Generic Name(s): Benzoyl peroxide
Drug Class: Keratolytic agent
Treats: Mild to moderate acne
Benzac is a first line topical antibacterial agent which is an organic compound in the peroxide family. It is an effective agent used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. It acts against Propionibacterium acnes and has comedolytic effects which promotes shedding of keratinized epithelial cells after being converted to benzoic acid.
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Benzac is used to remove follicular plugs to allow sebum to flow freely and minimize bacterial colonization of skin. It is used as a first-line topical agent for acne treatment due to its bactericidal effect on Propionibacterium acnes, bacteria associated with acnes.
Benzac is locally applied to the affected areas in gel form in initial concentrations of 2.5% increasing through 5.0% up to 10%. It penetrates the stratum corneum or follicular openings unchanged and is converted metabolically to benzoic acid within the epidermis and dermis.
Benzac may also be used for other medical conditions which should be determined by your doctor. In summary, is used for;
- Tooth whitening
- Bleaching hair
Your doctor will determine Benzac dosage depending on a number of factors such as the severity of acne, medical history, other medical conditions or other medications that you may be using. Stick to the Benzac dose as directed by the doctor and never alter the dosage plan unless authorized by the doctor.Below you will find a typical dosage of Benzac.
Dosage for Acne vulgaris:
- Apply 2.5% once daily for the first week and progress to 5- 10% twice daily. It is recommended to start with lower concentrations and then build up appropriately.
Note that, care should be taken to avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, hair, clothing and furnishings.
Benzac Side Effects
Using Benzac may cause side effects that may differ from one person to the other. The acuteness of the side effects may be different from one patient to the other depending on the patient’s body ability to handle the effects of the drug. Stop using Benzac and report severe side effects to your doctor immediately. Seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms become severe or bothersome.
- Drying of the skin
- Allergic contact dermatitis.
- Slight reddening of the skin
Call your doctor immediately if the following serious side effects manifest while using Benzac:
- Severe or persistent pruritus
- Local skin irritation
- Worsening dryness.
- Persistent burning or stinging.
- Severe allergic reactions e.g. hives, rashes, pruritus, breathing difficult, chest tightness etc.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Before taking Benzac with other drugs, inform your doctor about any medical conditions or allergies that you may have. This is because using Benzac with other drugs may affect how the drug works and delay the expected results. Some pharmaceutical agents may interfere with Benzac and it is paramount to consult your doctor on any prescription, nonprescription medicines, herbal products, or dietary supplements you are taking before he/she initiates Benzac therapy.
Below is a list of topical agents that may cause drug interaction with Benzac:
- Salicylic acid
This is not an all-inclusive list of possible drug interactions and you should keep a list of all the products you use and share it with your physician. Do not starts, stop, or alter the dosage of any medicines without approval from your doctor.