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All Chemists
  • Name of shop: All Chemists
  • GPhC registraion number: 9011271
  • Address: 381 Church Lane, Kingsbury
    NW9 8JB

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What is Acnecide 5% w/w Gel?

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.

Key features of Acnecide 5% w/w Gel:

  • Acnecide 5% Gel helps to reduce the effects of acne
  • Active ingredient benzoyl peroxide
  • Allows the skin to return to its natural, smooth state
  • Attacks the bacteria (germs) known as Propionibacterium acnes

Approved by Melanie King – Senior Pharmacist on the 17/09/2020.
For more information, view our medical team

Uses / Instructions

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 forget to use Acnecide


Don’t worry if you forget to use your gel at the right time. When you remember, start using the product again, in the same way as before.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


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 Acnecide

Tell 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: 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.

Side Effects

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicines. Avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids, lips and other delicate areas of the skin. May bleach hair or dye fabrics. Keep out of sight and reach of children. For external use only.


Active ingredients: Hydrous Benzoyl Peroxide equivalent to Benzoyl peroxide 5% w/w.

Also contains: Acrylates copolymer, glycerol, carbomer 940, sodium C14-C16 olefin sulfonate, sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment), purified water.

Shipping Countries: United Kingdom (UK)

Additional information

Dimensions 3.6 × 4.9 × 12.7 cm


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