• Acnecide Gel

Acnecide 5% Gel Benzoyl Peroxide

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  • Effective relief from acne
  • Topical treatment
  • Unblocks pores

Acnecide 5% Gel Benzoyl Peroxide

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Medication features

Acnecide is a topical acne treatment containing the active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide. It is used to treat mild to moderate acne and works well in combination with oral antibiotics.

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  • Overview

    What is Acnecide?
    Acnecide is a topical acne treatment get that contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. It is used to treat mild to moderate acne and works well in combination with oral acne antibiotics such as Oxytetracycline or Lymecycline.

    Benzoyl peroxide is a keratolytic medicine, which breaks down keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure.

  • How does Acnecide work?

    Acnecide gel contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, which breaks down keratin. Applying benzoyl peroxide to the skin will cause the breakdown and shedding of the top layer of the skin cells. This helps break down the comedones, blackheads and whiteheads, and unblocks the sebaceous glands. It also prevents the forming of new comedones.

    Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial action, which directly kills the bacteria that cause acne, Propionibacterium acnes. This common type of bacteria that feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, causing them to be inflamed and create spots. By reducing the number of bacteria, benzoyl peroxide helps control the inflammation of the sebaceous glands.

    It usually takes about six weeks for Acnecide to work improving your skin. It is important that you persevere while using it. If you have not seen any improvements after two weeks of use, you should consult with your doctor.

  • What are the benefits of using Acnecide?

    Acnecide is an effective treatment for acne. Its active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide breaks down keratin to allow the top layer of the skin to break down and shed. This allows the comedones to break down also in order to unblock the sebaceous glands to prevent the formation of new comedones.

    Acnecide is also effective in directly killing bacteria that causes acne. By reducing the number of bacteria, benzoyl peroxide helps control the inflammation of the sebaceous glands.

  • How do I use Acnecide?

    Wash thoroughly the skin using a mild cleanser and pat dry before applying Acnecide gel. Acnecide gel should be applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day. Do not apply the gel to damaged or broken areas of the skin.

    Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the gel.

    Take extra care to avoid getting the gel into your eyes, mouth, angles of the nose and mucous membranes such as the lining of the nose. Rinse it thoroughly with water if you accidentally apply the gel on these areas.

    Benzoyl peroxide could be irritating to your skin. If you experience peeling or excessive redness of the skin after the application of Acnecide gel, you should apply less of the gel on a less frequent schedule. If the soreness will persist, stop using the gel and see your doctor.

    Do not use Acnecide excessively. Excessive use of the gel will not make it more effective but will only increase the chance of irritating your skin.

  • How do I buy Acnecide online?

    You can safely buy Acnecide online at Cloud Pharmacy. You will need to have first an online consultation with our medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Acnecide is the right medication for your medical condition.

  • FAQ

    • What is Acne?

      Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in theri lives. It can cause spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that's hot or painful to touch. For more information on Acne, the NHS offers a detailed breakdown of how to control your breakouts. 

      Acne generally affects the face, however it can also affect the back, chest and neck. It is very common amongst teenagers or adolescnets, however it more often than not is self liminiting and will resolve on its own.

    • What Makes Acne Worse?

      Acne can be worsned by a variety of factors, some of which include:

      • Not washing straight after execise (build up of dirt and sweat)
      • Washing too often, this will strtip the sking of the protective and natural oils it produces
      • Squeezing or picking your spots makes your acne much worse because it draws inflammatory cells to the area where acne exists and causes more swelling and aggravation 
      • Menstruation or periods can worse acne
      • Side effects of certain medications
      • Using too much makeup 
    • How Do I Best Treat Acne?

      Acne can be broken down into 4 different categories, minimal, mild, moderate and severe acne. The type of treatment you take to cure your acne will be largely dependent on how severe your acne is. 

      Minimal and Mild Acne

      Minimal acne can be described as predominantly greasy skin with a few black or white heads on the forehead, nose and/or chin. Minimal acne can also lead to papules but not often. 

      For mild acne, it is recommended that you should be treated with benzoyl peroxide (acnecide), which can be purchased over the counter to help prevent your acne. This treatment should be used for a bare minimum of 6-8 weeks and for the full effect, you should expect it to take 4-6 months.

      If you do not see any positive effects after 6-8 weeks of using benzoyl peroxide (acnecide) or if you have several blackheads and whiteheads but they are not red and inflamed then trying a prescription strength retinoid would be useful such as Differin.

      Other effective treatments for acne are combintaion products which will contain benzoyl peroxide and either an antibiotic or retinoid such as EpiDuo (benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and adapalene 0.1%)

      Moderate Acne

      If you have more than 30 spots, an oral antibiotic acne treatment to help cure your acne is required. Antibiotics like lymecycline should be considered for the most effective results.

      Severe Acne

      If you have more than 125 spots, cysts or scarring then it is recommended that you see a doctor/dermatologist for a consultation to get a better understanding of the type of treatment you might need.

  • Side Effects

    Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual users in different ways. Not everyone who uses Acnecide will experience the possible side effects. Many users of the gel did not experience any of the possible side effects.

    The following are the very common side effects of Acnecide gel:

    • Skin dryness and peeling
    • Irritation of the skin after application of the gel, such as burning sensation or redness.

    The following are the common side effects of Acnecide gel:

    • Irritant contact dermatitis
    • Stinging or itching of the skin

    If you experience any other side effects, which you believe might be associated with your use of Acnecide gel, contact your doctor.

    Acnecide gel is for external use only.

    Do not use Acnecide gel if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or any other ingredient of the gel.

    Acnecide gel can increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid going outdoors while using this medication. Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing every time you will go outdoors.

    Any contact of Acnecide with any coloured material, including hair and dyed fabrics, may result in bleaching or discolouration.

    As with all other medicines, you should consult first with your doctor before using Acnecide gel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Studies have not shown any harmful effects when Acnecide gel is used by pregnant women or by a breastfeeding mother.

    If you will use Acnecide gel while breastfeeding, make sure not to apply the gel to the area

    where it could be transferred to the baby’s skin while you are breastfeeding.

    It is necessary that you get the advice of your doctor before you use Acnecide gel in combination with other anti-acne treatments.

    If you use Acnecide gel together with other topical treatments for acne, the chance of experiencing dryness of the skin will be more likely.

    Avoid using other medicines that contain also benzoyl peroxide. Using two medicines of the same active ingredient will increase your risk of side effects