Let’s get clearer on skin

All you need to know from the experts in clearer skin

Let’s help clear it up

When it comes to spots and acne, there’s a lot of misconception, stigma and misinformation out there.

Getting your head around knowing what’s what (and what’s not) can help you find the things that work for you – and avoid anything that may make the situation worse.

Myth: Acne is caused by specific foods

So far, research into links between acne and food reveals little conclusive evidence. For a small select group of sufferers, reducing sugar or dairy may be of benefit but this approach is unlikely to help everyone who has acne.

All this ‘diet advice’ does is cause people to start changing their diet, excluding food groups, making substitutions, which may in fact make things worse! The reality is that those spots have been forming for some time already, deep in the pore, and have not ‘suddenly appeared’ today because of eating some chips at 6pm yesterday.

Myth: Face masks clear acne

If anything, acne sufferers tend to over wash their faces! Remember that it develops because of a combination of genetics, hormones, oil production and dead skin cells. Skin cells are naturally being shed inside of your hair follicles all the time, mixing with your skin’s sebum - or oil, which is also already inside of your hair follicles.

Bacteria that naturally live on your skin and in the follicles thrive on this skin cell/oil feast, helping them multiply rapidly inside of the blocked pore, triggering irritation and inflammation aka ‘the spot! The health benefits of exercise far outweigh any weak links with acne.

Myth: Moisturiser/ sunscreen is bad for acne

Sunscreen is an important defence against the risk of skin cancer, premature ageing and uneven skin tone/marks. Often, ingredients used to help treat acne or keep skin clear have an exfoliant effect or can weaken the skin barrier - moisturising helps to keep skin hydrated and protected against dryness and irritation.

The problem with some general moisturisers and sunscreens is that they might be quite oily, leading to acne-causing blockages in the follicles (pores). The answer is to choose moisturisers and sunscreens that are labelled non-comedogenic – which means they won’t block pores.

Visit the Boots Online Doctor for help with mild to moderate acne. If your acne is not responding to over the counter treatment, or you feel it is getting worse, please do seek advice from a GP. Under-treatment of some forms of acne can increase the risk of scarring.

How Acnecide® treatments work

With Benzoyl Peroxide and AC technology, Acnecide® does the following:

What powers Purifide?

These key ingredients can be found in specific products in the range, including:


Acne, spots… it’s personal. And it’s our sole focus, day in day out. We aim to help you cut through the maze of myths about spots and acne and get straight down to business tackling the basic, fundamental causes of acne and spots: acne bacteria and blocked pores.

Acnecide® exists to offer effective self-care skincare solutions across the journey of acne and spot-prone skin. Developed by dermatologists, our medicinal products include 5% benzoyl peroxide, an active ingredient which is effective in combating the bacteria that causes acne. Our Acnecide® Face Gel Spot Treatment and Face Wash Spot Treatments kill up to 95% of the spot-causing bacteria and help unblock pores to help control and limit future breakouts.** The 15g and 50g Acnecide® benzoyl peroxide treatments are available to self-select and purchase right here on or from the main skincare aisle in most Boots stores. The original Acnecide® 30g and l00g overthe-counter benzoyl peroxide treatments remain available on request from a Boots Pharmacy counter or online on

By the makers of Acnecide®, Purifide® products are a range of cleansers, moisturisers and quick fixes for the daily care of blemish and spot-prone skin that work to keep pores clear, balance oiliness, hydration, skin pH and bacteria to help prevent spots and promote clearer skin. Purifide’s® soothing range features a Daily Cleanser and Daily Moisturiser SPF30 to support a balanced, strong and healthy-looking skin barrier whilst protecting the skin during spot treatment and helping to build tolerance. The control range includes Purifide® Blackhead Control Deep Exfoliating Cleanser and Purifide® Post-Breakout Serum to help control blocked pores, spot causing bacteria and improve skin-quality, texture + visible signs that blemishes leave behind. Suitable for use post-treatment to help maintain clear skin. Purifide Power Patches are quick fix solutions to treat spotprone skin by visibly shrinking emerging spots and blemishes in just 6 hours.

*Benzoyl Peroxide has been clinically proven to kill up to 95% of spot causing bacteria. For verification please email

**Acnecide® Face Gel and Acnecide® Face Wash Gel are indicated for the treatment of mild acne. Contains 5% benzoyl peroxide. Always read the label. Acnecide® Gel and Acnecide® Wash Gel are indicated for the treatment of acne. Contains 5% benzoyl peroxide. Always read the label. Acnecide® Medicinal Treatments (Wash Gel/Gel/Face Wash Gel/Face Gel should not be used in conjunction with other benzoyl peroxide preparations, including other Acnecide®Medicinal Treatments.

GB-ACPU-2300011. July 2023