What is Epiduo Forte® Pump Gel?
Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is a once-a-day prescription-grade topical acne medication with two active ingredients – adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. The powerful combination works together to treat tough acne and help prevent recurring acne from forming by unclogging pores and killing bacteria.
At the root of acne is inflammation. Epiduo Forte Gel contains the highest concentration of the retinoid adapalene to reduce the inflammation associated with moderate to severe acne. If left untreated, inflammatory acne can lead to permanent scarring.
Epiduo Forte Gel is a topical medication that easily fits into your daily acne skin care regimen. It is antibiotic-free and comes in a convenient pump. In clinical trials, many patients with hard-to-treat acne saw their breakouts visibly improve and continue to get better with regular treatment.
As with all acne treatments, some patients may experience side effects such as dryness, burning, and stinging. Please see the Important Safety Information below or the Full Prescribing Information for more details. Talk to your dermatologist to see if Epiduo Forte Gel could be right for you.
Epiduo Forte Gel helps treat acne by reducing the production of excessive oil in the skin. This helps keep your pores open and prevent further acne breakouts. It helps reduce redness and swelling around acne and promotes healing. It also helps reduce acne blemishes and gives you smoother-looking skin. Epiduo Forte Gel usually takes a few weeks to have a noticeable effect so keep using it even if it appears not to be working. This medicine will help improve your mood and uplift your confidence as acne reduces.
Epiduo Forte Gel is a combination of two medicines: Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide, which treat acne (pimples). Adapalene is a form of vitamin A and Benzoyl Peroxide is a keratolytic medicine. Together, they prevent the accumulation of sebum (skin’s natural oil), unblock the pores, and allow natural exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin. Benzoyl Peroxide additionally penetrates into the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria.
How to manage and treat acne correctly
Acne is the most common skin condition in the USA, affecting over 40 million people of all ages and acne types. Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience some form of acne, many of whom feel like it’s never going to get better.
In order to treat acne, you may need to know what causes it in the first place – a combination of oil and dead skin cells that clog pores and allow bacteria to grow, resulting in pimples and acne flare-ups on the face, including chin and forehead. The type of acne you’re experiencing can range from mild acne to serious acne. Mild acne tends to respond well to regular cleansing and over-the-counter treatments, but more serious acne (moderate to severe) often requires a stronger, prescription approach.
If you have multiple bumps and blemishes, you may have serious acne. And because almost all acne scars (99%) come from inflammatory lesions, even patients with mild acne can suffer from scarring.
If your acne lasts longer than expected and over-the-counter options aren’t giving you the results you want, Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% may be right for you.
How quickly your skin begins to improve depends on your skin type, the severity of acne symptoms, and how committed you are to the daily application. Introduce Epiduo Forte Gel as part of your daily skincare routine. The more consistent you are, the clearer the possibilities.
How should I wash my face? Life is busy and full of surprises, so staying with a consistent skincare routine can be difficult, but it is essential in the battle against acne. Speak with your dermatologist about a skin care regimen that includes regular washing, getting a good night’s sleep, proper diet, exercise, and using the right skincare products. Treating and helping to prevent acne begins with a healthy skincare routine, so find one that works for you and make time daily to care for your skin.
Will touching my face make my acne worse? It can be tempting, but prodding pimples and acne may make it worse. Hands are full of oil and bacteria and poking, squeezing, and picking at pimples only drives bacteria deeper and may increase the risk of getting an acne scar.
How do diet and exercise impact my acne? Two simple lifestyle alterations can greatly improve your skin’s health: exercise and healthy eating. Exercising increases your body’s circulation, and delivers vital nutrients to your skin that help keep it healthy. Before working out, be sure that your skin is clean and that you’re wearing sweat-wicking workout gear, which helps keep your skin dry and unirrigated. Always wash up with a warm shower after a workout, and give your body some time to cool down and dry off before getting dressed. You can help improve your skin through diet by avoiding foods that cause your skin to break out and replacing carbs, sugar, and starches with lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
How do sleep and stress impact my acne? Sleep is incredibly important in combating stress and keeping acne in check, so be sure you are getting 7-9 hours of shut-eye. Sleep helps keep your immune system strong and helps relieve stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling stressed, call your dermatologist to discuss how stress is affecting your skin, and ways you can better manage your stress and anxiety. Stress is a huge acne trigger, so better stress management can help you manage your acne and improve your skin’s health.
How does the sun impact my acne? Did you know that a skin tan is actually your body’s response to damage? Tanning and increased time in the sun can lead to early skin aging. Sun-damaged skin may look dry and wrinkled. Skin damage can also increase your chance of having skin cancer! Make sure to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen before you leave the house. Apply sunscreen no matter what time of year it is, how old you are, or what skin type you have. Broad spectrum SPF 30 is perfect for most skin types, and somebody moisturizers even contain SPF 30.
How should I shave my face with acne? It’s best to be delicate when maintaining your facial hair. Choose a non-irritating shaving cream and let it sit on your face for at least a minute before you shave. Shave in the direction of your hair growth to reduce irritation. Don’t be afraid of using an electric razor, either. They won’t provide a perfectly clean shave like a razor blade, but electric razors are far less irritating on the skin. If you do use a traditional razor, make sure to change the blade every 5 to 7 shaves. After shaving, rinse your face off with cool water, which will help reduce irritation and rinse away any excess shaving products.
How should I apply my makeup with acne? Healthy skin is clean skin, so when it comes to makeup, it’s best to use less. Avoid products containing fragrances and oils. Instead, use makeup products that are “non-comedogenic,” which just means that it was designed to be easy on your skin, and not clog your pores. Boost your cleanser by following it up with an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. And don’t forget to keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them with your face wash!