This has helped to save my skin from hormonal break outs. I actually have dry skin & no oily T zone. My break outs didn't start until after my first daughter was born when I was 20. My skin was peaches and cream all through high school. I never in a million thought I would be dealing with adult acne! I am now 34 and get hormonal break outs. The pimples appear on my jaw line and under & on my chin. I sometimes will get a small pimple on my cheek or forehead, but they go away fast without any scarring. The
Ones I get on my jawline & chin, sometimes take months to go away & leave horrible scars behind.
The Epiduo has been a life saver. I only use it the week prior to my period and only on my chin/jawline. I use it once a day and it helps to keep the pimples away. It is very drying, but my pharmacist told me that you want that. He told me its like you are applying bleach to the skin & it is killing the bacteria & stripping away that layer of skin that clogs up the pores. I just use Cerave as a moisturizer the week I use Epiduo and it helps with the dryness. When I'm not using the Epiduo, I use the Garnier gel moisturizer for dry skin(the pink gel) and the Garnier dark spot corrector. That combo works perfectly on my skin during my non hormonal times and the dark spot corrector has helped tremendously with my old acne scars.
I will continue to use the Epiduo and hope it keeps working for me.
Use with Caution!
see my updates months after treatment
-------Early Dec 2012, right after my treament is over ----------------
This is something I call a miracle product. I've had acne continuously since I was 13 years old. For years I've tried various cleansers, medications, treatments and virtually gave up on treating it. But now I'm on week 8 of the treatment and it cleared up all existing acne, blackheads, blocked greasy pores from my face (excpect for 1 acne where I missed to apply). I can see that my pores are all clear (although probably a tiny bit larger) and my skin is going to be much LESS prone to acne for the future.
***to new users of the stuff: well, the first 4-6 weeks fo the treatment are virtually hell, and it's normal. As the skin gets used to the ingredient (adapalene) you're going to see excessive drying, flaking, sensitive skin, extra breakout even in uncommon places. You're supposed to keep on using it but let your judgement be the guide. And do cover the entire affected area, not spot-apply.
***second note about Differin vs. Epiduo(aka. Tactuo). I have used both and recommend Epiduo. Both have the same main ingredient Adapalene which works deeply in the skin to open up the pore. The difference is that Epiduo has some extra benzoyl peroxide which works on the skin surface to kill bacteria quickly. My doctor recommended epiduo over differin for me because I've taken many acne oral antibiotics in the past and the bacteria might have developed some resistance to the antibiotics.
*** note 3 about the cost: this is a tube of 60g costing around $110 CAD. It's easier if you have medical insurance coverage. One tube should be just enough to cover most of the face for a 8-week treatment (1g/day)
-------------update early March, 2013 --------------------------
Tactuo has indeed changed my skin. For the past 3 months or so I waited happily and patiently for acne scars to go away. There would be occasional acne but I was always able to suppress it within 2 days with acne facial wash plus a night application of my left-over tactuo.
However Tactuo did change my acne-prone but otherwise good skin into problem skin with sensitive and dry patches on cheeks, and I fear it's permanent change. Now I have to be ultra careful with all the facial wash and lotion products. seems like the initial treatment side-effects (or should I say damages) remained even months after I stopped it.
Last week I had a major breakout and Tactuo did not help this time even though I've been using it every night for a week. probably because I stopped taking oral antibiotics 3 months ago. or maybe acne just need a "breakout" once in a while and nothing can control.
good luck everyone. if anything new comes up in my case I'll return and add to this review again.
oh and just a tip: you may only want to apply tactuo on areas you have considerable acne. I applied it over my entire face , but the areas with few acne became too sensitive and dry from the medication.
-------------update April 2013 --------------------------
used Cliniderm cream to calm down my dry patches of skin. And I'm back to the occasional acne now. No longer using Tactuo to control breakout but instead use L'Oreal 360 anti-breakout facial cleanser (the kind that comes with a facial cleansing pad). Surprisingly the cleanser keeps my occasional acne at bay.
------------- update June 2013 -----------------------
Had breakout on my face again, but did not dare to use Epiduo on my face. By now my face has half recovered from the sensitivity and dryness caused by Epiduo (that took 5-6 months?) I don't want to risk another round of bad reactions, seriously having mild acne is better than that.
However I decided to try Epiduo on my back for the first time, to deal with severe breakout there. i'm not sure about the immediate acne-killing power, however some skin there definitely became dryer in selected patches, definitely caused by Epiduo.
-------------- update Sept 2013 ------------------------
Facial sensitivity is gone, although tiny bit of dryness remains (this is like 9 months after I stopped used Epiduo!!!)
Acne on the back is mostly gone, probably thanks to Epiduo. However dry patches there are also thanks to Epiduo, might take another 3-6 months to calm down...
I started using this about 3 weeks ago and thought I would wait a while before I reviewed it. My acne wasn't very bad, it was pretty mild, but red and big. Got prescribed this and used it, first week my skin was mad flaky but after that it went back to normal. I can see that my spots have reduced a lot, but are leaving red marks and dark spots behind. can't complain seeing as it has definitely helped to clear my face. If you have severe acne, you should probably use something stronger.
Anyone out there suffering with Ance I know your pain and can tell you there is an end in sight.. Give or take 12 weeks.
So I started getting acne when I left uni and it continued getting worse over 3 years. I tried clinique, face scrubs even olive oil home remedy the lot until I couldn't take it anymore. So I headed to the docs. He prescribed me with Epiduo on 3rd Dec 2012. Reading reviews made me think it would work pretty fast BUT this was not the case for me. I got dry cracked skin and then purging what felt like forever!! I could see some improvements but week 12 came and suddenly my whole face is much clearer- iv got two active spots on one cheek which is miles better than 25 all over!!!. I can't explain it but it's such a relief to know persistence works!!! I use cetaphil daily cleanser and their moisturiser too. I think such harsh products over the years simply irritated my skin so this gentle stuff is a life saver. (I started using these at like week 4 which probably hindered my progress in the initial stages) I will be using epiduo for the foreseeable future to ensure this confidence knocking acne is completely gone! And as for the scarring its sugar scrubs (sugar mixed with cetaphil cleanser- really nice not too harsh but keeps those pesky flakes at bay), and even microdermabrasion - I've been saving up (gosh, how lame am I getting excited about shooting crystals at my face!)
So all in all please everyone give it a try. I had moderate Acne and it really does work - just give it time. (oh and try not to pick, if you must- use a sterilised needle to pop them and dnt draw blood!!)
I hope my experience helps you!
Addition: put moisturiser around your eyes like a panda before you put the gel on so it doesn't start to dry out your under eye area giving you wrinkles!!!
My doctor prescribed me this for my acne. He said I should see improvements within 2 months. 6 months later I still continued to get big painful cysts everywhere and I have terrible scaring and dullness. I stopped after 6 months realizing it was just making my face worse. It made my face very red and sensitive to the sun. There is an ingredient in the epiduo ( I believe it's sorbitan oleate) and its known for a major acne causing ingredient. Putting that on my face before I slept at night most likely made it worse. This product is very expensive and was very disappointed in it. I DO NOT reccomend it for acne prone skin!!!!
I have moderate cystic hormonal acne.I had hope for this product and I stuck with it the full three months, not skipping any days. I was careful to apply a thin layer each night and I used an oil-free moisturizer after gently cleansing each morning. I experienced an absolutely horrible breakout. I told myself to keep going because I know this product can have an initial break-out, but my skin was still severely breaking out at the three-month mark. I got deep cystic pimples on my forehead ( a place where I hardly ever get acne normally) and around my temples. Not only did it make my acne worse, but my skin was dry, red and "worn looking" the entire time I was using it. I really regret using this product - I have hyper-pigmentation scars left from it and although they'll hopefully fade with time are very noticeable. It's been about a week and a half since I stopped using Epiduo and already my skin has improved. I've been using a all-natural product called DermaMed (a combination of aloe vera, tea tree oil, rose-hip oil and vitamins) and my skin is already clearing. My cystic acne has gone way down and my jawline acne has gone. I know this product works well for some, but it didn't for me. If you feel this product is giving you a bad 'initial' break-out I would stop using it. You don't want to be left with bad scars!
I have dealt with acne for at least the past 4 years. I have it on my back, chest and face. I have tried many many different products but nothing has worked. It is extremely frustrating. Often times I do not want to go out in public (even with make up on) due to my acne. I started using tactuo about 3 days ago. I have already seen improvements. They are small improvements but its something at least. I am very anxious to see how my skin will look within the next 4-8 weeks as I have heard many good things about this product. I have heard tactuo can make your skin dry and flaky but I have not dealt with either yet. However I am willing to face those challenges if they come to see hat this ''miracle cream" can do for me. All I can do now is wait and be positive. The product is expensive, around a $100 a tube, however if you have it covered or even part of it covered than you are good to go. I can't say quite yet if its worth it however I will update when I see changes, good or bad.
This is my first week using Tactuo, I have never had acne before, barely any pimples, until about a year ago. I began getting a lot of pimples and now many of them have left scars. It has gotten extremely bad that i cannot leave the house without make up on anymore. I have tried many many different medications nothing has worked. its around my fourth day using this product and i've already seen a great difference. my pimples have reduced in size however they are still there. my scars are still here as well but they also seem to be fading. I am also using Spectro gel wash twice daily as my dermatologist recommended.
-negative comments :It has made my skin SUPER dry and it burns so much, I would say around 10/10 pain. I can't even put moisturizer/oil/vaseline on because everything burns! but as the reviews suggested i will continue using it and update this whenever i see a change.
Ive been using epiduo for a couple months now. it almost completely cleared up my acne! i love it so much. one thing that sets me off a little is how dry and flakey it makes my skin. i have to exfoliate my face 2 times everyday to keep those nasty flakes off my face. even exfoliating 2 times a day, i still get pretty flakey. if you decide to try this product, you should really find a deep moisturizing, gentle lotion. Epiduo will really dry out your skin badly.
In my opinion, this product is a miracle drug. I had been using BC to control the horrible cystic blemishes that would pop up on my throat for about 3 years. It worked moderately well, but I still got incredibly painful and unsightly cystic blemishes on my throat/neck monthly. It made me want to hibernate in my apartment. Last October and November were particularly bad - I think I was just extra stressed out in general and because of this my neck was just flushed in this awful and continuous break out for a number of weeks. I finally threw my hands up and made an appointment with my doctor. I saw her Dec 31. She gave me some samples of Tactuo and has scheduled an appointment for me to see a derm, as she thinks I may also have rosacea. I've been using Tactuo since Dec 31. The first night I applied it to some small white heads and they were gone the next morning. It depends on the severity of the blemish as to how many nights it will take to go away. This week is the real test for the medication as I'm in between packets of BC and it's the week where the cystic blemishes (literally) raise their ugly heads. But so far it has been great - they, as usual, appeared as small red bumps at first. I applied the Tactuo as soon as I saw/felt them. They got a little bigger the second day, but not as big as normal, and they haven't progressed at all to their normal cystic stage. The Tactuo seems to have killed them before they could really get going. This is fantastic. It does dry out my skin quite a lot, but I just make sure to moisturize well in the morning. Also for me it works better as a spot treatment, as putting it all over my skin made it very red, raw and sore - I found that out the painful way and had to use Vaseline for a few night on my neck to soothe it. I think I will invest in a really good day time moisturizer though and if it's up to me, I will never again be without Tactuo.
Update: November 2013
I have now been using Tactuo for about 11 months. The first few weeks were painful, dry and itchy. But that went away and now I use it as a spot treatment nightly. I'm lucky that my insurance covers the cost. I still get 1 or 2 zits every once in a while, sometimes they are really tricky ones and take a few nights of application to get rid of. But generally as soon as I feel that tingling soreness or see the red of an upcoming zit, I dab it on that spot that evening and usually the zit never ruptures and it goes away before becoming an issue. I love this product. It has made me like my skin again - I feel like my skin is healthier, more "dewy" and over all nicer. In April a dermatologist I saw also prescribed Aczone for me to use during the daytime. I do use it as a spot treatment during the day after I shower (it is ok to put makeup over it) and then switch to Tactuo at night. That way if I really have some blemish trying to work its way to the surface, I can attack it with a one-two-punch 24 hours a day.