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Acnecide 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash Gel 50g

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Acnecide 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash Gel 50g

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£8.99 RRP £9.99
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  • • Treats blackheads and whiteheads
  • • Breaks down keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure
  • • Unblocks the sebaceous glands
  • • Can treat acne of the face, chest or back
  • • Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
  • • Please answer questions on checkout to see if the product is suitable for the intended user
 To Buy This Product You Must Answer the Below Questions
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  • Is using this product for acne that has been previously diagnosed by a healthcare professional. (Acne is considered as a collection of pimples and spots with blackhead and whiteheads on the face, chest and neck)
  • Is only using this product on the face, chest or neck. For any other area with suspected acne please visit your GP. 
  • Is not pregnant or breast feeding
  • Is not using any other creams or emollients on the skin. 
  • Is aware that this product may cause bleaching to hair or fabrics and can irritate eyes, mouth and lining of the nose, and agrees to wash hands thoroughly after use. 
  • Agrees to read the patient leaflet, and is not hypersensitive to benzoyl peroxide or any of the other ingredients in this product. 

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Warning: if the above criteria cannot be met or doesn’t apply to the intended user, this product would not be appropriate for use. If you have any queries please contact one of our healthcare team.
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Acnecide 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash Gel 50g


What is Acnecide 5% Gel?

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.

  • Acnecide 5% Gel - for treating smaller areas such as the face.
  • Acnecide 5% Wash Gel - for treating larger areas such as the back, chest and shoulders.

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 benzoyl peroxide.


Understanding the causes of acne

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 lubricate 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.


What is Benzoyl Peroxide and how does it help reduce 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.

  • Unblocking the skin
    Benzoyl peroxide works as a keratolytic, breaking down the keratin in the skin and unblocking the sebaceous glands. This causes the top layer of skin cells to shed, aiding in the removal of blackheads and whiteheads. Unblocking pores can also help inhibit the development of further whiteheads.
  • Targeting Bacteria
    Benzoyl Peroxide has been shown to attack the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that causes acne. By reducing the number of bacteria, benzoyl peroxide can reduce the extent of the outbreak. There is also evidence that suggests benzoyl peroxide has an anti-inflammatory effect too.

Who is Acnecide gel suitable for?

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:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Docusate sodium
  • Disodium edetate
  • Poloxamer 182
  • Carbomer 940
  • Propylene glycol
  • Acrylates copolymer
  • Glycerol
  • Colloidal anhydrous silica
  • Purified water
  • Sodium hydroxide

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.

  • There are is very little data on the use of benzoyl peroxide in pregnant women but it has never been associated with impacting natal development. Acnecide Wash has been recorded as "should be used by a pregnant woman only if needed."
  • If your doctor has recommended the use of this product whilst breastfeeding, care must be taken to avoid applying the gel to your chest to avoid exposure of your child to this product.

Usage Instructions

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,

  • Acnecide Wash should be used twice daily to cover the affected skin areas.
  • Wet the area to be treated.
  • Wash hands before use and place a small amount of Acnecide Wash on to the hands to wash the affected area.
  • Contact time with the skin should be 1 to 2 minutes followed by thorough rinsing with water and drying.
  • After use, wash hands thoroughly and replace cap tightly.

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.

  • Acnecide Wash should not come into contact with the eyes, mouth, inner nose. If it enters the eye, wash thoroughly with water.
  • Acnecide Wash should not be applied to damaged skin (e.g. cuts, open wounds).
  • You should try to avoid exposure to strong sunlight while using Acnecide. If exposure is unavoidable, use a suitable sunscreen lotion and apply Acnecide in the evening. Remember to wash the affected area before use.

Storage instructions

  • Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Do not store above 25 degrees and do not freeze.
  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and carton.
  • Store the closed tube away from direct heat.

Does Acnecide 5% Gel (Benzoyl Peroxide) cause any side effects?

Like all medicines, this treatment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. 

Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide may cause the following side effects:

  • Dry skin
  • Skin redness
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Burning sensation of the skin

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. 

  • A mild burning sensation or redness may be noticed after applying the gel for the first time, often accompanied by moderate peeling of the skin.
  • During the first weeks of treatment, a sudden increase in peeling will occur. This is not harmful and will normally subside within a day or two if treatment is temporarily discontinued.
  • If severe irritation occurs, patients should be directed to use the medication less frequently, to temporarily discontinue use or to discontinue use altogether. Excessive applications will not improve results and may increase the risk of skin irritation.

Acnecide Wash and similar products are not recommended for long term use because there can be a risk of irritation 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.

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.


Important Information

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

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.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.


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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

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

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

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

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
  • itchiness
  • dry skin
  • redness of the skin

Antibiotic tablets

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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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.

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This is nor suitable to be used over the counter, please refer to your GP. Thank you

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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.

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Yes this product can be used on the chest face or back

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