The Web Health


Acne 10 gel (topical)

Generic name: benzoyl peroxide [ben-zoey-il-per-ox-ide]

drug class: topical acne agents

What is Acne 10 gel?

Topical benzoyl peroxide is utilized for treating acne. It can also be applied to other skin problems, as recommended by your physician. Epsolay (r) topical cream can combat the inflammation of skin lesions (pimples or red bumps) that are caused by rosacea.

Epsolay (r) topical cream is only available on prescription from your physician. Certain skin care products are sold without a prescription.

Before you Take Acne 10 gel

If you decide to try any medicine, the dangers of using it need to be considered in relation to the benefits it can bring. The decision is one that you and your physician will make. In this case, the factors to consider are:


Discuss with your doctor if you are ever experiencing any strange or allergic reactions to this medication or any other medication. Be sure to inform your health specialist if you suffer from any different types of allergies, for example, to food items, dyes, preservatives, or even animals. When using products that are not prescription-only, you must look over the label or ingredients with care.


No appropriate studies have been conducted on the relationship between age and the impact of epsolay(r) topical cream on children. Its safety and effectiveness haven't been proven.

Though appropriate studies regarding the connection between age and benzoyl peroxide's effects applied to the skin haven't been conducted for children 12 years old or older, none of the issues pertaining to children's health have been reported up to now.


Studies that are appropriate to this point have not identified geriatric-specific issues that could hinder the use of epsolay(r) topical creams for people who are elderly.

While appropriate research on the relationship between age and the effect of benzoyl peroxide applied to the skin hasn't been conducted on the population of geriatrics, no specific problems for geriatrics have been identified to date.

How to Take Acne 10 gel?

It is vital to use this medication strictly as prescribed. Make sure you do not take more than you are prescribed; don't make it more frequent or for longer periods of time. Also, do not take it more frequently than your doctor has instructed. This could result in irritation to your skin. It is possible that you will need to apply the medication for a few months or even weeks before your skin begins to appear better. The addition of more medicine won't make it more effective.

The medicine is accompanied by the patient's information leaflet. Take the leaflet and read it with care. Consult your physician if you are unsure.

The medicine should be used on the skin. Don't get it in your nose, eyes, lips, mouth, or vagina. Avoid using it on the skin where there are scratches, cuts, or sunburn. If it gets into these areas, clean them immediately.

When making use of any otc acne cream for the first time, apply a very small quantity to one or two smaller areas affected by the skin for three days. If there is no irritation, then follow the guidelines on the information label on the bottle.

Cleanse your hands using soap and water prior to and after applying the medicine.

For use in applying the cream:

  • Be sure that your skin is dry and clean before applying the medicine.
  • Place a thin coating on the areas affected, then lightly rub it in.
  • When you first begin to make use of this product, you must prime the pump by pressing it down until the very first drop of cream releases.

For use with the lotion, gel, or any other stick:

  • After applying the cream, wash the affected area using a water-based soap that is not medicated or a mild cleanser. After that, lightly pat dry using an absorbent towel.
  • Make sure you apply enough medicine to the area affected and massage the area gently.

For the shaving cream:

  • Be sure to moisten the area to be shaved.
  • Make sure you apply a little bit of shave cream and rub it gently over the entire surface.
  • Shave. Cleanse and wipe dry.
  • Aftershave lotions and other dry products for your face should not be applied without checking with your physician before using them.

For use with the bar of cleansing soap or cleanser:

  • Make sure to clean the areas affected as instructed.

For use with the face mask:

  • After applying the cream, wash the area affected with the non-medicated cleanser. Rinse and dry.
  • In a circular motion, apply a thin coating of the mask in an even layer across the area.
  • Let the mask dry for between 15 and 25 minutes.
  • After that, wash thoroughly in hot water, and then dry.

Do not wash areas of the skin that are treated by benzoyl peroxide for at least one hour following application.

Do not get this medication in your hair or on dyed fabrics. The medication can bleach your hair or the color of your fabric.

Details on Dosage

The dosage of this medication is different for various patients. Always follow your doctor's instructions or the instructions on the prescription label. The information below is only for the doses that are typical of this medication. If you have a dose that differs, don't alter it until your physician advises you to change it.

The quantity of medication you are taking is determined by the strength of the drug. Additionally, the number of doses you will take daily, the amount of time between doses, and how long you use the medication will depend on the condition that you're treating with the medication.

  • To treat acne:
  • For topical dosage forms (cleansing bars):
  • Adults and children twelve or older two or three times per day or as prescribed by your physician.
  • Children under 12 years old: use and dose should be approved by your physician.
  • Topical dosage forms (cleansing cream, lotion, and gel):
  • Adults and children twelve to twelve years old and older: use on the skin area(s) that are on the surface of your skin one or two at a time throughout the day.
  • Children who are younger than 12 years old: Your dosage and dosage must be determined by your physician.
  • For topical dosage form (facial mask):
  • Children and adults older than 12 years old: Take once a week or according to the instructions of your physician.
  • Children who are younger than 12 years of age: The dosage and dosage must be established by your doctor.
  • For topical dosage form (lotion):
  • Children and adults 12 or older should touch the skin area(s) on the face from 1 to 4 times per day.
  • Children who are younger than 12 years old: use and dosage must be confirmed by your physician.
  • For topical dosage forms (sticks):
  • Adults and children twelve to twelve years old and older: use the affected area(s) on the face between 1 and 3 times daily.
  • Children under 12 years old: use and dose should be determined by a doctor.
  • Inflammatory lesions caused by rosacea
  • For topical dosage form (cream):
  • Adults: Apply it to the affected area of the face once per day.
  • The dosage and use for children must be approved by your physician.

What Happens if I Miss a Dose?

If you have missed a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. If it's close to the time for the next dose, you can skip the missed dose and get back to your normal dosing regimen.

What should be Avoided?

It is vital that you have your doctor review your progress on a regular basis to determine if the medication is in good working order and also to look for negative side effects.

To patients who use the epistolary (r) topical cream:

  • The medicine could cause severe allergic reactions like angioedema and anaphylaxis, which may be life-threatening and require urgent medical care. Consult your physician in case you notice chest tightness, cough, trouble swallowing, dizziness, rapid pulse, hives, itchiness, or a rash on your skin or an enlarged, hive-like swell on the cheeks, eyelids, lips, throats, tongues, feet, hands, legs, or sex organs. Difficulty breathing, weakness, or fatigue.
  • Severe skin reactions (e.g., skin irritation, contact dermatitis) that include irritation, pain, burning, redness, peeling, stinging, scaling, or swelling of the skin may happen during treatment with the medication. A doctor could advise that you use a moisturizing product for skin irritation.
  • This medication can increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun. Wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing when you're outside. Stay clear of tanning beds and sunlamps.

In the initial 3 days after you use benzoyl peroxide for the first time, the skin can become sensitive. In addition, your acne could be worsening until it improves. If your skin condition persists after four to six weeks, talk to your physician.

Certain prescription (otc) acne-related products can result in rare, dangerous allergic reactions. Talk to your doctor now if you notice an allergic reaction, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or tongue, feeling tight in the throat, or feeling faint when applying these products to treat acne.

Don't use any otc acne treatment product after you've had an allergic reaction that is severe to the product.

Beware of using another topical treatment around the same site for at least one hour prior to or following the use of benzoyl peroxide. If not, the benzoyl peroxide will not function properly.

Unless you are told otherwise by your physician, it's crucial not to use these skin care products within the same region, such as benzoyl peroxide.

  • Other products for acne on the face or skincare products that have an ingredient that peels (e.g., resorcinol, sulfur, salicylic acid, and tretinoin);
  • Hair products that can be irritating, like permanents and products to remove hair;
  • Skin products that cause sensitivity to sunlight, for example, those that contain spice or lime,
  • Products for skin that contain a significant quantity of alcohol, like astringents, shaving creams, or shaving lotions for aftershave;
  • Products for the skin that can be too dry or rough include some products for the skin, like products, soaps, and skin cleansers.

Using these items in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide could cause minor to extreme irritation to the skin. However, skin irritation may occur in some cases, and doctors may permit benzoyl peroxide to be applied in conjunction with retinoids to treat acne. Most often, tretinoin will be applied after a night's sleep to ensure it won't create a conflict when combined with other products for topical use that you apply in the daytime. Consult your physician before applying any other medications for the skin using benzoyl peroxide.

Consult your physician at any time your skin gets overly dry or inflamed. Your physician can help you select the best product for your skin to minimize dryness and irritation.

Side effects of Acne 10 gel

As well as their necessary benefits, some medicines may produce unwanted side effects. While not all adverse effects can happen, if they do, they could require medical attention.

Talk to your doctor promptly. If you experience any of these negative side effects:

A little less common

  • The pain, burning, blistering, or changing color of dryness itching, peeling, swelling, redness, or inflammation of the skin area to which the medication is applied

Mild effects

  • Chest tightness
  • Cough
  • Difficulties in swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Itching, hives, or skin eruptions
  • An increase in the skin's sensitivity to light
  • Large, hive-like swellings around the eyes, face, mouth, tongue, and legs. Feet or even sex organs
  • Redness, or any other coloration, of the skin
  • Severe sunburn
  • Eyelids, lips, or the tongue
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Abnormal tiredness, weakness, or apathy

There are some side effects that can occur, but they usually don't require medical treatment. They may fade in the course of treatment as your body adjusts to it. In addition, your healthcare expert may provide suggestions on ways to reduce or prevent certain side effects. Consult your health care specialist if any of the symptoms listed below persist, cause discomfort, or if you have questions regarding them:

Adverse side effects

  • The skin may peel or dry. Skin (which may be seen after a couple of days)
  • Sensation of warmth, slight stinging, as well as redness and irritation of the skin

Additional side effects that are not mentioned can also happen in certain patients. If you experience any additional symptoms, consult your doctor.

Interaction with other drugs

While certain medications should not be combined in any way, there are instances where two medicines can be taken together, even if interactions could occur. If this happens, you may be advised by your physician to adjust the dosage or take other precautions as needed. Discuss with your healthcare provider whether you're using any nonprescription or prescription (over-the-counter [otc]) medication.

Involvement with alcohol, tobacco, and food

Certain medications should not be consumed when eating foods or eating specific types of foods, as they could cause interactions. The use of tobacco or alcohol together with specific medicines can result in interactions. Talk to your doctor about when you take your medication in conjunction with alcohol, food, or tobacco.

Other medical problems

Any other medical conditions could impact the use of this drug. Be sure to inform your physician if you suffer from any medical issues, particularly:

  • Dermatitis, seborrhea,
  • Eczema (skin problem)
  • Skin irritation can result from sunburn when patients suffer from these diseases.