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Acnecide Gel

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Treatment Information

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Buy Acnecide Gel UK

With Prescription Doctor's convenient online pharmacy, you can buy Acnecide gel from a UK registered pharmacy, and have it delivered straight to your door.

To begin your order, simply fill out our short online consultation form and, once it has been reviewed by our medical team, our pharmacy can dispatch the item to you via a fast next-day delivery service.

What is Acnecide?

Acnecide is a topical acne treatment, which is available as a gel and face wash.

Acne can develop anywhere on your body, but it most commonly occurs on your face, back, neck, chest and shoulders. It causes spots, oily skin and can sometimes make the skin feel quite hot/irritated or painful to touch.

How Does Acnecide Work?

Acnecide contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, which is a type of medicine that is known as a keratolytic. It works by breaking down a protein found in the skin called keratin, which forms part of the skins structure.

The application of benzoyl peroxide on your skin helps to unblock the sebaceous glands, which are small oil-producing glands that are attached to hair follicles. These glands release a fatty substance called sebum, which is important for keeping the skin healthy and moisturised.

However, if you have overactive sebaceous glands, that means they are producing excess sebum. This abundance of sebum can clog pores and provides an ideal feeding source for acne-causing bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. These organisms feed on the sebum in the hair follicles and excrete a substance which causes inflammation in the surrounding tissues. It is this excreted inflammatory substances which is believed to be the cause of acne.

Benzoyl peroxide also causes the top layer of skin cells to break down and start to shed. This helps to clear blackheads and whiteheads, known as comedones, and helps to prevent new comedones from forming on your skin.

The antiseptic properties of Acnecide help to reduce the amount of bacteria on the surface of the skin.

You can buy Acnecide online at Prescription Doctor.

How long does Acnecide take to work?

It usually takes at least 6 weeks of using Acnecide for your acne to improve, so it is important to persevere with using it as prescribed. If you have still not seen any improvement after 2 months of use, you should talk to your doctor.

How Do I Use Acnecide?

Acnecide gel should be applied directly to the affected areas of skin once or twice daily.

You should always wash your hands before and after applying the gel.

Remember to use Acnecide as prescribed by your doctor.

The following steps are advised when using Acnecide:

  1. Wash your skin thoroughly with a mild cleanser. Pat the skin dry.
  2. Apply a thin layer to the affected areas of skin.
  3. Leave the area to dry.

Avoid applying the gel to broken or damaged areas of skin.

When applying Acnecide to the face, avoid getting the gel in contact with the eyes, mouth and nostrils. If the gel comes into contact with any of these areas, wash the area thoroughly with water to remove the gel.

Benzoyl peroxide can be irritating to your skin. If you experience extreme redness or peeling of your skin after applying Acnecide gel, you should use less gel and apply it less frequently. If soreness persists then stop using the gel temporarily and consult your doctor.

Do not use Acnecide more than needed. Using more Acnecide will not treat your acne any faster, but may increase the chance of causing side effects, such as skin irritation.

Benzoyl peroxide is a bleaching agent and can lighten skin tone with prolonged use. Take care to prevent the gel coming into contact with fabrics as it can discolour them.

After applying benzoyl peroxide, you should try to avoid exposure to strong sunlight or UV rays, such as sunbeds. If exposure to sunlight is unavoidable, you should apply an adequate amount of sunscreen and use Acnecide in the evening.

What should I do if I forget to use Acnecide when I should?

If you forget to apply Acnecide when you should do, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use Acnecide as you would do normally. Do not use more Acnecide to make up for the dose you missed.

What should I do if I use too much Acnecide?

If you use too much Acnecide, you may experience irritation on the skin. Wash away the excess gel with water, and continue using the gel once the irritation subsides.

Acnecide side effects and cautions

Before you use Acnecide, it’s important to read the patient information leaflet which comes with your medicine. The leaflet contains important information about how to use the medicine, as well as how to store it and preliminary precautions you should be aware of before using it.

You can view the leaflet for Acnecide gel online.

If you are unsure whether Acnecide is suitable for you, speak to your GP or a pharmacist.

You should not use Acnecide with other acne treatments.

Side effects of Acnecide

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody gets them. It’s important to know the side effects associated with the medicine you are taking, and to be aware of them throughout your course of treatment.

Common side effects of acnecide include:

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Acnecide, including a complete list of side effects can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects while using Acnecide, inform your doctor or speak to a pharmacist as soon as possible.


Do not use Acnecide if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet, linked above.

If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction after using Acnecide, discontinue treatment and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine you have so that doctors treating you know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Dry, red, cracked skin
  • Itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Acnecide if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, unless your doctor has told you it is safe to do so.

If you are breastfeeding, and your doctor has told you it is safe for you to use, do not apply the gel to your chest to avoid your child coming into contact with Acnecide.

Other safety information

If you are unsure whether Acnecide is suitable for you, speak to our online doctor.

Please inform our medical team of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, or bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.

Do not use Acnecide past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste as this can damage the environment. You should take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy for them to dispose safely on your behalf.

Always store Acencide out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink alcohol while taking Acnecide?

You can drink alcohol while using Acnecide gel. However, avoid consuming more than 14 units of alcohol per week, as recommended by government guidelines.

Will Acnecide impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Acnecide is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you get Acnecide in your eye it may cause irritation and blurred vision.

How long should I use Acnecide for?

You should continue to use Acnecide for as long as your Doctor or pharmacist tells you. You may need to use Acnecide continuously for several months to treat your acne.

Can I wear make-up while using Acnecide?

You can wear make-up when using Acnecide however, if you find it irritates your skin, makes it tingle or go red then that means mixing Acnecide with make-up does not suit your skin type and is best avoided.

Table of contents

What is Acnecide?

How does Acnecide work?

How do I use Acnecide?

Acnecide side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Acnecide
  • Manufacturer: Galderma
  • Active Ingredient(s): Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Gel
  • Available Strength: 5% w/w
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Dosage: Apply a thin layer to affected area once or twice daily.
  • Description: Acnecide is a topical gel for acne.
  • Drug Class: Antiseptic
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before using Acnecide if you are pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Acnecide if you are breastfeeding
  • Price: 8.99 GBP
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Click here to view the Acnecide Gel - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored & Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 17/11/2020 Reviewed on: 13/03/2024

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