Hi everyone, just prescribed the Epiduo today after a nightmare with Differin that lasted two nights only! honestly, I would rather have the acne than what the Differin did to me... holy cow...
I am picking up the Epi tomorrow; I was hesitant at first because I know this is a "new" product, but after reading some of your posts I am feeling better about it. I have two thoughts remaining:
1) This product contains .1% of the adapelene, right? Which is exactly what Differin contains? So how will using that PLUS another treatment on top of it be less horrific for my face in terms of redness, flaking, burning, drying, etc? I guess there are some inactive ingredients in it? My dermatologist said something about Vitamin A?
2) So how much is this really drying out your skin? On the second day after using Differin, my face was covered in dry, red splotches that were flaking everywhere, including, weirdly enough, on my scalp. It burned to the touch and whenever I tried to put ANY product on it to relieve it or cover it up. So what can I expect from the Epiduo?
Let me know your dryness factor, thanks a bunch,
Hello everyone, I am new to this forum. I was just at the doctors today and I had asked for a referral to go to the dermatologist again. I have been dealing with acne since I was 16 years old. I am now 26. I have managed to keep it under control for the last 5 years now, but every once in a while I will get some bad flare ups and it makes me feel as though I am hopeless again. I have tried everything under the sun, or at least it feels that way. I have been on ortho-tricyclene, benzamyacin, benzol peroxide, retina-A, tetracycline, etc. I have tried Pro-Active as well, nothing seems to really work. I have sensitive skin as well as dry skin. So I get discouraged when I use any OTC products because they are all developed for oily skin. My skin is not in the least bit oily and all those products do is dry me out. Recently, I have been on a huge kick of using natural based products. Products without parabens, artificial oils, and fragrances. These are things that if you take the time to read the ingredients you will find that almost everything has it in it. Even Acne washes and moisturizers (Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Estee Lauder, Lancome, all of those cosmetic counter lines) and things that CLAIM to be natural. I have also worked for Estee Lauder and Clinique for about three years, I have been a faithful user of those lines. I had to switch from Estee Lauder to Clinique due to the fact that their products were pumped full of fragrance and caused me to break out badly.These things can irritate skin as well or even suffocate it and cause it to flare up. A really good line that I have found that is nourishing as well as non- irritating is called "Juice Organics" you can get it at Target or on their web-site. It is all natural with nothing harsh in it and it hydrates just enough, it goes into your skin and does not sit on top. The cleansers are amazing as well. There are not a bunch of different formulas to confuse you either. The products are brightening so they help safely and naturally eliminate past superficial scarring. The reason I am posting this is because my doctor had given me some samples of the Epiduo, I have not tried them yet, but like all of you I am hesitant to put one more harsh thing on my face. But the dream of waking up and not having to put any make-up on is still living within me. I was looking at the product reviews when I had stumbled upon this site and was reading all of your posts. I am willing to share any knowledge of mine that might help anyone out. Just let me know if I can be of any service to anyone, I have done a lot of research and will be happy to help. In the mean time I will update my results as well with the Epiduo. One thing is I see that a lot of you have questions, check out their web-site it answered a lot of my questions. Also, I see that some of you are using it twice a day, when the directions are saying, apply once a day, at night in a thin layer and on a clean face. Hope that helps.