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October 1973

Bleaching of Hair After Use of Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Lotions

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Irvington, NJ

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(4):583. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620250063029

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To the Editor.—  A 15-year-old white girl came under our care for severe acne vulgaris with involvement of the forehead in January 1973. She was treated with tetracyline orally, and a benzoyl peroxide lotion was prescribed to be used at bedtime. In the course of her treatment, two different trademarked preparations of benzoyl peroxide were used. Both contained 5% of the benzoyl peroxide.On her last visit, June 20, 1973, this young girl with dark brown hair showed definite bleaching of the hair at the anterior scalp margin. Not only the scalp hair but the eyebrows were bleached almost white. The mother of this patient thought that her daughter had had it done deliberately at a beauty parlor, but this was vehemently denied by the patient and we certainly believed her.We have not previously seen such a side-effect, nor have we heard of any reports of bleaching of the hair

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