Acnecide is a gel that is used to treat acne by attacking the bacteria that causes the condition. The active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, works to reduce the effects of acne and allow the skin to return to its natural, smooth state. The products contain Acrylates Copolymer beads, a special technology designed to remove excess oiliness and release Glycerine to hydrate and moisturise the skin.
Acnecide 5% Gel is available in 2 formulations.
Many customers find that it is a good alternative to similar products such as Quinoderm 10% Cream, Brevoxyl 4% Cream and Panoxyl Aquagel 10% Gel, all of which are also formulated with benozyl peroxide.
It's hard to be certain about what causes acne and it varies between individuals. Some factors are genetic, some are linked to hormone levels, stress or nutrition. A common result of these is the increased production of a natural oily substance called sebum which is produced by the body to lubcricate the skin and hair. The increased production can lead to a blockage of the (sebaceous) gland ducts in the pores and hair follicles of your skin and may lead to the development of acne.
Benzoyl Peroxide is a medication that works in two main ways. It starts by unclogging skin pores. It also helps stop the bacteria that causes acne from growing and causing acne pimples and cystic lesions.
This gel is suitable to be used by adults and children. You should not use it if you are allergic to the ingredients in the gel. These are:
An allergic reaction may include a rash or itching.
It is not recommended to use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless advised to by your doctor.
Use this medicine as directed by the accompanying leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Note: Acnecide is for EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Unless your doctor or pharmacist has told you otherwise,
How long you will have to use Acnecide will depend on how quickly your condition improves. After you have used it for one month, you should see your doctor or pharmacist again. He or she can then check the improvement of your condition.
You should start treatment with the lower strength product. Provided your skin tolerates the lower strength gel, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend continued treatment with a higher strength gel to further help clear your acne.
Like all medicines, this treatment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide may cause the following side effects:
Acnecide Wash is only absorbed into the body in very small amounts and has little effect, except on the surface of the skin. You may experience the following.
Acnecide Wash and similar products are not recommended for long term use because there can be risk of irration to the skin with repeat applications.
If your skin becomes severely irritated, or severe redness, itching or peeling of the skin occurs, or you experience face swelling, discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Yes, you don’t need a prescription to buy at this strength, some doses will require a prescription but this one does not. A pharmacist will need to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for you.
Some over the counter medicines are only allowed to be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist. Benzoyl Peroxide is one of these medicines.
You do not need a prescription for Acnecide Wash Gel, however you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist-4-U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Acnecide Wash Gel is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist-4-U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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