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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. Acnecide contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide which attacks the bacteria (germs) known as Propionibacterium acnes, one of the main causes of acne.
What is Acne?
Acne appears as blackheads and whiteheads which people often refer to as pimples or spots. Acne of the face, chest or back may be treated with Acnecide 5% w/w Gel..
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Acnecide. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, angles of the nose and other mucous surfaces such as the lining of your nose. If accidental contact should occur, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Acnecide should not be applied to damaged skin. Acnecide may cause swelling and blistering of the skin, if any of these symptoms occur, use of the product should be discontinued. This product may bleach hair and coloured fabrics including clothing, towels and bed linen. Be careful to avoid contact of the gel with these materials. Please make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after you have used it. Caution should be exercised when applying Acnecide to the neck and other sensitive areas. Avoid repeated exposure to sunlight or other sources of UV light (e.g. sun bed).
Other medicines and AcnecideTell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. You should not use medicines with peeling, irritant and drying effects at the same time as Acnecide. Do not use Acnecide with any other acne products that are used on the skin, unless your doctor or pharmacist has told you that you can, as this may cause your skin to become red and very sore.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant or are breast-feeding, do not use this product unless your doctor has told you that you can. Avoid using this product if you are breast-feeding unless your doctor has told you otherwise. If your doctor has recommended the use of this product while you are breast-feeding, you must not apply the gel onto your chest, this is to avoid exposure of your child to this product.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. 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.
Tell your doctor immediately if you develop a severe allergic reaction:
Signs of severe allergic reactions may include: Raised and itchy rash (hives), Swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or mouth (angioedema), having difficulty in breathing, Fainting
Acnecide may cause the following side effects: Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people - Dry skin - Skin redness - Peeling of the skin - Burning sensation of the skin
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people - Itching of the skin (pruritus) - Pain of the skin (pain, stinging) - Skin irritation (irritant contact dermatitis)
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people - Allergic contact dermatitis
These symptoms are usually reversible if the treatment is reduced in frequency or discontinued.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed on this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Acnecide is for EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Unless your doctor or pharmacist has told you otherwise, - Wash the affected area with a mild skin cleanser and water, and gently pat your skin dry. - Apply the gel in a thin layer once or twice a day to all the affected areas. - If you have sensitive skin apply the gel once daily before going to bed. - Any drying or peeling which may occur to your skin may be reduced if you alter the number of times you apply, i.e. to once a day or once every two days, until your skin adjusts to the product.
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.
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. If you use more Acnecide than you should or accidentally swallow the gel
If you should accidentally use too much gel, you may find that your skin becomes irritated. Wash off as much as you can, and when the irritation has gone down, start using it again as directed.
In the rare event that you accidentally swallow any of this product, seek medical advice.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What Acnecide 5% w/w Gel contains
The active substance is hydrous benzoyl peroxide equivalent to benzoyl peroxide 5% w/w in an aqueous, non-alcoholic gel base. The other ingredients are docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer, glycerol, colloidal anhydrous silica, purified water and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.
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In times past I could purchase a product comparable to this for less than half the price. Benzoyl peroxide is the only treatment that I consider works effectively on acne (other than retinol, which can be highly toxic if overused) and I use it on occasional spot flare-ups. In more recent times, this product has been the most cost-effective I can find (and of course it works adequately), but i cannot understand why benzoyl peroxide should suddenly have became so much more expensive. I believe there may have been some controversy over the purity of a product manufactured in India and this supplier was desourced for Europe, causing a market price spike, but there has never been any attempt to compensate for the supply shortfall. It is almost as though the pharmaceutical / cosmetics industry has decided en bloc that a really effective low-cost product is not good for their bottom line when so many other more exotic, less effective (and yet more expensive) products could be supplied to customers in need of skin treatment. Stand up for benzolyl peroxide - it works.
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