GENERIC NAME: HYDROCORTISONE/BENZOYL PEROXIDE - TOPICAL (HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone/BEN-zoh-ill per-OX-ide)
BRAND NAME(S): Vanoxide-HC
USES: This product is used to treat acne and oily skin. The product contains two ingredients, hydrocortisone and benzoyl peroxide. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid that acts to decrease the skin swelling that can occur with acne. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to heal pimples by causing the skin to dry and peel.
HOW TO USE: Shake the container well before each use. Wash your hands before and after using this medication. Apply this medication to the areas of your skin affected by acne usually 1 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Before applying each dose, gently wash the affected area with a mild cleanser, and then pat dry. Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area and rub in gently.Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your acne may become worse before it improves. It may take 3 weeks of use to notice improvement in acne. It may take 8 to 12 weeks before full benefit takes effect.Do not use large amounts of this medication or apply it more often than directed. Doing so will not clear acne faster and may increase side effects.Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, inside your nose or mouth, or on any areas of broken skin since it may cause irritation. If this occurs, flush the area with plenty of water. Benzoyl peroxide may bleach hair or fabrics. Use carefully, and avoid contact with hair, clothing, and furnishings.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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