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BENZAC AC Gel 5% 50g

Benzac AC Gel

What is Benzac AC?

Benzac AC is an effective benzoyl peroxide based treatment for mild to moderate acne.

The active ingredient in Benzac AC, benzoyl peroxide helps unblock pores and kills acne bacteria within 48 hours.

What strength Benzac AC Gel

There are 3 strengths of Benzac AC Gel. 2.5%, 5% and 10%. The percentage refers to the amount of the active benzoyl peroxide in the gel.

It is recommended that you always begin treatment with either 2.5% or 5% Benzac AC. If your acne persists, and provided your skin tolerates the lower strength gel, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend continued treatment with the higher strength gel (10%).

How long you will need to use Benzac AC will depend on how quickly your condition improves. After you have used it for one month, you should see your doctor or pharmacist again so they can check the improvement in your condition.

Active Ingredients:

Benzac Gel Ingredients:

Each gram contains:

Active: benzoyl peroxide 100mg/g

Inactive: docusate sodium, disodium edetate, poloxamer 182, carbomer 940, propylene glycol, acrylates copolymer, glycerol (glycerine), silicon dioxide, sodium hydroxide, and purified water.


Make sure you read the enclosed leaflet first.

Step 1

Wash the affected area with a mild skin cleanser and water and pat skin dry.

Step 2
Apply a thin film of Benzac AC Gel to the affected areas once daily, leaving on the skin for 2 hours then washing it off with water then pat skin dry.

Step 3
Apply a light moisturiser which won’t clog pores. After three days, if no discomfort is felt, apply Benzac AC Gel in the evening and leave it on all night.

After 7 days,if there is no redness or peeling and your skin is still not improving, apply Benzac AC Gel twice a day, morning and night. How long you will need to use Benzac AC Gel will depend on how quickly your condition improves.

After a month,you should see your doctor or pharmacist again so they can asses the condition of your skin.


While you are using BENZAC AC GEL

Things you must not do:

Do not apply to eyes, lips, mouth or sensitive areas of the neck. If accidental contact occurs rinse with water and pat dry. Contact may cause irritation.

Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight or other sources of ultra-violet light.

- Do not use harsh skin cleansers or scrubs.
- Do not use cosmetic products that contain alcohol.
- Do not use medicated soaps.

These things may have an extra drying or irritant effect.

Things to be careful of:

Keep cosmetic use to a minimum and avoid oil based cosmetics which can clog the pores. Be careful when using BENZAC gel because benzoyl peroxide can bleach or discolour clothing or towels.

Side effects

If excessive swelling, irritation, redness or peeling occurs discontinue use. If it persists consult your doctor

Extended Information:

For more detailed information, visit the Medsafe Website

What’s this ‘AC’ all about?

Benzac AC removes excess oil and hydrates your skin. It does this by using advanced Acrylates Copolymer (AC)/ glycerin complex.

Sounds all sciency and stuff we know, but basically Acrylates Copolymers are tiny highly porous beads. These beads are so porous that they can absorb up to four times their own weight in fluid.

Acrylates Copolymer beads soak up certain liquids quickly and easily, but they are selective about what they can absorb. They rapidly absorb oils, however, they can’t absorb water, as water has a very high surface tension.

The other ingredient that works with AC, is glycerin. Glycerin lubricates the skin, making it smooth and soft. So whilst the Acrylates Copolymers (AC) absorb the excess oil that can carry bacteria, the glycerin helps hydrate the skin.

So what does this mean for acne?

When Acrylates Copolymer/glycerin complex is applied to the face, the beads come in contact with lipids, such as sebum, that have a high affinity for them. Sebum, because of its attraction to the beads, forces the glycerin out of the beads and onto the skin surface. The AC beads then absorb the sebum.


Acne is a skin condition caused by the pores of the skin becoming clogged up with oil, old cells and bacteria. It commonly occurs on the face, shoulders, back or chest. It may start as a few raised white bumps and develop into small pustules. In severe cases, firm, painful lumps called cysts can develop under the skin.

Anyone of any age can develop acne, but it appears more troublesome in teenagers, mainly because it can be triggered by hormonal changes. It is also worsened by some medicines and cosmetics. There is no evidence that acne is affected by fatty foods, such as chocolate, although diets high in sugar may worsen acne.

All acne is helped by regular cleansing of the skin and hair with gentle non drying cleansers that are readily available from any community pharmacy. Mild acne with blackheads and occasional small pimples will be improved by gentle cleansing. Avoid squeezing and picking at the spots as this can cause scarring.

Moderate acne may require over-the-counter preparations that dry up skin oils. More severe acne with reddened areas around the pimples, deep painful cysts or significant scarring may benefit from prescription medicines to treat these over a long period of time. Many of these medicines have side effects and advice about the use of these medicines is also available from your community pharmacist. 

People who are using prescribed medicines to treat acne also need to cleanse their skin using the same cleansers that are used for mild acne. You can get effective treatment from your community pharmacy for all types of acne.

Acne is a condition that may affect you for many years and, unfortunately, there is no wonder cure. But the damage to your skin and self esteem can be minimised by following the treatment and advice of your local community pharmacist.



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