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Using Benzac

What is Benzac?

  • Benzac combines tough acne fighting medicine with soothing East Indian Sandalwood Oil. It treats stubborn acne and unclogs pores while preventing new breakouts from forming.
  • In a clinical study, 91% of people saw an improvement in their acne after using the regimen for two weeks.

How does Benzac work?

  • Benzac treats stubborn acne and clogged pores while preventing new breakouts from forming.
  • Salicylic acid unclogs pores while East Indian Sandalwood Oil, a natural oil that is known to have both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin.
  • Zinc and natural extracts from Kakadu plum (an antioxidant super fruit containing vitamin C), honeysuckle and lemon myrtle also have been shown to help clarify and improve the texture of the skin.

How is Benzac different?

  • Unlike many other acne treatments that don’t live up to their claims, Benzac products are clinically proven to treat acne and minimize irritation and give you predictable, smooth and luminous skin within two weeks.
  • With a simple, three-step daily regimen, Benzac is the only skincare line that uses pure, pharmaceutical-grade East Indian Sandalwood Oil, a natural ingredient that is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while soothing the skin.

What products are included in Benzac’s line?

  1. Balancing Foaming Cleanser gently cleanses and exfoliates, while removing excess oil without over-drying or irritating the skin.
  2. Intensive Spot Treatment rapidly neutralizes painful, newly-forming pimples and heals stubborn acne while calming irritation and brightening the skin. It also contains odorless onion extract, which is known to help combat scarring.
  3. Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator is a lightweight moisturizing serum that improves skin texture by hydrating and reducing excess oil.

What are the ingredients in the Benzac product line?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil - Used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine, East Indian Sandalwood Oil is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and soothes the skin.
    • It has been shown to be effective in a number of dermatologic conditions, and unlike many acne-fighting ingredients, it doesn’t cause irritation. East Indian Sandalwood Oil also contains antioxidants and moisturizing fatty acids to help make skin smooth and soft.
    • Benzac is the only skincare product line that uses pure, pharmaceutical-grade East Indian Sandalwood Oil, which is double-distilled for purity.
  • Salicylic Acid - originally derived from willow tree bark, salicylic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells and clears up blackheads and pimples by unclogging pores. The Balancing Foaming Cleanser and Blemish Clearing Hydrator contain 0.5% salicylic acid and the Intensive Spot Treatment contains 2.0% salicylic acid.
  • Kakadu Plum – native to Australia and known for its skin brightening effects, Kakadu plum is an antioxidant super fruit known to have the highest natural concentration of vitamin C.
  • Honeysuckle – a fragrant, flowering plant, honeysuckle is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
  • Zinc – an essential mineral, zinc has been shown to protect the skin and act as a barrier against moisture loss.
  • Onion Extract – when used in skincare, onion extract, which contains unique bioflavonoids (super antioxidants), has been shown to prevent and help reduce the appearance of scars.
  • Lemon Myrtle – native to the subtropical rainforests of southeast Australia, lemon myrtle has essential oils that are known to possess antiseptic and astringent properties to help reduce excess oil.

How do you use Benzac products?

  • Benzac’s simple, three-step regimen to cleanse, treat and hydrate the skin includes the Balancing Foaming Cleanser, Blemish Clearing Hydrator and Intensive Spot Treatment.  

Is Benzac a prescription acne treatment?

  • No, Benzac products are an over-the-counter acne treatment that does not require a prescription.
  • Galderma formerly created and sold a prescription product available in the US that did contain benzoyl peroxide, but it was taken off the market as the product became available generically.  Prescription Benzac, which has a different formulation and ingredient list compared to the Benzac Acne Solutions product line, is available in other countries.  Benzac Acne Solutions is only available in the US and has a different formulation and ingredient list.

How long does it take Benzac products to work?

  • In a clinical study, 91% of people saw an improvement in their acne after using the regimen for two weeks.

Do I need a prescription for Benzac?

  • No, Benzac products are an over-the-counter acne treatment that does not require a prescription.

Are Benzac products safe for pregnant women?

  • Women who are pregnant should check with their physician before using any new skincare products.

Will Benzac products irritate my skin?

  • Benzac products are safe for sensitive skin. All products are dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and free of artificial fragrances and dyes.
  • People with a known sensitivity to any type of sandalwood oil or allergy to tree nuts should not use the products.

Are Benzac products tested on animals?

  • Benzac products are cruelty free. They are not tested on animals.

Why did Galderma develop an over-the-counter acne product when it already has a prescription product for acne?

  • Galderma, the maker of the #1 prescription acne topical brand and the world’s largest dermatology company, created Benzac to simplify and eliminate the guesswork of treating acne.  If you haven’t experienced clearer skin after using Benzac products for two weeks, it’s time to visit your doctor for prescription treatment.

East Indian Sandalwood Oil

What is East Indian Sandalwood Oil?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil is a natural ingredient that is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to be effective in a number of dermatologic conditions.
  • Benzac produces the only skincare products that contain pure, pharmaceutical-grade East Indian Sandalwood Oil.

What’s the history behind East Indian Sandalwood Oil?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil has been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine.
  • Recently, researchers have gained a deeper understanding of the oil’s effectiveness in a number of dermatologic conditions.

How is the oil produced?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil naturally accumulates in the heartwood of a sandalwood tree.
  • It is extracted from the heartwood and double distilled using steam heat to ensure purity. It passes through more than 40 tests to ensure that the oil meets quality and safety standards.

Is the oil organic?  Are the trees grown organically?

  • The oil used in Benzac products is sourced from East Indian sandalwood trees that are sustainably grown, but not organically grown, in Australia.
  • Benzac products contain East Indian Sandalwood Oil that is double distilled for purity and pharmaceutical-grade. It passes through more than 40 tests to ensure that the oil meets quality and safety standards.

What are the benefits/uses of East Indian Sandalwood Oil?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil is a natural ingredient and known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is currently being studied as the active ingredient in a number of clinical studies with the FDA.
  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil also contains antioxidants and moisturizing fatty acids and when used topically, it soothes redness and irritation.

How is East Indian Sandalwood Oil different from other types of sandalwood oil?

  • Compared to other types of sandalwood oils, East Indian Sandalwood Oil has the highest level of santalols (an organic compound naturally produced by a variety of plants), which is known to give the oil a more potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.

Is East Indian Sandalwood Oil safe? Can pregnant women use it?

  • Benzac products, which contain East Indian Sandalwood Oil, are dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and free of artificial fragrances and dyes.
  • Women who are pregnant should check with their physician before using any new skincare products.

If East Indian Sandalwood Oil has been around for so long, why is it just now being studied for acne treatments?

  • East Indian Sandalwood Oil has been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine and first started being used in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century for medicinal purposes.
  • Recently, researchers have gained a deeper understanding of the oil’s effectiveness in a number of dermatologic conditions. In addition to acne, East Indian Sandalwood Oil is currently being studied as the active ingredient in a number of clinical studies with the FDA.

Why is East Indian Sandalwood Oil being produced in Australia as opposed to India?

  • East Indian sandalwood trees are considered a threatened species  and are under the protection of the Indian government.
  • More than 3 million trees are grown in farms located in the tropical northern region of Australia, which has a similar climate and soil type to Eastern India. The trees are sustainably grown and continuously replanted in order to help rehabilitate the species.

Who supplies the East Indian Sandalwood Oil?

  • Galderma exclusively sources the oil for Benzac products from TFS, the world’s leading grower of sustainable East Indian sandalwood trees.

Are TFS’s efforts helping to replenish East Indian sandalwood trees? Are a certain number of trees replanted for every one harvested?

  • East Indian sandalwood trees are continuously replanted to ensure that the trees continue to be a renewable resource.
  • To date, TFS has planted millions of sandalwood trees

About Other Ingredients

Do Benzac products contain benzoyl peroxide?

  • No, Benzac products do not contain benzoyl peroxide.

Because it contains an oil, will it make skin greasy or clog pores?

  • No, East Indian Sandalwood Oil actually has been known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin.
  • Benzac products are non-comedogenic, which means that they will not clog pores.  The simple, three-step daily regimen helps hydrate and balance the skin, controlling excess oil.

Are Benzac products organic?

  • No, Benzac products are not organic.

Are Benzac products vegan?

  • Benzac products do not contain any animal derived ingredients.

Do the Benzac products contain parabens?

  • Yes, the Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator and Intensive Spot Treatment do contain a small amount of parabens to help preserve the products. The Benzac Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser is free of artificial preservatives.

Do Benzac products contain sulfates?

  • Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator contains zinc sulfate. Benzac Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser and Benzac Intensive Spot Treatment are sulfate free.

Our Corporate Responsibility

Are Benzac products sustainable?

  • The key ingredient in Benzac products is pure, pharmaceutical-grade oil from East Indian sandalwood trees, which are sustainably farmed in Australia. By sustainably growing the trees in Australia, Galderma and its partner TFS are helping to rehabilitate the threatened species.
    • Additionally, the oil is produced using a distillation process powered by renewable energy, and Benzac product cartons are 100% recyclable.

Is the tree farm sustainable?

  • East Indian sandalwood trees are continuously replanted to ensure a renewable resource.
  • TFS employs water-saving measures through a combined process of drip irrigation, water catchment and recycling, which has been recognized with industry awards.
  • Local sources of biodiesel power farm equipment and waste wood provides the energy to process wood into oil.

Are there negative impacts that the tree farm has to the environment?

  • TFS, the world’s leading grower of East Indian sandalwood trees, grows, harvests and processes the trees with rigorous sustainability practices.
  • East Indian sandalwood trees act as natural filters and help combat salinity in the soil, and the tree farms also have the benefit of providing a new home for local birds and other wildlife

How did East Indian sandalwood trees become a threatened species?

  • Illegal poaching, overharvesting, disease and forest fires in its native home have caused the number of East Indian sandalwood trees growing in the wild to dwindle.  The trees are a threatened species under the protection of the Indian government.

How does Benzac help the environment or community?

  • Benzac supports the National Origin Recognition Protocol (NORP) through its partner TFS, the world’s leading grower of sustainable East Indian Sandalwood Oil to benefit the Mangla village in eastern India, the native home of East Indian sandalwood trees.
  • NORP seeks to foster economic development, support human rights and preserve the environment by:
    • Eliminating child labor poaching operations
    • Removing children from exploitive labor situations through rescue efforts and educating families on how they can earn income at home
    • Educating women on how to make money in the home by activities such as making soaps and fragrances
    • NORP also supports a project to help protect Indian lions, an endangered species due to poaching and deforestation of the lions’ native habitat.

Is Benzac product packaging recyclable?

  • Yes, Benzac product cartons are 100% recyclable.