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Epiduo Uses

Epiduo is prescribed for the treatment of acne. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as nine years old. Because it contains two acne medications, Epiduo can both treat current pimples and help prevent future breakouts from occurring. One possible off-label use of Epiduo is to treat keratosis pilaris.

What Is Epiduo Used For?

Epiduo® (adapalene/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription medication licensed to treat acne in people nine years old and older. It is a combination of two other acne medications -- adapalene (Differin®), a retinoid, and benzoyl peroxide. Epiduo is applied directly to the areas of the skin that are affected by acne.
 
Acne is a condition that affects the skin's oil glands and follicles. Follicles are the canals that connect the tiny holes or pores in your skin to the oil glands underneath the skin. Sometimes, the follicles get clogged with skin cells and sebum, an oily substance made by the oil glands. This mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), to grow inside the plugged follicles.
 
If the clogged follicle wall ruptures, white blood cells rush in to the area, causing inflammation. As the white blood cells make their way to the skin's surface, a pimple forms.
 
The term "acne" simply refers to several pimples occurring together. The exact cause of acne is unknown, and is probably due to several things (see Causes of Acne for more information).
 
Acne is a very common skin disease. Although it is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring, permanent scarring. In addition, acne can be very upsetting to people affected by it, leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
 
Epiduo is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Like many acne medications, Epiduo can make the skin appear worse before it gets better. Often, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky. However, this usually gets better with time as the medicine starts to work.
 
(Click Acne to learn more about this condition.)
 

Epiduo Medication Information

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