Epiduo gel is a topical treatment for acne containing adapalene and benzoyl peroxide.
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Epiduo is a topical acne treatment which contains adapalene and benzoyl peroxide.
The retinoid (adapalene) unblocks the pores of the skin to prevent acne from forming under the skin, while also reducing redness and inflammation of the affected area.
Benzoyl peroxide has antimicrobial properties which kills the bacteria and peels the surface layer of the skin.
Wash the affected areas of the skin with warm water and a mild soap. Pat the area dry before applying the treatment.
Using only a pea-sized drop of the gel, apply a thin layer of Epiduo gel to the affected areas of the skin once a day. Always wash your hands after applying the treatment.
If you miss a dose of Epiduo gel, do not double up on the medication to make up for a missed dose. Use the medicine as soon as you remember. If it nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue taking your medicine as normal.
Do not apply medication to broken skin, mouth, nose, eyes, or other places where mucous membranes are present. If you get some medication in your eyes, rinse your eyes with water. If you experience irritation after rinsing, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Use the treatment regularly at the same time each day for the best results. Using more than prescribed will not improve your acne any faster.
All medications carry the risk of side effects. It's important to educate yourself on the side effects which could be caused by your medication in order to stay safe.
During the first week of treatment, your risk of side effects is greatest as your skin adjusts to the medication.
Before taking your first dose, you may wish to perform a patch test. Clean an area of your skin with warm soapy water and pat dry. Apply a very small amount to the area of clear skin and leave for 24 hours. If you experience an allergic reaction, consult your doctor immediately.
Possible side effects include:
If you experience any side effects, report them to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you experience signs of an allergic reaction while using this treatment, stop using Epiduo immediately and seek medical attention.
Epiduo should not be used if you are pregnant. If you fall pregnant while using Epiduo gel, contact your doctor immediately for a follow-up appointment. If you are breastfeeding, avoid using Epiduo gel around the chest area to mitigate the risk of contact with an infant.
You can use moisturisers on your skin once the Epiduo gel has been absorbed by your skin. Wait for the area of the skin to become dry before applying a moisturiser.
Before applying makeup, ensure the treated area is dry. If you are going to apply make-up in the morning, use Epiduo before you go to bed. Avoid makeup which may have a drying effect on your skin.
Do not use other products which contain adapalene or benzoyl peroxide while using Epiduo. Avoid using peels which contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid while using this epiduo as this can cause further irritation or adverse effects. Before using any other acne treatment with epiduo, speak to your doctor.
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