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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,… show all 37 brands
Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Persa-Gel?

Benzoyl peroxide is a natural antibacterial. Also, it has a slight drying effect that lets dirt and oils be easily removed from the face. Persa Gel (for the face) is a remedy for acne. There are numerous varieties and brands of benzoyl peroxide that are available. There aren't all the brands mentioned in this brochure. Persa-Gel is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Persa-Gel

Persa-Gel could trigger an extremely rare but severe allergic reaction to the skin or cause severe irritation. The reactions can occur within an hour after the application of the medication and may last for a few days or more afterward.

Stop taking Persa-Gel and seek medical emergency assistance if you are experiencing indications or warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as itching, hives, breathing difficulties, and feeling lightheaded or swollen cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and contact your physician immediately in case you experience any of the following side effects on your treated skin:

  • Extreme burning or itching;
  • Redness or severe stinging
  • Swelling or

Common adverse effects of Persa-Gel could include:

  • Minor burning or stinging
  • Sensation of tingling or itching;
  • Skin dryness, peeling, or flaking;
  • The redness or irritation could be caused by other factors.

This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Others could happen. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

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


Benzoyl peroxide could cause a rare but serious allergic reaction or extreme inflammation of the skin. Stop using this medicine immediately and seek medical assistance if you suffer from itching, hives, trouble breathing, feeling lightheaded, or swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use benzoyl peroxide if you are allergic to this chemical or suffer from:

  • Extremely sensitive skin.

Consult a physician or pharmacist to see if Persa Gel is suitable for you if you suffer from any skin problems or are allergic to it. Talk to your doctor prior to taking this medication if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Do not administer this medicine to a child unless you have medical guidance.

How to take Persa Gel?

Persa-Gel may cause a serious but rare allergic reaction to the skin or cause severe discomfort. Before you start using this product, you can apply an initial "test dose" to see whether you are experiencing an allergic reaction. Apply a tiny amount of the drug to a couple of small areas of acne each day for three consecutive days. If there isn't any reaction, apply the full dose on the fourth day. Follow exactly the instructions on the label or as recommended by your doctor.

Do not chew it. Topical medicines are for use solely on the skin. Avoid using it on open wounds, sunburned, windburned, or irritated skin. Avoid using Persa-Gel on the skin around wounds or the areas affected by eczema. Make sure that the condition has been healed before applying this medication. Cleanse your hands prior to and after applying the medication.

Clean and dry the area to be treated. Apply benzoyl peroxide in thin layers and gently rub it in. Take note of and follow the instructions for use that come with your medication. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you don't understand the instructions. You might have to shake the medication at least prior to every use. Cover the area unless your physician has instructed you to. Benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair or clothing. Do not let this product be in the hair of your clothes.

It could take a few weeks before you notice improvement in your symptoms. Continue to take the medication according to the directions, and inform your physician if you feel your symptoms don't improve. Place it in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Apply the medicine as fast as you are able, but do not take the dose you missed if it is getting close to the time of the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.

What will happen if I take excessively?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Rinse your eyes with water if you have Persa-Gel getting into your mouth or eyes. Avoid using products for skin that can cause irritation, like harsh shampoos, soaps for hair coloring, permanent hair removers, chemicals, or waxes, as well as skin products that contain alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds. Be sure to wear protective attire and apply sunblock (SPF 30 or greater) while you're outdoors.

Interaction with other drugs

Applying benzoyl peroxide when you're using Tretinoin topical medication can cause extreme skin irritation. The brands that contain tretinoin are Avita, Renova, Retin-A, Tretin-X, and many others.

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by other medicines you take. However, many drugs interact with each other. Be sure to inform your health care professionals about any medications you take, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.