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Acne Treatment cream

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide (BEN-zoe-il per-OX-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Acne Treatment and Clearskin

Acne Treatment cream is used for:

Treating acne.

Acne Treatment cream is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be due to its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions.

Do NOT use Acne Treatment cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Acne Treatment cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Acne Treatment cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Acne Treatment cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Acne Treatment cream. However, no specific interactions with Acne Treatment cream are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Acne Treatment cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Acne Treatment cream:

Use Acne Treatment cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Acne Treatment cream is only to be used on the skin.
  • To use the shaving cream - Apply the cream, gently rub over the area, and shave. Rinse and pat dry.
  • To use the cream - Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • To use the cream prefilled sponge applicators - Wash and completely dry the affected area. Firmly squeeze the prefilled sponge applicator until the seal between the applicator and sponge has broken. Apply Acne Treatment cream by rubbing the sponge in small circular motions over the affected area. Dispose of each applicator after a single use.
  • If you notice Acne Treatment cream or a white residue remaining on your skin after application of the cream, you may be applying too much.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after using Acne Treatment cream.
  • If you miss a dose of Acne Treatment cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Acne Treatment cream.

Important safety information:

  • Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use Acne Treatment cream as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Acne Treatment cream is for external use only. Avoid getting Acne Treatment cream in your eyes, on the inside of your nose or mouth, on highly inflamed or damaged skin, or on your lips. If you get Acne Treatment cream in any of these areas, immediately wash with cool tap water.
  • Avoid applying Acne Treatment cream to raw or irritated skin, including sunburns, or to open wounds.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue to use Acne Treatment cream for the full time recommended by your doctor. If your acne does not improve or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines, special cleansers, aftershave, or cosmetics on your skin.
  • If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse.
  • Acne Treatment cream may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Acne Treatment cream. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Acne Treatment cream may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
  • Acne Treatment cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Acne Treatment cream can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Acne Treatment cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Acne Treatment cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Acne Treatment cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Acne Treatment cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; stinging; swelling of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; dizziness; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); excessive burning, itching, redness, swelling, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include excessive scaling; flushing; redness; swelling.

Proper storage of Acne Treatment cream:

Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container, away from fire, flame, heat, and light. Keep Acne Treatment cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Acne Treatment cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acne Treatment cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Acne Treatment cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Acne Treatment cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Acne Treatment cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Acne Treatment cream.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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