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About Epiduo Gel

Epiduo gel contains adapalene, which is a synthetic retinoid. It works to reduce the growth of keratin surface skin cells that can block pores. When adapalene is applied to an affected area, it will help unblock the pores and sebaceous glands, allowing the sebum to escape. This will decrease the redness, swelling and inflammation associated with acne.

Epiduo gel also contains benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial medicine designed to kill the bacteria that can lead to acne symptoms. It also helps promote skin turnover, which will further help clear blocked pores and reduce the bacterial count on the skin’s surface. It is effective at treating blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed red spots.

Combining both these ingredients in a single treatment will help provide an effective means of treating and controlling mild to moderate symptoms of acne. Epiduo has been clinically tested and approved for both short and long-term acne treatment.

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What is Epiduo?

Epiduo is used for the treatment of acne. This gel is a combination of two active ingredients, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide, which work together but by different mechanisms: Adapalene belongs to a group of products known as retinoids and specifically acts on the skin processes that cause acne. The other active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, acts as an antimicrobial agent and smoothes and flakes the outermost layer of the skin.

How does it work?

Epiduo combines two active substances, which act through different, but complementary, mechanisms of action.

- Adapalene: Adapalene is a chemically stable naphthoic acid derivative with retinoid activity. Biochemical and pharmacological profile studies have shown that adapalene works in the pathology of acne vulgaris: it is a powerful modulator of cell differentiation and keratinization and has anti-inflammatory properties. Pharmacodynamically, adapalene binds to specific nuclear receptors for retinoic acid. The evidence to date suggests that topical adapalene normalizes the differentiation of follicular epithelial cells resulting in a decrease in the formation of the microcomedone. Adapalene inhibits the chemotactic (directional) and chemokinetic (random) responses of human polymorphonuclear leukocytes in vitro test models; It also inhibits the metabolism of arachidonic acid to inflammatory mediators. In vitro studies showed inhibition of AP-1 factors and inhibition of Toll-like 2 receptor expression. This profile suggests that the cellular-mediated inflammatory component of acne is reduced by adapalene.

- Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide has been shown to have antimicrobial activity, particularly against P. acnes, which is abnormally present in the pilosebaceous unit affected by acne. Additionally, benzoyl peroxide has been shown to have exfoliative and keratolytic activities. Benzoyl peroxide is also sebostatic, counteracting the excessive sebum production associated with acne.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Epiduo gel belongs to a group of medicines known as "anti-acne preparations for topical use", that is, it is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris, in the presence of comedones (blackheads), numerous papules and pustules (pimples inflamed). This gel is a combination of two active ingredients, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide, which work together but by different mechanisms: Adapalene belongs to a group of medications known as retinoids and specifically acts on the skin processes that cause acne. Benzoyl peroxide acts as an antimicrobial agent and smoothes and flakes the outermost layer of the skin. Epiduo gel should only be used in adolescents from 12 years of age and in adults.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use this rosacea treatment medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have doubts.

Epiduo should only be used in adults, adolescents, and children from 9 years of age.

This medicine is for external use only.

Apply a thin layer of gel evenly to acne-affected areas once daily before bed, avoiding eyes, lips, and nostrils. The skin must be clean and dry before application. You should wash your hands carefully after using Epiduo.

Your doctor will tell you how long you will need to use Epiduo. If you think that the action of Epiduo is too strong or weak, tell your doctor or pharmacist. If you experience persistent irritation when applying Epiduo, contact your doctor.

You may be instructed to apply a moisturizing product, use the gel less frequently, stop using it for a short period of time, or stop using it altogether.

If you use more Epiduo than you should

If you use more Epiduo than you should on your skin, your acne will not heal any faster and your skin may become irritated and red.

Contact your doctor or hospital:

  • If you have used more Epiduo than you should.
  • If a child has accidentally taken this medicine.
  • If you accidentally swallow this medicine
  • Your doctor will tell you what steps should be taken.

If you forget to use Epiduo

Do not apply a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop using the product and consult your doctor immediately if you develop tightness in the throat or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue if you feel weak or have difficulty breathing. Stop using the product if you develop hives or itching on your face or body. These side effects occur with an unknown frequency.

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people).

  • Dry Skin
  • Local rash on the skin (irritant contact dermatitis)
  • Burning sensation
  • Skin irritation
  • Redness
  • Peeling

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people).

  • Itchy skin (pruritus)
  • Sunburn

Side effects of unknown frequency (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):

  • swelling of the face, allergic contact reactions, swelling of the eyelids, tightness in the throat, pain in the skin (shooting pain), blisters (vesicles), difficulty breathing, skin discoloration (change in skin color), burn at the site of application.

Buying Epiduo online.

You can buy Epiduo Gel online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy the best acne treatment online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.
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