Epiduo Gel

Epiduo is a prescription strength treatment for acne containing two active ingredients. It reduces appearance of redness and acts as an antimicrobial agent to reduce the occurrence spots
  • Double action
  • Fights infection
  • Reduces inflammation and redness
  • Branded medication
This is a prescription only medication. In order to purchase this medication, please complete our short medical questionnaire for one of our prescribers. The prescriber will review your medical history to issue your prescription. Once approved, your medication will be delivered in discreet packaging directly to your door.
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What is Epiduo?

Epiduo is an effective treatment for acne and helps to reduce the appearance of spots such as blackheads and whiteheads. It contains two active ingredients, Benzoyl peroxide and Adapalene.

Epiduo is a dual action gel. Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial agent which fights bacteria which lead to formation of spots. It also helps to remove dead layers of skin which trap oils and bacteria which cause acne. Adapalene has “retinoid-like” action which reduces inflammation and reduces redness and swelling associated with acne.

Effects of Epiduo can take upto 4 weeks before visible differences and clearer skin is seen. Regular use will help to prevent future outbreaks of acne.
Epiduo is applied once a day in the evening to the entire acne affected areas of the face and trunk.
Epiduo should not be used:
  • if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby
  • if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients.
  • if the skin is damaged or broken, sunburnt or affected by eczema
  • if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. 

Excessive exposure to sunlight or UV radiation should be avoided.
Epiduo may cause bleaching and discolouration of coloured material, including hair and clothing.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
  • dry skin - local skin rash (irritative contact dermatitis)
  • burning sensation
  • irritation of the skin
  • redness -scaling

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
  • itching of the skin (pruritus)
  • sunburn

For information on other less common side-effects, please refer to the patient information leaflet.
  • Do not use other acne products (containing benzoyl peroxide and / or retinoids) at the same time as Epiduo gel.
  • Avoid using Epiduo gel at the same time as cosmetics that irritate, dry or exfoliate the skin.

Other medicines may have an effect on Epiduo gel, so tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines.
The active substances are: Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. 1 g of gel contains 1 mg (0.1 %) adapalene and 25 mg (2.5 %) benzoyl peroxide.

The other ingredients are: docusate sodium, disodium edetate, glycerol, poloxamer, propylene glycol (E1520), Simulgel 600 PHA (copolymer of acrylamide and sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, sorbitan oleate) and purified water.
Alternatives include
  • Benzoyl peroxide creams and gels
  • Nicotinamide
  • Antibiotic creams and lotions
  • Antibiotic tablets
  • Cosmetic acne treatments such as washes and gels to help clear the skin
  • Retinoids
  • Some oral contraceptives
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