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on 1/5/2015 3:08:00 PM
More reviews by Reservechic
Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I actually had very clear skin, until I hit my 20s, and began experiencing mild-to-moderate acne, along with hyperpigmentation issues as well. I had originally been prescribed Differin Gel 0.1% by my dermatologist many years ago, when I first began getting treatment for my acne. Later on, I began being treated for my acne by my general practitioner at the time and I was put on Retin-A. I have used Retin A 0.025% in both the gel and cream form. I had used such for 7+ years, before deciding to go back to seeing a dermatologist for treatment with my skin. Retin A is very strong in even the lowest strength, and using the gel version is even worse because it contains Isopropyl Alcohol in it, which is super drying to the skin. I had decided that I wanted to switch to another anti acne product, but that also has anti aging benefits to it like Retin A. Unfortunately, afer being on Retin -A for so long, my skin had basically gone to a place in which I didn't see where the Retin-A was being as effective in helping my skin as much as it used to anymore atall. I had begun to develop areas of hyperpigmentation again, my pores didn't look as clear, I started developing problems with on and off recurring blackheads, plus, my skin didn't have the same level of luminosity that I had once had while on Retin-A either. After seeing and speaking with the dermatologist, Epiduo was recommended as a better alternative for me to use. So, the dermatologist gave me samples of Epiduo, plus i was provided with a prescription for a 45 gram pump of Epiduo, and I was recommended to use a fade cream, which I purchased directly through my dermatologist's office. I know that Epiduo is very expensive, but with my insurance and a special savings through the manufacturer (Galderma) that was provided, I only had to pay $25 for a full sized pump bottle. If not, the cost would have been a little over $330.I was actually recommended to rotate between either Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser or Oxy Face Wash to cleanse my skin with. I bought Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and Oxy Maximum Strength Face Wash (Sensitive Skin Version) to start off with. I will continue to use and buy the Cetaphil Cleanser due to it being soothing to my skin and it also never leaves my face dried out afterwards at all. However, the Oxy Face Wash is quite drying and after I use up the two tubes that I bought, I will not be re-purchasing it ever again. I do also use Olay's Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash as well, which I happen to like and use the most out of all three cleansers.While on Epiduo, I would apply a thin layer of Epiduo on my forehead, cheeks, and chin every night. I use a prescription strength fade cream at night on the hyperpimented areas only on my face and upper neck area. I do not apply anything over the Epiduo Gel. I also am given samples of Cordran SP cream to apply to irritated, dry, flaky areas on my face as needed daily. Also, I only moisturize my face when needed (I am not exactly partial to one brand- So I do rotate moisturizers). Now, there's is no prescription acne product that won't cause some type of side effect to your skin, whether it's dryness, irritation, burning, redness, etc. Also, I can say that for best results, it does take time and continued usage in order to achieve such. Also, it is highly recommended that you stick to the skincare regimen recommended to you by either your dermatologist or general practitioner, while using any prescription acne treatment. If the acne treatment ends up being too strong for you to handle or you do not get the expected achieved results, then it is always best to talk to your dermatologist or general practitioner, so that they can provide you with a better solution for treating your acne. The acne that I have experienced has always ranged from either mild to moderate. As, I have never had cystic acne. Also one thing that I do not recommend is piling on alot of makeup to hide ones acne, as makeup itself has the ability to be very pore clogging and make one's acne situation worse. I only use cream or liquid foundations on my face for special occasions only. Otherwise, I simply use a little bit of concealer and powder for cover up. I never sleep in my makeup anymore, as doing so would only break me out, so I always use a makeup remover beforehand and then proceed to thoroughly cleanse my face and neck thereafter, on days that I do wear makeup. When I cleanse my face at night, I also make sure to cleanse down my neck area too. Just to make sure that my face and neck is thoroughly cleansed of all dirt, grime, makeup, etc.I also currently get chemical peels (glycolic acid peel and yellow peel) on a monthly basis within my dermatologist's office, which helps with aiding to brighten my complexion and leave it glowing, unclog my pores, and help with keeping my face looking youthful as well. And, using sun protection in a lotion or cream form is hard for me, because if I actually use such every day it starts to clog my pores. Which is why, I am only able to wear makeup that has sun protection included within it. I currently use Differin (adapalene) 0.03 Gel on my face at night, I alternate this with the Epiduo, and about 1-2 times a week, I do use Onexton on my face at night. So, I currently rotate between using 3 topical acne meds on my face, along with a prescribed fade cream, which is all really helping.
on 1/4/2015 9:41:00 AM
More reviews by msmarykhan
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
THIS PRODUCT COMPLETELY CURED MY ACNE. In July of last year, I made the massive mistake of using coconut oil as a cleanser/moisturiser through the OCM method. This resulted in the worst of acne of my life; cysts, pustules, papules which were huge in size and almost covering both of my cheeks. I waited until the end of September, hoping the acne would subside on its own. Upon realising it wasn't, I gave up and finally saw my GP who prescribed me erythromycin and epiduo. I didn't get any major initial breakouts but there would be at least one or two large cysts popping up every 2 weeks or so. 3 months in and I can safely say my acne is finally over. I haven't had a breakout in a month, even during TTOM. My scars are lightening at a rapid rate and now it only takes me 15 minutes to do my makeup, whereas pre-epiduo I needed a good 45 minutes to cover up the acne. I highly recommend you see your GP as soon as your acne starts to bother you, it will save you so much time, money and heartache :) Best of luck!
on 1/3/2015 8:38:00 PM
More reviews by safa93
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
this product is great. it does take a long time though..I started seeing results maybe at week 6 and at week 8 my face was clear. my acne cleared up and I'm not getting any new pimples at the moment. it dries your face like craaazy so u need a good moisturiser. it did irritate my face and sting when I first used it but I got results so I guess its just a part of how it works.
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on 1/1/2015 10:18:00 PM
More reviews by CynicalCind
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Curly, Fine
This product saved my face from total acne apocalypse lol. When getting off of proactiv, I tried everything to get rid of my acne and NOTHING worked. As a last result, I went to a dermatologist and she gave me sample sizes of this product and told me to use two drops every night after washing my face. This product changed my life! Within two months, all of the acne that I developed was gone. Now after almost 4 years of use, this product has not only helped to control my acne it also dries out any new breakouts that pop out (due to hormones, etc) within a matter of days. The only downsides I have about epiduo is that a full sized product costs too much and I've had issues getting insurances to cover it and that it does dry out your face a little an hour or two after immediate application.
on 12/27/2014 1:13:00 AM
More reviews by Makingwaves983
Age: 18 & Under
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I received samples from my dermatologist and I'm about to start week three of Tactupump (Canada) and my experience has been pretty good so far. I did not experience any of the initial burning or peeling and described, so if your skin isn't sensitive then you shouldn't be afraid. My skin has definitely gotten drier, but not by a marginal amount. In addition, I have noticed that my nose is not nearly as oily as it used to be, even though I don't apply the product there. This will make your skin a bit itchy when it's dry. Over the past two weeks my acne has changed, the pimples come to a whitehead very fast and in a way they have never looked before. The pimples definitely develop and leave faster and I am getting few pimples daily than before. I have noticed that scars became more prominent this past week but at least the texture of my skin is flatter than before. Applying liquid coverage/concealer to the blemishes was not a struggle until yesterday. I'll update as my progress continues, fingers crossed that everything goes well.
on 12/14/2014 12:19:00 AM
More reviews by franjipany
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
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 EPIDUO1. 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 were2. Use a heavy moisturiser (I like cetaphil for dry/very dry skin) in the mornings3. Really only put a small amount on - if you're having troubles speading leave your face a little wet so the product can glide4. 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 areas6. Mix epiduo with a moisturiser and apply it if you're having a sensitive timeIt 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.
on 12/5/2014 11:10:00 PM
More reviews by zarasquared
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure
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! UPDATE: On my 9th week now - I still have very painful cystic acne on the right side of my face, but no cystic acne anywhere else. The small subclinical acne on my forehead is less inflamed, but the overall texture of my entire face is uneven and bumpy. *DO NOT wax or exfoliate while on this product.* Learned these lessons the hard way. Still going to continue using this product to see how it goes.
on 12/3/2014 7:38:00 PM
More reviews by rebeccarukes
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
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.
on 11/28/2014 12:40:00 PM
More reviews by anonymousme
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
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.
on 11/26/2014 5:41:00 PM
More reviews by sparklexgem
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.
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