Epiduo gel is an acne treatment that combines the active ingredients adapolene and benzoyl peroxide. It is applied once a day to areas affected by acne, usually in the evening.
Adapalene belongs to a group of drugs known as retinoids and works in various ways to unblock pores and reduce acne. Benzoyl peroxide reduces bacteria on the surface of the skin and softens and peels off the surface layers. The combination is likely to be more effective than any of the agents used alone.
Side effects and precautions
It is not suitable for children under 9 and is available online by NewYorkErectile with other acne treatments only over 18.
Epiduo usually (in more than 1 in 10) makes the skin dry and sensitive. This can lead to redness and flaking. If this is important, the frequency of applications should be reduced, or in some cases the treatment may need to be discontinued. It’s a good idea to try a trial patch before applying the gel to larger areas and when you start using on alternate days for the first week.
Other side effects are less common and include itching and increased sensitivity to the sun and other rare skin symptoms.
Epiduo should not be used by women who are pregnant or at risk of becoming pregnant. The gel can be used by breastfeeding women as long as it is not applied to the breast.
Epiduo gel can stain or bleach clothes and towels.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner nose or mouth. Wash hands after use.