Like all medications, Acnecide can cause side effects.
Common side effects
The following side effects are common and are seen in around 1 in 10 people.
- Dry skin
- Red or peeling skin
- Burning or stinging
- Itchy skin
- Painful skin
- Skin irritation
These common side effects often subside over time. In most cases, your skin just needs to get used to the product, which is why it’s usually better to use Acnecide less often at first. You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you and don’t go away.
Uncommon side effects
Allergic contact dermatitis is an uncommon side effect that is seen in around 1 in 100 people. The symptoms are usually reversible if you reduce or discontinue the treatment. You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you notice signs of allergic contact dermatitis or anything else that isn’t listed in the leaflet.
Rare side effects
The following side effects are rare and are seen in less than 1 in 1000 people. You should stop using Acnecide and speak to your doctor if you experience any of these issues.
- Swollen skin, especially in treated areas
- Blisters on your skin
If your symptoms don’t improve or worsen over time, then you should get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. Anaphylaxis, which is a serious allergic reaction, is another rare side effect of using products containing benzoyl peroxide. You should call 999 or go to A&E if you notice any signs of anaphylaxis.
What to do if you get Acnecide side effects
The steps you should take towards Acnecide side effects will depend on the type of side effect you’re experiencing and the amount of time you’ve noticed it.
If you experience any side effects and they’re making you feel uncomfortable, then you should discontinue use and seek medical advice. If you’re worried about any uncommon or rare side effects, then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
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