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PanOxyl Acne Cleansing Bar 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (2014 formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the PanOxyl Acne Cleansing Bar 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (2014 formulation) product label collected on November 11, 2014 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for PanOxyl Acne Cleansing Bar 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (2014 formulation) is 2.

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Data last updated: November 2014

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Occupational hazards
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Good

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Good
BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Appeared as: BENZOYL PEROXIDE (ACNE MEDICATION)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: PURIFIED WATER

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good

• Cancer (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) (Acne Medication). Inactive Ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Mineral Oil, PEG-14M, Potassium Lauryl Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Purified Water, Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch

Directions from packaging:

Wet area to be cleaned. Using warm water, wash the affected area for 1 to 2 minutes Rinse thoroughly and pat dry Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day If going outside, apply sunscreen after using this product. If irritation or sensitivity develops, stop use of both products and ask a doctor.Other Information: Store at controlled room temperature 59°-86°F (15°-30°C).

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only.Do not useIf you have very sensitive skin If you are sensitive to benzoyl peroxideWhen using this productAvoid unnecessary sun exposure and use a sunscreen Avoid contact with the eyes, lips and mouth Avoid contact with hair or dyed fabrics, which may be bleached by this product Skin irritation may occur, characterized by redness, burning, itching, peeling or possibly swelling. Irritation may be reduced by using the product less frequently or in a lower concentrationSkin irritation and dryness is more likely to occur if you use another topical acne medication at the same time. If irritation occurs, only use one topical acne medication at a timeStop use and ask a doctor ifIrritation becomes severeKeep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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