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Novacet Anti-Acne Drug Information
A guide to "Novacet", an anti-acne drug made of sulfacetamide-sulfur, including side effects, usage guide and precautions.

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Novacet is a brand name anti-acne drug that contains the active ingredient sulfacetamide-sulfur.

Sulfacetamide-sulfur is composed of both sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur.

The sodium sulfacetamide in Novacet acts as an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent to kill the P. Acnes bacteria that causes inflammatory acne vulgaris lesions.

The other ingredient in Novacet, sulfur, has been used for hundreds of years to treat acne by cleaning out pores and drying the skin.

Novacet has also been used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (a dry flaking of the skin) and rosacea (an abnormal redness of the face).


To use Novacet, wash your hands and face with a non-medicated cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash or Cetaphil Face Wash. Then apply a thin film to all the clean unbroken skin of your face, avoiding all open wounds and cuts.

Some of the common minor side effects of Novacet include stinging, burning, itching, irritation, peeling, redness and a warm feeling. These mild side effects may be bothersome when you first start using Novacet but they will diminish as time passes and your skin gets used to the medication.

There are some rare but possible severe side effects associated with using Novacet including swelling of the tongue or face, sore joints, serious rash, high fever and painful sores in your mouth. If you experience any of these severe side effects after using Novacet, you should stop using it and consult with your doctor or dermatologist.

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