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Epiduo acne gel

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Containing both benzoyl peroxide and adapalene, Epiduo acne gel is used to treat moderate acne, where the person is experiencing blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed spots. It treats the cause of the acne and therefore falls into a group of treatments known as ‘anti-acne preparations’.

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Information about acne

Acne is a common skin condition that will affect as many as 95% of those aged between 11 and 30. Acne typically occurs when hair follicles in the skin begin to produce too much oil, and then become blocked with this oil and dead skin cells. Hormonal changes can cause the hair follicles to increase the amount of oil they produce. It’s also thought that genetics, stress and contact with greasy or oily substances can cause this build up or make it worse. 

Acne is most associated with the face, but it can affect the neck, back and chest. Different types of acne include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. You can have different types of acne, but the type, location and severity of the condition may impact the treatment you receive. To start your free consultation with Online Doctor, visit our acne clinic today.

Information about Epiduo

Epiduo acne gel is a topical gel applied to the affected area daily. It contains two active ingredients - adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients work together, but in different ways, to treat the acne and prevent it from recurring. 

Adapalene is a retinoid and works on the skin processes that cause acne in the first place. It unblocks the pores and reduces any inflammation that you may be experiencing due to the acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide softens and peels the outer layer of the skin, breaking down the spots that are present. It also kills the bacteria that multiply within the blocked hair follicles and cause them to become even more clogged. 

Side effects to using Epiduo

Like with lots of treatments, some people will experience side effects and others will not. The most common side effects to using Epiduo include skin irritation, a burning sensation to the areas the gel has been applied and eczema. The skin is also likely to become over sensitive to sunlight, so it’s important to take care when in the sun and avoid exposure to UV lamps.

Other acne treatments

There are a variety of options for treating acne. If your condition is mild, you might find an over the counter face wash or cream will help you manage your acne. You can also get other prescription strength gels and creams, or you might be prescribed an oral antibiotic. Some women will be prescribed the contraceptive pill to help treat hormonal acne. 

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Epiduo frequently asked questions

  • What’s the best way to use Epiduo?

    To get the best results for your acne, Epiduo should be applied daily to clean, dry skin before going to bed. Try not to use the gel more than once a day, it will not speed up it’s effect. 

    The ingredients in the gel can bleach fabric, towels and hair, so make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after use.

  • How long does it take for Epiduo to start working?

    It might be as many as 4 weeks of use before you start to see a change in your acne, so don’t lose heart before this time if you’ve not yet seen a difference. If by 8 weeks you still see no difference, this may not be the treatment for you and it’s best to go back to your doctor to discuss.

    In the first few weeks of treatment your skin can become irritated. If this doesn’t go away and is bothering you, you should speak to your doctor as they might advise using the gel less often, or using a moisturiser alongside. 

  • Can I use Epiduo acne gel if I’m taking other medication?

    As with any prescription medication, you should always let your doctor know if you are taking any kind of medication regularly. When using Epiduo it’s best to avoid any other topical acne treatment, especially those containing benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoids. 

    Any cosmetic that dries out, exfoliates or irritates the skin should also be avoided, to allow the skin the best chance of responding to the treatment.

  • I’m pregnant, can I use Epiduo?

    If you’re pregnant, might be pregnant or planning to get pregnant you should not use Epiduo. The same goes for anyone who falls pregnant while using the medication, it should be stopped as soon as possible. You can then speak to your doctor about other options.

References

www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.11180.pdf
www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne/