Dapsone topical is indicated for the treatment of acne in individuals across a wide age range, including children, adolescents, and adults. Classified as a sulfone antibiotic, dapsone operates by inhibiting bacterial growth and reducing inflammation through its pharmacologic action.
Uses and Dosage
Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this medication.
Begin by gently cleansing the affected skin with a mild and soapless cleanser, and patting it dry. Follow the instructions provided by your physician and apply a small amount of medication, equivalent to the size of a pea, in a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin.
Depending on the brand, this medication is typically used once or twice a day, and should be rubbed in gently, taking care to avoid the areas around the lips and eyes.
This medication should only be applied to the skin and should never be used inside the mouth or nose, or in the groin or vaginal region. To avoid irritation, do not allow the medication to come into contact with the eyes. If this does occur, immediately rinse the affected area with a large amount of water and contact your doctor if irritation persists.
After using the medication, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent any accidental contact with your eyes.
To maximize the efficacy of this medication, use it regularly at the same time each day. Do not exceed the recommended dose or frequency of application, as doing so will not improve your skin any faster and may increase your risk of experiencing adverse effects.
If your condition does not improve or worsens after 12 weeks of use, inform your physician promptly.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- skin redness or burning
- skin drying
- skin oiliness
- skin peeling
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- numbness, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
- muscle weakness
- grey-bluish color of lips, nails, or inside of mouth
- back pain
- shortness of breath
- dark brown urine
- yellow or pale skin
- swelling of the face, lips, or eyes
Prior to using this product, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have an allergy to dapsone or any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
Before utilizing this medication, inform your physician or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have a deficiency in a certain enzyme (G6PD deficiency) or a specific blood disorder (methemoglobinemia).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when it is deemed necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using it.
Dapsone is known to be present in breast milk. Consult with your physician prior to breastfeeding while taking this medication.
Form and Strength
Aczone is available in the following forms and strengths:
dapsone topical gel:
Is Aczone a retinoid?
No. Aczone is an antibacterial medication.
How long should you use Aczone?
Aczone is usually recommended for 12 weeks. Your healthcare provider will decide with you if the treatment should be continued at the end of this period.