Benzoyl peroxide

Active ingredient description

Benzoyl peroxide is a highly lipophilic, oxidising agent with keratolytic and bacteriocidal effects. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne vulgaris is primarily attributable to its antibacterial activity, especially with respect to Propionibacterium acnes. Benzoyl peroxide is also believed to be effective in the treatment of acne on account of its anti-inflammatory and mild keratolytic properties.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code
Group title
Classification
Benzoyl peroxide
D Dermatologicals → D10 Anti-acne preparations → D10A Anti-acne preparations for topical use → D10AE Peroxides
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Medicines

Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient of these drugs:

Drug
Countries

Ireland United Kingdom

Estonia Germany Lithuania

Austria Germany Poland

Finland

Canada Hong Kong Netherlands New Zealand South Africa

Poland

Canada

Austria Germany

Canada

Hong Kong Ireland Poland South Africa

Germany

France

France

South Africa

South Africa

Cyprus

Spain

Spain

Brazil

Benzoyl peroxide is also found within below combination drugs:

ACANYA , ACNE PLUS , ALESA , BENZACLIN , BENZAMYCIN , BENZAMYCINE , BENZOLAC-CL , CLIENZO , CLINDOXYL , DUAC , EFFEZEL , EPIDUO , ERYBENZ , INDOXYL , NEUAC , ONEXTON , QUINODERM , TACTUPUMP

Product monographs

Medicine agencies around the world have authorized marketing of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title
Type
Country
Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)
UK
Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)
NZ

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

3D molecular structure

3D representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

Unique ingredient identifier (UNII)

W9WZN9A0GM - BENZOYL PEROXIDE

CAS registry number

94-36-0 - Benzoyl peroxide

SNOMED-CT

88145002 - Benzoyl peroxide (substance)

91598004 - Benzoyl peroxide (substance)