, start using the product again, in the same way as before. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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