Thanks to the folks a Galderma, they have now released a new acne treatment called Epiduo. What makes this gel unique is that it has combined .1% adapalene (the gentlest of the prescription retinoids) and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
Here is my take on this new drug.
PROS - it is a gel formulation which will lessen irritation and increase bio availability.
- two active ingredients combined into one treatment which will save you money
CONS - I couldn't find it in their literature, but I am sure they are using micro-encapsulation to protect the two actives from each other. This does a great job of suspending the active, but does not do the best job of delivering into the skin.
-though retinoid treatment combined with benzoyl peroxide is the preferred topical treatment protocol for dermatologists, you typically apply the retinoid at night and the benzoyl peroxide in the morning. By seperating the application of the actives, you tend to lessen irritation which can only help patient compliance.
The reality is, that if you can get a teenager to brush their teeth, you have made a major accomplishment as a parent. Therefore, combining two proven acne treatments into one is a great thing...if their skin can tolerate it. If irritation and adaptation is an issue, I would recommend that you stick with the retinoid at night and the benzoyl peroxide in the morning routine for a couple of months. After a period of time you may can move to the Epiduo treatment for convenience and cost.