Does Epiduo Gel Work?
Epiduo Gel is a topical acne medication that contains both Benzoyl Peroxide and Adapalene.
They are often used separately as a treatment in their own right but when combined together, they have a tendency to be more effective.
Epiduo works in two ways;
Benzoyl Peroxide helps to clear acne by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and has a drying effect on the skin helping to peel away damaged layers of skin.
Adapalene has a very close similarity to Vitamin A and helps the skin to renew itself so that new, healthy skin can form.
Its mostly used in cases of mild to moderate acne, where comedones (blackheads), papules and pustules are present. It can’t be bought over the counter, it has to be prescribed by your doctor.
There are a few things to remember when using this product;
A moisturiser should be used daily to combat the dryness but preferably ones that are non-comegenic (non-pore-blocking). And mild cleansers should be used, nothing astringent, or heavily perfumed, or any that contains any spice or lime extracts.
Cosmetics can be used but they must not be overly drying to the skin or known to block pores.
A sunscreen with an SPF of no less than 15 should be used in strong sunlight as the skin becomes far more susceptible to the sun’s rays and you are more likely to burn while using Epiduo, even if it’s a cloudy day.
Advantages Of Epiduo
Its a widely prescribed treatment as it’s simple to use – easy to remember – use once a day (at night only) and can last for quite some time as a little goes a long way so it’s very cost effective.
Results can be seen after as a little as a week but it is often prescribed for 12 week periods, with a review by your doctor inbetween to check your progress. Epiduo can be used as a maintenance treatment after your acne has cleared, in which case it can be used only once or twice a week.
The longer you use Epiduo the more the skin will improve.
Drawbacks Of Epiduo
The problem with Epiduo is that while it is very effective, it can be highly irritating to the skin. All acne treatments can cause initial worsening of symptoms and mild redness and irritation but Epiduo is reknowned to be extremely caustic to the skin because of the benzoyl peroxide.
Users have reported experiencing skin with a ‘sunburnt’ appearance, very sore, inflamed skin, extremely dry skin that persists for quite some time
It also has the unfortunate effect of bleaching hair and fabric, which is something to keep in mind when using this product.
Below are some reviews from Epiduo users, courtesy of drugs.com:
Epiduo can cause an allergic reaction in those sensitive to Benzoyl Peroxide and one added ingredient propylene glycol has been known to cause local skin reactions in some people.
It can also make the skin hypersensitive to extremes of temperature such as very cold and very windy weather.
- Convienient, easy to use
- Once daily treatment
- Can be used long-term
- A non antibiotic option
- Semi-permanent redness of the skin
- Dryness and peeling of skin
- Pain and discomfort
- Increased sensitivity to sun, cold and wind