BENZOYL PEROXIDE 5% GEL
Active substance(s): BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 5% w/w Gel &
Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 10% w/w Gel
Throughout this leaflet Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 5% w/w Gel is referred as Benzoyl Peroxide
5% and Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 10% w/w Gel is referred as Benzoyl Peroxide 10%
What is in Benzoyl Peroxide?
Benzoyl Peroxide 5% w/w Gel contains 30g & 40g of 5% w/w Benzoyl Peroxide in a waterbased gel.
Benzoyl Peroxide 10% w/w Gel contains 30g & 40g of 10% w/w Benzoyl Peroxide in a waterbased gel.
Benzoyl Peroxide also contains the inactive ingredients:
Carbomer 980, Polyoxyethylene 23 lauryl ether, Propylene glycol, Sodium hydroxide and
Benzoyl Peroxide is supplied in 30g & 40g tubes.
Benzoyl Peroxide stops the growth of the bacteria that cause acne.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Boston Healthcare Limited, 6 Navigation Court, Calder Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2
Pannoc Chemie N.V., Lammerdries 23, 2250 Olen, Belgium.
Benzoyl Peroxide is used for all stages of common acne. Benzoyl Peroxide attacks the
bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that play an essential part in causing acne. Benzoyl
Peroxide also sheds the dead cells from the skin surface and may cause dryness. You should
not use Benzoyl Peroxide if you are hypersensitive to Benzoyl Peroxide or any other
ingredients. Since this is an oxidising agent, you should not use at the same time as other
topical agents, which would react with an oxidising agent.
What you should know before using Benzoyl Peroxide.
Benzoyl Peroxide is for topical use only. This means that it is put on the skin. Do not allow
the gel to touch your eyes, mouth or the inside of your nostrils. If you expose your skin to
sun for a long time, or to strong sun, you should use a high protection sunscreen
preparation. You should also apply the gel less often than usual. Make sure that your skin is
dry when you apply Benzoyl Peroxide to avoid unnecessary irritation.
Care should be taken to avoid contact with dyed fabrics as this product may adversely affect
Important information about some of the ingredients of Benzoyl Peroxide
This product also contains Propylene glycol which may cause skin irritation.
How to use Benzoyl Peroxide
Unless your doctor of pharmacist has told you otherwise start treatment with Benzoyl
Peroxide 5% once a day. The evening is the best time. Wash the whole area that is affected
by acne with soap and water, and then dry it thoroughly before gently rubbing in Benzoyl
Allow the gel to dry before going to bed, so as to avoid bleaching the bed cloths.
For particularly sensitive skin, it may be necessary to limit the application to every 2nd day.
For stubborn cases treatment may be continued with Benzoyl Peroxide 10%.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist
If your acne does not improve after 3 months, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If Benzoyl Peroxide is accidentally swallowed, then contact your nearest casualty
Itching, reddening, burning and a feeling of tightness on the skin can occur with Benzoyl
Peroxide during the first few days of treatment. These symptoms usually get better. If not
you can stop treatment for a while or use a moisturising cream. If symptoms persist tell your
doctor or pharmacist. In some cases it may cause face oedema (swelling of the face). In rare
cases a rash (contact dermatitis) can occur. If it does, you should stop using the gel at once
and go to your doctor or pharmacist.
You should ask your doctor or pharmacist about any change in your health or general sense
of well-being that you notice while using Benzoyl Peroxide.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
Expiry date: The expiry date is printed on the pack. Do not use after this date.
Storage: Do not store above 25° C. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 5% w/w Gel: PL 39974/0017
Cepton Benzoyl Peroxide 10% w/w Gel: PL 39974/0018
Date of last revision: June 2015
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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