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Derms and Conditions Podcast Episode 75:

Special Edition on Recent Reports of Benzene Found in Benzoyl Peroxide Products: Part 2

Featuring David Light and Christopher Bunick, MD, PhD | Release Date: March 21, 2024

In this 2-part special edition of Derms and Conditions, host James Q Del Rosso, DO, sits down with David Light, cofounder and president of Valisure, and Christopher Bunick, associate professor of dermatology and translational medicine at Yale University and medical and dermatologic advisor for Valisure, to shed light on Valisure’s recent Citizen Petition to the US Food and Drug Administration regarding findings of high levels of benzene in benzoyl peroxide-containing products. 

In Part 2, Dr Del Rosso continues his conversation with David Light to discuss stability testing—what it is, why it’s important, and how Valisure undertook stability testing on products containing benzoyl peroxide. Mr Light details the rationale for conducting accelerated stability testing at elevated temperatures to evaluate the safety of the products across their entire lifecycles. Dr Bunick also joins the conversation to comment on the misperceptions about FDA-allowable limits of benzene in consumer products and the urgent need for change in how products are evaluated and formulated to ensure patient safety first and foremost. Lastly, Dr Del Rosso and Dr Bunick discuss how dermatologists should counsel patients in the short term on minimizing the risk of benzene exposure while we await further testing, external validation, and regulatory guidance.

Missed Part 1? Listen here.


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