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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Topical acne treatment gel.

Works by

By using benzoyl peroxide to fight the bacteria that cause acne, reducing inflammation and unclogging pores to prevent blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.

Active Ingredient

Benzoyl Peroxide

Effective within

The effectiveness of Acnecide varies from person to person. Some may see improvement within a few weeks, while others may take longer. Consistent use and adherence to the treatment regimen are key for best results.


Benzoyl Peroxide

Side effects

Common side effects of Acnecide may include: Dry skin Redness of the skin Peeling of the skin Burning sensation of the skin Itching of the skin Pain or stinging sensation of the skin Skin irritation (irritant contact dermatitis)

Medication details


Acnecide 5 Gel is formulated with benzoyl peroxide, a potent antibacterial agent known for its effectiveness against Cutibacterium acnes, a key contributor to acne. Developed through rigorous scientific research, this gel penetrates deeply into the skin to target acne lesions on the face, chest, and back. Its aqueous, non-alcoholic gel base ensures optimal absorption, facilitating precise treatment of acne-prone areas.


to use Acnecide:

1. Cleanse affected area and pat dry.
2. Apply a thin layer once or twice daily.
3. Avoid sensitive areas like eyes and mouth.
4. Wash hands after use.
5. Reduce frequency if irritation occurs.
6. Limit sun exposure and wear sunscreen.


The active ingredient in Acnecide is benzoyl peroxide. In addition to this, the gel contains docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol (E1520), acrylates copolymer, glycerol, colloidal anhydrous silica, purified water, and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Acnecide may include dryness, redness, peeling, burning sensation, itching, and skin irritation. These are typically mild and may improve as your skin adjusts to the medication. However, if these symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to consult your healthcare provider.

While severe side effects are rare, they may include swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, or fainting. If you experience any severe or persistent reactions, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention. It's important to follow the recommended usage instructions and consult your doctor if you have any concerns about the side effects of Acnecide.


Important warnings for Acnecide include avoiding contact with eyes and mucous surfaces, refraining from use on damaged skin, and discontinuing if skin swelling or blistering occurs. Additionally, Acnecide may bleach hair and fabrics, so caution is advised. Exercise care when applying to sensitive areas and limit sun exposure, as the medication may increase skin sensitivity to sunlight. If you have any concerns or experience adverse reactions, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I use Acnecide if I have sensitive skin?

Yes, Acnecide can be used for sensitive skin. However, if you experience irritation or excessive dryness, consider reducing the frequency of use or consulting your healthcare provider.

How long does it take to see results with Acnecide?

The time it takes to see results with Acnecide can vary from person to person. Some individuals may notice improvement within a few weeks of regular use, while others may require more time. It's essential to follow the recommended application regimen and be patient with the treatment.

Can I use Acnecide with other acne products?

It's generally not recommended to use Acnecide with other acne products unless directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Using multiple acne treatments simultaneously may increase the risk of skin irritation and discomfort.

Can I apply makeup or sunscreen over Acnecide?

Yes, you can apply makeup or sunscreen over Acnecide once the gel has fully absorbed into the skin. However, it's essential to wait a few minutes after applying Acnecide before applying other skincare or cosmetic products to ensure optimal efficacy.

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