benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clearasil, Clearskin, and many others)

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    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin)?

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical medication used for treating acne (pimples). It is active against Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium which has been associated with acne.

What brand names are available for benzoyl peroxide?

  • Proactive, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin, Clear Start, Benzac AC (Gel, Wash, and others), BPO (Creamy Wash Complete Pack, Gel and others), Desquam-E, Clean and Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Brevoxyl, Triaz, and ZoDerm are just some of the brand names for benzoyl peroxide.

Is benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin) available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin)?

No

Why is benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin) used?

  • Benzoyl peroxide is used for the treatment of acne.

What are the side effects of benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Clearasil, Clearskin)?

Common side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction
  • Increased sun sensitivity
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2016

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