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Benzoyl Peroxide use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Benzoyl Peroxide: Epiduo, Benzaclin, Epiduo Forte, Onexton, Duac, Acanya, Oxy-10, Benzamycin, Acne Treatment, PanOxyl, Show all 140 »Persa-Gel, Peroxin A, Benoxyl 10, Brevoxyl, BenzePro, Benzac, BP Wash, Acetoxyl, Aktipak, Brevoxyl-4, BPS Gel, Benzamycin Pak, Benzac AC, Desquam-X Wash, ACNE MEDICATION 10, Benprox, PR Benzoyl Peroxide Wash, Brevoxyl Creamy Wash, Benzagel, Zeroxin, Fostex Wash 10%, Binora, BPO Gel, Clearasil DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream, BenzEFoam Ultra, BP Cleansing Lotion, Benzac AC Wash, Brevoxyl-8, RE Benzoyl Peroxide, Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash, Dermisa Acne Treatment, Oxy Spot Treatment, Oxy Daily Wash Chill Factor, Benzashave, Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash, BPO Foaming Cloths, Oscion, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, NeoBenz Micro SD, Inova, Oscion Cleanser, NeoBenz Micro, EthexDERM BPW, SE BPO, Neuac, Acne & Blackhead Terminator, Cleanse & Treat, ZoDerm Redi-Pads, Peroderm, NuOx, Sulfoxyl Strong, Sulfoxyl Regular, BPS, Zacare, Inova 8/2, Inova 4/1, BeyondClear, Cleanse & Treat Plus, BenzEFoam, Vanoxide-HC, Bencort, Triaz, BenzaClin Carekit, Z-Clinz 10, Z-Clinz 5, NeoBenz Micro Wash Plus Pack, Acne Control Cleanser, Pacnex MX Wash, Pacnex HP, Benziq Wash, Seba-Gel, Benziq, Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturiser, Benzac W, Desquam-E, Desquam-X 10, Delos, BPO 3 Foaming Cloths, PanOxyl 3% Advanced Acne Spot Treatment, PanOxyl 4% Acne Creamy Wash, PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash, Peroderm 7 Wash, Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne, Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask, Neutrogena Clear Pore Daily Scrub, ACNE MEDICATION 5, Lavoclen-4, SoluCLENZ Rx, Clearskin, NeoBenz Micro Cream Plus Pack, Fostex BPO, Pacnex, Alquam-X Acne Therapy Gel, Acnomel BP 5, Breze, BPO, Benzagel-5, Benzagel-10, Oxy Daily Wash, Desquam-X 5, Persa-Gel W, Benziq LS, BPO 6 Foaming Cloths, Oxy Balance, BPO-5 Wash, Zaclir, BPO-10 Wash, Oxy 10 Balance, BP Foaming Wash, Ethexderm, Benzagel Wash, Clinac BPO, Acne-Clear, BPO 9 Foaming Cloths, Oxy Vanishing Gel, Vanoxide, Lavoclen-8, Loroxide, Clear By Design, Fostex Gel 10%, Fostex Bar 10%, Acne-10, OC8, Del-Aqua, Ben-Aqua, Benoxyl 5, Peroxin A 10, Clearplex, Riax, ZoDerm

Medically reviewed on July 2, 2018

Benzoyl Peroxide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Topical benzoyl peroxide has not been studied during breastfeeding. Because only about 5% is absorbed following topical application, it is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.[1][2] Ensure that the infant's skin does not come into direct contact with the areas of skin that have been treated. Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[3]

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

(Acne) Azelaic Acid, Clindamycin, Erythromycin, Tretinoin


1. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. PMID: 16677965

2. Zip C. Common sense dermatological drug suggestions for women who are breast-feeding. Skin Therapy Lett. 2002;7:5-7. PMID: 12007012

3. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. PMID: 14623482

Benzoyl Peroxide Identification

Substance Name

Benzoyl Peroxide

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Dermatologic Agents


Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number



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