After trying literally everything else that I've heard of, or could think of, to try and get somewhere with my skin, I came to this product.
I find the cream really easy to apply, just make sure you follow the guidance on how much to put on. They aren't kidding when they say too much will not do. It just glides around your face before it gets crazy hard to rub in, and then it practically crumbles off as it rolls up into little balls.. Not what you need when you're trying to get ready for work! Less is more.
I really just concentrate on problem areas, which might explain why I'm finding this product lasts so long, but believe me when I say I consider most of my face a problem area. I only really miss my forehead out, and apply everywhere else.
The medicinal smell doesn't linger, and neither does the feeling that you've just put cream on your face. It's perfectly fine to apply make up once the product has dried, and there are no adverse effects to your choice of foundation either - I've tried full cover foundation, BB creams, CC creams, powder foundations, etc and all have gone on as expected.
I have persisted with the cream just in case it's preventing breakouts, but I honestly haven't noticed that much of a difference in using it. I still get the same spots I would expect if I hadn't applied it, and don't feel like I'm combatting much with it.
In conclusion, unless my skin suddenly flares up within a few weeks of running out, and convinces me that it's because I've stopped applying it, then I'll get it again, but as of now, I have no plans to continue use once my tube is empty.
I started using Panoxyl after a particularly bad outbreak on my chin - hormonal bumps that we're raging red and refusing to shift.
I'm in my early 30's and had been lucky enough to have relatively clear skin throughout my teens but once I hit my twenties I started with awful hormonal outbreaks that would last weeks; then, just as one outbreak was clearing up another one would begin. My GP had suggested various contraceptive pills - some made my skin worse and some just made me absolutely crazy with mood swings; not the outcome I'd hoped for!
So, in a last ditch attempt to clear my skin I spoke to a pharmacist who gave me the panoxyl gel. I say "gave" but I did actually pay £3.28 for it! ;)
The pharmacist warned me of the skin drying, stinging and that it can bleach fabrics so I was a bit apprehensive to use this on my face but my skin was so bad I was prepared to try anything at that point.
I applied it to the affected bumps on my chin, being careful not to get it on any surrounding skin so as to avoid too much dryness. It didn't sting initially but over time there was a tingle which told me it was working. The following morning and for three days after I did have dry, flaky skin on my chin but the acne was definitely starting to clear up.
I used the gel every other day for a week and it was like I'd bought some new skin in the end!
The dryness and flakiness cleared up, leaving me with spot free skin for the first time in months.
After that, as there was no acne I stopped using the Panoxyl and didn't actually get another spot for at least three months - even then it was only a tiny pimple. My skin was the best it had ever been for months and I was so thankful on my wedding day!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and after having a few gynae problems I had another awful outbreak - Panoxyl to the rescue once more!
So, although I can't seem to stop the hormonal outbreaks altogether, Panoxyl is definitely my go-to solution when my skin is really bad and the £3.28 I originally spent was an excellent investment as I still have loads left.
Suffering from acne at any age can be traumatic, not only because of the undesirable aesthetics but because it hurts. One of the most frustrating aspects tied in with acne is the fact its so flippantly regarded by those not afflicted. This skin disorder that affects so many can lead to scaring, infection and after time often wears the sufferer down.
Any sufferer will tell you they have a small graveyard of half empty bottles and tubes of washes and creams that have not done the trick and are therefore left out of pocket and are left feeling hopeless. I was one of these people until I read about PanOxyl.
Like many I didn't suffer until after school and I found this made things difficult because acne treatments aren't aimed at adults, the information is harder to get hold of because the majority of your friends and colleague's 'grew out' of acne years ago the few spot remedies aimed at an older age group are designed to treat the 'odd' spot that might appear.
I came across a product called 'pro active' that had wide spread approval from celebrities and acne suffers alike. The only aspect to put me off was the price, having spent well over 200 pounds in my quest for a clear complexion, I was dubious to part with over 50 on a product that held the same claims as so many others that had tried and failed. So I looked into the active ingredient which I found to be a chemical called 'Benzoyl Peroxide'. Benzoyl Peroxide is a chemical that has a drying and peeling affect, which is why it is found to be so affective on problem skin. I was excited to find out it could be bought in the form of a cream called 'PanOxyl' and even more excited to find out the cost was bellow 3 pounds ! So what was another 3 pounds to discover this miracle cream? My trip to boots took place asap.
So I got home with my latest tube and as always paid careful attention to the leaflet inside. I was warned that benzoyl was known to cause dryness, peeling and bleaching to fabrics. Scary stuff.
The first victim to fall foul of not heading these warnings were the fairly new pair of chinos I wore during application. WASH your hands immediately after use, if not for your sake for your clothes, its not fair on them.
So I used my normal cleanser and applied the cream not only to the individual spots I had but the areas surrounding them, it dried fairly quickly which I was happy about and rushed off to bed to have sweet dreams of spotless skin.
I woke up to find very little difference, which was a disappointment but I did notice there wasn't a new spot to greet and squeeze as usually there would be which was a nice surprise. So the following evening I repeated this method and went to bed expecting to wake up with very little difference. What I woke up with was very different to what I went to bed with. I first noticed my skin was red and almost glowing, it wasn't sore but It definitely looked it and I was quick to apply some (anti blemish) Moisturizer to the affected areas. I went about my day and whilst at work I discovered I had a small cut in one of the areas I had applied it. After returning home I layered my face in moisturizer and tried not to 'crack' to wide a smile until the dryness had subsided.
After this experience I fell out with my PanOxyl and we didn't speak for a week while my skin returned to a normal colour. Although this experience was off putting, I had noticed within my healing week I hadn't had a new spot and the spots I had were getting smaller and less aggressive despite using moisturizer more often then I usually would. Needless to say I gingerly made up with the tube and added a SMALL amount again that night.
It says in the leaflet that skin will get used to the benzoyl and I've found this to be true, no more cracks and no more dryness than is needed to fight back my oily complexion.
My new routine consists of cleansing in the morning and applying anti blem moisturizer and cleansing again in the evening then applying the PanOxyl. I also exfoliate often to combat the 'peeling' effect.
I believe it works because Skin becomes oiler as you sleep and you shed skin cells that become trapped in your oily pores and create spots. By drying the skin out at night and letting the antibacterial effect of the benzyl peroxide take place, spots find it harder form.
So here you have, the secret cure at a shockingly low price. If you do choose to try this remember you will need to persevere with it, but the results can be incredible. You can buy the PanOxyl cream in three strengths (2.5%, 5% and 10%) which is really for you to decide, I flit between 5% and 10% because my skin has become used to it so you may want to start lower.
My skin hasn't been so clear for years and regimes I've spent beyond 40 pounds haven't had such an effect.
PanOxyl contains - benzoyl peroxide, carbomer, di-isopropanolamine, propylene glycol, macrogol lauryl ether, sodium lauryl sulphate and purified water. So if you no yourself to be allergic to any of these, not the product for you.
PanOxyl Acnegel is sometimes known as Aquagel contains Benzoyl Peroxide in different volumes depending on which one you buy (this one is 5% there is also 2.5% and 10%). Other ingredients are ethanol/alcohol. It is used for the treatment of spots and acne. I used to have this on prescription from the doctor until I had to start paying for prescriptions and then the cheaper option was to buy it over the counter in the pharmacy it costs around £3 which isn't bad.
You apply PanOxyl to the affected area once a day I used to do it before bed once my face was clean and it works at drying up spots. Now heres the thing although PanOxyl does work there are some side effects. As it contains benzoyl peroxide it does tend to burn your skin when you first start to use it mself and my sister both got prescibed this and she gave up because it made her face to sore I perservered and after a couple of weeks your skin does adapt to it (I should say that we both started on 10% I then reduced to 5% then 2.5% as the situation improved.) Other side effects include itching skin and peeling skin but these are signs that it is working.
Although PanOxyl is a good way of clearing up spots you are then faced with the problem of dry skin its a vicious cycle moisturize you skin gets greasier use this it dries out. For people who suffer really bad with acne this is a good product and sometimes a bit of dry skin is an ok price to pay for not havin spots.
The other downside of PanOxyl is that it does bleach fabric and when I moved out of my moms house and had to start buying my own towels, pillow cases and duvets I realised how frustrating it is to have them ruined with bleach and so gave up. This also happened when I stayed at a friends one night and they could't understand why their new expensive covers had changed colour in the morning so be warned especially if staying at others houses.
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At 27 years old I am still experiencing spots, which unfortunately for me are worse now than when I was in my teens! My skin stated to get worse after the birth of my daughter two years ago and now at my age I am sick of them and want them gone.
Thankfully I am now starting to control my skin a little with my new skincare regime Alpha H (which I have reviewed) but still the little spots are getting through until all my congested skin clears and I can fingers crossed be spot free for once.
Before I came across Alpha H and my new routine I came across Panoxyl Acne Gel in a book that rated it the best acne gel around for moderate acne. But due to its strength Benzoyl Peroxide can not be used by everyone. I got my gel from my local chemist but you can purchase it from expresschemist.co.uk for £2.53, which I think is a good price for apparently the best acne gel around.
This gel is odourless with no perfume or medicated smells. The active ingredient in this gel Benzoyl Peroxide acts as an antibacterial and peeling agent leaving the area less oily.
When I bought my 5% acne gel from the chemist I felt like I was doing something wrong as the lady behind the counter wouldn't give the gel to me without speaking to one of the pharmacist first and when she finally handed it over to me I felt like it was a bomb or something. She explained to me to apply the gel very carefully, which I think she said a few times to me. It can bleach the skin and fabrics. In the end I couldn't wait to leave the chemist and get home with my bad package.
Panoxyl Acne Gel comes in two strengths, 5%, which is the lowest strength and is safe to be used daily and 10%, which is obviously a stronger strength. It is recommended to try 5% first so your skin can get used to Benzoyl Peroxide and maybe go up to 10% at a later date. With this gel it is not a quick solution that I thought it would be as they say results can take two weeks, but every little helps.
The product itself comes in a box, which looks a lot like the actual product in the picture above and a leaflet inside that you get from a prescription medicine and all ready this says to me it is a gel not to be messed with. The product itself comes in a 40g aluminium foil sealed tube with a white screw off lid.
The leaflet says this gel should be applied carefully when applied to the neck and other sensitive areas, also to avoid contact with the eyes and mouth.
This product has a self life of 36 months after first opening, which I feel is very good with an acne/spot product as normally the shelf life is not long.
It also states on the first time of application sometimes stinging and tingles are too expected as is the effected area going moderately red and peeling after a few days.
Upon opening the seal the product inside is a gel like texture but it also white, when I think of a gel I think of it as being clear. There is no scent at all and feels light on the back of my hand. Applying this product is easy; cleanse your face first making sure it is clean from makeup and pat your skin dry (do not rub) then I applied a little of the product to my finger and smoothed it onto the affected and surrounded area not just the individual spot, it states to do this once a day only due to the drying effect of Benzoyl Peroxide and to be careful not to get the product in contact with clothes or fabrics due to the bleaching effect, afterwards make sure you wash hands after use.
It is easy to rub in and dries white. Because of my sensitive skin and worrying about the active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide my skin seemed to be fine and I left it on overnight. The next morning I could still see some of the product on my skin where it dried white and it was easily removed with my cleanser. The spots I applied it on were still there but they we're less red and less inflamed so something worked over night, I started to think about the woman in the chemist and what was all the fuss about.
The next night however was very different one. I applied the product the same way as I did the night before and boy didn't I know about it. Almost straight away my skin flared up in a red, burning mess. I quickly and gently cleansed the area and applied aloe vera gel to sooth my face. For the next three days my face was very red and hot in the areas I applied the gel my skin was also left with very dry areas that came up in eczema. After four days my skin began to calm down with the redness, dry skin but my eczema took another three days to clear and I started to see an improvement. Needless to say after this episode I refrained from using this product for a while for fear of it happening again.
When I did start to use the product again I didn't follow the instructions of saying applying it to the surrounding area, this time I got a cotton bud took a small amount out of the tube and applied it to the individual spot, which does dry white. Once applied to my skin the area is a little tingly but this subsides within a few minutes. This way for me has worked a treat and I have used it this way ever since.
The product does take a while to clear spots away but with the initial result is less redness, less inflamed which has decreased in size, which is easier to conceal the next day. With time the spot does dry out and flake off. I would say established spots will clear within a week. I have also used this gel on spots that are forming and within two days it has cleared.
I think providing you are careful at how it is applied and are patient this is a great product to use.
It is a good product that will last me a long time and if used correctly it works a treat, but please be aware Benzoyl Peroxide is a powerful ingredient and to be used sparely.
Full Ingredients used are: Benzoyl Peroxide * Colloidal Magnesium Aluminium Silicate * Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose * Polyoxyethylene Lauryl Ether * Denatured Alcohol * Citric Acid Monchydrate * Alpine Essence 6565A * Purified Water.