Epiduo gel is an antibiotic-free acne treatment. With 2 active ingredients, Epiduo gel can help clear your skin within 6 to 8 weeks.
Epiduo gel is used to treat acne and is manufactured by Galderma Ltd. The active ingredients in Epiduo gel are adapalene and benzoyl peroxide, which work together to treat your acne.
Adapalene is a retinoid. Retinoids help unblock your pores by helping the turnover of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Benzoyl peroxide prevents bacteria from multiplying and causing acne.
Epiduo gel contains 0.1% adapalene and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide in a 45g pump.
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45 g - £34.50
About Epiduo gel
What is Epiduo gel and what is it used for?
Epiduo gel is a gel you apply onto your skin to treat acne. It is used on its own to treat mild to moderate acne, or in combination with oral antibiotics for more severe acne.
Acne can appear as spots, blackheads or whiteheads on your skin. If you get hard lumps which are painful or deep under your skin, you may need a different type of acne treatment.
How Epiduo gel works
Epiduo gel works by using small amounts of adapalene (0.1%) and benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) daily to gently treat acne on your skin.
The adapalene in Epiduo gel is a type of retinoid. Using adapalene reduces the inflammation associated with acne and helps to unblock pores by clearing dead skin cells.
Benzoyl peroxide works by softening the outer layer of your skin to remove dead skin cells. As an antimicrobial agent, benzoyl peroxide also kills off bacteria that cause acne on your skin.
How to use Epiduo gel
To use Epiduo gel, you need to follow these steps:
- At night, use a cleanser to wash your face and remove any makeup before you apply Epiduo gel. Gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
- Take the cap off the Epiduo gel pump and press the top to release 1 or 2 pumps of gel. On the pump, write the date if it is the first time you are opening it.
- Apply a thin layer of Epiduo gel by spreading it evenly over the affected areas of skin on your face. Avoid getting Epiduo gel too close to your eyes, nostrils or lips.
- Wash your hands after applying Epiduo gel.
If Epiduo gel gets into your eyes, mouth or nostrils, you should wash these areas straight away with warm water.
Epiduo gel might cause your skin to break out the first few times you use it. This is normal and should not last long before you start to see your acne improve.
If you find Epiduo gel is irritating your skin after you use it, you can try:
- applying less gel
- using the gel less often
- using an oil-free moisturiser after you apply it
Epiduo gel lifestyle tips
- Epiduo gel can bleach fabric or hair, so keep your hair and clothes away from your face after you apply it.
- Wait for your skin to absorb Epiduo gel before you go to sleep to avoid transferring it onto your pillow or bed sheets.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen when you go outdoors to protect your face from sunburn.
- Avoid applying Epiduo gel in the morning as you are more likely to get sun damage.
- Alongside Epiduogel, use non-comedogenic makeup, cleansers and moisturisers to stop acne coming back.
You should not use Epiduo gel if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have an allergy to any of the ingredients in Epiduo gel
- have an open cut, sunburn or damaged skin
- have eczema
- use other treatments for acne that contain benzoyl peroxide
- use other products that have adapalene or another type of vitamin A, such as tretinoin, isotretinoin or retinol
If you’re looking for an acne treatment without benzoyl peroxide, you can try Differin gel or Differin cream from Asda Online Doctor.
When you first start using Epiduo gel, side effects such as dry skin are more likely. You can use Epiduo gel every other day or a couple of times a week to avoid side effects.
Common side effects of Epiduo gel include:
- dry skin
- skin rash
- burning sensation
- skin irritation (contact dermatitis)
- scaly or flaky skin
Less common side effects of Epiduo gel
- sunburn (if you do not wear sunscreen)
- itchy skin (pruritus)
Speak to a doctor straight away if you use Epiduo gel and get blisters or have an allergic reaction.
For more details, read the patient information leaflet inside your pack of Epiduo gel.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
You should not use Epiduo gel if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. If you become pregnant when using Epiduo gel, stop using it immediately and speak to your doctor.
You can use Epiduo gel if you’re breastfeeding but avoid applying the gel to your chest. Allow the gel to be absorbed into your skin before breastfeeding.
Women who are using this treatment should make sure they are using effective contraception if they are sexually active. Long acting reversible contraception such as the implant or coil are recommended, if using a contraceptive pill, condoms should also be used. This is because of risks to a baby if you become pregnant when using this.
Epiduo gel and interactions with medicines or other products
Epiduo gel can interact with other medicines or products, these include:
- other retinoids (isotretinoin or adapalene)
- other products with benzoyl peroxide or peeling agents like glycolic acid, salicyclic acid or lactic acid
- makeup or skin cleansers that can dry out your skin
Epiduo gel and sunlight
The active ingredients in Epiduo gel make you more sensitive to UV light and sunlight, so you are more likely to get sunburn. You should wear sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) and 3 to 5 star UVA rating to protect your skin.
While using Epiduo gel, you should avoid:
- spending time in direct sunlight either outside or by a window
- using sunbeds
- using sunlamps
Which active ingredients does Epiduo gel contain?
The active ingredients in Epiduo gel are adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. In 1g of gel, there is 1mg (0.1%) of adapalene and 25mg (2.5%) of benzoyl peroxide.
The other ingredients in Epiduo gel are docusate sodium, disodium edetate, glycerol, poloxamer, propylene glycol (E1520), Simulgel 600 PHA and purified water.
If you have an allergy or are sensitive to any of the ingredients in Epiduo gel, please speak to your doctor for advice before you apply it to your skin.
How should Epiduo gel be disposed of?
If you want to dispose of your Epiduo gel, whether it is expired or partially full, take the pump to your local pharmacy. You need to throw away your Epiduo gel 6 months after you first open it.
How should Epiduo gel be stored?
You should store Epiduo gel inside the pump tube until you need to use it. Keep your Epiduo gel below 25°C, but there is no need to put it in the fridge.
What does Epiduo gel look like?
Epiduo gel is a white to pale yellow opaque gel in a white plastic tube with a pump.
In which pack sizes is Epiduo gel available?
Epiduo gel is available in 30g, 45g or 90g tubes.
Information on the manufacturer
The company that holds the marketing authorisation of Epiduo gel is Galderma Limited, Meridien House, 69-21 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1DS, UK.
Epiduo gel is manufactured by Galderma Limited.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 13 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 13 Oct 2021
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