About Epiduo Gel
Once a day, before going to bed, apply a thin layer of the gel to clean, dry skin. After using the gel, thoroughly wash your hands because it can bleach fabrics and hair.
Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide, the two active ingredients in Epiduo gel, work together to treat acne from two different perspectives. Adapalene works on the acne-causing skin processes, unclogging pores and reducing inflammation. Benzoyl Peroxide is an antimicrobial agent that kills the bacteria that cause acne while also softening and peeling the skin’s outer layer and breaking down whiteheads and blackheads.
It may take up to four weeks to notice a difference in your acne and that the Epiduo gel is working. Epiduo gel can help to manage the appearance of acne as well as prevent future outbreaks due to the combination of active ingredients.
Most people will not experience side effects from Epiduo gel, but as with all medications, there are some to be aware of. The most common side effects of Epiduo gel are skin irritation, burning sensations in the affected area, and eczema.
It is also critical not to expose yourself to excessive sunlight or UV lamps while using Epiduo gel, as this can cause sun sensitivity.
See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Epiduo gel. It is only safe for sexually active women to use if they are using an effective contraception method.
While using Epiduo gel, you should avoid using any other topical acne medications, especially those containing Benzoyl Peroxide and/or retinoids. It’s also a good idea to avoid cosmetics or toiletries that dry, irritate, or exfoliate the skin.
If you are taking any other medications at the same time as Epiduo gel, please notify your doctor.
Other acne treatments available include a variety of other acne creams, as well as combination packages of oral antibiotics and gels or creams. To treat acne, some women may be prescribed Co-cyprindiol, a contraceptive pill also known as Dianette or Clairette.