Benzoyl peroxide

What is Benzoyl peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is an organic compound in the peroxide family. It consists of two benzoyl groups bridged by a peroxide link. Its structural formula is [C6H5C(O)]2O2. It is one of the most important organic peroxides in terms of applications and the scale of its production. Benzoyl peroxide is used as an acne treatment, for improving flour, for bleaching hair and teeth, for cross-linking polyester resins, and many other uses.

It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.

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Hi doctor I am suffering from moderate acne from last 5 6 years. From last 2 years i have been using this benzoyl peroxide acne kit Proactiv. And i was satisfied with the results. Now from last 1 month my skin is breaking out badly. Just to try i used Vichys normaderm tri active imperfection cream. And after that my skin got worse. i got pimples everywhere on my face. Used it for a week. And now i am again using Proactiv. Even though it is healing the pimples but its very slow. Plus im getting new pimples everyday now. Pls help me. Im confused about what i should use and what i should not

doctor1 MD

Hi Misbah,
Firstly I would advice you to stop using Vichy and proactive products. Though they are good but response to these creams can vary from person to person. To treat acne, use a mild salicylic acid face wash and a water based moisturiser. If you are having comedones, get them extracted....

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Hello, I threaded my entire face about a week ago and since then I have been getting acne all over my face. They itch and hurt and do not heal at all. I wash my face three times a day and moisturize and use benzol peroxide but it won;t go away. When they do finally go away new ones appear and the old ones leave a black mark not just a black /white head.

doctor1 MD

Hi..thanks for writing here.In the process of threading hair roots are plucked ,it leads to infection of hair roots which is known as folliculitis.Do not apply benzol peroxide since it will lead to irritation and more itching.Just apply plane clindamycin like clindac a gel twice daily.Take anti...

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Sir, My Face often had pimples/ acne . My Doctor told me to do several test.. In which it was found that my S.G.P.T & S.G.O.T was beyond normal range. So he prescribed me Udiliv-300. And To apply Gorgeous Gel as Facewash, Ultraguard-40 as Sunscreen lotion, Peroduo gel for Acne/Pimples & Curoglow for fairness. But one day I found dark patches along my nose , a layer of black tan was formed. My Doctor told that it was due to Peroduo Gel, So he told me to apply Momate Cream, for 2 days. But for better results I used it for several weeks. Now He prescribed me Benzac Ac 2.5% to apply & also to intake Q-A21-500 tablet. I told my Doctor I don t expose in sun so much,so help me out as I can t attend the school. So I requested him for immediate remedy. Sir I applied for one weak but no improvement with black layers. The pimples minimized and thus blackheads and spots are all in my face. He also told that it became black as the skin along my nose burned.. Due to Peroduo gel.. Please Prescribed me a Immediate Remedy. Please, I Begg You Sir. Thank You.

doctor1 MD

Hi Souravdas ,
Thanks for writing in.

Acne is caused by hormonal imbalance.
Blockage of sebaceous glands causes papules and pustules.White substance is secretion of sebaceous glands.


Acne is treatable now.With correct treatment all your pimples ,
scars and dark spots can be treated.

To start with...

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Hi I am using clear gel in the morning and benzac AC at night over my pimples. My acne is gone just have marks on my face. just two days back my doctor also started supatret 0.04 which he has asked me to apply daily ard 5pm for 1 hour and wash off. please advice if this is fine. What are the benefits of Supatret. Coz since yesterday I have got 3 new pimples on my face, before that I was fine.

doctor1 MD

Hi

Thanks for your query

The treatment that you are taking for acne is adequate.
Supatret cream contains tretinoin which is a very good topical agent both for acne as well as acne marks.
You can continue to use both clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide in the morning and evening as prescribed by your...

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My husband has been using Androgel for the past two months. For the past month I have been getting cystic acne on my lower chin and jaw line. He applies the gel on his shoulders and washes his hands afterwards. Could I be coming in contact with the gel somehow?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for writing to us.
Adult onset acne is usually seen over chin and jaws. Cystic acne denotes severity of acne. In an adult female, acne onset usually points towards an underlying hormonal derangement. Management in such cases requires hormonal investigations as well as prescription of...

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HI, My name is Jyothi, I am 26 year old..i am suffering from pimple from my college time....i.e almost a 6 year by now ...but now my pimples/ acne are reduced but still i get one or two pimples always..and it take preety long time to go i.e almost a month n sometime more..which irritates me a lot. and after it goes it leave dark spots on my face ...which is very embrassing as i am working as a software engineer...I recently starting using medidcation and doctor gave me clindamycn and nicotinamide gel. Please suggest if this cream will work or i should go for other treatment .

doctor1 MD

Hello,

I understand your concern.
The medication prescribed by your doctor are apt for your condition.
In addition you can use a face wash with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid( twice a day), which will be helpful too.
Do not wash your face with face wash too frequently, else will lead...

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Recent questions on  Benzoyl peroxide

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My husband has been using Androgel for the past two months. For the past month I have been getting cystic acne on my lower chin and jaw line. He applies the gel on his shoulders and washes his hands afterwards. Could I be coming in contact with the gel somehow?

doctor1 MD

Hi I am using clear gel in the morning and benzac AC at night over my pimples. My acne is gone just have marks on my face. just two days back my doctor also started supatret 0.04 which he has asked me to apply daily ard 5pm for 1 hour and wash off. please advice if this is fine. What are the benefits of Supatret. Coz since yesterday I have got 3 new pimples on my face, before that I was fine.

doctor1 MD

Hello, I threaded my entire face about a week ago and since then I have been getting acne all over my face. They itch and hurt and do not heal at all. I wash my face three times a day and moisturize and use benzol peroxide but it won;t go away. When they do finally go away new ones appear and the old ones leave a black mark not just a black /white head.

doctor1 MD

Hi doctor I am suffering from moderate acne from last 5 6 years. From last 2 years i have been using this benzoyl peroxide acne kit Proactiv. And i was satisfied with the results. Now from last 1 month my skin is breaking out badly. Just to try i used Vichys normaderm tri active imperfection cream. And after that my skin got worse. i got pimples everywhere on my face. Used it for a week. And now i am again using Proactiv. Even though it is healing the pimples but its very slow. Plus im getting new pimples everyday now. Pls help me. Im confused about what i should use and what i should not

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