Information about Adapalene

Adapalene Uses

Adapalene is used in the treatment of acne.

How Adapalene works

Adapalene is a form of vitamin A which treats acne (pimples). It works by preventing accumulation of the sebum (skin’s natural oil) which unblocks the pores and allows natural exfoliation of the outer layers of skin.

Common side effects of Adapalene

Itching, Erythema (skin redness), Dry skin, Skin burn, Skin peeling
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Available Medicine for Adapalene

DerivaGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
221 to ₹2652 variant(s)
AdaferinGalderma India Pvt Ltd
2591 variant(s)
ApgelHegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
1591 variant(s)
AdiffIpca Laboratories Ltd
1591 variant(s)
AdleneTalent India
1321 variant(s)
AdapenIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
1331 variant(s)
AleneCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
74 to ₹3802 variant(s)
AdapanPanzer Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
1221 variant(s)
AdmarkUnimarck Healthcare Ltd
901 variant(s)
DapleMaxamus Pharma Pvt Ltd
991 variant(s)

Expert advice for Adapalene

  • Adapalene helps treat mild to moderate acne.
  • Apply it to the affected area once a day at bedtime.
  • Avoid exposure to strong sunlight and artificial UV light. Use of sunscreen products (non-comedogenic) and protective clothing over the treated area is recommended.
  • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse with water immediately.
  • Do not apply to broken, sunburnt or sensitive areas of skin. Inform your doctor if you notice unusual dryness, redness and peeling of the skin.
  • Avoid getting any cosmetic procedures done without consulting your doctor first.
  • Do not use Adapalene if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions for Adapalene


Q. My skin is getting dry because of applying Adapalene. How do I manage it?

Adapalene can cause skin dryness at the site of application. To minimize this dryness, you can apply moisturizer to your skin in the day time. However, make sure that you are using a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which is less likely to clog your pores and increases the severity of your acne.

Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking Adapalene?

Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking Adapalene before cosmetic procedures. Please ensure that your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking before any cosmetic procedure.

Q. Is it safe to use Adapalene?

Yes, Adapalene is safe to use when used according to your doctor's advice. However, like all medicines, even this medicine has some side effects, but it is not necessary that anyone who is taking these medicines might get all of the side effects. Please talk to your doctor if you get any unpleasant effects while taking this medicine.

Q. What is the best time to apply Adapalene?

It is best to apply Adapalene before bed-time because Adapalene increases the skin's sensitivity to sunlight and can cause skin irritation when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, applying this medicine in the day time requires the user to take several precautions to avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Hence, it is best to apply this medicine before bed-time.


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