What is Acnecide?
Acnecide is a gel that helps to treat acne by attacking the bacteria that causes the condition, helping to keep skin clear. It works to reduce the effects of acne and allow the skin to return to its natural, smooth state, so you can feel confident in your skin.
Who is Acnecide suitable for?
This gel is suitable to be used by adults, teens, and children who are suffering from acne. It’s the perfect product for those who have outbreaks on the face, chest, or back, and can help to ease acne with just one or two applications every day.
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition which causes spots to appear on the skin, including whiteheads, blackheads, and red spots that may or may not have ahead. As well as spots, those who suffer from acne may notice that their skin feels oily, hot, or painful to touch. Some of the most common areas where people experience outbreaks of acne include the face, back, and chest.
How will this product treat my acne?
Acnecide gel contains 5% w/w of the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. It helps to combat your acne by killing the bacteria which can cause Propionibacterium acne, one of the most common causes of acne. This helps to prevent the blackheads and whiteheads that show up when you are suffering from acne by removing the source.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use this gel?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this or any other medication. Do not use this product unless you have been advised to by a medical professional, as it may not be suitable for you and your baby. If your doctor has advised that you can use this product while breastfeeding, do not apply this gel to your chest so that your child does not come into contact with it.
Can I use this product if I am using any other medication?
If you are taking any other medication, even one that you have obtained without a prescription, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this gel. This especially applies if you:
- Are using medicines with peeling, irritant, and drying effects. These should not be used at the same time as Acnecide
- Are using other acne products that are used on the skin. This can make your skin very red and sore. Only use the two together if your doctor or pharmacist has told you that you should
How should I use Acnecide?
Before using this product, wash the affected area with a mild cleanser and clean water, then gently pat the skin dry. Apply gel in a thin layer to all of the affected areas, do this once or twice a day, as needed. If you have sensitive skin, apply once a day, at bedtime. Wash hands after use. If your skin begins to dry or peel when you use this product, try reducing the number of applications (e.g. from once a day to once every two days) until your skin has had time to adjust to this product. Try to avoid strong sunlight while using this gel. Once you have used this product for a month, see your doctor or pharmacist again so they can check that your condition is improving.
Why do I need to answer questions before I can buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Acnecide, 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 this product is the best choice for you.
When should Acnecide not be used?
Do not use Acnecide gel if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or any of the other listed ingredients in this product. For external use only, avoid contact with eyes, mouth, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes (e.g. inside of the mouth, inside the nose). If the gel accidentally comes into contact with these places, rinse thoroughly with warm, clean water right away. Do not apply to broken or damaged skin. If you experience blistering or swelling of the skin while using this product, stop use right away. Avoid contact with hair, clothing, or fabrics, as this gel can bleach or stain. Use with caution if applying to the neck or other sensitive areas. Avoid repeated exposure to sunlight or other sources of UV light, such as sunbeds, while using this product.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medications, Acnecide can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. This includes signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as:
- A raised, itchy rash (hives)
- Swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, or mouth, difficulty breathing
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, stop use and seek medical assistance immediately. Other side effects of this product include:
- Dry skin
- Skin redness
- Skin peeling
- Burning sensation of the skin
- The pain of the skin, stinging
- Skin irritation
- Allergic contact dermatitis
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Website.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place that is below 25 degrees C. Do not freeze, keep away from direct heat. Store in the original packaging, do not use if expiration date printed on tube and carton has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
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.
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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- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Active ingredients: benzoyl peroxide 5% w/w. Other ingredients: docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer, glycerol, colloidal anhydrous silica, purified water and sodium hydroxide.
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 to treat pitted keratolysis?
To treat pitted keratolysis, your doctor will most likely prescribe a topical antibiotic or antiseptic, most commonly clindamycin, erythromycin, or mupirocin. Acneside isn't a suitable treatment
I'm a 28 year old male. Having regular spots on my cheeks for a year now with is causing a lot of frustration. I was hoping Benzoyl Peroxide would help over time?
This isnâ€™t a bad product to try. It might dry out your skin, but I recommend you trial and see if your spots improve
I have folliculitis on the pubic area and have had antibiotics and no luck getting rid of it. Would this cream help to get rid of it?
No, this cream is not suitable for use on the pubic area
I am 32 with hormonal spots on my forehead and chin. I have stopped wearing makeup and wash my face 3 times a day and still my spots are multiplying. Will this gel work to clear up my face?
This is a very effective treatment for acne.
Can I use this for a long period of time? I used it for months and loved it but once I stopped it all came back?
This product is fine to use long term. Many teenagers use throughout their teens
Do I apply my daily moisturiser before or after applying this product? How do I moisturise the affected areas?
Acnecide contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide which attacks the bacteria (germs) known as Propionibacterium acnes, one of the main causes of acne.
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.
In order to get the best results, you should wash your skin with a mild cleanser before applying the gel. Then apply Acnecide to your skin, and once it has been absorbed, you can apply a non-perfumed moisturiser if necessary.
Is this product safe for use whilst pregnant. I used to use retinol products for my skin but have been told I must stop now I am pregnant.
Benzoyl peroxide is likely safe to use while you're pregnant. This is because your body absorbs very little of the drug. No problems with use during pregnancy have been reported. You should talk to your doctor before using benzoyl peroxide or any drug while pregnant, though
I purchased acnecide 5% gel from chemist4u but the packaging is different to the acnecide I buy over the counter at boots. Why is this and is the product inside the same?
The Acnecide we are using is called a Parallel Import. This is a European imported version, which is overlabelled to the UK standard. This product is identical to the UK product and saves you money
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