Does Adapalene Work?

(Last Updated On: March 8, 2015)

What Is Adapalene?

adapalene acne treatmentAdapalene (Ad-ap-al-leen) is a third generation retinoid that is used in the treatment of acne to prevent the formation of blackheads and whiteheads and helps to reduce the redness (inflammation) that is associated with acne.

Adapalene comes in two main formulations; a gel or a cream and under several brand names, but is also available under its generic name.

A popular acne treatment that contains adapalene is a cream called Epiduo.

It is also used in combination with other agents such as Benzoyl Peroxide, which is said to be more effective than when used alone.

Only a doctor can prescribe Adapalene and you cannot buy adapalene online without a valid prescription.

Adverse Effects Of Adapalene woman with dry skin

  • Peeling, flaking of the skin
  • Redness
  • Stinging/Warm sensation of face following application
  • Dryness
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun
  • Swelling of the face

You should not use sunbeds while on Adapalene and it is advised to wear an SPF of 30 or more when out in direct sunlight to avoid sun damage.

Drying and comegenic (pore-blocking) cosmetics, creams and other face products should not be used while you are using Adapalene.

Contraception must be used while on Adapalene due to the possible risk of harm to the foetus. Women who wish to become pregnant should not use Adapalene.

Adapalene should be applied to the affected areas, once a day in the evening.

Very sensitive skins may not be able to tolerate using Adapalene

How Long Does Adapalene Take To Work?

Adapalene can take anywhere between 6 to to 12 weeks for there to be a significant improvement in your acne.

Non-Prescription Acne Treatments

You’ll find acne treatments in your local pharmacy, supermarket and online which don’t require a prescription and won’t have some of the unpleasant side effects associated with prescription based remedies.

But they aren’t always that effective.

We’ve done the work for you and rounded up some of the best natural acne treatments, in out opinion that are safe, natural and really do work!

Check Out Our Recommended Acne Treatments Here


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