Benzagel® Acne Gel 5% is an effective topical treatment for both uncomplicated facial acne, and acne vulgaris. It contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, in a unique formulation that is micronized (reduced to tiny particles) to effectively penetrate the skin and kill the bacteria that cause acne inflammation.
5% w/w benzoyl peroxide USP in a water/alcohol gel.
Alcohol. carbopol, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, fragrance, methyl salicylate, sodium hydroxide, water.
Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Avoid contact iwth eyes, nostrils, lips and mouth, if contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. For external use only. Keep tightly closed. Protect from heat. Keep out of reach of children. May bleach fabrics.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, it is especially important to avoid using the following skin products on the same area as benzoyl peroxide:
Any other topical acne product or skin product containing a peeling agent (eg, resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, or tretinoin);
Hair products that are irritating, such as permanents or hair removal products;
Skin products that cause sensitivity to the sun, such as those containing lime or spices;
Skin products containing a large amount of alcohol, such as astringents, shaving creams, or after-shave lotions; or
Skin products that are too drying or abrasive, such as some cosmetics, soaps, or skin cleansers.
Using these products along with benzoyl peroxide may cause mild to severe irritation of the skin. Although skin irritation can occur, some doctors sometimes allow benzoyl peroxide to be used with tretinoin to treat acne. Usually tretinoin is applied at night so that it doesn't cause a problem with any other topical products that you might use during the day. Check with your doctor before using any other topical medicines with benzoyl peroxide.
1) Wash your hands and face with a non-medicated soap and dry with a towel. Use warm water, not hot or cold.
2) Test gel on small area of your skin to test for excessive irritation and dryness.
3) Apply the gel to problem areas, but don’t use more than a pea-sized amount for each.
4) Make sure to rub the gel in gently, but don’t press too hard.
5) Use the gel once a day to start, then go up to twice a day once you get comfortable; once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
Disclaimer: People with fair or sensitive skin should begin with one application daily. Slight stinging, peeling, and redness may occur; this is evidence that Benzagel is working.
If you have a severe case of acne and you do not see improvement after a couple of weeks, consult a doctor.
If you’re struggling with pimples or blemishes, the 5% benzoyl peroxide formulation in Benzagel® is the most effective acne-fighting ingredient you can get without a prescription. Benzoyl peroxide helps to clear up acne in two big ways. First, it works by adding oxygen to the skin. The red inflammation you see around acne pimples is caused by a bacterium called P. acnes, which can’t live in the presence of oxygen. So introducing oxygen to your affected pores is how benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that cause acne inflammation. Second, benzoyl peroxide helps remove excess oils from your skin, and removes the dead skin cells that clog pores. Blocked pores lead to comedones that can become blackheads–or the dreaded whiteheads–so unclogging your pores is an important step in relieving acne!
One issue some users may have with benzoyl peroxide is that, especially for those with sensitive skin, it occasionally causes redness and stinging. A good idea is to use it sparingly at first, and if you feel irritation start your routine with every second day until your skin adapts to the treatment, gradually building to twice a day (not more).
Your acne may get worse during the first few weeks of treatment, and then start to get better. It may take 8 to 12 weeks before you see the full effect. If you do not see any improvement within 4 to 6 weeks, call your doctor or health care professional.
Once you see a decrease in your acne, you may need to continue to use this medicine to control it.
Do not use products that may dry the skin like medicated cosmetics, products that contain alcohol, or abrasive soaps or cleaners. Do not use other acne or skin treatment on the same area that you use this medicine unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. If you use these together they can cause severe skin irritation.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.