Acetoxyl 10 Topical

Name: Acetoxyl 10 Topical

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Acne
  • Acne 10 Gel
  • Acne Wash
  • Benzac
  • Benzagel
  • Benzashave
  • BenzEFoam Ultra
  • Benziq
  • Binora
  • BPO 4% Gel
  • BPO 8% Gel
  • Brevoxyl

In Canada

  • 10 Benzagel Acne Gel
  • 2.5 Benzagel Acne Gel
  • 2.5 Benzagel Acne Lotion
  • 5 Benzagel Acne Gel
  • 5 Benzagel Acne Lotion
  • 5 Benzagel Acne Wash
  • Acetoxyl 10
  • Acetoxyl 2.5
  • Acetoxyl 20
  • Acetoxyl 5
  • Acnomel Bp 5
  • Alquam-X Acne Therapy Gel

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Bar
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Solution
  • Cream
  • Gel/Jelly
  • Liquid
  • Pad
  • Foam

Therapeutic Class: Antiacne Antibacterial

Precautions While Using Acetoxyl 10

During the first 3 weeks you are using benzoyl peroxide, your skin may become irritated. Also, your acne may seem to get worse before it gets better. If your skin problem has not improved within 4 to 6 weeks, check with your doctor.

Certain over-the-counter (OTC) acne products may cause rare and life-threatening allergic reactions. Check with your doctor right away if you have hives, itching, trouble breathing, swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, tightness in the throat, or feeling faint while using these acne products.

Do not use an OTC acne product again if you have developed a serious allergic reaction from it.

Avoid using any other topical medicine on the same area within 1 hour before or after using benzoyl peroxide. Otherwise, benzoyl peroxide may not work properly.

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.

This medicine may bleach hair or colored fabrics.

Check with your doctor at any time your skin becomes too dry or irritated. Your doctor can help you choose the right skin products for you to reduce skin dryness and irritation.

For the Consumer

Applies to benzoyl peroxide topical: topical bar, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical pad, topical soap, topical solution

Along with its needed effects, benzoyl peroxide topical (the active ingredient contained in Acetoxyl) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking benzoyl peroxide topical:

Less common or rare
  • Painful irritation of skin, including burning, blistering, crusting, itching, severe redness, or swelling
  • skin rash
Incidence not known
  • Difficult breathing
  • fainting
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the throat

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking benzoyl peroxide topical:

Symptoms of overdose
  • Burning, itching, scaling, redness, or swelling of skin (severe)

Some side effects of benzoyl peroxide topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Dryness or peeling of the skin (may occur after a few days)
  • feeling of warmth, mild stinging, and redness of the skin

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Benzoyl peroxide topical Breastfeeding Warnings

This drug should be used only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus. Excreted into human milk: Unknown Excreted into animal milk: Data not available Comments: This drug should not be applied to the breast area to avoid accidental ingestion by the infant.

Benzoyl Peroxide Identification

Substance Name

Benzoyl Peroxide

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Dermatologic Agents