What is Acnecide 5% Wash Gel?
Acnecide 5% Wash Gel is a skin treatment that helps to tackle acne. Use this wash once or twice a day to reduce one of the main causes of acne and help your skin to clear up. If you’re sick and tired of blackheads, whiteheads, and other spots breaking out on your face, back, or chest, Acnecide Wash Gel could be the perfect treatment to work into your daily routine.
How will the benzoyl peroxide in Acnecide Wash Gel reduce my acne?
Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient in Acnecide Wash Gel, and it works as an antiseptic. This means it works by reducing the number of bacteria on your skin, tackling one of the main causes of acne. It typically takes around 4 weeks before it starts working and reduces your acne, but you can continue using it when your acne has improved to help to keep it from coming back.
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition which causes oily skin and breakouts of spots. When you have acne, you’re most likely to get breakouts on your face, back, or chest, with it being most common on the face. Acne happens when the natural oils on your skin block your pores, causing inflammation that you’d recognise like a spot. It can be hereditary, meaning that if someone else in your family has it you probably will too, but it can also be caused by hormonal changes, such as those during puberty, pregnancy, or your menstrual cycle.
Can I use this gel if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you bought without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. You should not use Acnecide Wash if you’re already using other products which have peeling, irritant, or drying effects.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. This product may not be suitable for you at this time. If your doctor or pharmacist says that you can use Acnecide Wash when you’re breastfeeding, do not apply it to your chest.
How to use Acnecide Wash
Before using this product, wet the area of skin you wish to treat and wash your hands. Place a small amount of Acnecide wash into your hands and use it to wash the affected area. The wash should be in contact with the affected area of skin for around 1 – 2 minutes before you rinse it away and gently pat the skin dry. Wash your hands again after use. Use this product once or twice a day unless your doctor or pharmacist has told you otherwise.
When should this product not be used?
Do not use Acnecide Wash Gel if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or any of the other listed ingredients. For external use only, avoid contact with eyes, mouth, inside of the nose, or other sensitive areas. Do not apply to damaged skin. Avoid repeated exposure to sunlight or other UV lights, such as sunbeds, while using this product. This product can stain any coloured material, fabric, or dyed hair it comes into contact with, always use with care.
Does Acnecide Wash Gel have any side effects?
Like all medications, Acnecide Wash Gel can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately:
- Skin becomes extremely irritated
- Severe redness
- Severe itching
- Severe peeling of the skin
- Swelling of the face, mouth, eyelids, etc.
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Dry skin
- Skin redness
- Peeling of the skin
- Burning sensation
- Pain or stinging of the skin
- Skin irritation, contact dermatitis
- Swelling face
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Can I buy Benzoyl Peroxide Over the Counter?
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.
Why do I need to fill in an online questionnaire to buy this product?
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.
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The active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide 5% w/w as hydrous benzoyl peroxide in a cleansing gel
The other ingredients are acrylates copolymer, glycerol, carbomer 940, sodium C14-C16 olefin sulfonate, sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment), and purified water
What is Acne? Your Questions Answered
Spot break outs always seem to happen at the worst possible moment, just before a first date, the day you’re getting your photo taken, all of those wonderful occasions when you could really do with not having a huge spot between your eyes.
But do you just have a few spots, or are you suffering with acne?
Can this be used on the back?
Yes this product can be used on the chest face or back
Does this product work for Cystic acne?
You get a pimple when a pore in your skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Sometimes bacteria get trapped inside the pore, too, causing the area to become red and swollen.
Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin, creating a red, tender bump that's full of pus. It may hurt or itch. If a cyst bursts, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts.
Over-the-counter medicines that work on milder acne often have little effect on cystic acne. A dermatologist will likely recommend different treatments or a combinatio of treatment.
Is this product suitable to used sparingly on a 3 year old to treat Molluscum Contagiouisum?
This is not suitable to be used over the counter for three year old, please refer to your GP.
Hi I suffer from frequent breakouts around my chin which are accompanied by a rather inflamed / red skin in the chin area n around the mouth. Which products would you recommend to be best to treat my frequent breakouts
Hi, I would recommend starting with a good skincare routine. Using a gentle face wash, toner and moisturiser. Making sure the skin is clean and well hydrated can avoid the skin producing excess oil which cause breakouts. If blemishes persist, try a treatment such as the acnecide. These would not be my first choice of treatment as they can be a little harsh and drying but are very effective if other things don't work. https://www.chemist-4-u.com/freederm-sensitive-facial-wash-150ml https://www.chemist-4-u.com/simple-kind-to-skin-vital-vitamin-day-cream-spf-15-50ml
My 16 year old son has tried all skin products to treat his skin as he has daily breakouts whatâ€™s the best treatment?
Treatment for acne depends on how severe it is. It can take several months of treatment before acne symptoms improve.
If you just have a few blackheads, whiteheads and spots, a pharmacist should be able to advise you on how to treat them successfully with over-the-counter gels or creams (topical treatments) that contain benzoyl peroxide.
Topical treatments (gels, creams and lotions)
Benzoyl peroxide works as an antiseptic to reduce the number of bacteria on the surface of the skin.
It also helps to reduce the number of whiteheads and blackheads, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Benzoyl peroxide is usually available as a cream or gel. It's used either once or twice a day.
It should be applied 20 minutes after washing to all of the parts of your face affected by acne.
It should be used sparingly, as too much can irritate your skin.
It also makes your face more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid too much sun and sources of ultraviolet (UV) light (such as sunbeds), or wear sun cream.
Benzoyl peroxide can have a bleaching effect, so avoid getting it on your hair or clothes.
Common side effects of benzoyl peroxide include:
- dry and tense skin
- a burning, itching or stinging sensation
- some redness and peeling of the skin
Side effects are usually mild and should pass once the treatment has finished.
Most people need a 6-week course of treatment to clear most or all of their acne.
You may be advised to continue treatment less frequently to prevent acne returning.
Topical retinoids work by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin (exfoliating), which helps prevent them building up within hair follicles.
Tretinoin and adapalene are topical retinoids used to treat acne. They're available in a gel or cream and are usually applied once a day before you go to bed.
Apply to all the parts of your face affected by acne 20 minutes after washing your face.
It's important to apply topical retinoids sparingly and avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and UV.
Topical retinoids are not suitable for use during pregnancy, as there's a risk they might cause birth defects.
The most common side effects of topical retinoids are mild irritation and stinging of the skin.
A 6-week course is usually required, but you may be advised to continue using the medicine less frequently after this.
Topical antibiotics help kill the bacteria on the skin that can infect plugged hair follicles. They're available as a lotion or gel that's applied once or twice a day.
A 6- to 8-week course is usually recommended. After this, treatment is usually stopped, as there's a risk that the bacteria on your face could become resistant to the antibiotics.
This could make your acne worse and cause additional infections.
Side effects are uncommon, but can include:
- minor irritation of the skin
- redness and burning of the skin
- peeling of the skin
Azelaic acid is often used as an alternative treatment for acne if the side effects of benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids are particularly irritating or painful.
Azelaic acid works by getting rid of dead skin and killing bacteria.
It's available as a cream or gel and is usually applied twice a day (or once a day if your skin is particularly sensitive).
The medicine does not make your skin sensitive to sunlight, so you do not have to avoid exposure to the sun.
You'll usually need to use azelaic acid for a month before your acne improves.
The side effects of azelaic acid are usually mild and include:
- burning or stinging skin
- dry skin
- redness of the skin
Antibiotic tablets (oral antibiotics) are usually used in combination with a topical treatment to treat more severe acne.
In most cases, a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines is prescribed, unless you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women are usually advised to take an antibiotic called erythromycin, which is known to be safer to use.
It usually takes about 6 weeks before you notice an improvement in your acne.
Depending on how well you react to the treatment, a course of oral antibiotics can last 4 to 6 months.
Tetracyclines can make your skin sensitive to sunlight and UV light, and can also make the oral contraceptive pill less effective during the first few weeks of treatment.
You'll need to use an alternative method of contraception, such as condoms, during this time
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