This is a sponsored conversation in partnership with Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%.
We all get breakouts from time to time, but when is it time to call a dermatologist? Acne can be difficult to understand and frustrates many, so I spoke with Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Jonathan Weiss, to find out when it’s best to call in the experts, what are the risks and what to know about treating acne with one of the latest breakthrough in prescription treatments, Epiduo Forte Gel.
Q: For someone suffering from acne breakouts, when would they know that it’s time to call a dermatologist?
Dr. Weiss: It’s important to recognize that if you haven’t experienced improvement within two to four weeks after using an over-the-counter treatment, it’s time to visit your dermatologist to discuss prescription treatment options. Multiple options exist, both topical and oral. Topically, vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) form the foundation of acne therapy and benzoyl peroxide works extremely well at killing bacteria. One medication, Epiduo Forte Gel, combines two antibiotic-free medicines in one product. Epiduo Forte Gel is the first combination of these strengths of the retinoid, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide, proven to help reduce inflammation and redness associated with acne, and unclog pores and kill bacteria under the skin.
Q: Why is it important to visit a doctor?
Dr. Weiss: Inflammatory acne may lead to scarring fairly rapidly in some individuals. So, if you haven’t experienced improvement within two to four weeks after using an over-the-counter treatment, it’s time to visit your dermatologist to discuss prescription treatment options.
Q: We all know some myths about acne — like if you eat too much candy you’ll break out, etc. As an expert, are there some other myths you can help us dispel about acne?
Dr. Weiss: “Acne is a problem of teenagers” — More than half of acne sufferers are over the age of 20. This group should be aggressive at addressing their acne.
“Blackheads form because you are not washing well enough” — Blackheads are an accumulation of oil underneath the skin and the oil plugs a hair follicle and turns black from exposure to the air (oxidation). You cannot remove blackheads by washing better or more vigorously. In fact, being too vigorous with skincare, including picking or rubbing at acne lesions, can lead to worsening of scarring.
“Treating Acne is unnecessary because you will outgrow it” — While it is true that acne remits in many individuals after a period of time, many acne sufferers continue with problems for years. In that time it can lead to permanent scarring. From a dermatology professional’s standpoint, acne should never be ignored and should be treated early and aggressively.
I have to thank Dr. Weiss for his expertise, helping dispel some myths and for helping me better understand the physical effects on acne sufferers. If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to seek out help from a dermatologist or medical professional for your acne.
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.
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