Benzoyl peroxide lotion
Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide (BEN-zoyl per-OX-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Brevoxyl and Triaz
Benzoyl peroxide lotion is used for:
Treating mild to moderate acne. It may be used with other acne medications.
Benzoyl peroxide lotion 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in benzoyl peroxide lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using benzoyl peroxide lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with benzoyl peroxide lotion. 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion. However, no specific interactions with benzoyl peroxide lotion are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if benzoyl peroxide lotion 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion:
Use benzoyl peroxide lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before using.
- To use the lotion wash - Wet the affected area. Use your hands to apply the medicine and gently wash. Rinse with water and pat dry.
- To use the lotion - Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands after using benzoyl peroxide lotion.
- If you miss a dose of benzoyl peroxide lotion, 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion.
Important safety information:
- Use on the skin only. Avoid getting benzoyl peroxide lotion in your eyes, on the inside of your nose or mouth, on highly inflamed or damaged skin, or on your lips. If you get benzoyl peroxide lotion in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
- Avoid applying benzoyl peroxide lotion 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion 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.
- Benzoyl peroxide lotion may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to benzoyl peroxide lotion. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Benzoyl peroxide lotion may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
- Benzoyl peroxide lotion 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: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using benzoyl peroxide lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if benzoyl peroxide lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use benzoyl peroxide lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of benzoyl peroxide lotion:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dryness; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; stinging; swelling of the skin.
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, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness; severe irritation; sloughing of the skin; swelling in the treated areas.
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 benzoyl peroxide lotion:
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 benzoyl peroxide lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about benzoyl peroxide lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Benzoyl peroxide lotion 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benzoyl peroxide lotion. 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 benzoyl peroxide lotion.
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.