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- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Chemical properties
Generally about Benzoyl Peroxide
Pronunciation: BEn-zoe-ill per-Ox-ide
is used to treat mild to moderate acne and is an anti-acne product
for topical use only.
It induces an antibacterial effect around sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands secrete sebum — an oily substance which has a protection role. In excesses it forms a wonderful place for bacterial growing.
Microorganisms, which naturally living on our skin, take advantage of this environment with "free food" and populate the glands and the pores. Our organism reacts with an inflammatory process; it kills the bacteria and collects all the pus ("garbage") in a pustule. This is what we use to call Acne.
It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away.
Benzoyl Peroxide is a chemical in the organic peroxide family. It consists of two benzoyl groups (benzaldehyde with the H of CHO removed).
There are no studies regarding Benzoyl Peroxide's action on mammals or on human reproductive system. Its teratogenic risk is undetermined. However, Benzoyl Peroxide is commonly used by the pregnant also, even in medical literature there are no reports on Benzoyl Peroxide's action on milk-feeding mothers and pregnant.
Benzoyl Peroxide based cream contains water. Water is used for its moisturizing effect, but it doesn't offer all the hydratation the skin needs after Benzoyl Peroxide
usage. It is recommended to moist you skin with a oil-free, water-based gel or moisturizers after a BP cream.
In case you forgot a dose, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
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Before starting Benzoyl Peroxide cure:
- Molecular formula: C14h20O4
- Density (g cm-3): 1.33
- Appearance: white powder or crystals
- Melting point: ca. 105 C (decomposes)
- Flash point: 41 C
- Autoignition temperature: 80 C
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide or any other drugs, aliments.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, including vitamins.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
is for external use only.
Benzoyl Peroxide in pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using BP, call your doctor, so he/she could decide .
Benzoyl peroxide topical is the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether benzoyl peroxide topical will be harmful to an unborn baby.
Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk. Do not use benzoyl peroxide topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
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