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User Reviews for Adapalene / benzoyl peroxide topical

Also known as: Epiduo, Epiduo Forte

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Reviews for Adapalene / benzoyl peroxide topical

clearedmerightup! · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 1, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Used Epiduoyears ago after coming off of oral contraceptives. Worked very well and I didn't have to use it for a few years afterwards. Recently, I'm having hormonal breakouts again around my chin and cheekbones, so I got another prescription. Works like a charm! PLEASE NOTE: moisturize first, let the moisturizer completely dry (to avoid the cream being absorbed too rapidly into the skin), and then apply the TINIEST amount to the affected areas and spread it thin. AVOID your eyes or anywhere even near your eyes! DO NOT use it everyday when you first start using it! ONLY use it once a day! Using it more frequently will not improve your results! You have to build a tolerance or your face will burn like fire! If it starts to burn, then give yourself a day or 2 break before trying again. Hope this helps.”

10 / 10
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Sybil May 3, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “This is my third week of epiduo. All my life I’ve had beautiful skin. Until I turned 28 and had horrible hormonal acne on my cheeks and jawline. The acne is a combination of blackheads, cysts, comedones, white heads and IT IS PAINFUL. My skin is oily too! I just look at my face and want to cry. My doctor prescribed epiduo and Dermaplex soap free face scrub and the first week burnt like anything. My skin felt like it was on fire and I was told to use an SPF moisturizer along with it burnt as soon as I applied anything, the itchiness was irritating too but I pushed through. I’m on my third week and I still have these hard bumps under my skin and whiteheads that seem to come overnight but I’m being patient as I heard that it takes about 2 months to see real results. I want to avoid any oral treatment for my acne as I’m trying to have a baby and meds like accutane are said to cause severe birth defects. I will give an update in a few weeks about the epiduo and the baby. Wish me luck!”

5 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month February 4, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “So I have been battling acne for ages, I am currently on lymecycline as well as Epiduo. I'm only about a week into using Epiduo but I am in so much pain I'm thinking of using it less. My face is so red, dry and it burns whenever I put anything on my skin (eg. face wash and moisturizer), not just the treatment. Is this normal? I have no idea, I have used Duac in the passed which actually has more benzoyl peroxide in it so I don't know why my skin is reacting so badly to Epiduo. Anyway, I can't say anything about its effectiveness to treat acne because I haven't been using it long enough. So I'll let you know how it goes.”

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Tin · Taken for less than 1 month April 22, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Everyone here is like, "ONLY USE PEA-SIZED AMOUNT or it will burn and begin to irritate your skin, don't worry it'll still work." Then there was me before I read these reviews crying because I used it as a moisturizer and my skin feels like it's burning."”

5 / 10
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Happyhealthygirl August 18, 2019

Epiduo Forte (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “After having about 10 weeks of treatment for my cystic adult acne at age 31 with a dermatologist who only prescribed doxy and no topicals with limited results, I found another dermatologist who prescribed me Epiduo forte in conjunction with my antibiotic. I used this combination for 12 weeks and have since stopped the antibiotic and continued with the epiduo forte. This combination SAVED my skin. My skin is completely clear with NO new breakouts in sight. The continued use of the cream is helping lighten PIH areas. I have documented my journey with photos and it REALLY works. Be patient. At first you will have a purging stage in which your skin will be red, irritated and inflamed. It is so hard but just trust the process it will work! Good luck to all who are fighting acne. It truly makes such an impact on your self esteem and ability to socialize normally. My heart goes out to everyone suffering from this and I hope you find that this combination works for your skin too!!”

10 / 10
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acnejourneyx · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “My doctor prescribed me epiduo around 7 weeks ago and I have been using it ever since. I have experienced the burning sensation throughout the process so far, however it is not major. I've had mild peeling/dry skin, the area that's been the most dry are my eyelids - but I have been using cetaphil moisturiser to help with this. I definitely had a bad purging stage within the first 4 weeks, which then subsided. However, I am still purging around my chin quite badly (large lumps under the skin), and I really hope that this subsides as I have heard that perseverance is key and that it may take up to 3 months to improve. Is anyone else still experiencing purging at week 7?”

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Hayes August 26, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I’ve been using Epiduo since January 24th, 2020. My advice is stay strong for the first few months. Don’t expect any results for 3-5 months and expect your skin to look horribly worse. Stay strong during that period. After 3-5 months, the face should look horribly red but breakouts should be getting to a minimum. For the next few months, epiduo should be still in use for the redness and scars. This takes 3 months for the redness to be only visible really up close. I would recommend this gel but you must not expect to have clear smooth skin in the first 2 months definitely. If lucky 3-4 months but should make sure to know that 8 months could be a possibility and prepare and trust the process. My skin still isn’t where I want it so I will still be using this to get the scaring fade but compared to a few months ago my skin looks 10x better.”

8 / 10
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Benz · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I’ve been on Epiduo for about a week, I use it along with Doxycycline capsules. My skin has been bright red and super itchy all week, but my acne is entirely flat. It looks like I’ve had a really bad sunburn and after I wash my face it feels like it too. Even though my face is very very red, I can tell this gel is working and I’m super excited to have the possibility of clear skin.”

7 / 10
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Liz · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 8, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I have had acne my whole life. It started to get extremely bad when my Dr. put me on birth control for hormone therapy. At first I didn't really think the Epiduo cream was working because it made my face worse for 2 good months. My neck would itch extremely bad and when I would work out it would turn bright red. I had read some reviews that said DON'T GIVE UP!! It took a good 6 months for my face to clear but it was so worth it!! This medicine does take time to work but I promise you will feel so much better in the end! Stick with it and you will see results!”

10 / 10
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evensteven · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 25, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “This is my second time on Epiduo. The first time, a couple years ago, I was on it for 3 months before I got fed up of my skin purging and continually getting way way worse. I thought 3 months was a long time to still be purging so I just gave up. DO NOT give up! I wish I hadn't, having read many reviews here and elsewhere stating that it may take 4-6 months for purging to end and for skin to clear. I have now decided to give it another go for a FULL 6 MONTHS. I am currently 3 months in and, again, my skin is so much worse than when I started it, constantly dry, red and full of hyperpigmentation. I am so self-conscious of how bad it's got, but I will keep pushing through to mid-April and see whether it delivers. I will update then. Please keep persisting however bad it gets, it has to get bad before it improves!”

5 / 10
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Jess October 25, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “The very first week of using it I felt like my acne had pretty much disappeared, and then the purge started. It got worse over the first 4-5 months. I had horrendous cystic acne even worse than when I had started. My doctor told me to give it another few months so I stuck at it. I had horrendously dry skin alongside the purge and no makeup would cover my skin. Was it worth it as not my skin has never been clearer in all my life. I had to really stick with it to see the results I've seen today. This is a MIRACLE drug. I also use La Roche Posay cleanser for medicated skin and all the Vitamin E skincare range from Superdrug, alongside a rose water toner. I make sure to keep on top of my skincare routine daily, on top of using the Epiduo cream at night. PUT A PEA SIZED AMOUNT ON AT THE START. It will burn for the first 8 weeks. No photos do it justice. I look in the mirror and I am no longer ashamed at my skin 7 months later. This drug has been my saviour!☆☆☆☆☆”

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Abi · Taken for less than 1 month February 19, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I've only being using it for 5 days but the first 2 days it was fine but I have now developed a burning sensation leaving red mark's on my cheeks and making the skin around my cheeks, nose and mouth really dry and flaky”

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Mum of tween · Taken for less than 1 month August 22, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “A dermatologist prescribed this for my tween son who had blackheads on his nose, I had tried a number of over the counter products that if anything just made it worse. So I made an appointment with the dermatologist for him and he prescribed Epiduo. He told us on the first day put it on for an hour and wash off half an hour later put on Cetaphill Moisturiser, The 2nd day two hours, the 3rd day 3 hours Etc and then after 5 days leaving it on over night, still putting the moisturiser on half an hour after. We have had no dryness or irritation, the Epiduo seemed to bring any congestion in the skin up in tiny bumps and after 3 weeks his skin is clear from nearly blemishes. Don’t be afraid for It to bring a spot out this means it’s working, stick with it and be consistent.”

10 / 10
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wenz · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 1, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “This Epiduo was a miracle cream! Coupled with antibiotics, it completely cured my acne and clogged pores. The first 2-3 months was absolutely terrible. So i urge all of you to not give up on the treatment. The clogged pores started to become pimples and I had to squeeze all of them out. Things got better after the 4 month and now I'm into my 5 month with no clogged pores or pimples at all!!!!! So guys if you are using this for the first 2-3 months and are experiencing a purge, please DO NOT give up on it. Keep persevering and you'll see the light. I used the gel every night and it made my face red and itchy but I continued on and eventually when things got better I cut down to applying it once every two days.”

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Angie · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 11, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I started Epiduo gel on 1 Feb 2021 and am still on it currently. I went in with a pea sized amount but used it everyday since the start. My skin got red and dry in the first and second week, but the side effects quickly faded. However, I am not sure if it is the purge but I broke out/purged in the 5th week. They were not huge cystic pimples but rather small pimples with pus and many closed comedones. I was helpless with the closed comedones cause there is really nothing much to do about it and it makes my skin feel so bumpy. Through these I still stuck to applying epiduo gel every night and I swapped to a gentler moisturiser from cera ve. I think what’s really important is using a gentle cleaner and moisturiser, not picking on the pimples, and hydrate and last but not least, let the time pass!!”

7 / 10
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Lea · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 1, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Do not give up!! I was about to stop my treatment but I'm glad I kept going. It is week 10 for me and it just started to clearing up. I had a bad, massive break out at week 9 and seriously thought it wasn't working for me. And now it's finally getting better. So do not give up, even if it seems it's not working I promise it will, just be patient.:)”

9 / 10
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Cruz · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 2, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Epiduo has honestly been the only product which has had a significant impact on my skin. My acne got much worse on epiduo for a couple of months (worse than ever before), but I stuck with it and now five months into treatment, my acne has completely gone. Only minor scars remain from the intense period which are getting less notable by the day. I definitely recommend anyone suffering with moderate acne to try it!”

10 / 10
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Zoe · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 25, 2020

Epiduo Forte (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I left a review after 1st week of using Epiduo, and I said I was positive about this product. I think I’m right. First two weeks my acne got worse, my right eye was swollen and my whole face is burning like sunburn, I got huge and painful bumps on my forehead and parts that I don’t usually get acne, but I’m so glad that I didn’t give up. It’s been over a month now and I only have some acne scars left to clear. I still have 1-2 bumps on my chin since I sleep late which I think is normal. I can’t put on any makeup since it still gets super flaky. I didn’t use any moisturizer cuz my skin is already oily, instead, I use niacinamide 12% in the morning and Epiduo at night. Use it once every two days if you think it’s too strong for your skin. Yeah girls it will get worse before it gets better, don’t give up. Don’t use more than 1 pump, my face was almost ruined by using more than “pea size” amount. DON'T DO IT, follow the instructions”

9 / 10
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Cookie February 11, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Been using epiduo 0.1 gel for around 2 month, the first few days after using my skin was on fire but I carried on the next night and from then on and it never happened again. The doctor did tell me I would get this burn so I knew it was normally and not a reaction. I am super pleased with the results I've not had huge bumps or spots and if I have got a pimple within the day it’s gone it doesn’t progress in to a huge angry looking lump. If your just starting using this gel keep going the results are amazing.”

10 / 10
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Pool Noodle · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 9, 2019

Epiduo Forte (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “My 17 year old daughter started using Epiduo Forte last September. It was very drying at first and did sting a bit after she applied it. She used Aveeno moisturizer and was consistent with the Epiduo Forte use. She almost gave up several times because her acne got worse in the first few months. But, she stayed the course. Eventually there was a small improvement. Fewer pimples that didn’t last as long. After 1 year on Epiduo Forte my now 18 year old daughter is in her freshman year of college rocking her completely clear skin!! Not a pimple in months and her hyperpigmentation has faded as well. I’m so thankful for this product. I’m convinced her next step would have been accutane and I’m so glad she kept going even when she was completely discouraged in the beginning. My advice, just keep using it! Don’t give up!”

10 / 10
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Zoe · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 4, 2020

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Hello!!! I started using Epiduo in mid-July and 3-months later I'm still getting significant breakouts (small whiteheads and cystic) and blackheads. I've been reading that the cream can take up to 3-5 months to be effective, so I'm holding out hope. The areas that weren't congested pre-epiduo are SUPER smooth and clear (forehead and nose); however, my cheeks are still very congested. I have also developed lots of red marks from pigmentation. With all my strength I have pushed out the purge for this long...I will keep going.”

8 / 10
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Jackie · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 22, 2019

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Do not let the negative reviews stir you away from this medication! This acne medication has changed my life. I dealt with severe acne for about two years. I got multiple hydro facials in hope that It would clear my skin but it did not. I began taking epiduo about 4 months ago. The first couple of weeks my skin was dry but that’s about it. At first I felt like it was not working because my acne was still there and I was still having breakouts but I stuck with it. I put it on at night after washing my face. After 4 months my skin has cleared up, I cannot believe that it is this clear. I recommend this product! Stick with it and it will work! Make sure to moisturize and wear sunscreen.”

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bébé January 19, 2021

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I have been using Epiduo for 17 nights. Initially it made my skin super smooth, no breakouts, burning or purging. However after about a week it became extremely painful and my skin burned like crazy. Dry patches appeared around my eyes and mouth. I moisturised with Bria Organic Balm and it cleared up within 2-4 days. One thing I will say for those who experience dry patches, burning and peeling is to protect them whilst they heal. Put on a thin layer of thick moisturiser and massage into the affected area and cover it with Vaseline. Vaseline acts as a barrier and therefore the benzoyl peroxide won’t travel to the affected areas. Vaseline is your friend in the fight against burning. Also a handheld fan - or really any fan - is the best to just point at your face and sleep with! When they say a pea sized amount, they mean it. You want as little as possible, but don’t worry it will still work.”

8 / 10
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Taylor August 20, 2019

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “I was prescribed Epiduo for moderate acne. She unfortunately didn’t discuss how sensitive my skin was, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been prescribed this. Epiduo is brutal. I thought I could perhaps tolerate the effect it had on my skin in the hope of combatting my acne, but it gradually got worse instead of better. I experienced extreme dryness and cracking. My face felt like it was on fire and it was as if I had a chemical burn. It started to dry out my eyelids, despite completely avoiding the eye area. My lips became chapped and cracked. It hurt to even shower as the water was uncomfortable on my face. I use CeraVe face wash and Cetaphil moisturiser as they are non-comedogenic, but even this made me feel pain. Today I was driven to tears at the extreme pain I was feeling so I’m going to have to stop using it. I appreciate all the success stories and I’m glad that people have experienced positive outcomes with their skin, but the experience for me was absolutely awful.”

3 / 10
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Kaye B. · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 10, 2019

Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) for Acne: “Back in 2016 I had severe acne. It was so painful and it covered my entire face. I tried everything and after a year my face worsened. A friend recommended epiduo and after just a month the acne cleared. I've been using this for years now :) bye bye acne. Note: too much use will cause redness. I'm using it every other day. At night only. And please just use a pea size for the entire face - just a really thin layer.”

10 / 10
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