Choosing Generic vs Branded Epiduo


Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product before they can be sold - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.

Epiduo Gel

Acne Treatment

£33.00 (includes free private prescription)
Only £33.00 per pump

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1 x 45g £33.00
2 x 45g £62.00

What is Epiduo?

What is Epiduo?

Epiduo is a gel that is used in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. It contains two active ingredients; benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. These ingredients are both used to treat acne and they work in different ways.

Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial agent and works by killing bacteria on the skin.

Adapalene belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids (which includes tretinoin) and helps to reduce inflammation and black and white head formation on the outer layer of the skin. Adapalene is an advanced third generation retinoid which exhibits many of the same effects as previous generation medicines like tretinoin but is often tolerated better.

How do I apply Epiduo?

Apply a thin layer of gel evenly over the acne affected areas only once daily at bedtime. Do not apply near or to the eyes, lips, nostrils or other sensitive areas. The gel should be applied to clean, dry skin and take care to wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Do not apply to broken skin.

How do I buy Epiduo?

Epiduo is a prescription only medicine and cannot be bought over the counter. If you are interested in this medicine, why not fill out our consultation questionnaire? This will be reviewed by one of our expert prescribers who will advise if this medicine is suitable and safe for you.

How long does it take to see results?

As with all medicines applied to the skin in the treatment of acne, you may not see results for up to eight weeks. It is important to be consistent in your application of this gel in order for it to work properly.

How effective is Epiduo?

One study compared the efficacy of Epiduo to a placebo and showed that after 12 weeks of treatment, 27.5% of patients using Epiduo were clear or almost clear of acne compared to 9.9% of patients who used a placebo. The same study also compared Epiduo to each single active ingredient that is in it. After 12 weeks, adapalene had a success rate of 15.5% and benzoyl peroxide was 15.4%.

Is there anybody who cannot use Epiduo?

Epiduo is not suitable for those with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. Do not use in pregnancy. Avoid sunlight and UV lamps while using this medicine. Do not use other acne products containing retinoids or benzoyl peroxide while using this medicine or products that are irritating, drying or exfoliating to the skin.

Side Effects

Side Effects

Some people can experience stinging sensation, dryness, scaling and burning sensitivity when they first use this medicine. This presents worst during the first week of use and then tends to settle.

Information Leaflet

Patient Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. View patient information leaflet.

Authored 22 April 2014 by Dr Clare Morrison Reviewed 31 January 2019 by Liyya Patel, Siobhan Titre Last updated 11 November 2018

Recent Epiduo Reviews

4.8 / 5

Based on 5 independent customer reviews taken by Feefo (see all MedExpress Reviews).

By DANIELA MARIANA on 19 March 2018


Very good and a good result


Recomand cu incredere

By MedExpress Customer on 17 April 2018


Epiduo gel is good for drying my acnee but the acnee didn’t disappear yet..


Good to have a pharmacy online, and the delivery it’s really fast! I would recommend!!

By MedExpress Customer on 08 August 2017


Worked really well to clear up spots since I have been suffering for years.


Quick consultation and delivery.

"Fast delivery, recommended"
By MedExpress Customer on 11 February 2017


Exactly as described and delivered quickly


Simple process, clear instructions and fast delivery, recommended supplier.

"Very efficient"
By Helena on 02 June 2017


Working gently but slowly. Very longstanding problem so expected this.


Quick and thorough service.

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How our service works

It’s quick, easy, and safe to order from MedExpress — your fully regulated, London based online pharmacy.

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Start a free 2 minutes online consultation with simple questions about your health.


Our UK medical team will then recommend a treatment and issue a free prescription.


Your treatment will be sent direct from our London pharmacy in discreet packaging.

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Our qualified team

All our doctors and pharmacists are based in the UK and are registered with the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council.

Dr Clare Morrison

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 3441561

Dr Heather Currie

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 2613354

Dr Syed Arfeen

Primary Care Physician
GMC: 6031426

Delivery Information

We’ve got a range of delivery options that suit you. All medication is sent using non-branded, discreet packaging.

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Signed For 1st Class £2.90

Usually Next Working Day (including Saturdays). May take up to 3 working days.

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Special Delivery 1pm Guaranteed £5.95

Guaranteed Delivery Before 1pm Next Working Day (including Saturdays to residential addresses).

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Special Delivery 9am Guaranteed £13.95

Guaranteed Delivery Before 9am Next Working Day (including Saturdays to residential addresses).

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Post Office Collection £3.95

Collect from your local Post Office.

Usually Next Working Day (including Saturdays). May take up to 3 working days.

Same Day Courier (London Only) £4.95-£19.95 (depends on distance)

Same day delivery (available Monday - Friday on orders placed before 4pm). Signature required on delivery.

Orders over the weekend will be delivered on Monday.

Delivery to remote Scottish Highlands & British Isles may not be guaranteed and may take longer than 1 day (more info) .

This product is not available for international shipping

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