What is Epiduo?
Epiduo gel contains a combination of adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin renew itself. Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin.
Epiduo gel is used to treat acne vulgaris (severe acne) in people who are at least 9 years old.
How do I apply Epiduo?
Use Epiduo gel exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Using more of this medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
Epiduo is usually applied one time per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Clean and pat dry the skin to be treated. Use a pea-sized amount of the gel for each treatment area (chin, forehead, and each cheek). Apply the medicine in a thin layer and rub in gently.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using this medicine.
How do I buy Epiduo?
Epiduo is a prescription only medicine and cannot be bought over the counter. If you are interested in this medicine, why not fill out our consultation questionnaire? This will be reviewed by one of our expert prescribers who will advise if this medicine is suitable and safe for you.
How long does it take to see results?
As with all medicines applied to the skin in the treatment of acne, you may not see results for up to eight weeks. It is important to be consistent in your application of this gel in order for it to work properly.
Is there anybody who cannot use Epiduo?
Epiduo is not suitable for those with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. Do not use in pregnancy. Avoid sunlight and UV lamps while using this medicine. Do not use other acne products containing retinoids or benzoyl peroxide while using this medicine or products that are irritating, drying or exfoliating to the skin.
Side Effects may include itching and increased sensitivity to sunlight. It is a good idea to try a test patch before applying the gel to larger areas.
- You should not use Epiduo on areas where you have cuts, scrapes or eczema.
- Make sure Epiduo does not get into your eyes, mouth or nostrils, and other very sensitive areas of the body. Should this occur wash these areas immediately with plenty of warm water.
- Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.
- Avoid getting Epiduo on your hair or coloured fabrics as it may bleach them and wash your hands thoroughly after you have used the medicine.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Epiduo.