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Sodium Sulfacetamide

How Do I Use This Medication?

You should apply a thin film 1-3 times a day to cleansed, dry skin.

How Well Does It Work?

It works well to reduce redness. Sulfacet-R® is tinted and can also act as a cover up.

How Does It Work?

Sodium Sulfacetamide is a sulfonamide antibiotic that competes with para-aminbenzoic acid. Sulfur has a keratolytic action, and is believed to an anti-inflammatory effect.

Will There Be Side Effects?

Skin irritation is the most frequent problem. You should not use this drug if you are allergic to sulfonamides.

Which Brands Are Available?

  • Sodium Sulfacetamide – lotion 10% - Klaron®
  • Sodium Sulfacetamide 10% + 5% sulfur – Sulfacet-R® 25g, Novacet® 30 and 60 g, Generic

What Other Conditions Are Treated By This Medication?

Acne, and seborrheic dermatitis can be treated.