Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Acne Vulgaris Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most common topical medications used to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide kills acne bacteria and reduces the formation of whiteheads and blackheads. It comes as a cream, lotion or gel, which is applied to the surface of the skin once or twice a day.

Some topical products contain benzoyl peroxide combined with an antibiotic.

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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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