Acnecide Gel

  • Attacks "Propionibacterium acnes", which is one of the main causes of acne
  • Improves the appearance of Acne on the Face
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and irritation
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What is Acnecide gel?

Acnecide is the brand name for a medicine called benzoyl peroxide. It is a skin treatment for acne.

This medicine attacks bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, which is one of the main causes of acne.

You can buy Acnecide from Medicine Direct following an online consultation. We sell Acnecide 5% gel in either 30g or 60g tubes.

Order before 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery on your purchase.

What is Acnecide gel used to treat?

Your doctor or pharmacist will give you Acnecide gel to use on your skin in the treatment of acne.

Bacteria that causes acne feed on the sebum that is created by your body's sebaceous glands.

This gel contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide 5%, which fights the bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, which is a cause of acne. This bacteria is harmless, but it causes acne by creating waste and fatty acids which irritate your sebaceous glands; this makes them inflamed and creates unsightly spots and zits on your skin.

Benzoyl peroxide's antibacterial properties means that it is able to target the bacteria and reduce the spots and skin redness associated with acne. This makes for clear skin and a boost in self-confidence.

Who can use Acnecide gel?

This medication is safe for most adults and children over the age of 12 years old to use, but it is not suitable for everyone.

Before you purchase this medicine, be sure to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following conditions:

  • You are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine, or any other medicines
  • You have broken or damaged skin in the areas you need to apply the gel
  • You have severe acne with nodules or cysts; these may need to be treated by a doctor to avoid scarring

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of reasons why Acnecide may not be suitable for you.

Possible side effects

As is the case with all medicines, Acnecide gel comes with the risk of certain adverse effects, although not everyone who uses it will experience them.

Common side effects of this medicine occur in more than one in every 10 people who uses it. Speak to your doctor if any of the following reactions concern you or do not go away:

  • Dry skin
  • Red or peeling skin
  • Sting irritation, including burning or peeling

This list is not exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of rarer, more serious reactions you may experience.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of adverse effects associated with Acnecide gel.

Acnecide Dosage

Always use Acnecide gel as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to use it. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of anything.

Acnecide gel is for external use only. Avoid contact with your eyes, mouth and nostrils. Getting it in your eyes will likely make them sting and impair your vision temporarily.

If you get this gel in your eyes, you should rinse your eyes out thoroughly with warm water for a few minutes, until your eyes stop stinging. Speak to your doctor if the stinging continues.

Be sure to wash your hands before and after you use this gel.

How to use Acnecide gel

You will usually be instructed to use Acnecide 5% gel twice a day. If you have sensitive skin, use it once a day before going to bed.

  1. Wash the area(s) affected by acne with a mild skin cleanser and water.
  2. Gently pat the skin dry.
  3. Apply a thin layer of the gel to all of the affected areas.

What if I use more than I am supposed to?

Using too much Acnecide gel may cause skin irritation. If this happens, wash off as much gel as you can and wait for the irritation to subside.

When your skin irritation has gone away, you can start to use Acnecide as normal again.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to apply Acnecide 5%, just apply it as normal when you remember.

Do not apply more than twice a day; to effectively treat acne, it is important to keep up your application of this treatment. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm to remind them to use it.

How long will I need to use it for?

How long you will need Acnecide will depend on the severity of your acne.

Benzoyl peroxide should start to work after around 4 weeks. Once your acne is under control, you may wish to keep using the medicine to prevent it from coming back.

Acnecide FAQ's

When can you expect to see results with Acnecide 5%?


You should start to notice an improvement after around 4 weeks of using this treatment, but the length of time it takes will depend on the severity of your condition.

Does Acnecide 5% get rid of acne scars?


Acnecide can help to reduce scarring. There are several treatments available to specifically help to reduce scars from acne on your skin. You should speak to your doctor about the possible ways you can treat scarring.

What is in Acnecide


The active ingredient contained in this medicine is benzoyl peroxide. Inactive ingredients also contained in Acnecide are: docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer or glycerol microsponge, glycerol, colloidal anhydrous silica, purified water and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.

Does Acnecide work on hormonal acne?


It will not address any underlying hormone changes, but it can treat any spots that occur on your skin as a result of the acne. Speak to a doctor or dermatologist about treatments for hormonal acne.

Do I use Acnecide before or after a moisturiser?


For best results, wash your skin with a mild cleanser and water before you apply the gel. Apply Acnecide to your skin before you use a non-perfumed moisturiser.

Can Acnecide make my spots worse or cause irritation?


It will not make your spots any worse, but like all acne treatments, skin irritation is a common adverse effect of using it. This should not last for longer than a few weeks; if it does, speak to your doctor as an alternative treatment may be more suitable for you.

Is this an over the counter gel? Where can I buy Acnecide?


Acnecide 60g gel is a prescription-only medicine. You can buy this medicine when you have had an online consultation with one of our certified doctors. You can purchase Acnecide 30g gel without a prescription and it is available at Medicine Direct.

Is benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid better for acne?


Both work to break down the skin's keratin, but benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial medicine, making it more effective at treating acne because it gets to the heart of the cause of the problem.

Does Acnecide work on blackheads?


Yes, this medicine will work on all forms of acne and spots on your skin. Salicylic acid is often found in blackhead cosmetic treatments, but benzoyl peroxide provides a more comprehensive treatment, as it gets to the root of the problem that causes acne.

Is Acnecide the same as Quinoderm? Is it just as good?


Yes, this medication is exactly the same treatment as Quinoderm, it just uses a different brand name. If you have previously used Quinoderm, which has now been discontinued, and found that it helped your acne, you should find Acnecide to be equally beneficial.

Can benzoyl peroxide ruin your skin?


This medicine should not harm your skin, but if you have an adverse reaction of any kind, you should stop using it immediately and speak to your doctor.

What other medicines contain benzoyl peroxide?


Many other medicines contain this ingredient, particularly those designed to treat acne, including Quinoderm gel and Epiduo gel.

Acnecide Side Effects

Below is a list of serious side effects; these are rare and affect less than 1 in every 1,000 people who use Acnecide gel. Nonetheless, you should stop using it if:

  • You get blisters on your skin
  • The skin you are using the treatment on becomes swollen

If these reactions affect you and do not improve, or get worse after a few days, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to this medication. You should stop using it and either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe
  • You have swelling in your lips, mouth, tongue, throat or face

You may require immediate treatment in hospital if you have a serious allergic reaction.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of potential adverse effects.

Acnecide Warnings and drug interactions

Certain other medications may irritate your skin if you use them at the same time as Acnecide gel.

It is very important that you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any other medicines, before you start to use Acnecide. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Do not use Acnecide at the same time as any other treatments that may cause your skin to become dry or irritated. This includes alcohol-based skincare products.

Always read the label of new medicines and skin treatments, to check the possible side effects.

Alternatively, you could purchase treatments that are specifically designed to treat sensitive skin; this will minimise your chance of a reaction.

Do not use any other products that contain the same active ingredient as Acnecide, or any other medicines to treat acne, unless advised to do so by your doctor. This may result in your skin becoming very sore.

Warnings for using Acnecide gel

This medicine is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth and nostrils. If you get any of the medicine in your mouth, eyes or nostrils, rinse the gel out thoroughly with clean, warm water. Contact your doctor if you suffer any adverse effects.

Do not swallow Acnecide; if you accidentally ingest this medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, we advise you to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use this medicine.

Buy Online Safely

Never purchase any medication online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), like Medicine Direct. This will ensure that you do not purchase any fake and potentially dangerous versions of real medicine.

When you order at Medicine Direct, you can rest assured that you will only receive genuine versions of the medication you wish to buy. We are fully licensed with both the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council.

We offer speedy delivery, and if you order from our website before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your products. This means you can begin treating your acne more or less straight away.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It is normally safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to use Acnecide gel.

However, if you are currently breastfeeding, you should avoid using the treatment on your chest area. You should also make sure you always wash your hands after applying the treatment, before you touch your baby. This will make sure your baby does not come into contact with the treatment.

Before starting a new medication, you should always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently pregnant, think you may be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Acnecide Ingredients

The active ingredient contained in this medicine is benzoyl peroxide 5%.

Inactive ingredients also contained in Acnecide are: docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer or glycerol microsponge, glycerol, colloidal anhydrous silica, purified water, sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.

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