benzoyl peroxide (Proactive, Neutrogena Acne Treatment, Benzac AC, and more)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    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.

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  • Cream: 2.5, 5.5, 6, 7, and 10%
  • Gel: 2.5, 4, 5, 8, and 10%
  • Lotion: 2.5,3.5, and 7%
  • Wash: 2.5, 3, 3.7, 4, 4.25, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10%
  • Foam: 5.3, 5.5, and 9.5%
  • Bar: 10%


  • Combining benzoyl peroxide with other topical acne treatments such as dapsone (Aczone) can lead to excessive dryness and irritation of the skin.


Benzoyl peroxide has not been tested in pregnant or nursing women.


  • Benzoyl peroxide products should be stored at room temperature between, 15 C and 25 C (59 F and 77 F). They should be kept away from excess heat and moisture.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/13/2016

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