Panoxyl, also called benzoyl peroxide, is used to treat acne. Acne is a common skin condition that affects 60 million Americans, particularly the 12 to 24 years age group. The cause of acne is generally unknown, and there is no cure for the condition. Panoxyl is effective in breaking down and washing away excess dirt, oil and dead cells from the skin and relieving the symptoms of acne due to the medication's drying effects and antibacterial properties.
Panoxyl works by cleaning, removing dead cells and killing the bacteria on the surface of the skin. This unblocks the sebaceous glands (skin glands that opens into the hair follicles and secretes sebum), reduces the inflammation and allows the sebum to escape, which relieves the symptoms of acne and clears up the skin. Do not use benzoyl peroxide (Panoxyl) topical on sunburned, wind burned or dry, chapped and irritated or broken skin. Wait for these conditions to heal before using this medication.
Panoxyl clears up acne and provides a good preventative and maintenance treatment against acne. This is a key factor in keep acne under control. Panoxyl comes in a variety of forms according to skin type and the extent of the skin condition. It's available as a lotion, a cream and an aqua or acne gel or as a liquid wash or bar soap.
Panoxyl, like all medications, has benefits and side effects. These side effects may include skin irritation, dry and peeling skin with stinging, redness or burning. Call your doctor for advice if you experience any of these symptoms. An allergic reaction may also occur. This is a serious medical emergency. The symptoms may include a rash or hives or swelling of the face, mouth and tongue or throat, along with difficulty breathing. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment if you experience any of these symptoms.
Follow your doctor or your pharmacist's advice or the instructions as directed on the Panoxyl container. Keep this product away from your hair or clothing since it has bleaching effects. Keep this product away from your eyes, mouth and mucosal tissues. Keep in mind that the treatment with Panoxyl will take several weeks to show improvement in the condition of the skin. Minimize your exposure to bright sunlight to prevent the risk of sunburn while you are using this product.
Do not use sunscreen that have PABA ingredient on the skin area that is treated with Panoxyl. This can cause skin discoloration. Avoid using Renova, Retin-A and Avita while using Panoxyl. Using these drugs together will cause skin irritation. Discuss your plans to take Panoxyl with your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to get pregnant.
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