July 25, 2016


BenzaShave Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 6/13/2016

BenzaShave (benzoyl peroxide 5% and 10%) medicated shaving cream intervenes to aid in the treatment of pseudofolliculitis (p. barbae, ingrown hairs, razor bumps) and acne vulgaris associated with shaving. Generic products similar to BenzaShave are available that contain benzoyl peroxide. This formula primes and lifts hair follicles, promoting a clean and close shave. Side effects of BenzaShave include:

  • allergic contact dermatitis
  • mild stinging or burning
  • itching or tingly feeling
  • skin dryness
  • peeling
  • flaking
  • redness or other irritation.

BenzaShave may bleach hair and colored fabric.

BenzaShave comes in two strengths, 5 and 10% benzoyl peroxide. BenzaShave is used and dosed as follows: Wet area to be shaved. Apply a small amount of BenzaShave with fingertips. Gently rub over entire area and shave. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, lips and mucous membranes. If accidental contact occurs, rinse with water. If excessive skin irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician. BenzaShave may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It is not known whether BenzaShave can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when BenzaShave is administered to a nursing woman. Safety and effectiveness of BenzaShave in pediatric patients have not been established.

Our BenzaShave Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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BenzaShave in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging or burning of your skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or burning;
  • itching or tingly feeling;
  • skin dryness, peeling, or flaking; or
  • redness or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for BenzaShave (benzoyl peroxide 5% and 10%)

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BenzaShave FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Allergic contact dermatitis has been reported with topical benzoyl peroxide therapy.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for BenzaShave (benzoyl peroxide 5% and 10%)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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