Acnecide Face Wash contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria (germs) known as Propionibacterium acnes, one of the main causes of acne. Acnecide Face Wash is for the treatment of mild acne on the face, in adults and adolescents 12 years and over. Mild acne appears as predominately blackheads and whiteheads and there are few or no spots and pimples and no inflamed spots. Use this wash once or twice a day to reduce one of the main causes of acne and help your skin to clear up.
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 Face Wash..
Benzoyl Peroxide may cause irritation. You should therefore start by using this product on alternate days to minimise this risk and then gradually increase the frequency up to twice a day use if tolerated.
If you experience any severe skin irritation stop using the product. If this irritation does not improve after stopping, please consult your pharmacist or doctor.
Acnecide Face Wash is for EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Unless your pharmacist or doctor has told you otherwise: - Acnecide Face Wash should be used once or twice daily to cover the affected skin areas of the face: Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as the eyes, mouth, nose lining and neck.
If your acne gets worse while using Acnecide Face Gel or if it does not improve within 12 weeks, it is important that you see your pharmacist or doctor for advice. Under treatment of some forms of acne may sometimes result in scarring. Your pharmacist or doctor will be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your acne.
When you first start treatment, use Acnecide Face Wash once daily, before going to bed. You may feel mild burning and notice slight reddening and peeling of the skin during the first few days. If you have more severe redness, burning, irritation and peeling then you should stop treatment and let your skin go back to normal before restarting treatment. - Wet the area to be treated- If Acnecide Face Wash does not affect your skin, or you have only mild burning and slight reddening and peeling after 2-3 days of use, you can use the wash twice a day, in the morning and evening. If this causes more severe skin symptoms (burning, irritation, redness, peeling) then you should go back to using Acnecide Face Wash only once a day. If your skin remains more severely irritated you should stop treatment and let your skin go back to normal before restarting treatment once a day.
- If you get severe skin irritation at any time whilst using Acnecide Face Wash you should stop the treatment. If your skin does not recover after stopping treatment you should seek a doctor’s advice. - Using a moisturiser after application can help to reduce any irritation the treatment may cause. - Wash hands before use and place a small amount of Acnecide Face 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.
Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, angles of the nose, neck or other very sensitive areas of the body. If the preparation enters the eye, wash thoroughly with water. In the event that Acnecide Face Wash is accidently swallowed, contact your doctor.
Avoid contact of the face wash with the eyes, mouth, angles of the nose or other very sensitive areas of the body. If the preparation enters the eye, wash thoroughly with water.• Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using Acnecide Face Wash if you are unsure if your spots are acne or not. • If you are worried or upset about your acne, even if it is mild, you should consult your pharmacist or doctor for advice. Acne can be associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, poor self-image and poor self-esteem. If you experience any of these psychological effects, please consult your doctor for professional advice. • Acnecide Face Wash should not be applied to damaged skin. • Acnecide Fash Wash can cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, therefore excessive exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Sunbeds should not be used whilst using Acnecide Fash Wash. • Avoid contact of the face wash with any coloured material including hair and dyed fabrics as it may result in bleaching or disco • Acnecide Face Wash may cause swelling and blistering of the skin. If these symptoms occur, use of the product should be discontinued, and you should see your pharmacist or doctor for advice.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP using Acnecide Face Wash and tell your doctor immediately if you develop a severe allergic reaction. Signs of severe allergic reaction may include:
Acnecide Face Wash 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 (redness, inflammation, bumps, dry and cracked, or a burn-like rash on the skin at the site of exposure).
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 pharmacist or doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via 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.
The active substance 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 Acnecide Face Wash looks like and contents of the pack Acnecide Face Wash is a white to off-white gel.
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