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More information about Benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is usually recommended as a first-line treatment for mild acne symptoms. Mild acne is considered to consist of mostly whiteheads and blackheads (red, inflamed pimples).
If you have moderate to severe acne (categorised as mostly papules, pustules, and cysts), alternative acne treatments may be more suitable.
Benzoyl peroxide is available in gel form or as a face wash. It is sold under the brand name Acnecide in most pharmacies.
When your skin produces oils (called sebum), it can provide an excellent environment for acne-causing bacteria to develop and grow. This type of bacteria is referred to as Propionibacterium and is one of the main causes of common acne.
Benzoyl peroxide works by attacking this bacteria found on the skin, which in turn stops more acne from developing. It works to treat acne on the face, chest, and back.
You will likely notice an improvement in your skin after 4 weeks of using Acnecide (benzoyl peroxide). However, you should keep regularly applying the product for 2-4 months to allow it to reach its full effect.
Benzoyl peroxide is usually applied once or twice per day, depending on what your doctor has recommended.
Below is a general guide on how to use it:
If you have sensitive skin, start by only applying benzoyl peroxide once per day - preferably at night time. Once your skin has adjusted to the treatment, you can start applying it twice per day.
When using benzoyl peroxide, make sure you avoid getting any gel near:
As this product can make you more sensitive to light, make sure to avoid strong sun exposure or UV rays (such as tanning beds) when you are regularly using it.
Wear a strong sunscreen (ideally factor 50), and cover up your skin if sun exposure becomes unavoidable.
As is the case with any medication, there’s a chance that you’ll experience side effects when using benzoyl peroxide.
Common side effects of Acnecide (benzoyl peroxide) include:
If you experience skin irritation when using Acnecide:
If skin irritation continues, temporarily stop treatment and seek advice from your doctor. They may suggest an alternative acne cream.
Benzoyl peroxide does not cause bleaching to the skin. However, it can bleach hair and certain coloured fabrics such as towels, bed linen, and clothes. Be careful to avoid any contact with these materials and remember to wash your hands thoroughly after each application.
Benzoyl peroxide is suitable for the vast majority of people suffering from mild acne symptoms. However, this treatment may not be suitable for you if:
When using benzoyl peroxide, be wary of any other products you usually apply to your skin. Products with a drying effect (and anything alcohol-based) must be avoided, as they will likely irritate your skin. Remember to check the ingredients label before use.
You should also avoid using any other topical anti-acne creams, as this can also increase your risk of skin irritation. Do not combine benzoyl peroxide with other acne treatments such as isotretinoin - unless your doctor has specifically recommended it.
Benzoyl peroxide is available to purchase in most pharmacies, over the counter. It doesn’t require a prescription and is available in either gel or cleanser form. Many skin care products (like moisturisers and face washes) contain lower concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, too.
However, some benzoyl peroxide products are prescription only. This is because some stronger acne creams combine benzoyl peroxide with another active ingredient. For example:
Yes, you can buy benzoyl peroxide 5% gel online at HealthExpress. Save a trip to the pharmacy - we’ll deliver right to your door with free next-day delivery.
A free consultation with one of our qualified UK doctors will also be included in the price of your treatment. Getting assessed by a medical professional provides you with extra assurance that you’re purchasing the correct product.
|Active ingredient(s)||Benzoyl peroxide|
|Description||Acnecide is a topical gel used for the treatment of mild acne.|
|Exemption||Can be purchased over the counter|
|Application||Adults with mild acne symptoms|
|Drug class||Organic compounds|
|Alcohol consumption||No influence|
|When pregnant||Not recommended|
|When breastfeeding||Not recommended. If used when breastfeeding do not apply any gel to the chest area.|
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