Available in 3 strengths
Good value for money
May dry skin
May not be suitable for sensitive skin
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Drying and causes milia
I've been using this product for about a month now, as a 2nd try after a few yrs ago i tried it and it gave me millia so i discontinued it.
I have mild to moderate acne thanks to my genetics. I was told to use this by dr's and as a substitute for the old 'miracle cream" proactiv.
I wash my face as per the bottles directions in the shower. When i get out i apply nutrogena oil free moisture and my skin drinks it in. (As opposed to days where i don't use the benzac my skin isn't so dry)
I did notice it did take away some of the overall redn...ess of my skin temporarily when i first started. My face seemed to be more 1 toned and even in appearance for a little while. But then...Within 2 weeks of using this cream i had severely peeling dry raw skin despite applying moisturiser routinely and not having the issue when i don't use the Benzac.
Purchased in February 2021 at Priceline for $10.00.
My 14 year old son has been struggling with acne. I’ve tried everything except medication and certainly did not want to go down that road. In chemist, thought I’d buy Benzac. If it didn’t work, it’s just another thing. Two weeks later his skin is clearing and he’s feeling a lot better about himself. It’s brilliant stuff.
Purchased in March 2021 for $49.00.
Only product that cleared up my adult acne.
I have never in my life suffered from bad skin...until I reached my late 30's. I started developing very big and sore, red cystic acne on my chin that would last months and was so embarressing. I then went on antibiotics and used topical antiobiotics which would clear it up and then another one would come in. Then last year I started getting it on my forehead. It was awful. I have tried every product under the sun. One day I was in priceline and seen the 3 pack of wash, spot treatment and moisturiser and thought, why not. I read the reviews and...was a bit nervous after seeing that it could cause dryness. But it didnt with me and within a month my skin was clear. I still wake up every morning having that dread feeling, like what is going to be there today, and nothing. I have been using it everyday for about 4 months and my skin has been fantastic. I highly recommend.
Purchased in November 2020 at Priceline for $45.00.
Worked well and helped clear acne but smells disgusting
I noticed my skin was a lot clearer and less oily with this product in a very short amount of time. I didn’t suffer any adverse reactions but I did go a bit red after the first 2 uses but that subsided within a few minutes. The product was perfect for my level of acne but I didn’t like the smell all that much.
Purchased in August 2020.
So far so good
I’ve been using the benzac ac wash for my pimples and it’s worked well in reducing acne. The first few days it caused my skin to dry up and flake away but that soon subsided and left me with clearer skin.
Purchased in July 2020.
It's fine, but didn't really help. The moisturiser burns my skin.
I have moderate to severe adult acne and oily skin. I bought the face wash/2.5mg treatment/moisturiser trio.
I had fairly decent results with the 2.5mg and went up to the 10mg (daily for few hours or overnight). The 10mg caused irritation/dryness if I used it too often (as expected) so I had to give my skin a break every couple of days and avoid applying it to areas of the face that get dry or don't have acne.
I found that in general the treatment reduced acne inflammation a few hours after applying, which was nice, but (having also asked som...e people around me) it didn't noticeably clear my skin at all (I guess I kept getting new acne) I used it for several months (3-6?), used a whole tube of the 2.5mg and like a quarter of the 10mg before giving up on it. Possible that I gave up too soon. I also found it made my acne scars darker while using. Maybe because of drying. My skin can't tolerate the moisturiser for some reason. It immediately makes my face feel hot and sometimes burning/painful, particularly if I use it with the treatment. So I don't use that. The applicator was nice with the twist/pump thing.
I have suffered with hormonal acne since I was a teenager and have tried everything from prescription meds to whatever the latest acne clearing fad is going around both medicated and “natural”. A few years ago I started using Proactiv and omg that cleared my skin right up and stopped any breakouts! Iv continued using proactiv for the last 3 years but recently purchased Benzac AC 3 step kit as proactiv seems to be sold out everywhere atm. Well all I can say is DO NOT use benzac ac! My skin has completely broken out after 3 years of clear, perfec...t skin! Iv gone from being confident to go out without makeup to now not wanting to leave the house! Thank goodness we are in isolation atm lol. Iv managed to find my beloved proactiv 3 step kit which I quickly ordered to fix the mess benzac has done to my skin!
Purchased in March 2020 at Chemist Warehouse.
Use with extreme caution!
Be very careful. Mild acne went to more severe pustules. Flaky Inflamation. This should not be sold over the counter. Used it sparingly aswell! This is day 3 before/after pics
Purchased in March 2020 at Priceline.
Helps in clearing Pus out of pimples
I had pus breakouts on my skin during the bush fire season and the extreme smoky weather. I used this product as an initial step . It helped in safely clearing out the pus within 2-3 days but din't help much in clearing out the spot caused after it . It doesn't cause any irritation and is good on my skin
Purchased in December 2019.
BENZAC AC Mild Strength 2.5% Acne Gel
This is one of the biggest things responsible for clearing my acne (NOT pimples, acne) as a teenager. I used this as a part of the Acne.Org routine after having tried everything from your standard Clearasil, Proactive (NEVER again), various natural products and even roacutane.
I discovered this at around 16 and after implementing the routine above, I remember my acne disapearing so quickly and it was almost entirely gone within a month.
I am now 24 and my routine has changed to target new things (brightening, hydration, exfoliation and improv...
Purchased for $16.00.
flaky skin./not good for sensitive/ dry skin
not good for sensitive skin.i have been using this for about 1 and half month although it's side effects were harsh on my skin yet, no changes can be seen .It made my skin super flaky and skin peeling was pretty intense..It is effective for small pimples/acne but was not as good as i thought for my huge hormonal acnes also.The good thing is that it dries out the pimples fast and maybe the reason for the flakes around my pimples.maybe
Purchased in November 2019 at Priceline.
Not a good choice for adult Acne.
Suffer from Adult hormanal acne and extremely oily skin. Tried this product based on a recommendation. Brought the 3 step 2.5% pack. First few days felt a difference in how nasty and inflamed acne felt and looked, however soon after this I suffered from intense itchyiness which I assumed was my skin to dry so I made sure I used the moisturizer correctly and gave my skin breaks for the spot cream.
My Acne developed into pus filled red sore lumps that looked and felt awful.
I tried this product for 3 and a half weeks weeks before stopping. I onl...
Purchased in December 2019 at Priceline for $30.00.
Cheap and nasty :)
Been using this stuff for a few years now. I only use it when I need it though. Its cheap and works really good for removing acne. It does day around 4 days to start working though and found that it removes the redness that acne leaves behind. I think its more about acne prevention when it comes to this product. Seems it doesn't actually remove zits and stuff but prevents new ones from forming which in turn removes them. I use the %10 gel. Also, remember less is better. So don't pack it onto your skin just a little pea size bit of cream works. ...I also put a very light moisturizer on top to stop the Benzac causing redness which works. It still dries the skin out a bit but looks better than acne and I only use this stuff for about 2 weeks straight only when I need it. Also, I only use it at night before I go to bed.
Purchased in November 2019 at Chemist Warehouse Online Store for $20.00.
So far so good!
I've been using the product for around 3 months now. I suffer from VERY oily skin, blackheads and mild breakouts which happen in unpredictable patterns. I started by using the 2.5% gel and followed the directions on the instructions. I used every 2 days for the first week to allow my skin to adjust. I experienced some dryness on the sides of my nose but that eased after the first week.
In the last week it's getting more humid so I have started using the 5% gel in the morning and 2.5% in the evening. I am a little dry at the moment so I may nee...
Purchased in August 2019 at Chemist Warehouse for $17.99.
Swollen limpy skin it is not worth it
I used the benzac 3 steps at 5% for no longer than three days.. And my skin now has small lumpy blisters all over I wish I could upload pictures.. It hurts so bad and I don't know how to get rid of them.. It is embarrassing this should not be sold off the shelf it should be behind the counter I wish I had of spent the money on proactive as that was what I originally want but it was sold out...
Purchased in October 2019 at Priceline for $34.95.
Questions & Answers
How long after I stopped using benzac ac 5 gel can I use other face products?
Hi, I'm using benzac ac 2.5 on my face.but it's making my face worst.. How I get rid?
It makes your skin worst before it gets bettter. Dont give up
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Benzac’s AC range contains two powerful ingredients – benzoyl peroxide (BPO) and Benzac’s unique AC technology. Acrylates copolymers are tiny beads that absorb up to four times their own weight in fluid.
The active ingredient benzoyl peroxide first kills the acne-causing bacteria that has multiplied. It also reduces inflammation and removes dead skin cells that are clogging your pores. Then, the AC technology acts like a sponge on the skin, making sure any excess oil is fully absorbed.
Once the excess oil is removed, the glycerin properties of the AC technology help hydrate your skin.
The treatment gels and wash are the only products within the Benzac range that contain benzoyl peroxide. The treatment gel comes in three strengths: mild (2.5%), moderate (5%) and high (10%). It’s recommended to start with the mild (2.5%) strength treatment gel if you’re using the products for the first time.
The daily cleansers and moisturiser have been formulated to prepare your skin before the treatment and provide relief and restoration afterwards.
What reviewers thought:
This product is affordable and rated as good value for money. It is fast-acting and many users find that it is very effective at tackling their acne.
Other reviewers had a bad reaction to the product and felt that it made their acne worse, drying out their skin.
It is recommended for those with mild to moderate acne and combination to oily skin. It is also recommended to apply a moisturising treatment after using the AC range.
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