What is Epiduo?
Epiduo is a gel that is used to treat acne. It is primarily used to treat mild to moderate acne, associated with blackheads and whiteheads. It contains adapalene, an ingredient in Differin, but also contains benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial.
How does Epiduo work?
Epiduo contains adapalene which is a retinoid. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A, and exert their action by increasing the turnover of skin cells. This promotes your skin to shed cells more efficiently, preventing dead skin cells from blocking pores which cause acne. It also contains benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial agent which helps to keep the skin clean and free from the bacteria associated with acne. The two ingredients work well together to treat and prevent acne, and reduce skin inflammation.
When should I use Epiduo?
Epiduo should be used after a physician has examined your acne and prescribed you with Epiduo to treat your acne. It should be applied once in the evening.
How do I use Epiduo?
- Wash your hands and cleanse your face using a hypoallergenic cleanser that is free from fragrance.
- Allow your skin to dry completely, before applying a thin layer of gel, ensuring an even distribution across that affected area
- Take care to ensure that the gel avoids contact with the eyes and lips, as well as any areas of your skin that may be sensitive (e.g. sunburnt skin or skin that is affected by eczema).
- Wash your hands after use.
How long does it take for Epiduo take to work?
You should start to notice results after a few weeks, but this can vary depending on the individual’s response to treatment, and the severity of the acne. After two months, you should see a visible improvement in acne. If this is not the case, you should make an appointment to visit your GP, who may wish to step your treatment up or change it. It is important to note that you may experience increased skin sensitivity and irritation after the first few days of using treatment. This is your skin responding to treatment and getting used to the cream.
How long should I use Epiduo for?
You should use Epiduo consistently for around 8 weeks to see whether or not it is having the desired effect. It is advisable to visit your prescriber so that they can asses your response to treatment.
Does Epiduo work?
Epiduo contains ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective in treating acne. Studies show that Epiduo is more than 50% effective in treating acne in those that have used it. However, we all have different skin types and different responses to treatment. If Epiduo has not been successful in treating your acne, you should make an appointment to see your doctor who may wish to start you on another treatment.
Who should not use Epiduo?
- People who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Epiduo
- Individuals who haven’t been prescribed Epiduo for their own use
- Children under the age of 9
- Individuals who have been sunburnt or have high exposure to UV rays
- Individuals receiving acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide or other retinoids
- Pregnant women
Is Epiduo safe to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
You should not use Epiduo whilst pregnant. If you fall pregnant while using Epiduo, treatment should be discontinued and you should contact your doctor.
Epiduo is safe to use whilst breast-feeding, but you should take care to avoid exposing Epiduo to the infant’s skin.
Can I use Epiduo with other medication?
Epiduo is safe to use with most medication, however, you cannot use Epiduo at the same time as other treatments for acne that contain benzoyl peroxide, or any retinoids. You should also avoid using other cosmetic products that may have an irritating, drying or exfoliating action on the skin.
Epiduo is making my skin irritated, is this normal?
This is known is retinization, and is the period where your skin is acclimatising itself to adapalene, the retinoid contained in Epiduo. This usually happens after 7-10 days and should last no more than one week.
What if I forget to use Epiduo?
Apply Epiduo as normal the following evening. You should not apply Epiduo the following day as it can cause irritation when exposed to sunlight. You should also avoid putting an extra amount the following evening as it can irritate the skin. Missing a dose of Epiduo will not hamper results in the long-run, but frequent missed doses can slow down and negatively affect results.
Can I use make-up with Epiduo?
Epiduo should be applied in the evening before bed. If for some reason, you need to apply make-up, wait for Epiduo to dry before applying any products.
Where can I buy Epiduo?
You can buy Epiduo online from our registered pharmacy. You will need to complete a short medical questionnaire, to ascertain whether or not treatment is suitable for you.