Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Keep this medicine away from the eyes, the inside of the nose, and the lips .

This medicine is flammable. Do not use near heat, near open flame, or while smoking.

To use the lotion form of this medicine:

  • Put a small amount of this medicine on a gauze pad or cotton ball and apply by wiping or rubbing over the face and other affected areas to remove dirt and surface oil.

To use the pledget form of this medicine:

  • Apply by wiping or rubbing over the face and other affected areas to remove dirt and surface oil.

After applying this medicine, do not rinse the affected areas with water, since this will remove the medicine.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage forms (detergent lotion or pledgets):
    • For acne or oily skin:
      • Adults and children 8 years of age and older—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin two to four times a day as needed.
      • Children up to 8 years of age—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.