This year I developed mild-moderate acne, I'm in my mid-twentieis, moved cities and started another degree. I think it was stress related - I could not control it with non-medicated products so I went to the doctor. The GP wrote me a script for epiduo, and I changed my pill. At first, epiduo didn't seem to be doing anything. Then at about a week to two weeks my acne started getting worse. At four weeks, my face was the worst it's ever been. Then at 6 weeks I was so red, inflamed and sore - I actually cried about my face to a friend. It was mainly around my eyes and mouth. I thought about stopping but I was determined to continue and get better skin. I changed a few things and fast track to 6 months and my skin is totally clear - I'm still healing a few marks and dark spots, but I havent had an actual pimple in two months. I feel there are a few things I wish I was told that could have helped me avoid my reaction.
ABSOLUTE MUSTS WHILE USING EPIDUO
1. Use your heavy moisturiser as a barrier on your eyes and around your mouth before applying epiduo - this is an absolute god send for me as these were where my inflamed skin patches were
2. Use a heavy moisturiser (I like cetaphil for dry/very dry skin) in the mornings
3. Really only put a small amount on - if you're having troubles speading leave your face a little wet so the product can glide
4. Do not continue to use your normal face washes and NO abrasive or exfoliant materials ( I like cetaphil)
5. When your skin starts getting better you can take a day off or use it only on certain areas
6. Mix epiduo with a moisturiser and apply it if you're having a sensitive time
It was a rough few months in the middle there, but i feel like my skin quality is the best it's ever been, the texture is so good, and I can control my skin with it.
I've been on this product for 6 weeks now. I'm on a 9 week course of this product before my doctor puts me on birth control because we've reached my final options in regards to my acne. I used this product once before a year ago for mild acne and it destroyed my skin because I made the mistake of not investing in a good moisturizer. Anyways fast forward a year later, I have severe acne and I'm using CeraVe moisturizer and foaming cleanser as recommended by my family doctor. I use a pea sized amount on my entire face and I apply it to my skin in circular motions after washing/moisturizing my face at night. As of now my skin has started breaking out in painful cystic acne all over my face and it's definitely the worst my skin has ever looked. Aside from that I also have scarring where there isn't freshly formed acne already. This product is extremely drying (as everyone has stated), and the first couple of weeks it genuinely looked to be getting better, but then it started going downhill again. I'm not sure if it's my solution as of yet, but I've heard so many miracle stories I'm going to stick with it until the 9 week mark. Seeing all the positive reviews on here has been uplifting!
So far I have been using this product for maybe a week now, for a bit my skin cleared up and now its breaking out like crazy. I have a bit of redness and some dryness. I applied some to my neck because I had breakouts there but decided to stop because I got a bit of a rash. Does anyone know if its normal to have a major breakout before it gets better? Also I'm due for my period.
I actually received samples of this from my derm and can't rave enough about it. I haven't had the same experiences with some reviewers as far as redness and burning, but I'll share my process below:
I started breaking out in tons of little bumps and heavy red cystic spots along my hairline/temples a few weeks ago. My skin is generally clear for the most part, and I attributed the breakouts to hair product overuse. Fast forward a few weeks, nothing was getting rid of the breakouts, even foregoing hair product use didn't keep the cystic spots from appearing - it was like they were multipying! Went to the derm and received samples of Epiduo. The instructions were very specific: application only once a day, pea-sized amount.
I went home and applied with a q-tip a thin amount on the affected areas. I saw improvement within the hour, I am NOT kidding. I had a cystic spot that just cropped up and this cream nipped it in the bud. It's been four days and ALL spots have disappeared. The cystic spots flattened and left slight pigmentation that is fading. This is a miracle product, seriously.
Process: I only apply at night, to freshly washed skin. I run a clean cotton swab around the area prior to application, and use a qtip to apply a very thin layer to only the affected area. I use a cream on the rest of my face (Vivite, La Mer, or Replenix antioxidant lotion). I've experienced ZERO redness, dryness, or flaking. I think the key is to wear a decent moisturizer with this product and you HAVE to wear sunscreen. I hope this helps other ladies out there, this has saved not only my skin but also my self esteem.
ive never been one to suffer from spots, until recently! i tried all different drugstore branded products but nothing seemed to work so i decided to consult in my gp. he prescribed me epiduo. i HATED this product! the first time i used it it really burnt my skin, it was bright red. it also itched a lot and dried out. it made my skin very sore and irritated. definitely would never use this again.
This is the best thing I have ever used in my life. I never ever had acne until I turned 19 and it was just getting worse every month so after a year I got referred to a dermatologist and she prescribed me this. First two weeks I had a few little break outs and extremely dry skin and it was painful applying it for maybe 3 nights but by day 16-17 I didn't have any pimples and haven't since then except an occasional one every now and then (it's been almost two months). It does make my face quite red at times though and my face is still a bit dry but nothing that moisturizer can't fix! Highly recommend this and the use of Cetaphil gentle cleanser and also the moisturizer. So happy that I got to clear my skin up again.
3 or 4 weeks in. Using it in conjunction with Benzac AC Wash. Sometimes it makes my face feel tight, some discomfort, and somewhat drying (but I am using with a heavy duty wash so it's hard to say what exactly is causing that), but it's helping with my acne and my redness. Pleased that it's partially covered on my Blue Cross :)
I have struggled with redness and acne for years - I tried this a few years ago but discontinued using it since it really began burning my face. This stuff comes in a white cream that isn't slimy like a lot of other gels are. It's deceiving though - a little bit of product can cover a lot of area and believe me you don't need a lot!!! If you don't have bumps everywhere I would recommend using this as just a spot treatment for problem areas because it is quite harsh. Also, be prepared for your face to burn after you apply it. The insert says this is normal but the pain was so bad for me I actually had to discontinue using it - it got to the point where I couldn't fall asleep at night because my face was so sore. If your face burns I would recommend using it every other night and on your off nights putting on moisturizer before bed to soothe your skin. Also make sure you wash it off first thing in the morning and moisturize! If your skin can tolerate it then it's great, it helps to clear up acne and even kind of gets at those annoying bumps under the surface that never erupt and then heal. If your skin is sensitive like mine it will likely hate Tactuo/Epiduo and be painful after you apply it. It definitely wasn't a miracle product for me so but it also didn't do nothing - some people swear it changed their lives so if you haven't tried it yet, it's definitely worth a go.
I'm on my third week of tactupump, and it's been a crazy three. In the first, nothing changed, but my face peeled and burned like you wouldn't believe. In the second, my back acne and chest acne cleared up, besides the occasional cyst. On my face, i t diminished my small, skin colored forehead bumps, but that's about it. By the end of the second week/beginning of the third, my skin broke out like never before. Three new pimples a day, one new cyst a day... My forehead was a sore, inflamed, pimply mountain range, and my nose and chin were covered in white heads. My skin hit the worst it's ever been. I'm slowly getting over that crazy breakout, but they left quite a few scars, and I'm still getting a new pimple a day. It is supposed to get worse before it gets better, but most people see it getting worse in a 4-8 week range, not in the second. Not sure if that was the purging or not... I sure hope so! So far I'm not impressed with it, other than the fact that's it's helped clear my body acne. Recently it's been making my face very itchy when I apply it :/ A BIT ABOUT MY SKIN: Very sensitive and acne prone, dry but oily. I have keratosis pilaris and hyperhydrosis.
Like everyone says it gets worse before it gets better ! I had a slit break out after taking biotin and my face was just hard to work with & I went to my dr and got epiduo and prolly with in a week you could definitely tell a big difference & like every acne product it is very drying and Anything applied on skin you will get a burning sensation and it's kind of scary and painful but it last for a good 30 secs but after it's worth it !