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Panoxyl Aquagel 2.5%

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Brand: PanOxyl / Type: Blemish Control / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      08.07.2012 20:57

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      A quick acting spot clearing product.

      I have suffered from bad skin/acne since I was about 11 years old. I'm now 27 and although my skin is noway as bad as it was when I was in my teens, I do still get spots which is quite depressing as I hoped I would grow out of them!

      During my teens I was prescribed all kinds of medication, including anti-biotics, lotions and potions. It was a bit trial and error (mostly error unfortunately) but the one thing that did give me results was the PanOxyl.

      I stopped using it for several years and then rediscovered it recently.

      You only need to use a tiny amount and it dries up spots/helps them heal and shrinks open pores. I use it on my chin and nose mainly, once or twice a week. It definitely improves my skin.

      There is a slightly negative side to using it, you have to be VERY careful with the product. It contains benzoyl peroxide, which can bleach things (when I lived at home I ruined ALL of my bedding and my Mums towels!) so you need to wait until it's fully dried and wash your hands thoroughly. I only use it at night too as you can't really wear make up over it very easily.

      It can also burn your skin/dry it out. I avoid using it everyday to stop this.

      You can buy PanOxyl over the counter in pharmacies (eg Boots) for about £4. I would recommend using the 2.5 strength as anything higher can leave you looking like you have radiation burns (I experienced this when I was prescribed it!)

      Apart from that, it is a fab product. I have tried just about every product available to combat spots and this really does help!

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      30.08.2011 14:40
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      I will definately be repurchasing this and have not found any other product that works as well.

      Before I start the review I would like to say that I have never been diagnosed with acne nor do I think I have acne but instead have a problem with breakouts.

      After reading various reviews on dooyoo, blogs and the like, I noticed PanOxyl being raved about as a great spot and acne treatment. Over the past few years I have tried various gels and serums to treat the cystic spots and breakouts that have gathered on my forehead. Now that I have been continuously using one product; I have seen a positive change to my skin.

      PanOxyl is availible in 2.5%,5% and 10% strengths all of which are availble behind the counter at Boots and other supermaket pharmacies for £2 - £3 (40g).

      PanOxyl comes in a convenient metal tube with a white screw lid. The consistency is thick yet watery which allows it to be spread and absorbed easily.

      PanOxyl contains BenzoylPeroxide ( other ingredients include carbomer, di-isopropanolamine, propylene glycol, macrogol lauryl ether and sodium lauryl sulphate) and treats the area leaving the spots dried out (unfortuantey the surrounding area also). PanOxyl advises that you use this once a day, if you do exceed the once a day recommendation you will notice your face getting sufficiently more dry, and that it works the best with a freshly cleansed face.I personally find that this works best left overnight on your skin and on spots that have come to a head.

      When using Panoxyl you have to expect the area it is being used on to get possibly worse before it gets better.By worse I mean that you may have a large spot breakout or your skin will get flaky, even if you only use the 2.5% gel once a day.During the use of this you will need to use extra moisturizer, I recommend E45, and you may want to avoid foundation.

      Overall I feel that PanoXyl is a really affordable product that works wonders and if you have a pesky breakout that you want gone in a day or so, then this is the product to go for. I will definately be repurchasing this and have not found any other product that works as well.

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      25.08.2011 11:15
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      Great in clearing acne.

      Introduction~~~~~~
      Ever since I can remember I have had a mild problem with acne although not that bad but I decided one day that I'd had enough and went to the doctors for advice, it was there my doctor prescribed PanOxyl Aquagel. I was a bit dubious at first because I thought it's going to be to strong for my sensitive but I was resigned to at least give it a go.

      The Packaging~~~~~~
      As I got it from the pharmacy I expected the packaging to be quite simple with no fuss and I was right it came in a rather dull looking cardboard rectangle box that was white and green with the name of the cream in dark blue much similar to the picture above. I have to admit it's not very eye-catching and it would be something I would of overlooked in a shop. Inside was a tube with a screw top with the same design as the box, it was relatively easy to open and use but I did find after a couple of uses it started to become difficult to squeeze the cream out of the tube and it did dry around the lid.

      The Product~~~~~~
      The cream itself was a translucent white in colour and to be honest didn't look very nice and it felt quite greasy in my hands, applying it too my skin was easy, I didn't have to use a lot as it covered a wide area and spread across my face nicely. It did feel a bit "wet" for a little while afterwards but that soon dissipated, after using it for a couple of weeks I found it did indeed clear up my acne but at a cost it made my skin extremely dry, cracked, and itchy. Afterwards I had to stop using it because of the side effects which was pretty disappointing because it cleared up my acne wonderfully but I guess it's back to the drawing board.

      Final Word~~~~~~
      I found this product was excellent in clearing up acne but the side effects were too much for my sensitive skin and I had to stop using it, but I would still recommend to people that have a little more tolerance in their skin and as it's prescribed by the doctor it's great if your eligible for free prescriptions.
      It would of been a little gem if wasn't for my stupid skin.

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      19.07.2011 19:21

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      Worked, but through drying my skin, so moisturiser had to be used.

      Personal Experience
      Quite similarly to many, I suddenly started suffering from mild acne on my face as a result of hormonal changes. I googled the potential steps I should take in order to get rid of it before I take any drastic measures (such as applying bleach on my face, as many suggested Panoxyl Aquagel was and quite rightly so). I washed my face every day, applied all sorts of peaceful remedies to overcome the acne, but it started getting worse (probably due to my OTT washing regime). So I surrendered, ordered PanOxyl Aquagel from Amazon and went for it. I was extremely apprehensive about this as I had heard horror stories about skin beginning to peel off etc, so I applied a tiny amount to one of my acne areas to see whether I developed any allergies. Luckily for me, the only sensation I felt was tingling, so I went for it fully the following day. After having used it on a daily basis for 2 weeks, I definitely saw improvements. While my skin did get drier (I already had dry skin before I used this product), I used lots of moisturiser in the mornings and applied it in the evenings. The blemishes started disappearing and the majority of the redness died down. I've stopped using it now as I don't want to hide my face from the sun (when you use this product regularly, it is suggested to avoid sun exposure) and the spots completely gone. I couldn't be happier - this product is high-class (it at least pretends to be as it was very effective on my skin) and basically for no money! It is definitely worth a try, but definitely don't forget to moisturise! And one final thing - keep it away from fabrics unless you need them bleached.

      General Information
      PanOxyl Aquagel 2.5% is a treatment for acne (mild) and a good starting point in your fight against acne. It contains 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide, a chemical that dries your skin and attempts to unblock your pores. PanOxyl Aquagel 2.5% does not contain any alcohol and instead, as mentioned in the name, contains water, which dilutes the harshness of the benzoyl peroxide. It is priced at around £2-£3 for a 40g tube.

      Advantages
      - Very cheap
      - Does begin to work within the first week of using it
      - If the acne is on your face, the tube lasts for months as you need to apply it in small quantities every day (if on your back or other areas, it might not)

      Disadvantages
      - Severely dries your skin, so you'd need to invest in a good deep moisturiser
      - Bleaches fabrics

      I definitely would recommend it, especially as a first step in trying to combat acne. If the 2.5% concentration does not work, it is easy to upgrade to 5% and the product is readily available online. Just be sure to moisturise and before you use it, test it on a small area of your skin to see whether you have any allergies - wait for about 24h before re-use.

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      17.06.2011 18:32
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      Great product for a cheap price and amazing quick results!

      For the past 6 months I have suffered from mild acne, I used to have flawless skin and only get a spot here and there. Now I've started getting spots on my forehead, cheeks and around my nose and mouth. For the past 6 months I never been without having a patch of spots and it really put my confidence down as I felt I needed to wear more make-up to make sure they were covered. One of my friends who suffers from bad acne recommended this.

      I got this over the counter in Boots for about £3 which is a great cheap treatment for acne. Its cheap enough to try it and even if it doesn't work for you, you haven't wasted a lot of money. So the price is brilliant!

      In comes in a simple cardboard white and green box, with 'Panoxyl' in bold font on the front and the percentage of the gel as well. It has instructions on the back and some information about the product. The gel itself comes in a long tube, shaped a bit like a tooth paste tube with a white plastic screw cap. The gel is clear, quite thick and does have quite a strong smell to it, but it does tend to disappear after a minute or so.

      This gel is apart of my skin care routine and I don't know where I would be without it right now. Its great for them red angry spots that appear as, within a couple of days the redness and size is definitely reduced. After about 3 days the spot is completely gone. I normally squeeze my spots, but since I have had this I haven't felt the need to do so because of the amazing results it gives in such a small amount of time. It also helps with the scarring that is left by the spot, I can honestly say since using this that my acne is a lot calmer and if any scars are left they aren't noticeable at all. This has improved my confidence and the first time in a long time I feel comfortable to go out without any make-up or the bare minimum. This is so easy to use you can simply apply it to your face with your fingers (make sure there clean) or with a cotton bud so you can be more precise. When applying it to my skin, it feels slightly tingly, but doesn't hurt and it goes on very smoothly.

      The only downside to this is that sometimes it can leave a red mark where you apply it, but usually goes within about 20 minutes. This also can bleach clothing and can effect your fake tan by leaving it a little patchy where you put it. I do tend to put my fake tan on and then apply a very thin layer of this with a cotton bud.

      When you use this, make sure you apply to a clean, dry face. I recommend applying this at night, with some old pjs that your not worried about just in case it does bleach them. Also because it can leave red marks on your skin and you don't want to go out with red marks.

      Overall a fantastic product for people with either mild or extreme acne, I highly recommend this treatment, as it has now became my holy grail!

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      07.06.2011 21:21
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      Cheap and successful treatment for acne

      Around 2 years ago I suffered from mild acne on my face and of course, like most acne sufferers it got me very down and confused as to why I was getting acne. I ate loads of fruit and veg, drank plenty of water, exercised, had facials, and cleansed and toned my face everyday, yet I still suffered from horrible break-outs!! After a trip to my GP and discovering it was hormonal problem (like most acne), I was prescribed the Dianette pill and Duac Once Daily Gel. Both of these helped cure my acne and now I don't suffer from break-outs at all. I am now on a different pill, as you are not supposed to take Dianette for more than a year and my skin is still fine.

      Duac Once Daily Gel helped a great deal, and the ingredients include:
      Clindamycin as clindamycin phosphate * Anhydrous benzoyl peroxide as hydrous benzoyl peroxide
      I am no longer taking Duac Gel as it is a antibiotic and cannot be used forever. My GP has now advised me to use the non-antibiotic version of Duac called PanOxyl and works just as well. Although Duac and Dianette cured my acne - I do have the occasional odd spot, or few spots in same area (but nowhere near a break-out) and will apply a thin layer of PanOxyl on the problem spot/area over night, and in most cases the next morning the problem spot has gone or at least nearly gone. So I would recommend to those with acne-prone skin! PanOxyl ingredients (is available in higher concentrated gels, I have the lowest % one):
      Benzoyl Peroxide * Colloidal Magnesium Aluminium Silicate * Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose * Polyoxyethylene Lauryl Ether * Denatured Alcohol * Citric Acid Monchydrate * Alpine Essence 6565A * Purified Water

      As the ingredients kill the bacteria of spots and prevent further spots from happening, PanOxyl can tend to dry the skin out where used. Which is why I only use it at night, so if areas of my skin do get a bit dry - in the day I can apply a heavy amount of moisturiser to bring it back to normal.

      Be sure to apply on clean and dry skin. The ingredients of PanOxyl can bleach clothes, it is best to wear at night with pyjamas your not too bothered about just in case bleaching does occur. A further tip to fake tan wearers, PanOxyl will remove or at least severely reduce fake tan from your face or where used. If I have a spot or several spots but still want to tan, I will apply my face tan as normal and put a very tiny amount of the spot with a cotton bud.

      PanOxyl costs around £2/3 which is a great and cheap treatment for acne. For the price, you can at least give it a try and see if it works for you. It should last you a couple a months, and keep it in the fridge as the ingredients have to stay cool in order to stay effective. I have already recommended this product to a friend who gets a lot of break-outs, and it is already helping to clear her skin. All those who are prone to break-outs or have acne, give this product a try. It will not miraculously cure spots overnight, but with continuous use over a few weeks you will start to see the difference. For those with acne, do not hesitate to see your GP about the problem and enquire about the Dianette pill or Duac Gel I mentioned above as this may help you the same way it helped me.

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        06.06.2011 23:31
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        Anyone suffering from acne should definately try this product.

        I have suffered from mild (and occasionally moderate) acne ever since I was a teenager, and over the years I have tried practically every product on the market as well as a number of prescription creams and medication. Unfortunately, none of these products have made much impact on my acne and at the age of 25 I was beginning to despair.

        I read about the use of benzoyl peroxide (the main ingredient of Panoxyl) on an online acne forum. I'm not sure if I can mention the forum but anyone with google and the keyword 'acne' will probably be able to find it very quickly ;) I won't go into the medical background of benzoyl peroxide or why it helps acne, but all I can say it has literally transformed my life. I know this seems pretty dramatic but I'm sure anyone with acne can understand how depressing it can be.

        While my acne has not completely disappeared, and I'm not sure that it ever will unfortunately, this product has definately helped me to control it better than any other. The cream itself comes in three doses; 2.5%, 5% and 10%. I was advised by the website to use the 2.5% as it is not as harsh but just as effective.

        I must stress how careful you must be when applying the cream as even the 2.5% is very strong. It is advised to use only a small amount at first and then gradually build up the usage. And believe me, this product is very strong and drying. I would definately advise the use of a good moisturiser alongside the panoxyl as you can often suffer from dryness and tightness. I should also advise that the cream can bleach coloured materials, which I found out after bleaching my favourite black vest!

        Because everyone's skin is very different, I can only comment on my own usage of the cream. After a lot of trial and error I now apply a small amount to affected areas only at night, leave to dry for a few minutes then apply a moisturiser. I also use it as a treatment in the day if I have a particularly bad blemish. After using the cream for about six weeks I found that I was suffering from fewer and fewer blemishes. Instead of the usual five to ten spots on my skin at all times, I now only suffer from occasional blemishes.

        I can honestly say that this is the best acne treatment that I have ever used, and I adviseanyone suffering from acne of any severity try it out. I hope it is as effective for you.

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          14.02.2011 14:31
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          I would advise a tester before using PanOxyl.

          A few years ago i suffered from blemishes and blackheads, nothing major but enough to reduce my confidence, so i went along to my GP and he advised me to use PanOxyl Aquagel. That night i went home and following the instructions i tried this gel...

          In the morning i woke up with lumps and a huge rash all over my face, with a burning sensation which was utterly unbearable, and my skin was flaking in some areas... In a way it took the attention away from my origional worry of typical teenage blemishes and instead i was left with the most painful skin i had ever felt! I used ice and wet towels to reduce the burning pain and the rash took a few days to completely dissapear.

          PanOxyl evidently wasnt for me! But as a 15 year old girl it made me realise my lightly blemished skin actually wasnt that bad when compared to the huge elergic reaction caused by PanOxyl...

          If you have sensitive skin i would advise to test this gel on a small patch of your skin before rubbing it all over your face, causing more trouble than its worth!.

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          28.09.2010 21:30
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          Would give this a 10/10

          From a very young age i've suffered from blackheads and only the odd spot or two usually showing themselves just before my 'due date' we'll call it. And have always found it hard to find the right treatment because although i have blackheads which are a form of acne and my skin never looks greasy chemists and store assistants never knew what to give me. So finally i went to the doctor and they gave me some PANOXYL AQUAGEL 2.5 they told me to use it for 3 months and if they havn't cleared up they'll give me a stronger treament. You can also purchase this online, in the chemists and its not too pricey either, its usually around £3.00 and, you can also get stronger percentages or lower.

          OKAY, SO A LITTLE ABOUT THE PRODUCT WHAT IT CONTAINS, AND WHAT IT'S PRIMARY USE IS:
          contains Benzoyl Peroxide, an ingredient recommended by dermatologists for the treatment of pimples (acne). It combats pimples through its antibacterial action and peeling (desquamative) effect. The gel base also assists rapid absorption into the skin. Other ingredients are: Ethanol/alcohol.

          HOW TO APPLY IT:
          Apply to the affected areas once a day or as directed by your doctor. (my doctor told me to apply this twice a day but having seen how dry my skin went i only use it once a day if you wish to apply it twice aday for an enhanced effect make sure you use a very good non greasy moisturizer every morning and before bed)
          To enhance the effect, gently wash with soap before applying Panoxyl. (also, dont use soap as in hand wash soap as this will dry your face out more. just use what ever cleanser you normally use or one recommended by your doctor). Also pay special attention to the effected areas and make sure you keep it from getting in your eyes and also the skin around your eyes because its very delicate and also out of your mouth and around your lips.

          WHAT IT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE ON THE SKIN:
          Panoxyl has a very thick texture and creates a barrier on the skin( i believe this is too stop dirt getting in to your skin as it starts working its magic.) It looks very thick and feels abit thick on the skin but once its dried (which only takes about a minute) it feels almost like cling film and makes your skin looks very shiny but, dont let that stop you from using it its vitale that it looks this way and acts this way to that it can help your skin problem. Its a faint white color and the great thing is you only need to use a little bit and just make sure you gently rub itin.

          MY EXPIERENCE AND VERDICT ON THE PRODUCT:
          I didn't use it for 3 months because i forgot i've only used it for weeks at a time through a year or so but having done that it has changed my skin. Its smoother, my pores are reduced, i have no spots and fewer blackheads. also it lasts for so long one tube of this (40g) can lasts for months. So ive just started using it again and have seen a very good improvement in only 2 days i shall continue using this and as i do i'll update my review within the next month. I'm going to continue using this for 3 months like prescribed.

          Also like i've just mentioned blackheads are a form of acne but are a little trickier to get rid of so don't get put off because the cream is for acne unless told too by your doctor but, also before using this its best to go to your doctor they may give you something stronger or gentlier.

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          23.08.2010 13:05
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          Cured my acne and apparently that of many others. Not for everyone I don't think though.

          So I suffer from blemishes now, which is annoying. I had picture perfect skin until the summer after I turned 17, I was the envy of my spotty, teenage friends. I got the shock of my life (and so did they) when I left college for the summer holidays with skin akin to that of a baby's bottom, and returned with a really, really bad case of acne. And I'm not exaggerating just because it was me, it really was bad and I felt like my life had ended.

          Having tried every product I could get my hands on, and each treatment requires you to use it for 4 months or so to effect a difference, I was nearly 22 and at rock bottom. I'd even been to the dermatologist at the hospital for stronger antibiotics than my GP could prescribe. These cleared the acne up some but it returned with a vengeance once the antibiotics ceased. My dermatologist was telling me the next step was roaccutane, a treatment that causes damge to the liver and dries your skin up all over your body. Despite the risks and side effects I was willing to give this a go - until the dr told me I'd have to have a blood test every few months. Now I may have been 21 at the time but I was still scared witless about blood test. I hadn't, and still haven't, had a blood test in my life. So that was that. I cried all the way home (which gets you funny looks on a bus let me tell you).

          By a miracle or some such event I came across a website that promoted the use of benzoyl peroxide for the treatment of acne. A quick google later and I'd discovered Panoxyl contained this ingredient and was available at most chemists. I promptly hopped on another bus and bought 3 tubes of the 2.5% aquagel.

          The product itself come in a squeezy tube (like bonjela) and is a clear, viscous gel. The instruction leaflet advises you to apply twice a day after removing all make-up and washing/cleansing your face. You are instructed to apply a thin layer covering the affected areas.

          Now I don't suggest you try this without reading up on the process first but the website I'd found speculated that using much more than a thin layer worked wonders; and there was a LOT of people on the forum who'd has success with this. It also suggested that you apply a thick layer of moisturiser afterwards to counteract the gels drying properties.

          Now I'm not going to bore you with the fine details, and it wasn't without it's drawbacks, but thanks to Panoxyl I now have practically clear skin. I get annoyed when I get ONE spot - just one! I never thought I'd be saying that again! Like I said, there were drawbacks, I'll outline these below, and I don't think this would suit everyone, but for me it's my saviour. As anyone with acne knows, it's the worst thing in the world for the person affected. For those around you, you've just got acne, no big deal. For the person suffering (it really is suffering) it affects your whole life. For this over the counter product to have improved my life such an enormous amount is incredible to me. I now always have a tube handy for the odd blemish that I do get and I will forever be thankful to the people on that website for pointing me in the right direction.

          *Disadvantages*

          Ok, I've made it sound like a wonder product right? Well it is, and it isn't. It has side effects, not anything that I personally wasn't able to cope with but I can't say the same for everyone so read on before you rush out to grab some.

          It dries your skin out terribly. And I mean terribly. Whilst applying significantly more than the instructions stated my skin was so dry it was flaking off - and remember this is after I've used moisturiser. I was unable to apply foundation and it looked disgusting over the flakiness and just brushing my face during the day would cause a little flurry of flakes brush off. It really wasn't pleasant and was highly unattractive. I figured the acne was disgusting people just as much however so I stuck with it. Carrying moisturiser with me minimised the problem and after about 2-3 months my skin seemed to adapt somehow to the gel and ceased to flake as much, becoming much softer.

          The dryness also means your face is red. Not hysterically so and not too much redder than the acne makes it but noticeably red.

          The gel is also a peroxide remember so it bleaches things. Generally anything that's not colour fast will have the colour bleached out of it if it comes into contact with this product for any length of time. Think clothing, towels, pillow cases etc. I've even had a friend report that it lightened their eyebrows!

          These days when I get a blemish or two I apply the gel as instructed on the packet to just the affected areas. I find it still causes these symptoms if I use it for any length of time but they're much milder. My skin is still red and flakes a little but not noticeably so once I've got a little make-up on and a decent moisturiser.

          *Other Panoxyls*

          Panoxyl is also available in 5% & 10% solutions as well as being available in a cream rather than a gel. I'd not recommend using the higher concentrations until you've had experience with the 2.5%. I personally have never used anything other than the 2.5% and having seen how dry that made my skin I wouldn't want to be using anything stronger.

          *Conclusion*

          If you're trying to shift acne give this a try. It turned my life around to the point where I almost feel like writing to thank the manufacturer! As I've described it certainly isn't without some major disadvantages and side effects, but for me the trouble was well worth the final outcome. If you're going to use more than suggested I would advise that you research it thoroughly on the internet firstly and secondly, have a chat with your GP or pharmacist about what you intend to be doing. I found my local pharmacist had heard of people doing as I did and was able to advise me when I was perhaps being a little over enthusiastic with the gel. Worth a try, just go easy with it!

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          26.07.2010 21:28
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          If you have tried numerous products with no success, this actually works!

          Long review............... but i think if you have tried and failed for products to control and eliminate mild acne, whether thats antibiotics or creams its well worth reading all of this!

          I have tried many products over the years like erythromycin pills, zineryt, numerous face wahes and blemish controllers to clear up my acne which has been a bit up and down in its severity. The only product that seems to actually work for me in the long-term is this. Saying that it does require consistent usage and the ability to deal with a few very minor side effects.

          The active ingrediant in this is called Benzoyl Peroxide, and the gel comes in 3 forms. A 2.5%, 5% and 10% containing respective percentages of benzoyl peroxide. I have sensitive skin and found the 5% was a bit too intense for me, making my skin very red and sting. Your supposed to always start with the 2.5% so your skin aclimatises and then possibly move up to 5% and 10% if needed. In my opinion 2.5% does as good a job as the other 2 anyway, it still has benzoyl peroxide in after all, just less of it.

          This acne and blemish control product works essentially as the benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria on the skin, leaving it less greasy and has a peeling/drying out effect on the skin, drying out spots and preventing them from coming back. So do not be shocked when your skin becomes extremely dry, as this is how the spots are effectively combated.

          When it comes to application you need to use it once everyday, or every other day depending on how much it dries out your skin. If you feel its drying it out too much start with it every other day until your skin gets used to it. You must first wash your face with a cleanser or facewash and hands with soap, wait 5 or 10 minutes and then apply. Applying it not only to the individual spots but on the effected areas around them as well gently with your fingertips. Its easy to apply too much, not much is needed to do the job, if it doesn't easily rub in, your applying too much. I apply it just before i go to bed, but you can apply it after your shower in the morning.

          When you first use the product it is very likely that you will get slight redness on your face where you have applied it and your skin will dry out and go flakey. It is essential that you use a good moisturiser to combat this, unless you don't mind walking around with incredibly dry skin. PanOxyl oxygenates your skin to prevent growth, therefore after every use, wait 10-15 minutes and apply a pH neutral and oil free moisturiser and where possible. I would recomment The Body Shops "Maca Root Energetic Face Protector" is very good. You may get a tingling feeling as well when initially using it, this is a side effect yes, but not much of an inconvenience and is supposed to happen. Within the first 2 weeks you will notice your acne will dry out completely in most cases, and within 2 months you will notice that your skin is much clearer and with continued use will completely clear them up.

          It is important to stress that the red skin and dryness does fade within a month as your skin gets used to the product, in which time i have found that all acne would have gone and its just a case of time until the remaining blemishes fade with continued used of the product. However if you do get extremely dry skin of redness that is uncomfortable for you, stop using the product. It works, but it's not for everyone in the sense that the first couple of weeks arn't easy!

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          I would also reccommend going to see your GP and enquiring about this as im sure they will be able to give you a lot more informaiton. As, for example, some pople may have allergies to benzoyl peroxide or other ingredients contained within this product.

          If you look on the internet you will see many negative reviews where people will say it's herendous and it dired their skin, made it red and so forth. Firstly, it's supposed to dry out skin, thats how it works and second, i think the redness for a couple of weeks is a small price to pay for a product that actually works. If you decide to use this product, go into it knowing and prepared for the dryness, slight redness etc and you will be rewarded for perseverance after a couple of months.

          I would also recommend that if your are considering using this, do it in the summer holidays! That way its easier to cope with redness and dryness in the first 2 weeks in the comfort of your own home. And by the time you go back to school it will be well at work, side effects will be gone if not fading and you will be into the routine of using it before school stresses come back into your life.

          Another thing to consider is that Benzoyl Peroxide bleaches clothing and pillowcases etc. Therefore it is quite likely that if you apply it like me before bed, it will bleach your pillow after prolonged use, as i found! Just a heads up, nothing major.

          Oh and forgot to say it costs £2.50 or so from your local pharmacy and you do not need a perscription for it either. So i guess the price is antoher incentive, as one tube will last at least a couple of months if not more!

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