Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
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Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel is a topical acne medication that’s often used to treat and prevent breakouts. Perrigo is a leading provider of over-the-counter healthcare products. While your healthcare provider may recommend benzoyl peroxide gel, you do not need a prescription for this skin care solution. It’s important to understand the different strengths that are available, as well as the proper use for this product.
How it Works
Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel breaks down into benzoic acid and hydrogen peroxide when applied to your skin. The hydrogen peroxide is the key ingredient that helps address acne problems. Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that kills propionibacterium, which causes whiteheads and blackheads. Bacteria do not develop a resistance to benzoyl peroxide as they do to some other antibiotics.
Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel may also help clear blocked pores, which can further reduce breakouts.
Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel is available over the counter at many pharmacies and big-box stores. You can also order it online through numerous retailers. This acne gel is available in three concentrations: 2.5%, 5%, and 10%.
Though you do not need a doctor's prescription to purchase Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel, you may request one. With a prescription from your doctor, your insurance may cover some of the cost of this acne treatment, depending on your provider and the type of coverage that you have.
Over the counter, you can typically expect to pay between $15 and $20 for a 2.1-oz. tube of Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel.
Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel can cause skin irritation. You should begin with a 2.5% concentration the first time you use this product. Conduct a sensitivity test the first time you use this product. Apply the gel to one or two small areas for the first three days of use. If no irritation or discomfort occurs, you can continue to use the gel over a larger area.
Begin with one daily application and gradually increase to up to three applications a day. If drying, peeling, or redness occurs, decrease the frequency of use. Contact your doctor if you experience severe skin irritation with this product.
If Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel is swallowed, get immediate medical help or contact a Poison Control Center.
Contact sensitization occurs in about 10 to 25 of every 1,000 patients using Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel. The most common reactions are:
- Excessive dryness.
- Peeling skin.
- Flaking skin.
- Extreme redness.
- Burning or stinging on application.
These reactions typically occur when first using the gel. You can often manage this effect by reducing the frequency of use. Some side effects, like a burning sensation or redness, may dissipate just a few minutes after use.
Less frequent side effects may include:
- Cracked skin.
- Severe discomfort.
You should begin with a 2.5% concentration of benzoyl peroxide gel. Only increase to a 5% or 10% concentration if you're comfortably handling regular applications of the 2.5% gel.
Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel may interact with other acne medications. Known interactions can occur with:
- Adapalene topical.
- Bexarotene topical.
- Dapsone topical.
- Tretinoin topical.
- Trifarotene topical.
If you're using any of these acne medications, speak with your doctor before adding Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel to your skin care routine.
You should not use Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel if you have a hypersensitivity to benzoyl peroxide or any other ingredients in the gel. The safety and effectiveness of this product have not been tested in children under the age of 12.
How do I get a prescription for Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide Gel through Nurx?
Nurx does not carry Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel, but our medical providers can prescribe other topical acne treatments.
Can I buy Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide Gel online through Nurx?
No, you cannot get this drug online from Nurx but it is widely available through most retailers.
How long would it take to deliver this drug if I bought it online?
Delivery times vary by website. Nurx does not offer Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel.
Which benzoyl peroxide gel is good for acne?
You can use nearly any benzoyl peroxide gel for Propionibacterium acne. It's best to start with a gel that has a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide at 2.5%.
Can Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide Gel help treat body acne?
Yes, you can use Perrigo Benzoyl Peroxide Gel as a spot treatment for acne on your body. Due to the high benzoyl peroxide concentration in the gel, this product is not recommended for all-over application. If you want to treat and prevent acne on a large portion of the body, consider using a benzoyl peroxide body wash formulated for this purpose.
How do you use Perrigo benzoyl peroxide?
Conduct a sensitivity test for three days before using Perrigo benzoyl peroxide gel on a large area. After the sensitivity test, you can begin using this gel once a day. Cleanse the area before application. Spread a thin layer of the benzoyl peroxide gel on the affected area. If you do not experience any discomfort, you can gradually increase your applications to three times a day.
Should I leave benzoyl peroxide gel on overnight?
Over the first three days of use, you should only leave the benzoyl peroxide gel on for two or three hours, then wash it off. For continued use beyond the first three days, you can leave the gel on overnight.
How effective is benzoyl peroxide gel?
Benzoyl peroxide gel is considered the most effective over-the-counter acne treatment available. It can take several weeks for this gel to reach its full effectiveness.
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