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Generic name: benzoyl peroxide topical [BEN-zoyl-per-OX-ide]
Brand names: Acne Foaming Cream Face Cleanser, Acne-Clear, Benzac AC, Benzac AC Wash, Benzac W,
Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Inova?

Benzoyl peroxide is antibacterial. It has a mildly drying effect that allows dirt and excess oils to be washed off the skin.Inova (for skin) is used for acne treatment.

Benzoyl peroxide is available in many different brands and forms. This leaflet does not list all brands.Inova can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Inova

Inova may cause a serious allergic reaction or skin irritation. These reactions can occur within minutes of applying the medication or even a few days later.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Inova immediately and seek emergency medical attention: hives; itching; difficulty breathing; feeling light-headed or swollen face, lips, throat, or tongue.

If you notice any of the following side effects, stop using benzoyl and call your doctor immediately.

  • Itching or burning that is severe
  • A severe stinging sensation or redness.

Inova can cause the following side effects:

  • Mild stinging or mild burning
  • Itching or tingling feeling
  • Skin dryness, flaking, or peeling
  • Redness or other irritation.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

Doxycycline, metronidazole topical, Clindamycin topical, topical erythromycin, tetracycline, metrogel, and benzoyl peroxide topical


Benzoyl peroxide may cause a serious allergic reaction, such as hives or itching, and severe skin irritation. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the medicine immediately.

Before you take this drug

If you are allergic or have any of the following:

  • Very sensitive skin

If you suffer from skin disorders or allergies, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether Inova can be used safely.

Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing.This medicine should not be given to children without consulting a doctor.

What is Inova, and how should I use it?

Inova may cause an allergic reaction or severe skin irritation. You can apply a small amount of the medicine to test for a reaction before you begin using it. Apply a small amount of medicine to one or two small acne spots every day for three days. On the fourth day, if there is no reaction to the medicine, you can use the full amount prescribed.Follow the directions on the label, or those prescribed by your physician.

Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin. Use only on the skin. Do not apply to open wounds, sunburned or windburned skin, or dry or irritated areas. Inova should not be used on open wounds or areas with eczema. Use this medication only after these conditions have healed.After applying the medication, wash your hands.

The skin that needs to be treated should be cleaned and blotted dry. Apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide and gently rub it in.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication. If you don't understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Shake the medication before every use.

Cover the treated area only if your doctor tells you to.Benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics or hair. Do not let this medication come into contact with your clothing or hair.Your symptoms may not improve for several weeks. Continue to take the medication according to instructions, and inform your doctor if you do not see improvement in your symptoms.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are close to your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

If Inova enters your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.Avoid skin products that can cause irritation. These include harsh soaps and shampoos, permanent hair dyes or chemicals, hair removal or waxes, as well as skin products containing alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Avoid tanning beds or exposure to the sun. When you're outdoors, wear protective clothing and use sunblock with SPF 30 or higher.

Interaction with other drug

Benzoyl peroxide can cause serious skin irritation if you apply it while using topical medicine. Some brands that contain tretinoin are Avita Renova Retin-A, Tretin-X, and others.Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.