Adapalene review

Patients who are problematic with their acnes must be familiar with Adapalene, a popular treatment for that particular skin condition. Adapalene has retinoid-like compounds, which prevents anymore pimples from forming on the skin’s surface. It comes in gel, cream, and liquid solutions and is applied to the affected portion of the skin once every day. Adapalene is marketed by Galderma Laboratories to countries around the world.

To be clear about it, Adapalene is not a cure for acne. It is just a preventive measure that acne patients may use to control their problem. Usually, the first few weeks of Adapalene use would result to a worse case of acne. Upon reaching your 8th to twelfth week of treatment, you will recognize more favorable results. This is because pimples usually take between six and eight weeks to surface on the skin. Use of Adapalene will make the pimples that are already beneath the skin to surface much earlier. After which, the effect of the drug will take its shape. Aside from acne vulgaris, Adapalene is also used to treat other skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris (chicken skin).

The use of Adapalene must be consulted to a medical professional. People who have current skin conditions that may react violently to the treatment are suitable to use this option. Damaged skin due to sunburn or eczema must not come in contact with Adapalene. Talk to your doctor about possible factors that could interact with your Adapalene use. Tell him whether you are allergic to Adapalene or other kind of medicines for that matter. You must also discuss the skin products that you are currently using and medicines that you are currently taking. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are also not advisable to use Adapalene. In case you got pregnant while undergoing the treatment, tell your doctor immediately. Your medical history must be an open book so your doctor will know what to avoid and what adjustments he can make to ensure your safety.

Your doctor is also the one who will advise you regarding the correct usage based on your current condition. Do not alter the doctor’s prescription without his orders. Stick to his prescriptions and never stop using Adapalene even after your symptoms have improved.

Be careful in using Adapalene. Do not keep it in contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. Before applying Adapalene, be sure to wash the affected part with a mild soap or a gentle cleanser. After washing, pat it dry with a soft towel. Do not apply harsh chemicals to your skin or rub it roughly. Apply the right amount of Adapalene by using your fingers. The stingy feeling is normal and temporary. It should go away after a few minutes.

There are also side effects that may come out during the first few weeks of treatment. The most common of which are redness, dryness, and itching. If such symptoms persist, call your doctor immediately. Also, you need to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun during treatment. Wear sun protective gears whenever you are going out.

Adapalene has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of adapalene

• Molecular formula of adapalene is C28H28O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxy-phenyl]naphthalene-2-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 412.52 g/mol
Adapalene available : 0.1% 10g gel

Brand name(s): Adapaleno, Adapalenum, Differin

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