Guide To Benzoyl Peroxide

Uses And Benefits 

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Benzoyl peroxide is most commonly used to treat acne. It is found in many over-the-counter products intended for treating mild acne. Patients with severe acne may use prescription products that combine benzoyl peroxide with other medicines. Examples include retinoids and antibiotics. Benzoyl peroxide can help clear acne breakouts. It also helps reduce the frequency and number of acne breakouts. It may take up to ten weeks of consistent application to notice a significant improvement in the skin. 

Benzoyl peroxide is used 'off-label' for conditions such as folliculitis, pitted keratolysis, decubitus ulcers, and certain forms of rosacea. Doctors may use it 'off-label' when treating progressive macular hypomelanosis or perforating diseases too. Patients should review the risks and benefits of benzoyl peroxide with their doctor. This is especially important for patients with underlying health conditions and those who use other medicines. When benzoyl peroxide is being considered for 'off-label' use, patients should ask their doctor about all of the possible treatments and why they are recommending this one.

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