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Top Ten Best Benzoyl Peroxide Products for Acne

Updated on August 8, 2010

Some of the most effective and popular acne treatments contain benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient including popular products such as Clearasil and ProActive. Some of the most popular are 2.5% benzoyl peroxide products which most people find effective and can tolerate very well. Benzoyl peroxide however needs to be used carefully as there are some side effects such as itching, redness and dryness. These problems are more likely to occur if you use a product with a higher concentration of this ingredient so it would be a good idea to start with a lower concentration until you see how your skin is reacting. There are many over the counter acne products containing benzoyl peroxide and we will look at the ones that are the most popular with users in this hub.

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No 1 ZAPZYT Maximum Strength 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel is a high concentration gel that is designed to kill acne causing bacteria fast. It is pleasant to use and disappears into the skin on application. It comes with a full refund guarantee if it does not clear your skin.

Customers at Amazon gave ZAPZYT Maximum Strength 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel a four and a half star rating. users were pleased by how quickly this product worked to fight blemishes, redness, swelling and soreness while feeling mild on the skin.

Quote: 'I was surprised at how quickly I noticed a difference. It was easy to use and didn't feel harsh on my skin. I've used blemish treatments before that left my skin red and sore. This was very mild, but seemed to have a quick effect on the blemishes. I was very pleased with the product and do plan to order again it once I run out.'


A great product to clear up outbreaks quickly. It is a high concentration so take care if you haven't used a benzoyl peroxide product before.

No 2 Clearasil Ultra Acne Solution System contains the products needed for the Clearasil three step program including a daily face wash, daily toner, daily lotion and rapid action treatment cream. The face wash contains 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate and the skin and keep the pores clean to prevent any breakouts. It should be used twice a day. The lotion contains 0.5% salicylic acid and is designed to hydrate the skin and also to prevent breakouts. The rapid action treatment cream contains 10% benzoyl peroxide to improve the skin within hours.

Customers at Amazon gave the Clearasil Ultra Acne Solution System an average rating of four stars. Customers found to to be effective and cheaper than many other alternatives.

Quote:'I've been using this clearasil acne kit for about a month and my face has almost totally cleared up.' and 'I have used EVERYTHING from Proactiv, to Acne Free to Noxema and Clearasil is the best thing yet! It is not harsh on my skin and it really does work! I am 31 years old and still have occasional breakouts....this is the stuff for me! I highly recommend it!'


An excellent complete system to fight acne that works and is reasonably priced.

No 3 8 oz. Treatment contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and it is recommended that you use it in conjunction with the detailed instructions at It is less drying than many other benzoyl peroxide products and well liked by customers. Quote: 'it works wonderfully! I feel like my skin actually looks not only clearer but healthier and more vibrant! ' and 'Overall I am very pleased. I have had no irritation and my skin is clearer than it has ever been! (And I have tried many other treatments, including antibiotics and prescription washes). I would recommend this treatment to anyone with any sort of acne issues. '

Not everyone is following the regime laid down at but still find this product effective and good value for money.


A mild non-drying product that is effective and well tolerated by most people.

No 4 Proactiv Solution 4-pc. Acne Treatment System contains a cleanser, toner, lotion and mask. The cleanser is oil free and contains prescription grade benzoyl peroxide plus exfoliationg beads to clean pores and help to prevent further breakouts. The alcohol free toner gently hydrates and contains botanicals to soother irritated skin.The lotion is formulated with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide that is gentle and non-irritating. The mask contains sulfur to also fight acne breakouts.

This is a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide than in some other products so may be more suitable for those who haven't used this ingredient before and who have mild to moderate acne.

Customers at Amazon gave it an average of four stars and found it effective if used consistently. Don't expect overnight results but will work given time and regular use.


A milder treatment than some so good if you are new to using benzoyl peroxide or find that higher concentrations cause irritation and redness. may take longer to work than the higher concentration products.

No 5 Oxy Maximum Daily Face Wash contains 10% benzoyl peroxide for aggressively treating acne and preventing future breakouts. Deep cleasing to release oxygen that kills acne causing bacteria.

Oxy Maximum Daily Face Wash very well liked by customers at amazon who gave it a five star rating.quote: 'I have been using it for about 4-5 years now and could not be happier.' and 'I am Black woman over 40. And, I love this face wash. As compared to other acne treatments, Oxy is very inexpensive.'

It is not recommended for anyone with sensitive skin as 10% benzoyl peroxide can be harsh and irritating.

No 6 PanOxyl Bar 10% contains 10% benzoyl peroxide for maximum effect and removes dirt and oil and effectively cleans the pores. Can also be used for chest and back acne. It may be a little harsh to use on the face so use it sparingly at first until you see how your skin reacts. There is also a 5% panOxy bar available for those with sensitive skin.

This benzoyl peroxide product is well liked by users and has a four star rating at Amazon.

Quote:'I have only been using it at night and have been very impressed. The breakout areas were immediately clearer (almost gone).' and 'I tried it out and after using it on my back once a day while in the shower, I saw results after only 3 days. After 2-3 weeks of use, my back was virtually spotless. I'm so glad I found this soap!' and 'This product works better than anything I've used in my years of suffering with acne. I've used everything you can imagine and have spent a lot of money doing it. I use it on my chest and back and have seen the same great results.'


Effective and good value for money.

No 7 AcneFree Clear Skin System, 3-Step Kit is a non-irritating product that uses a time release system that works consistently to deliver benzoyl peroxide directly onto the skin. Should be used twice a day for the bets results. A cleanser exfoliates and cleanses the skin and removes dirt and unclogs pores. It then delivers the benzoyl peroxide to kill the acne causing bacteria. The toner removes the dead skin cells and oil and the repairing lotion contains 3.7% benzoyl peroxide to attack bacteria and prevent outbreaks.

The AcneFree Clear Skin System received an average rating of three and a half stars at Amazon. 

Quote: 'Try this product. Stick with it because it will work eventually. And, as someone who has finally woken up with beautiful skin after trying desperately to achieve this for ten years, I can tell you it feels great.' and 'money being short I tried this instead.
In two days, my skin was totally cleared up. In four, it felt better and looked better than it had in years.' and 'We have been using this product for almost two years and are very happy with the results.'

No 8 Dr. Sheffield's 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Maximum Strength Clear Zit is a full strength product that is designed to be non-drying and oil free. it is advertised as odourless, although some customers disagree ,and completely disappears on the skin. It's cheap at around

Customers on Amazon like this product and report that it works. Quote:'It really does work. I use it on small areas on my face if i have a breakout and only at nighttime. By morning I have noticed a big difference on the size of the blemish and within a day or two it's gone! The only con I'll say is it has a medicine smell to it not a bad strong smell but you do smell it on you face.I figure since it gets rid of the blemish's it's worth it.' and 'My family has been using this product for a while, and we all love it. We have tried other products and they don't work as well. It is very powerful, so be careful not to use too much, because it can dry out your skin. Great product for anyone.'


A cheap, full strength benzoyl peroxide product that works. Like all such products it can be drying to the skin so use a good moisturiser.

No 9 DDF-Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Benzoyl Peroxide Gel (5%) is less harsh than some of the other 10% products and contains tea tree oil which has also been shown to be effective against the acne causing bacteria. Recommended to be used once daily until the skin is accustomed to it when you can start to apply two or three times a day. It received an average customer review of three and a half stars on Amazon.

Quote: 'I have been using this product for about a month and am having good results. I would recommend it highly.' and 'this is a great product, I have tried several other acne control medications, many even prescribed by doctors and this one worked the best and in a short amount of time.'

No 10 B Kamins Medicated Acne Gel contains 5% benzoyl peroxide plus exclusive Bio-Maple™ compound to combat dryness. It is oil and color free and tested for purity. It is recommended to be used once a day at first the up to a maximum of twice a day.

Reviewers at Amazon were pleased with the effectiveness of the product. Quote: 'I received a sample and I'm hooked. I thought it wouldn't work because it has the same active ingredients as other products but it's really effective. I'm very pleased with this product. It lasts forever!'


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      Lisa Jamison 7 years ago

      Hi, great hub. Personally I like the DDF acne treatment or even Clearasil. I just did a review on the Clarisonic, which is my new favorite.