Sulfoxyl Acne Lotion is used to treat acne vulgaris, also known as common acne. It is composed of 5% benzoyl peroxide and 2% sulfur. Manufactured by Stiefel, it has two varieties—Sulfoxyl Regular Lotion and Sulfoxyl Strong Lotion. It’s a keratolytic agent with antibacterial action. This lotion is also used for other conditions aside from acne as prescribed by your doctor.
Sulfoxyl is not an over the counter remedy. It can only be bought with a prescription from your doctor. Do not use without a doctor’s recommendation. This lotion is suitable for adults and adolescents.
Mechanism of Action
Benzoyl peroxide, a component of Sulfoxyl, destroys Propionibacerium acnes, an organism found in sebaceous follicles and comedones of acne, by releasing active oxygen causing cell death. Its keratolytic effect causes comedone lysis (destruction of cells).
Sulfur is known to stop the formation of fatty acids and growth of Propionibacerium acnes. It helps in skin peeling, reducing the symptoms of acne vulgaris.
Dosage and Administration
Users should shake lotion before using. It is to be used once daily for the first week, and then twice daily as tolerated or needed. Cleanse the affected area with a non-medicated soap before applying lotion. Sulfoxyl Regular is recommended to be used first to gauge if the patient can tolerate it before progressing to Sulfoxyl Strong.
Continuous use is encouraged to see results. Visible improvement can be seen up to 3 weeks of uninterrupted usage. Maximum improvement can be seen up to 12 weeks of use.
If you missed a dose of Sulfoxyl, apply as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, don’t use 2 doses at once. Skip the missed dose and resume regular dosing schedule.
Contraindications and Reactions
This product might interact with your current medical conditions or the medications you are taking. Though there are no known specific drug interactions associated with Sulfoxyl yet, tell your doctor if:
- you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- you are taking prescription or non-prescription medications, herbal and food supplements
- you have allergies to medicine, food, and other substances
- you have eczema
Disclose to your doctor if you are allergic to any medications. Anyone with hypersensitivity to benzoyl peroxide, benzoic acid derivatives, sulfur, and their components must not use this product.
This product isn’t without reactions. Known adverse reactions to this product are excessive erythema and peeling. Erythema is redness of the skin caused by capillary congestion. When this happens, the patient must notify the doctor. Strength and frequency of Sulfoxyl might need to be decreased.
If you experience severe reactions like itching, rashes, difficulty breathing, dizziness, swelling in the mouth, face, lips or tongue, extreme dryness, or swelling, seek medical attention immediately.
Safety Reminders When Using Sulfoxyl
- Sulfoxyl is for external use only. Apply thinly on the skin. Avoid getting product on your eyes, mouth, inside your nose, or lips. If product gets into these areas, wash immediately with water.
- Avoid using Sulfoxyl on raw or irritated skin, like sunburns or open wounds.
- This product may cause you to become easily sunburned. Avoid staying out in the sun, tanning salons, and sunlamps. If you have to stay out for longer periods, ask your doctor for appropriate sunscreen to use. Use protective covering as well.
- Check with your doctor if you are planning to use other products or cosmetics. with Sulfoxyl. Those products might cause a reaction with this lotion.
- This product may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with clothes, carpets, and hair.
- Keep product away from pets and children’s reach.
- This is a prescription drug. Don’t share with other people.
- Store this product away from fire, flame, heat, and light. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius.
- If your symptoms have not improved or they’re getting worse, consult your doctor immediately.
- Seek medical attention and call your local poison control immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms may include flushing, excessive scaling, redness, and swelling.