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Article
March 1983

Benzoyl Peroxide and Epidermal Wound Healing

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(3):222-225. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650270040014
Abstract

• The effectiveness of 10%, 20%, and 50% benzoyl peroxide in a lotion, 20% benzoyl peroxide in a gel, and the effect of the vehicles alone on wound reepithelialization were evaluated in young domestic pigs. Twenty percent benzoyl peroxide suspension in a lotion base substantially increased the rate of reepithelialization by 33% over a seven-day evaluation period. Twenty percent benzoyl peroxide suspension in a gel base and 10% benzoyl peroxide suspension in a lotion base slightly enhanced epidermal resurfacing, while 50% benzoyl peroxide suspension in a lotion base and the vehicle gel retarded healing. Variations in the rate of reepithelialization were observed when different lots of 20% benzoyl peroxide lotions were compared. Chemical analysis of each of the 20% benzoyl peroxide preparations tested disclosed great differences in zinc, magnesium, and sodium content.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:222-225)

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