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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Benzoyl Peroxide (Overview)

Benzoyl peroxide is an acne agent which is a kind of skin-related medication.


Dr. Bernard Seif
279 doctors shared insights

Benzoyl Peroxide (Overview)

Benzoyl peroxide is an acne agent which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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How long does benzoyl peroxide take to clear skin?

How long does benzoyl peroxide take to clear skin?

4-12 weeks: Benzoyl peroxide will improve acne in 4 weeks or less and continue to show improvement up to 12 weeks. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed benzoyl peroxide for my acne. How do I use it?

My doctor prescribed benzoyl peroxide for my acne. How do I use it?

Topical: Smear it on and rub it in. The tube may have some instructions as well. Probably 5% 2x/day. It is not pleasant, but it's your best beginning therapy. Your physician will add a second medication if you're not clear in two weeks -- perhaps an antibiotic, or the oral contraceptive pill if it's right for you. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Paying out of pocket so want to know if I should buy Proactiv OTC or use benzoyl peroxide from rx?

Paying out of pocket so want to know if I should buy Proactiv OTC or use benzoyl peroxide from rx?

Rx.: Proactiv is a "one size fits all" product. If you happen to be the "size" that it fits, it will work; otherwise it won't. Prescription products are chosen by dermatologists specifically for the type of acne that you have, so you are much more likely to get products that work the first time around. ...Read more

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I just used Benzoyl peroxide on my neck acne for 1 week and now the acne is smaller but my skin around the acne is darkened. What should i do ?

I just used Benzoyl peroxide on my neck acne for 1 week and now the acne is smaller but my skin around the acne is darkened. What should i do ?

Hyperpigmentation: Sometimes after acne has been treated and the acne lesion goes away a small dark spot is left behind. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These spots will usually fade away on their own in a few months and do not require additional treatment. ...Read more

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Is salicylic acid 2% as effective as benzoyl peroxide 5%?

Is salicylic acid 2% as effective as benzoyl peroxide 5%?

Use as tolerated: Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% or 10% as tolerated is your best bet unless you have a lot of blackheads, in which case a retinoic acid derivative may be best. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will work. ...Read more

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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...Read more

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Does oil cleansing method really works on acne? I'm using benzoyl peroxide right now. It's harsh on my skin though.

Scientific Rx: Spending a long time massaging castor oil or whatever into your face isn't going to help nearly as much as what your' physician is ready to do for you. You'll need to continue to use benzoyl peroxide though it's not pleasant, but probably adding an antibiotic will clear you. If this isn't sufficient, I would urge you to consider isotretinoin. Acne's a major liability in today's world. Be wise. ...Read more

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Im currently breastfeeding and was wondering if it is safe to use benzoyl peroxide and micro exfoliant lha?

Im currently breastfeeding and was wondering if it is safe to use benzoyl peroxide and micro exfoliant lha?

Topicals OK: There is no significant absorption of topical acne preparations into the blood.So there is no risk of them getting into breast milk. As a group they are considered safe during breast feeding. ...Read more

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Is a side effect of benzoyl peroxide skin aging?

Is a side effect of benzoyl peroxide skin aging?

No but dry skin: Ehuch may appear aged. Use sparingly as needed and in combination with an appropriate oil free moisturizer, retinoids, and gentle exfoliation. ...Read more

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