Benzolac - Benefits, dosage and side effects

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Benzolac - Benefits, dosage and side effects
Benzolac - Benefits, dosage and side effects

Benzolac is a product that is useful for treating mild to moderate acne. This drug is in the form of a gel that is used on the skin with acne. Benzolac contains benzoyl peroxide

Benzolac contains benzoyl peroxide which works by killing acne-causing bacteria, reducing inflammation, and helping reduce clogging of skin pores. This drug is also believed to speed up the process of skin cell replacement.

Benzolac - allodokter
Benzolac - allodokter

Benzolac Products

There are 3 types of Benzolac available in Indonesia, namely:

  • Benzolac 2½

    Benzolac 2½ contains benzoyl peroxide in a concentration of 2.5%.

  • Benzolac 5

    Benzolac 5 contains 5% benzoyl peroxide.

  • Benzolac CL

    In addition to containing benzoyl peroxide with a concentration of 5%, Benzolac CL also contains clindamycin with a concentration of 1.2%.

What is Benzolac

Active ingredients Benzoyl peroxide
Class Limited over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs
Categories Acne medication
Benefits Overcoming acne
Used by Adults and children over 12 years old
Combination of Clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide in Benzolac for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

It is not yet known whether Benzolac can be absorbed into breast milk or not. Breastfeeding mothers are advised to consult a doctor before using this drug.

Medicine form Gel

Warning Before Using Benzolac

Before using this medicine, you need to pay attention to the following points:

  • Do not use Benzolac if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medicine, such as benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or are currently suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (enteritis), ulcerative colitis, or inflammation of the intestines associated with taking antibiotics.
  • Tell your doctor if you have atopic dermatitis or any other skin disorder.
  • Benzolac is not intended for use in children under 12 years of age.
  • As much as possible avoid exposure to the sun for too long while undergoing treatment with Benzolac, because this drug can cause the skin to become more sensitive to light. Always use sunscreen when you are outdoors.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, supplements or herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
  • See your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction or overdose after taking Benzolac.

Dosage and Instructions for Use of Benzolac

The following are the general dosages for using Benzolac in the treatment of acne in adults and children over the age of 12:

  • Benzolac 2½ and Benzolac 5

    Apply the gel on the skin with acne, 1-2 times a day.

  • Benzolac CL

    Apply the gel thinly on the skin with acne, once a day at night.

The duration of using Benzolac will be determined according to the condition and severity of acne. Carry out regular check-ups according to the schedule given by the doctor, so that your condition is monitored.

How to Use Benzolac Correctly

Follow the doctor's advice and read the information on the medicine package before using Benzolac. Do not increase or decrease the dose, and do not extend the period of use of the drug without a doctor's advice.

In the first use, you must make sure that there is no allergic reaction on the skin. The trick, apply Benzolac on some areas of acne, then observe the reaction in three days.

Always wash your hands before and after using Benzolac. Make sure the part of the skin you want to treat is clean and dry. Apply Benzolac only to the acne-prone area, avoiding the area around the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The content of benzoyl peroxide in Benzolac can make hair or skin color whiter, avoid contact between the drug and your hair or clothes.

If you forget to use Benzolac, it is recommended to do it immediately if the break with the next scheduled use is not too close. If it's close, ignore it and don't double the dose.

Store Benzolac in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep this medicine out of reach of children

Interaction of Benzolac with Other Drugs

The benzoyl peroxide in Benzolac can decrease the effectiveness of tretinoin, isotretinoin, or tazarotene. In addition, this drug also causes skin and facial hair to turn yellow in color when used with products containing sulfonamides or sulfones.

To be safe, always consult with your doctor about any medications, supplements, or herbal products you are currently using.

Side Effects and Dangers of Benzolac

Some of the side effects that can occur after using Benzolac are:

  • Dry or peeling skin
  • Redness, itching, or burning sensation on the skin
  • Swelling in the treated skin area
  • stomach ache
  • Diarrhea

Check with your doctor if the above side effects don't subside or get worse. You should also see a doctor immediately if you experience an allergic drug reaction after using Benzolac.