Compare Benzamycin vs. Renova

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Topical treatment for acne and pimples.

Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is a common affordable treatment for acne and pimples, but it can stain clothing and hair.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 146 reviewsforBenzamycin
Treats acne and sun damage.

Renova (Tretinoin) isn't a cure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it's clinically proven to improve them.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 58 reviewsforRenova
Upsides
  • The combination of medicines in Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall appearance of acne than either medicine alone.
  • Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) not working as well over time (known as resistance).
  • Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
  • A generic form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is available to help lower cost.
  • You only need to apply it once a day, usually in the evening.
  • Most people who reported having skin irritation said that it was mild.
  • Part of a complete program to help you take better care of your skin.
Downsides
  • Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) may not work for everyone. Like with any acne medicine, you may have to try different medicines before finding the one that works for you.
  • You have to apply this twice a day. With some other medicines, you may only need to apply once a day.
  • Is generally only effective for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne, you may need an oral medication.
  • The most common form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) needs to be stored in the fridge and is only good for 3 months even if you have medicine remaining in the container.
  • It may take up to 6 months to see the full benefit for facial wrinkles.
  • Not a good choice for women who want to become or are pregnant
  • Can change the color and texture of your skin if used long-term.
  • You need to be careful about avoiding any sunlight or artificial tanning while using it.
  • It doesn't work for deep wrinkles.
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Used for
Dosage forms
  • Gel
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Reviews
146 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
26%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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58 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
28%
saiditworked well
28%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Dry skin
    8%
  • Dryness
    3%
  • Hives
    3%
  • Reaction where applied
    3%
  • Eyelid inflammation
    2%
  • Itching
    2%
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4possible side effects
  • Mild skin reactions
    100%
  • Severe local irritation
    7%
  • Any side effect
    4%
  • Skin hypo- or hyperpigmentation
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Bleaching effects
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Development of more serious infections
    • Long-term use of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin)
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
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  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Allergic reactions
    • Allergy to fish or fish products
  • Harm to fetus
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