Managing Hard to Treat Acne

How to Treat Moderate to Severe Acne and Help Prevent Future Breakouts

Nothing’s worse than hard to treat acne – especially when you’re no longer 15.

Needless to say, when I decided to go off the unintentionally skin-clearing birth control pill and my skin decided to protest with pimples at the age of 31, I was more than just a bit bummed.

Sure, I’m generally all about the food-based solutions and DIY treatments, but when my skin decided to go bananas, I also knew I wanted to explore all my options.

Yes, I upped the ante on my anti-acne diet and found myself whipping up loads of DIY face masks, but I also looked into prescription options and stumbled upon the powerful Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%.

I vaguely remember using the Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel 0.1%/2.5% product as a teenager, so when I heard about their new Epiduo Forte Gel for moderate to severe acne, I knew I wanted to know more.

And, well, since I know I’m not alone (acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting more than 40 to 50 million people) and that I’m not the only person negatively affected by it (studies show that acne can lead to low self-esteem and depression as well as physical scars), I thought I’d share my findings so you too can talk with your doctor about the best acne products for you.

What is Epiduo Forte Gel?

Epiduo Forte Gel is an FDA-approved prescription gel designed to treat breakouts and help prevent future acne. Applied once-daily to acne-prone skin, Epiduo Forte Gel is designed to treat moderate to severe acne with a unique combination of the retinoid, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide.

Here’s what sets it apart…

Epiduo Forte Gel isn’t just a single ingredient. Rather, it’s a combination of two anti-acne products designed to work together to help clear your skin. More specifically, it’s packed with the highest concentration of the powerful retinoid, adapalene, which works to unclog blocked pores and reduce inflammation; and benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial that kills the bacteria that leads to breakouts and helps prevent pimples from coming back. Bottom line: Epiduo Forte Gel helps to not only clear existing acne but may also help to prevent future pimples from forming.

And since it’s antibiotic-free, you can use Epiduo Forte Gel over an extended period of time without fear of antibiotic resistance.

While Epiduo Forte Gel was shown to be safe and well tolerated, you should talk to your doctor to see if Epiduo Forte Gel is right for you.

Sure I’m still using all my go-to natural solutions for acne, but I’m also going to talk to my doctor to see if Epiduo Forte Gel is right for me.

This post was sponsored by Galderma, the makers of Epiduo Forte Gel and Epiduo Gel. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

Important Safety Information

Indication: Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Adverse Events: In the pivotal study, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo Forte Gel were skin irritation, eczema, atopic dermatitis and skin burning sensation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients using Epiduo Forte Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of Epiduo Forte Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. When applying Epiduo Forte Gel, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

Important Safety Information
Indication: EPIDUO® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO® Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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