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Epiduo: Fighting Acne on Two Fronts

Epiduo: Fighting Acne on Two Fronts

Your skin is the barrier that protects your internal organs from the elements. It is also the largest organ in your entire body and the most visible of them all. Issues with your skin can affect your mood and self-esteem as well as having a negative impact on your confidence. The way we look affects the way we feel; which is one reason why taking care of our skin is important.

Many of us have suffered from acne at some point in our lives. For most people it just fades away as we get older. Acne is characterised by rough red skin, comedones (white heads and black heads) and other unsightly marks. Sebaceous glands within the skin have the job of secreting a substance called sebum, which lubricates the skin and hair to keep it healthy. However, it can also block pores and follicles, leading to acne.

While this is the most common cause of acne, it is not the only one. Bacterial infection, increased androgen hormones and even genetics can play a part in the development of acne. Because of the multifactorial origin of acne, some treatments work in more than one way.

How is it treated?

In mild cases of acne topical solutions are usually enough. Benzoyl peroxide can help clear the pores and increase skin turnover. In cases where there is infection, antibiotics such as Lymecycline can help. A combined approach can be used.

What is Epiduo?

Epiduo is a gel that combines the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide with the retinoid adapalene. Benzoyl peroxide promotes clean pores and reduces bacteria on the surface of the skin. It can also help reduce inflammation in the affected area. Adapalene helps reduce the growth of surface skin cells that could be causing blockage of your pores, and stimulates skin turnover; dead skin cells slough off and making way for new cells.

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Necessary precautions

  • Epiduo should not be used during pregnancy or if you have a skin condition such as eczema. It can be combined with topical antibiotics such as Zineryt or Dalacin T.
  • Cleanse and dry your skin thoroughly before applying the gel. Once applied you might have stinging and irritation, particularly for the first few days of treatment.
  • Cosmetics can be applied safely once the medication has been absorbed into your skin.

Because of its noticeable effect on your appearance, acne can be a frustrating condition. Talk to your general practitioner about treatment options, or consider an online consultation to help you achieve healthy skin.