Adapaleno review

Patients who have problematic acne must be familiar with Adapaleno, a popular treatment for that particular skin condition. Adapaleno has retinoid-like compounds, which prevent any more 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. Adapaleno is marketed by Galderma Laboratories to countries around the world.

To be clear about it, Adapaleno 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 Adapaleno use would result in a worse case of acne. Upon reaching your 8th to 12th 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 Adapaleno will make the pimples that are already beneath the skin to surface much earlier. After which, the effect of the medication will take its shape. Aside from acne vulgaris, Adapaleno is also used to treat other skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris (chicken skin).

The use of Adapaleno must be in conjunction with a medical professional. People who have current skin conditions that may react violently to the treatment need to work closely with their health care professional. Damaged skin due to sunburn or eczema must not come in contact with Adapaleno. Talk to your doctor about possible factors that could interact with your Adapaleno use. Tell him whether you are allergic to Adapaleno or other kind of medicines. 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 not advisable to use Adapaleno. In case you become 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 do not stop using Adapaleno even after your symptoms have improved.

Be careful in using Adapaleno. Do not let it come in contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. Before applying Adapaleno, 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 Adapaleno 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 occur 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 gear whenever you are going out.

Adapaleno has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of adapaleno

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

Generic name: Adapalene

Brand name(s): Adapalenum, Differin

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