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#1 AliciaK

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 07:41 PM

I went to my doctor last Tue on the 1st Oct 2013 for some acne treatment. I am in my mid 20s now and have been dealing with acne for almost 15yrs. 

 

The type of acne I've gotten has changed over the years. In the last couple of years, my breakouts tends to be concentrated on the lower half of my face, specifically, around the mouth and on the chins. Occasionally, i do get a huge breakout on the sides of my cheeks, forehead or on my nose bridge, but those are far less frequent than the painful ones I get on my chin.

 

My doctor prescribed my Epiduo on the 1st Oct and I have been using it basically every night until today (8th Oct).

 

For the first few days, I did not experience extreme reactions. The peeling only really started on Saturday the 5th which was my 4th day using Epiduo. I experienced mild peeling around the sides of my mouth and a little on the lower part of my cheeks.

 

5th day: However by Sunday, my face was on fire. It was so red and irritated and the upper part of my cheeks near my eyes (where i had been careful NOT to apply any Epiduo) was hurting so badly. My face was bright red, much redder than when I get sunburnt and applying on any sort of cream was pure torture. I felt like the fires of hell were rolling over my face! Even washing my face with Cetaphil was painful.

 

6th day: My face still feels like it's on fire. Going to the gym was bad as my face hurt when I started sweating from my workout. Again, washing my face was pure torture and needless to say, applying Epiduo and moisturiser on afterwards was the most painful thing I had ever experienced. This is so even when I waited 10-15 between each application to ensure that my face dried completed.

 

My cheeks around the side of my mouth experienced severe peeling. It was an ugly flaky mess. And I'm even getting some peeling on the top of my cheeks under my eyes where I had NEVER APPLIED Epiduo.

 

I applied Epiduo on after my shower in the afternoon and had to wash it all off before bed at 10pm as my face was so red and irritated.

 

7th day: I woke up to a swollen face. My cheeks under my eyes feel quite swollen. My face is bumpy and bubbly all over with peeling skin. I cannot take this any

 

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  • Has anyone else experiences the severe side effects I've experienced?
  • I've read that the redness, itching, and peeling are common side effects but what about swelling?
  • Is there anything I can do to reduce the side effects? Especially the swelling?
  • Is this normal?

 



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 12:07 AM

I've been using Epiduo every night for about a week, and it feels very mild to me compared to what I used to use - Retin A gel.

 

To reduce swelling, apply moisturizer first, and then apply the Epiduo. It should help with the burning/irritating sensation. Also, to get your skin accustomed to the medication, you should be using Epiduo 3 times a week and then progressing to every night.



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:31 AM

I've been using Epiduo every night for about a week, and it feels very mild to me compared to what I used to use - Retin A gel.

 

To reduce swelling, apply moisturizer first, and then apply the Epiduo. It should help with the burning/irritating sensation. Also, to get your skin accustomed to the medication, you should be using Epiduo 3 times a week and then progressing to every night.

 

Thank you for the advice.

 

I think I will stop applying Epiduo for a few nights, at least until the swelling, burning, flaking and irritation stops.

 

I will perhaps try applying once every 3-4 nights after.

 

How is Epiduo working for you?



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 09:10 AM

Well...It's been like a week, but I don't see any active pimples so I guess it's working? lol.

 

I mainly have acne scars so it'll take a long long time for them to fade. 



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:23 PM

Well...It's been like a week, but I don't see any active pimples so I guess it's working? lol.

 

I mainly have acne scars so it'll take a long long time for them to fade. 

 

Does Epiduo work on reducing acne scarring too? I thought it was just a topical treatment to kill and prevent acne.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:00 PM

When I was taking Epiduo, I did experience redness and very slight peeling just under my lip. After 3 weeks my skin was back to normal, I didn't experience the full benefit of Epiduo until around 8 weeks though.

 

I was advised by my doctor at the time to use epiduo during the day and not at night. At night I would moisturize with emu oil, which really helped calm my skin down.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 12:14 AM

I use differin day and night and I have nothing but good things to say about it. Over the past couple months it has worked well on my scarring and red marks, all of which were less than 6 months old. From my research I would say your side effects are from the bp, which in my experience is trouble for skin that scars easily.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 04:20 PM

  • Has anyone else experiences the severe side effects I've experienced?
  • I've read that the redness, itching, and peeling are common side effects but what about swelling?
  • Is there anything I can do to reduce the side effects? Especially the swelling?
  • Is this normal?

I've been using Epiduo for more than 3 months. I've got to admit that, even today, I can hardly apply it more than 3 times a week, because it burns like hell.

So redness, itching, swelling and peeling are, to my opinion, common side effects.

To reduce the side effects, moisturize a lot, and do not apply it every night.

 

By the way, the application must be progressive, it's even written on the notice.

And, trust me, apply it every week won't make improve your skin faster, your face would just look like a slice of tomatoe on a baked pizza hahahahahahahahahaha.

 

So relax, and be gentle with your skin!


Edited by Mandarine, 12 October 2013 - 04:21 PM.





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