The ABSOLUTE BEST Affordable Acne & Spot Treatment: Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Review

How to combat breakouts

There are a number of ingredients that help to fight spots/acne/breakouts, some more well known than others:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Tea tree oil
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Retinol and tretinoin
  • Squalane and general hydration
  • Lactic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Niacinamide
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Salicylic Acid

Probably the most commonly marketed ingredient for problem skin, salicylic acid is a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). It helps to reduce inflammation, unclog pores and break down skin cells through mild exfoliation, which overall helps to reduce breakouts including blackheads.

For some, particularly those with oily skin, salicylic acid can be used daily. For others like me with dry or combination skin salicylic acid can be very drying when used too often, making it less efficient as a spot clearer especially if you want quick results.
That said, it’s still good practice to use salicylic acid once in a while to exfoliate the skin and clear your pores.

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Tea Tree Oil

Though arguably less effective than salicylic acid, tea tree is an ingredient that promotes healing. This oil is commonly used as a targeted treatment, which would be more suitable for those with occasional or milder breakouts.

Depending on the formulation of the tea tree oil, this can also be quite drying and is more suitable for those with oily skin or infrequent use.

Benzoyl Peroxide

The hero ingredient. Benzoyl peroxide very quickly targets inflammation and the bacteria that can lead to spots.

Though available in different strengths, benzoyl peroxide is potent and less suitable for people with sensitive skin.

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Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Gel

After years of suffering from painful, hormonal, cystic spots and drying my skin out with salicylic acid, I discovered Acnecide.

I chose the Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Gel as a targeted treatment as I don’t suffer from full face acne, but the brand also offers a benzoyl peroxide face wash for larger areas of concern or full face breakouts.

Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

Where to buy Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

At £7.99 (15g) this product is so affordable!

A number of common UK retailers stock Acnecide:


This product has a lovely, light gel texture and is unscented. It can be used in the morning or evening, but you must ensure you’re using plenty SPF alongside benzoyl peroxide as it sensitises the skin. This includes re-applying diligently throughout the day as necessary.

I prefer to use this as part of my evening routine, and not daily. Using this daily makes my cheeks red and dry, even if that’s not where I applied the product. Using benzoyl peroxide once every 2-3 days is plenty.

A tiny bit goes a long way, because it’s a targeted treatment which makes it GREAT value for money.
Using too much can dry out and irritate the skin.

Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Gel texture

WARNING: Benzoyl peroxide can stain/bleach clothes and bedding. You may want to put an old towel over your pillow if using this treatment overnight.


Using benzoyl peroxide every 2-3 days for a short period of time is enough to bring cystic spots to a head within a couple of days or no more than a week. As long as you use a tiny amount each time, it works well at fighting inflammation and redness (otherwise it can have the opposite effect!)

Benzoyl peroxide is definitely a potent ingredient, and should be used as part of a solid, hydrating skincare routine (not forgetting the SPF).

Overall this is my favourite spot-busting ingredient, I was amazed by the fast results and I highly recommend it to anyone with a normal level of skin sensitivity experiencing mild or infrequent breakouts.

I can’t comment on how this performs on larger scale acne, but I would probably try the Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Face Wash in that case.

Have you tried the Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Gel? What is your favourite spot treatment?

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3 Responses

  1. This gel sounds very effective to fight breakouts. My skin is not prone to acne or spots, but it’s always useful to know there are great products available in the market to treat these skin conditions. Thank you so much for the review!

    • It’s definitely great at stopping bacteria build up and stopping spots from growing! But I hope your skin stays clear and you don’t have to try it 🙂 Thank you for reading.

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