- Used to treat moderate to severe Acne
- Epiduo gel contains the active ingredients Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide
- Available as a 45g gel
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.
Epiduo is a gel treatment for moderate to severe acne and it contains two active ingredients: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is classed as a third generation retinoid (a form of vitamin). It works to reduce inflammation and blackhead/whitehead formation by reducing the growth of the keratin surface skin cells that can block pores. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial as well as a keratolytic (peeling) agent. These ingredients work in conjunction to reduce the symptoms of acne.
Patient Information Leaflet (from EMC): https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/451/pil
Wash and dry the acne affected areas and apply a thin layer of epiduo gel to the affected areas once daily at bedtime. Rub the gel in with fingertips and use sparing amounts. Excess use of epiduo may irritate the skin further. Do not apply epiduo gel near
How long does it take to work?
The results of epiduo can be seen between 1 to 4 weeks of treatment. The treatment should still then be continued as acne will improve over time.
Is there anybody who cannot use Epiduo?
Epiduo is not suitable for those with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients or in pregnancy.
What should I avoid when using Epiduo gel?
- Other acne products that contain retinoids or benzoyl peroxide
- Sunlight and UV lamps
- Products that irritate, dry or exfoliate the skin.
Side effects include:
- a warm/stinging sensation
- redness or a skin rash
However, this is usually just for the first couple of weeks of use and symptoms will start to settle with continued use. If the initial side effects are too uncomfortable, wash your skin and apply non-spot forming cream to relieve the symptoms. If any side effects get worse, please consult your doctor.