Benzoyl peroxide - topical

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Benzoyl peroxide is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat acne.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Benzoyl peroxide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Benzoyl peroxide is available as a gel, cream or as a lotion.

To use this medicine, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Benzoyl peroxide on the skin. Rub gently until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
Use Benzoyl peroxide only on the affected areas of the skin. Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes, mouth, lips, broken or damaged skin. If an accidental contact occurs, rinse it immediately with water.

Do not apply Benzoyl peroxide onto your hair or any coloured fabric as it may cause discolouration.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Do not apply more than what is instructed by the doctor to make up for the missed dose.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Benzoyl peroxide may make your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) lamps like tanning beds.
What side effects could I experience?
Benzoyl peroxide may cause any of the following side effects: irritation, itching, dryness, redness, peeling or a burning sensation in the skin.

This medicine may also make your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using any other medicines for your acne e.g. isotretinoin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on benzoyl peroxide - topical and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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