Benzoyl Peroxide is an organic compound. It has a keratolytic property, i.e., it even out the uneven skin. When applied on acne, it releases oxygen which kills the bacteria. This is how it works to cure your acne.
You should remove all of the make-up. Wash your hands and the affected area and gently dry. Put a thin layer of Persol AC cream on the affected skin, using your fingertips. Apply it to the entire area affected by acne, not just each spot. After applying, wash your hands thoroughly with water.
Q. Should Persol AC be left on overnight?
At the beginning of the treatment, Persol AC is usually used once daily in the evening. The area is not washed off after application of Persol AC, so it can be left overnight unless you experience irritation. However, if you experience irritation, consult your doctor.
Q. What should prompt me to discontinue Persol AC?
You should discontinue Persol AC and consult your doctor if you experience severe local irritation, which means severe redness, dryness and itching and stinging/burning sensation.
Q. What precautions should be followed while applying Persol AC?
Use Persol AC only on your skin. Keep it away from areas like your eyes, eyelids, lips, mouth and inside of the nose. If the medicine comes in contact with any of these areas, wash the affected area with water immediately. Avoid using Persol AC on scratched or eroded skin and open wounds. Take care when using Persol AC on sensitive areas of skin such as your neck. Persol AC can make your skin more sensitive to the harmful effects of the sunlight. So, avoid the use of sunbeds/lamps and minimize the time you spend in the sun. You should use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while using Persol AC. Avoid contact with hair as Persol AC has bleaching properties. It can even bleach dyed or colored fabric, furniture or carpeting.
Q. How often should I apply Persol AC?
Initially, it should be applied once daily in the evening, as it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Later, the doctor may advise you to apply it twice daily (most probably morning and evening).
Q. How long does Persol AC take to show its effects?
You may see an improvement after 4-6 weeks of treatment. You may need to use this treatment for longer to see the full benefits. This is normal for acne treatments. If your acne does not get better after 1 month or if it gets worse, talk to your doctor immediately.
Q. Do you apply moisturizer before or after Persol AC?
You may apply moisturizer an hour after applying Persol AC. Consult your doctor in case of any doubt or concern.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.