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Generic Name: Benzoyl Peroxide Cream (BEN-zoyl per-OX-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Acne Treatment and Clearskin

Clearskin Cream is used for:

Treating acne.

Clearskin Cream is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be due to its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions.

Do NOT use Clearskin Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clearskin Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Clearskin Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clearskin Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clearskin Cream. However, no specific interactions with Clearskin Cream are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Clearskin Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Clearskin Cream:

Use Clearskin Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use, wet the affected area.
  • To use the shaving cream - Apply the cream, gently rub over the area, and shave. Rinse and pat dry. Wash your hands after using Clearskin Cream.
  • To use the cream - Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after using Clearskin Cream.
  • If you miss a dose of Clearskin Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clearskin Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Use on the skin only. Avoid getting Clearskin Cream in your eyes, on the inside of your nose or mouth, on highly inflamed or damaged skin, or on your lips. If you get Clearskin Cream in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
  • Avoid applying Clearskin Cream to raw or irritated skin, including sunburns, or to open wounds.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue to use Clearskin Cream for the full time recommended by your doctor. If your acne does not improve or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines, special cleansers, aftershave, or cosmetics on your skin.
  • Clearskin Cream may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Clearskin Cream. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Clearskin Cream may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
  • Clearskin Cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clearskin Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clearskin Cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clearskin Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clearskin Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; stinging; swelling of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; dizziness; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); excessive burning, itching, redness, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness; swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include excessive scaling; flushing; redness; swelling.

Proper storage of Clearskin Cream:

Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly-closed container, away from fire, flame, heat, and light. Keep Clearskin Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clearskin Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clearskin Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clearskin Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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