Acne Treatment: Epiduo (USA) / TactuPump (Canada)

4.0

231 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

adapalene (0.1%) and benzoyl peroxide (2.5%)


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

good all in all



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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is a godsend. Before I started this I had tons of tiny bumps, as well as whiteheads on my forehead that wouldn't go away no matter how much I followed the rules (no makeup, cleansing twice a day, being careful with products, etc..). It wasn't horrible, but enough for me to go to my doc to see if there was a prescription I could try. I was put on this and I love it. The first month or so it didn't really do anything (but it also didn't give the dry, irritated skin I had been warned about so, score I guess), but after that first little while my skin became completely smooth and pimple free! I've now been on this for 2 months and if it keeps going this well, I'm never going back! (also, idk if it's like this for everyone, but since it's prescription my insurance covered it and I didn't have to pay a thing!)


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I've never left a review on a product before but I had to for this. I am currently 18 years old & I have been struggling with my skin since I was 13. My skin is normally super oily with dark spots from scarring, bumps everywhere, millions of blackheads, and the reoccurring white heads. I have tried every single product at the drug store & even the famous proactive. I was tired of feeling disappointment, depression, & hatred with my skin because nothing worked. I never left the house without makeup on because of how insecure I felt about my skin. I honestly was lost & gave up with my skin. Until I recently decided to talk with my family doctor.
My doctor prescribed TactuPump (Canadian) I am fortunate enough to have health care benefits so the product was financially covered. After doing my outside research I found this product is regularly $155. In my opinion, a little pricey but well worth it. I have been using this product for 10 days now, and it has been life changing. ONLY 10 DAYS! I have never had such clear skin. Almost all the small bumps are gone, my scarring is almost faded & white heads haven't been popping up as often. My parents, and friends have noticed the immense difference and tell me everyday. For the negatives, which aren't deal breakers, but this product is really irritative especially for sensitive skin. When I wake up in the morning I wash it off & my skin looks quite red. My doctor told me about this before-hand so it wasn't anything surprising. It also makes my skin very flaky & my skin peels as if I got a sun burn. I have never applied so much moisturizer in my life!! Also, when I wear a thin layer of foundation it tends to cling to those dry areas so probably don't recommend wearing makeup (which is a good thing!) I am so so so impressed with this product so far & I have never used something so effective. I am truly grateful I found this product & I recommend it for anyone struggling with their acne. I hope this helps girls like me, gain the confidence they deserve! Thanks for reading.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have been using this for years, and it's honestly the only thing that holds back my acne. Even though it's expensive, it's worth it.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Tactupump (canada) was an absolute nightmare for me. Incredibility drying and make my skin super flaky with dead skin. Basically burned my skin off and turned it from being oily/ acne-prone to combo/sensitive and STILL full of acne. Granted, I only used it for about 2 months but the side effects were too bad to continue. This was a surprise because i usually don't experience any terrible side effects with benzoyl peroxide products...
I don't think I was required to pay for it so i can't comment on the price.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Product: Tactupump

Skin history/condition: I've had acne for 15 years (I'm in my mid-twenties). My acne could be described as mild to moderate.

Last year, I made a HUGE mistake in trying a home remedy for acne using baking soda. It overhauled the pH balance of my skin and I broke out in painful, massive pimples that resided deep within the skin. These bumps left really dark pigmentation marks and would resurface in the same areas on my face weeks after they disappeared. Applying (organic, unpasteurized) raw honey to my face as a mask every night helped to heal my skin, but the pimples would reappear ALL the time. I finally went to see the dermatologist a month ago.

I was prescribed a 30-day dosage of doxycycline (my dermatologist said this was optional) and was instructed to apply the Tactupump once at night everyday. She warned me of the side effects and said I'd probably hate her by week 3 of use, lol.

Results: I've been using it for three weeks now and my mother claims that she sees a very noticeable difference. I'd have to agree as well.

Take my experience with a grain of salt, as the doxycycline could be a factor in reducing my acne in conjunction with the Tactupump. I've been reading a lot of reviews from people saying that their skin experienced a period of purging and took several weeks to adjust to Tactupump. My acne hasn't worsened (yet, but crossing fingers) and my problem areas stopped drying out by week 2 of use. I've only seen my skin getting increasingly better. The blackheads on my nose are gradually getting lighter; my pores seem to be tightening a little more; and the acne lesions caused by the baking soda disaster have lightened and healed significantly.

My skin did burn and peel heavily in the first two weeks, but my mother, who's a pharmacist, said that it was a sign of progress and potency of the Adapalene working in my skin. However, if you're experiencing an unbearable amount of pain with severe burning sensations, then you're definitely allergic to the medicinal components and will need to request for an alternative product from your GP/dermatologist.

EDIT: I'm on week 5 of use and have finally experienced what is considered the inevitable "purge." Fortunately, my most severe problem areas have not broken out, and only 1 to 2 very small pimples, including a single painful bump/nodule, have appeared on other areas of my face. They're very manageable. The hyperpigmentation left by my acne is significantly lightening with every day of use. Moreover, I've already finished my dosage of doxycycline for a week now, and I'm still quite pleased with the results thus far. I'll continue to update my progress.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Epiduo is an acne-fighting gel containing 0.1% adapalene and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. I was prescribed it by my GP in August 2015. I was told to apply it every evening after washing my face, but it can be very drying so sometimes I only apply it 4 days a week, and only on the affected areas. I was told that in addition to preventing acne from getting worse, it would help fade scars and hyper-pigmentation after several months of continuous use.

Like many acne treatments it seemed most effective at the start. In the first two weeks it burned going on, but I noticed an improvement immediately. I almost always wake up with one or two new blemishes, but they would be gone by the next day using Epiduo. To be clear, it doesn't stop you from getting acne, just halts the blemishes quickly.

I get blackheads, white heads and cystic acne. I've found this works best on whiteheads (gone within a day) and worst on blackheads (no effect). I get four recurring cystic bumps, which are symmetrically placed on my cheeks and either side of my chin, plus one big one that comes up right in the middle of my chin. Epiduo does not stop these from recurring. I'm not sure there is any point in applying the gel to them as all it does is cause the skin to flake up and become red, making the cysts more noticeable than ever. The cysts go down in the same amount of time whether I use Epiduo on them or not - about 5-7 days.

As I said, Epiduo burns at first and if your skin is especially sensitive (I wouldn't use this after exfoliating). If you find it's really hurting, just wash it straight off - there's nothing to be gained in stressing your skin out!

Once you're used to it, it usually just feels itchy for a few minutes. You are meant to put this on before bed, but I do it earlier in the night so it's completely dry when I go to sleep. This is because it bleaches the colour of your bedding. Also if it's sticky when you go to sleep you'll end up with a dirty face in the morning. After it has dried completely, I use a night moisturiser for sensitive skin. You need to be sure the Epiduo is dry and apply the moisturiser lightly, otherwise the medication will move around your face and become diluted.

After a couple of weeks the effectiveness started to decrease and I tried to compensate by using more. The result was very dry, flaky skin that tended to scab. I would say that now my scars are worse and more noticeable than before I began treatment. Be careful not to use too much, and only apply it where you really need it.

That said, Epiduo has worked better at controlling my skin than anything I've tried before, including birth control pills (which in my experience lose all efficacy after 2-3 months). I still use it regularly.

In my opinion Epiduo is definitely worth trying. The pump bottle lasts a long time (although it comes with a 6 month expiry, I probably won't be done by then). I will definitely ask my GP for a repeat when I run out, but I will also tell him it's not been as effective as I would like.

Previously I have used PanOxyl, which can be purchased from Boots. However, they stopped stocking it in 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and now have it in 10%. This is way too harsh for my skin and has zero effect on my acne. Often with bp less is better.

The important thing to remember is that adult acne is virtually incurable. The more you stress out about it, the worse you will feel. After 20 years with acne, not one person has ever come up to me and said, "Wow, Jess, you look awful! How can you show your face?" and I know that no one will ever say such a thing to me. We're our own worst critic!

Some additional info that may have effected my outcome: I am 29, I have had the Mirena coil since December 2014 (unlike birth control pills the coil is not supposed to affect your hormones, which is good because the pill improved my skin a little but made me hate literally everyone). I've had acne since I was a little girl. In addition to Epiduo I have been using a mask made with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar, once a month since October. Unlike Epiduo, this does seem to work on cysts.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I am in perimenopause and have always had great skin (see profile pic). Anyway, recently I developed a small patch of cystic acne on my forehead which was surprising because I do not suffer from acne. Apparently you can get acne in the perimenopause! Even though the area was about 2cm in diameter, it looked terrible - red, angry, cystic. The doctor prescribed doxycycline tablets and Epiduo cream.

I was told to apply the Epiduo at night and remove it in the morning. I was also told it could stain bedding and hair, so I needed to be careful. The first night I applied it, I made sure to have my hair off my face. The cream itself is a white colour and applies to a clear colour on the skin. The first application went well. I had no irritation, burning, etc... That gave me great confidence to keep using it, so I applied it again after removing my makeup on the second night. Oh boy, what a difference a day makes!!! This time, my skin felt like it was painfully on fire. My first reaction was to try and remove it, but I resisted and the burning subsided after a couple of hours. That was enough for me not to want to try it again, but here is the good bit. It took two applications (or maybe it was the doxycline), but the main part of the cystic acne had deflated.

I am completely on the fence about this product. Something caused the largest cyst to deflate. It may have been the cream or it may have been the medication. Despite the pain I endured on Epiduo, it did not cause any problems for my skin in general. So would I buy it again? Probably, but I would not apply two days in a row, rather I would space out the application to maybe every second or third day. I should add that it cost about $35 Australian which is not cheap!


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

My acne started off when i got an allergic reaction and broke out in hives on my face from a makeup i used, to treat it i was given a steroid cream which caused my acne. My doctor sent me to a dermatologist who recommended doxycycline and Tactupump ( Epiduo) i will admit, my acne was not that bad, but it was bad enough. Since my acne was moderate i was only using the Epiduo 3 times a week for the first month then moved on to 1ce every second day for a month then once every second day for about two weeks. This method was great cause it really let your skin get used to the cream over time without shocking it (a pea size amount really is enough trust me). Anyways, i saw results within the first week to about the third week. After that my skin got progressively better. Hitting the five week mark i hit the infamous "purge" tbh my purge wasn't bad at all i got a few pimples here and there but it was very manageable. I am now sitting at the 10 week mark and my skin is flawless. A week ago my face got super red ( it was exams and i was taking other medication and caffein which i think where the redness cane from) so i stopped using the cream and doxycycline for a week and my skin is still really good, which i hope it stays. If you want to stop using either medicines you have to ease your body off it, dont go cold turkey because your skin will flake a lot. Overall i recommend, especially if you have a similar skin type to me ( olive skin, moderate acne, normal dryness)


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Throughout my early teen years I never struggled with any acne or blemishes; however at age 19 I began to get adult acne. This consists of hormonal blackheads all over my chin that are below the skin surface and refuse to leave, cysts and pimples appearing daily, and just an overall issue with regular blackheads on my entire face. I tried several acne treatments like vichy and other prestige brands but they were not helpful. Finally after a visit to my doctor he recommended and prescribed me with Tactupump. I work at a pharmacy which is really nice because it has given me a lot of support over the first couple days. I am only currently on day four of using this product. I stopped wearing makeup for the first little while that I'm using this product because I want to amplify my results. I figure clogging my pores during the day and then trying to clean them out at night is a little bit counter productive. The good news is that my co-workers keep commenting and complimenting how much better my skin looks already! Personally I notice a difference in the more congested areas like my chin and cheeks. Where there were many there are now few. I also have noticed that no new blackheads, pimples, or cysts have formed since I started.
Now I'm not saying that this product is perfect. I read a lot of reviews online before I started using it and many of the more horrifying ones contained bits of truth. The first two nights that I used it my face did not burn at all. I thought I was just the exception and my skin was wonderful so it didn't burn like everyone else's. I was wrong. Tonight is night four and I'm writing this review because frankly my face hurts and I can't sleep. With that being said, my pharmacist and many other review authors have said that the burning is temporary.
All in all, the burning died down after about an hour or so and the positivity out ranks the negative aspects of this product so for into my usage. I feel more confident in my natural skin and I don't feel obligated to wear makeup now that I'm not hovered in swollen red bumps. Its been a long time since I've felt this good about myself.

Here is a list of products I'm using along with Tactupump for optimal results:

Morning:
Avene Cleanance Gel: a soap free, grentle cleanser for oily and acne prone skin
Vichy Aqua Thermal Light Moisturizer: a face moisturizer to help with dryness

Evening:
Avene Cleanance Gel
Tactupump
Vichy Aqua Thermal Light Moisturizer
Avene Thermal Spring Water: a spray can of water specially formulated to help sensitive skin and treat redness and burning.This is my favourite product. I bring it upstairs with me at night and put it next to my bed and spray a light layer over my face when the burning feel intense and it instantly relieves it. It is so much more than just a can of over priced water.

Now I understand that some of the complimentary products that I use are little pricier than some drug store grade products that may also work. Because I work at a drug store, I have the use of a licensed cosmetician who made these recommendations for me and I also get a really good discount. Fortunately I don't pay retail for there products or else I might decide to go for less expensive alternative. But it might be helpful to other people if they consult a cosmetician. The one I work with is really good and can accommodate any price range to give amazing results.

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