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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Benzoyl Peroxide Cream (Overview)

Benzoyl peroxide is the single most effective treatment for acne, and it is safe to use during pregnancy. The 10% cream is most effective, but if it dries your skin too much, try the less concentrated 5% formulation.


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What are the side effects of benzoyl peroxide cream?

What are the side effects of benzoyl peroxide cream?

Various: The most common side effect of benzoyl peroxide is dryness. The dryness is usually mild, and may be countered with application of an oil-free moisturizer. Some patients may experience irritation when using benzoyl peroxide. If you experience mild irritation, try decreasing the frequency of applixation. If irritation is severe or persists, discontinue use of benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
32 doctors shared insights

Benzoyl Peroxide Cream (Overview)

Benzoyl peroxide is the single most effective treatment for acne, and it is safe to use during pregnancy. The 10% cream is most effective, but if it dries your skin too much, try the less concentrated 5% formulation.


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Which is more effective in acne healing: toothpaste or a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream?

Which is more effective in acne healing: toothpaste or a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream?

Benzoyl Peroxide: There is no reason to think that toothpaste would do you any good at all for your acne. Save it for your teeth. ...Read more

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Does benzoyl peroxide cream work for back acne?

Does benzoyl peroxide cream work for back acne?

Sort-of: Acne on the back usually require an antibiotic in addition to benzoyl peroxide or whatever non-antibiotic you prefer. Topical Clindamycin may help but many folks with acne on the back, and most men with bad acne on the back, will spend a few years on a systemic antibiotic that's right for them. ...Read more

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Would 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream be safe to use on pimple?

Probably: 2.5% BP cream is nearly always safe, unless you're one of the rare people who is allergic to benzoyl peroxide. If it's not effective, however, see a dermatologist for a more comprehensive treatment regimen. ...Read more

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My benzoyl peroxide cream changed color from white to light brown. Does this mean it's gone bad?

My benzoyl peroxide cream changed color from white to light brown. Does this mean it's gone bad?

Throw it away: Medications, both topical and oral, should be discarded if they develop a change in odor, color or consistency. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of benzoyl peroxide cream?

Various: The most common side effect of benzoyl peroxide is dryness. The dryness is usually mild, and may be countered with application of an oil-free moisturizer. Some patients may experience irritation when using benzoyl peroxide. If you experience mild irritation, try decreasing the frequency of applixation. If irritation is severe or persists, discontinue use of benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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Can I put benzoyl peroxide cream on a popped pimple?

POPPED PIMPLE BPO: Yes. You can put benzoyl peroxide on a popped pimple. Start with the lowest dose first: 2.5%. ...Read more

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Would 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream be safe to use on pimple?

Probably: 2.5% BP cream is nearly always safe, unless you're one of the rare people who is allergic to benzoyl peroxide. If it's not effective, however, see a dermatologist for a more comprehensive treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Would toothpaste or a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream heal a pimple faster?

Would toothpaste or a 5% benzoyl peroxide cream heal a pimple faster?

5% benzoyl peroxide.: While toothpaste is used by many on pimples, i would think that benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient in acne medication, should be more effective. ...Read more

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