Epiduo 0.3% / 2.5% Gel (Adapalene / Benzoyl Peroxide) 45G
Epiduo gel belongs to a group of medicines called \”anti-acne preparation for topical use\” i.e. it is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris, when comedones (blackheads, whiteheads), numerous papules and pustules (inflammatory pimples) are present.
This gel combines two active ingredients, adapalene and benzoyl peroxide which work together but in different ways:
Adapalene belongs to a group of products known as retinoids and acts specifically on the skin processes that cause acne.
Benzoyl peroxide, works as an antimicrobial agent and by softening and peeling the outer layer of the skin.
Epiduo 0.3% / 2.5% gel should only be used in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Epiduo gel.
You should not use Epiduo gel on areas where you have cuts, scrapes, sunburn or eczema.
Make sure Epiduo gel does not get into your eyes, mouth or nostrils, or mucous membranes and other very sensitive areas of the body. Should this occur wash these areas immediately with plenty of warm water.
Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.
Avoid getting Epiduo gel on your hair or coloured fabrics as it may bleach them and wash your hands thoroughly after you have used Epiduo gel.
If you experience persistent skin irritation when starting treatment with Epiduo gel contact your doctor (see section 3.How to use Epiduo).
Other medicines and Epiduo gel
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.
HOW TO USE
The skin should be clean and dry before application.
Apply a thin film of gel evenly over the entire acne-affected areas of the face and / or the trunk, once a day at bedtime. Avoid contact with the eyes, lips, nostrils and mucous membranes.
If used on the face: Wash and dry the face and use a pea size amount to cover each part of the face (e.g. forehead, chin, each cheek).
Wash your hands thoroughly immediately after you have applied Epiduo gel.