The effect of benzoyl peroxide on acne

Acta Derm Venereol. 1981;61(3):267-9.


A double-blind study of two commonly used (5%) benzoyl peroxide-containing preparations showed that they were equally effective in the treatment of acne. With these treatments there was a reduction in P. acnes, Micrococcaceae and surface-free fatty acids. These data support the continued use of benzoyl peroxide preparations in the treatment of acne.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / drug therapy*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Benzoyl Peroxide / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peroxides / therapeutic use*
  • Propionibacterium acnes / drug effects
  • Skin / microbiology


  • Peroxides
  • Benzoyl Peroxide