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My 2nd week on Epiduo

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I'm 22 and I'm having a horrible experience with Epiduo. I've been on it for almost 2 weeks now and I've recently been experiencing intense burning on my face, I've got red blotches on places that use to have pimples, and I also have peeling and scaling. My doctor prescribed Epiduo along with Solodyn 65mg. I have mild acne, but since i've been using Epiduo my face looks worse. I know acne medications take about 2 months to begin working properly, but I think it would be best for me to call my doctor and ask for a different medication. Can you recommend a different medication that works, but doesn't have the side affects Epiduo has?

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How much are you using? You're only supposed to use a pea-sized amount for your entire face - other board users have described similar symptoms when they've mistakenly used a lot more.

That being said, you're supposed to give any new medication 6-12 weeks. Acne typically takes 2 weeks to form anyway, so unless you're having an allergic reaction (which it sounds like you're not), you won't be able to gauge the effectiveness of the Epiduo yet.

Red marks can take up to a year to heal, but luckily the retinoids in Epiduo are going to help out with that. There's really not going to be any quick and easy solution to this: you just need to have faith.

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