benzoyl peroxide

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benzoyl peroxide

[′ben·zə·wəl pə′räk‚sīd]
(organic chemistry)
(C6H5CO)2O2 A white, crystalline solid; melting point 103-105°C; explodes when heated above 105°C; slightly soluble in water, soluble in organic solvents; used as a bleaching and drying agent and a polymerization catalyst.
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Indicated for the treatment of acne, Stiefel will market two products OTC under the PanOxyl Brand.
Products such as Oxy, Panoxyl and Quinoderm contain benzoyl peroxide, which acts on the keratin, breaking it down to open the follicles and increase the rate at which the skin produces new cells.