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What is benzoyl peroxide?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Acne medication: Benzoyl peroxide is a common treatment for mild acne. It kills P. acnes, the bacteria involved in the formation of acne. It works well in combination with other treatments, such as antibiotic gels. Any cream may have irritating side effects in some unlucky people, and/or lead to uneven skin tones in darker-skinned people. One can start with every-other-day use and increase if no skin irritation.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some contraindications for benzoyl peroxide?

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dermatology 17 years experience
Very Few: Topical benzoyl peroxide is usually prescribed for the treatment of acne. When used as directed, it is a safe medication. The only real contradiction is any known allergies to the drug or the other chemicals and preservatives in the product.
A 16-year-old female asked:

Is benzoyl peroxide a steroid?

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Dr. Stephen Greenberg
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No: No it is not a steroid.
Providence, RI
A 32-year-old female asked:

Benzoyl peroxide and hydrogen peroxide the same?

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Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Nope: These are very different and are used differently in medicine. Acne BP wounds hp.

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