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Acnecide 5% Gel (30g)

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Acnecide 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

Acnecide Gel is an effective leave-on treatment for spots and acne affecting the face, chest and back that contains benzoyl peroxide 5%.

Start your journey to clearer, fresher looking skin today. Buy Acnecide Gel online from The Independent Pharmacy by answering a few simple questions and get your treatment delivered to you at home. 

Acnecide Gel Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Acnecide 5% w/w Gel - benzoyl peroxide?

Acnecide Gel contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, a powerful antiseptic that kills up to 95% of bacteria on the skin that causes spots, blackhead and whiteheads. 

This product is applied directly to the affected skin where it gets to work quickly, not only killing bacteria but also absorbing excess oil. 

Acnecide Gel can be used by children and adults over the age of 12 years. For best results, it should be applied up to twice a day to all affected areas on the face, chest and back.


What is Acnecide Gel used for?

Acnecide Gel is just one of many treatments available used to treat acne, spots or pimples. When used alongside a gentle skin cleanser and Acnecide Moisturiser most people notice a visible improvement to the condition of their skin in just a few weeks. 

Acnecide Gel is often recommended alongside other treatments in moderate acne where antibiotics may be required. It can be used alongside:


How does Acnecide Gel work?

Acnecide Gel contains the active substance benzoyl peroxide. It has antiseptic properties that mean it attacks the bacteria on your skin, which when present, can lead to acne. 

It also helps further to reduce acne by unclogging the pores on your skin. It removes the dead skin that can build up and cause blockages. Helping to treat existing acne and, when used regularly, prevents further breakouts. 


How long does Acnecide Gel take to work?

When used as directed, up to twice a day on all affected areas of skin, Acnecide Gel starts working straight away. Most people will see a noticeable difference in the appearance of their skin within 2-4 weeks. 

For best results, it is recommended that Acnecide Gel is used alongside a gentle skin cleanser and a non-comedogenic moisturiser, that does not block up the pores, such as Acnecide Moisturiser as part of your daily skincare routine. 

If you do not see visible improvements to your skin within this time or you notice your skin condition getting worse you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for further advice. 



*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Acnecide Gel

Acnecide Gel is suitable for use by children and adults over the age of 12 years for external use only. 

  1. Wash the affected areas of skin with a gentle skin cleanser and water and pat the skin dry.
  2. Apply a thin layer of gel to all affected areas 1 - 2 times a day. If you have sensitive skin apply once at bedtime. 

If you notice any drying or peeling of the skin you should reduce the number of applications accordingly until your skin has settled and adjusted to this product.

Acnecide Gel side effects

Acnecide Gel may cause side effects in some people, but not everyone will experience them. 

Most commonly people report irritation at the sites of application, which may include:

  • Dry Skin
  • Redness
  • Peeling
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Pain or stinging

If you experience any of these side effects and you become concerned or they do not improve after you have stopped using Acnecide Gel you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

In very rare cases some people may have a severe allergic reaction when using this product. If you experience any facial swelling, severe itching or burning or difficulty breathing you should seek immediate medical help. 

Please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using Acnecide Gel. 

Acnecide Gel Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Hydrous Benzoyl Peroxide 

Inactive Ingredients: Docusate Sodium, Disodium Edetate, Poloxamer 182, Carbomer 940, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerol, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, and Purified Water.

Acnecide Gel warnings

  • Do not apply this product to damaged or broken skin.
  • Acnecide Gel contains ingredients that can bleach hair and coloured fabrics. Wash your hands thoroughly after each application and where possible avoid contact with materials. 
  • Avoid repeated or prolonged exposure to UV light when using this product, either sunbeds or natural sunlight.
  • Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Acnecide Gel if you are using any other acne treatment on your skin or products that dry or peel, as this can cause the skin to become very sore. 

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before using this product. 


Acnecide Gel & Pregnancy

You should not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before consulting a doctor. If you are advised to use Acnecide Gel while breastfeeding you should not apply it to your chest.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does Acnecide take to work?

    It can take up to 6-8 weeks in order to see any tangible results, so keep applying the gel as directed and persist with the treatment. If you find that you still do not get the results you want from Acnecide, you may wish to try a combination product such as Duac or Treclin, which contain a topical antibiotic and a keratolytic for a dual mechanism of action.

  • How long do I need to use Acnecide for?

    You probably need to take it for about two months to get the full benefits of the treatment.

    You can use Acnecide for as long as you need to keep your skin clear of acne. If you are using it continuously, we normally recommend a break from treatment every six months to reassess your acne and give your skin a break from treatment. If your acne starts to come back, you can start using Acnecide again.

  • Who shouldn't use Acnecide gel?

    Anyone allergic to benzoyl peroxide or any of the other ingredients should not use Acnecide gel. We would not recommend the use of benzoyl peroxide whilst pregnant or breastfeeding as the safety of the medicine during these times has not been fully established. 


  • What are the possible side effects of Acnecide gel?

    Like all medication, Acnecide has some common and less common side effects. Some people may experience a mild skin irritation or adverse reaction to the gel. Any mild irritation and redness caused by Acnecide at the start of treatment will usually subside within a few weeks.

    It can cause skin dryness in some people, and more rarely, contact dermatitis. It also makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you need to take extra precaution when using the gel.

  • Can I use Acnecide gel with other medicines?

    Using Acnecide at the same time as some other acne treatments can lead to excessive dryness and skin irritation, so always check with your pharmacist before buying. Isotretinoin (also known as Roaccutane) can react with Acnecide and dry out your skin, so it’s best to avoid mixing these two treatments.

    Acnecide is best used to compliment topical or oral antibiotic treatment in moderate to severe acne. When used in this way, it has been shown to have better results than either treatment use alone.

    Acnecide should not be used with other drying or keratolytic treatments such as Duac, Differin, Epiduo, or Treclin.

  • What other medicines contain benzoyl peroxide?

    Mainly other acne treatments like Acnecide wash, Duac gel, Quinoderm gel and Epiduo gel.

  • Does Acnecide 5% get rid of acne scars?

    There are many different ways to reduce acne scarring, and it’s best to speak to a dermatologist on the most appropriate treatment. Acnecide can reduce scarring, as can salicylic acid.

  • Does Acnecide work on hormonal acne?

    It won’t address the underlying hormonal changes that are causing your acne, but it will treat the spots and pustules on your skin. You may also want to seek hormonal treatment like the contraceptive pill from your GP or dermatologist.


  • Can Acnecide make my spots worse/cause irritation?

    It won’t make your spots worse, but like all acne treatment gels, it can cause some irritation and sensitivity. This is most likely to occur in the first few weeks of treatment and usually subsides after this.

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

    You can buy Acnecide 30g at a pharmacy without a prescription, but you will need to speak to a pharmacist first. This is to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Acnecide 60g gel is a prescription-only treatment that you can get from your GP or buy online from The Independent Pharmacy from our Online Doctor.


  • Can benzoyl peroxide ruin your skin?

    It shouldn’t, but if you have an adverse reaction — stop using it immediately.

  • Do I use Acnecide before or after my moisturiser? How should I apply it to my face?

    In order to get the best results, you should wash your skin with a mild cleanser before applying the gel. Then apply Acnecide to your skin, and once it has been absorbed, you can apply a non-perfumed moisturiser if necessary.

  • Is benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid better for acne?

    They both break down the skin’s keratin (known as keratolytics), but benzoyl peroxide is more effective as it’s also antibacterial. It’s a more effective acne treatment than salicylic acid because it’s more comprehensive and addresses more causes of acne.


  • Does Acnecide work on blackheads?

    Yes, it works on all forms of acne and spots. Salicylic acid is often found in blackhead washes and scrubs you can buy on the high street, but benzoyl peroxide is a more effective all-round acne gel.

  • Is an acne gel better than an acne cream?

    When it comes to choosing between an acne gel and a cream, there is not much difference. Often, it’s to do with the drug’s pharmaceutical formation rather than anything else. A gel is water-based so can be drying and also can leave a thin film on the skin. Creams are be more oily than a gel and are better if the skin is dry. Generally, it is the active ingredient in acne treatments that determine how effective an acne treatment is rather than the formulation (cream, gel etc).


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

    Acnecide is exactly the same as Quinoderm — it’s just got a different brand name as it’s being sold by a different company. Quinoderm used to be made by BP and has now been discontinued, so if you liked it — you should switch to Acnecide.

Authored By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Published on: 23-01-2018

Last modified on: 23-01-2018

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 09-01-2020

Next review date: 09-01-2022

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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