Acne-Clear

Name: Acne-Clear

What is Acne-Clear (benzoyl peroxide topical)?

Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne.

There are many brands and forms of benzoyl peroxide available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Benzoyl peroxide topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Acne-Clear (benzoyl peroxide topical)?

Benzoyl peroxide can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction or severe skin irritation. Stop using this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have: hives, itching; difficult breathing, feeling light-headed; or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Acne-Clear (benzoyl peroxide topical)?

You should not use benzoyl peroxide if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • very sensitive skin.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially skin conditions or allergies.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide topical will harm an unborn baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide topical passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are breast-feeding.

Do not use this medicine on a child without medical advice.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Acne-Clear (benzoyl peroxide topical) side effects

Benzoyl peroxide topical can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction or severe skin irritation. These reactions may occur just a few minutes after you apply the medicine, or within a day or longer afterward.

Stop using this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, itching; difficult breathing, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects on the treated skin:

  • severe itching or burning;

  • severe stinging or redness;

  • swelling; or

  • peeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or burning;

  • itching or tingly feeling;

  • skin dryness, peeling, or flaking; or

  • redness or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Acne-Clear Overview

Acne-Clear is a brand name medication included in a group of medications called Peroxides. For more information about Acne-Clear see its generic Benzoyl Peroxide

Acne-Clear Drug Class

Acne-Clear is part of the drug class:

  • Peroxides

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to benzoyl peroxide topical: compounding powder, topical bar, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical kit, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical pad, topical soap

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Peeling, application site erythema
Common (1% to 10%): Dryness, pruritus, contact sensitization reactions
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Burning sensation
Frequency not reported: Contact dermatitis, application site rash, application site discoloration, application site reactions (irritation and pain)[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Allergic reactions, including application site hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis[Ref]

General

The most commonly reported side effects were peeling and application site erythema.[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Swelling of the face[Ref]

Some side effects of Acne-Clear may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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