I used this for 2 years, and it really did work well for me. Probably the first month of use, my skin was quite sensitive, and I did once get a small burn (formed a flaky patch of skin) from being in the sun without any protection and using this gel. But my skin was literally spot-free for the majority of this time! Very very impressed with how well this product worked for my skin, and I really wish that it wasn't something that you can't use if you're planning pregnancy, not because I'm wanting to have kinds any time soon, but because to me that speaks volumes of what effect it has on your body. I have since stopped using the gel, because I did find that I was starting to get acne spots again, not many but it just wasn't working as well as it used to be. When I stopped using it, my skin was NOT happy with me. I broke out worse than before and my skin was so conjested, more than it ever was (even prior to epiduo use), but that has calmed down now (It's been a month since I've stopped). Whether that is due to the new products that I'm using or because my skin has stopped relying on the epiduo, I don't know. Overall I would recommend TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR, and asking about this product if you have troubled skin and non-prescription products aren't working for you. As I said this did work really well for me when I was using it, but I wouldn't recommend this for long term use, and it hasn't cured my acne.
THIS PRODUCT HAS SAVED ME! I am 17 years old and 6 months ago this product (mixed with an oral antibiotic) has eliminated all acne from my face. I begun having problems with my skin at age 11, and after 6 years of trying a million different products, I have found the one. The first prescribed product I used was Clindoxyl gel, it worked sort of but didn't fully eradicate my skin condition. I was using antibiotics for 6 months and around the beginning of the final month I switched to Tactuo. The first week I couldn't smile or even move my face as it burned so terribly and dried my skin out so horribly (I have very oily skin so it was definitely insanely drying), and the areas around my eyes were so red and flaking. I stuck with it though and within three weeks I saw a major change (the burning and the flaking went away after week two). Within 4 weeks my acne was gone and my skin was clear, with a few scars left to heal. I now have perfectly clear skin (occasional acne if I'm ultra stressed or I forget to put on Tactuo or I'm menstruating). I have been using Tactuo for five months now with out any other products (no more antibiotic) and so I know for sure that it is Tactuo and nothing else that is making my skin so wonderful. Tactuo takes off the top layer of my skin, where the bacteria was getting trapped under (and infecting my pores), aka no more clogged pores. I can now wear my hair in a ponytail with out wishing I had a paper bag over my head, I can look people in the eye and know they aren't forcing themselves not to stare. This product works wonders, so seriously, if anyone is pondering about whether or not to buy it, do not doubt it for one second. It seems pricey but it took me almost four months to finish one tube, and 25 dollars a month is a small price to pay for the confidence that comes with clear skin.
Acne affects everyone in different ways for different reasons so you need a bit of background before you can decide whether its right for you. I'm suffering hormonal acne right now due to going off the contraceptive pill after 7 years. Breakouts started 6 months ago which were initially treated with AHA/BHA peels and laser, which did nothing even though I have successfully used acid peels to treat acne in the past. 3 months ago recurrent cystic acne flared up and my period stopped so I started on herbal supplements such as Vitex and evening primrose oil to help adjust hormone levels. Did not see much improvement, however I do still take them daily. 3 weeks ago I started using Epiduo on my flare ups and taking Doxycyclin (oral antibiotic) as prescribed by my GP. Wish I had started sooner!!! Epiduo seems to calm down any flare ups straight away, however I do have a bad inflamed patch right now but thankfully its hidden under my jawline (which is also why I think it remains inflamed as it rubs my pillow). The patches on my cheeks are definitely calmer. Still waiting for my elusive period, until then I'll take it as a sign my hormones are still spazzing out and will definitely continue using Epiduo in conjunction with Doxy as I have not had any side effects, not even dryness after using twice a day (although my skin is acclimatized with AHA/BHA).
If you have hormonal acne and have tried everything else give epiduo a shot.
I will first come out and say I was prescribed this product by a dermatologist for my awful ongoing whiteheads and it did work. However...
I also started on birth control for my skin at the time. So it was in conjunction with that. The product took a good 3 months to do its magic. Initially you will get really really bad breakouts because it is your skins whiteheads coming to head and forming pimples. So if you have a lot of whiteheads it will take sometime for there to clear. After about 5 months my skin was fabulously clear, only getting the occasional zit. I kept a strict routine of washing with a gentle wash in the morning with an oil free moisturizer and washing with a white tea cleanser at night, I also used an oil free moisturizer then and id put on the tactuo then. The biggest mistake you can make with the product is putting any more than a super thin layer. Exposure to the sun with this product (tanning beds especially) really made my acne flare up. Now after about 1 year of use, my skin has built a resistance and my condition has slowly crept back. I am devastated that my skin will go back to being ugly and oily. The tube is also messy and very expensive. Hard for me to decide my feelings for this product but for LONG term clear skin, this is not for you.
I have had acne for about 4 years now and have tried a butt load of products, however this one just doesn't cut the mustard. I had a smathering of clogged pores and comedones on my face, and this did a good job of getting rid of those. But...I now have some cystic acne flare ups (and I NEVER had cystic acne before). Overall, my derm said I would be totally acne free in 3 months, and 6 months later...no dice. :/
If you suffer from acne but find that most over the counter products irritate or dry out your skin, high-tail it to your derm and discuss Epiduo with them. I've had moderate acne since I was 10 or 11 years old, and I have gotten cystic flare-ups since I was about 14 years old, but my skin is also very sensitive and prone to dryness. So obviously, treating acne is a little bit of a dilemma. I use Epiduo at night after cleansing my face with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. When I wake up my skin is smooth, soft and totally clear. Total miracle product!
I've had acne got most of my life and finally took the plunge to take accutane. My skin was flawless until I tried the oil cleansing method. Needless to say my skin is just as bad as before accutane. I've been on epiduo for 6 weeks and I'm undecided. I keep getting new deep cystic acne and flakes on top of it. I thought that meant the blemishes were drying but that id not the case. I'm going Back to the Derm. In 2 days
And I'm thinking she'll suggest another round of accutane it antibiotics. Really wanted this to work and tried being patient just fed up at this point :( also FYI I rated cheap for price because I got free
Samples I've heard it's pricey though.
i have had pretty clear skin my whole life just the occasional pimple and flare up around the time of month. I got pregnant last year and the whole time my skin was amazing i didnt even have to wear makeup which is something i could never do before. After i gave birth my skin got terrible! my doc prescribed me tactuo and i started using it Feb 14. I am almost at the 2 month point and my skin is still going through the terrible break out, red stage. In the morning my skin will be red and soo dry and by the end of the day i am an oily mess. I am going to give it another 2 weeks but im not sure this is working for me. My skins texture looks alot worse then before i started( skin looks like its aging and is really dull) and im only 20! I will update in about 4 weeks to let you know how it turns out!
I've been using Tactuo for a coupe weeks and I'm having the same side-effects as when I was on Differin, even though this is suppose to be milder. As another reviewer mentioned, it can make your skin "itchy, red, sore and inflamed". I do not think this product is working for me.
I so badly wanted this product to work for me, especially after having read so many good reviews on it here on MUA. Unfortunately, I didn't have the success that many people here had.
I've always had mild acne, probably since I was about 12. Typical preteen/teen skin issues: some blackheads and whiteheads coming and going in the t-zone. Mainly on my nose and forehead and a bit on my chin. However, when I was about 17, I started getting pimples on my cheeks. I ignored it for some time, continued with my regular skin routine. It started to get worse and worse. I am now 20 and my skin's in terrible shape. :(
I tried Tactuo last year, it was recommended to me by my GP. She told me I could expect a flare up for about the first 2 or 3 weeks before it would get better. When I picked up the prescription from the pharmacist, she told me I could expect to see it get worse for 3-4 weeks before seeing improvement.
The first week was brutal, my skin was itchy, red, sore and inflamed. I had a lot of flakey skin and dryness. Just god awful. I used it on and off for about a month only to watch my acne get worse and worse. I started getting pimples in places I never used to like along my jawline and all over my cheeks.
I figured I wasn't seeing results because I wasn't using it diligently. So, I used it for a month straight. Result? My skin was HORRIFIC. Honestly, it had never been worse. Finally I couldn't take it anymore I stopped using it and my skin calmed down a little. Though now I have way more marks than I used to before.
I finally went and saw a dermatologist and told her about my experience with Tactuo, Apparently you shouldn't be seeing flare ups for more than about 2 weeks. My skin just doesn't react well with benzyl peroxide products!
** UPDATE (about one year later): My dermatologist perscribed me Accutane. It worked absolute wonders for me, I am so grateful! Unfortunately, I am left with scarring from Tactuo, but thanks to Accutane, I rarely get any breakouts anymore and my skin c an finally have time to heal.