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    How is Epiduo gel applied?

    A thin film of the gel should be applied to a clean and dry skin once a day before going to bed. Wash your hands thoroughly after application as the gel can bleach fabrics and hair.

    How does Epiduo gel work?

    The two active ingredients in Epiduo gel, Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide, work together but to treat acne from two different angles. Adapalene works on the skin processes that cause acne, unblocking pores and reducing inflammation. Benzoyl Peroxide is an antimicrobial agent, killing the bacteria that cause acne as well as softening and peeling the outer layer of skin, breaking down whiteheads and blackheads.

    Is Epiduo gel effective?

    You may have to wait up to 4 weeks to start to see a change in your acne and that the Epiduo gel is working. Because of the combination of active ingredients Epiduo gel can help to manage the appearance of acne as well as prevent future outbreaks. 

    Are there any side effects of Epiduo gel?

    eople will not experience side effects with Epiduo gel, however like all medications there are specific side effects to be aware of. The most common side effects with Epiduo gel are irritation of the skin, burning sensation to the affected area and eczema.

    It is also important to not expose yourself to excessive sunlight or UV lamps while you are using Epiduo gel as it can cause sensitivity to sunshine.For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet

    Is it safe to use Epiduo gel during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    Epiduo gel should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is only safe to be used by women who are sexually active if they are using an effective contraception.

    Will Epiduo gel react with other medication?

    You should avoid any other topical acne medications while you are using Epiduo gel, particularly those that contain Benzoyl Peroxide and/or retinoids. It is also worth avoiding any cosmetics or toiletries that dry, irritate or exfoliate the skin.

    Your doctor should be made aware if you are taking any other medications at the same time as Epiduo gel.

    Alternative treatments for acne

    There are a variety of other acne treatments that can be taken, including a range of other acne creams, as well as combination packages of oral antibiotics and gels or creams. Some women may also be prescribed Co-cyprindiol, a contraceptive pill, widely known as Dianette or Clairette, to treat their acne.

    Reordering Epiduo

    We will contact you through your Patient Record 6 weeks from your order to see how you are getting on with the medication. We may ask for some photos at this time as well to assess the response to treatment. It will also be an opportunity for you to give us feedback on your acne. To reorder Epiduo, go to your Patient Record and select ‘reorder’. You will be required to fill in the online questionnaire each time you reorder.

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