ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5%
A different active ingredient - dapsone

ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5% is different, because it treats acne with topical dapsone 5%, an active ingredient only available topically in ACZONE® Gel. It goes to work on inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.

ACZONE® Gel is an easy-to-apply topical gel you use twice a day.

ACZONE® Gel is not known to increase sun sensitivity.

Most insurance plans cover ACZONE® Gel.2

What else should you know about ACZONE® Gel?

ACZONE® Gel Doesn’t Contain Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide can cause bleaching or staining of clothes. ACZONE® Gel doesn’t contain benzoyl peroxide.

When Put to the Test, ACZONE® Gel Delivers

41% of patients treated with ACZONE® Gel (n=1,506) had minimal or no acne at 12 weeks, compared to 33% in the control group (n=1,504).1 And while your results could vary, these numbers are the result of 2 clinical trials involving 3,000 patients–evidence that ACZONE® Gel works! Individual results may vary.

In clinical trials the majority of side effects with ACZONE® Gel were mild to moderate, and included oiliness, peeling, dryness, and reddening where ACZONE® Gel was applied. For more information, visit Safety & Side Effects.

How to Use ACZONE® Gel

ACZONE® Gel helps you combat your acne in 2 steps. Use ACZONE® Gel twice a day, every day, for 12 weeks, or as directed by your dermatologist:

  1. Wash the entire affected area with a mild cleanser and pat dry with a clean towel.
  2. Apply a thin layer of ACZONE® Gel onto the entire affected area (a pea-sized amount will usually be enough), then gently and completely rub the gel right into your skin.

Remember to follow your dermatologist’s directions for use.

> Look at what ACZONE® Gel can do in just 12 weeks.

For most insured patients. This program is not
valid for prescriptions reimbursed under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program or where prohibited by law.

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ACZONE® Gel is a prescription medicine used on your skin (topical) to treat acne in people 12 years and older.


Do not use ACZONE® Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in ACZONE® Gel or if you are younger than 12 years of age.

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) which may put you at a greater risk for developing a low red blood cell count. If you experience signs and symptoms such as back pain, breathlessness, tiredness/weakness with daily activities, dark-brown urine, high fever, and yellow or pale skin, stop use and call your doctor immediately.

The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling of the skin being treated.

Talk to your doctor about any medications you’re using including topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO). Use of BPO with ACZONE® Gel may cause your skin to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of application.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for full Prescribing Information and the Patient Labeling

  1. Draelos ZD, Carter E, Maloney JM, et al; for United States/Canada Dapsone Gel Study Group. Two randomized studies demonstrate the efficacy and safety of dapsone gel, 5% for the treatment of acne vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;56(3):439.e1-439.e10.
  2. MMIT Formulary Compass, data as of April 25, 2013.