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What is adapalene gel 0.1% and what is it used for?

Adapalene gel 0.1% is a topical retinoid medication used for the treatment of acne in people 12 years and older. It should only be used one time a day.

What should I know before using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%?

  • If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a doctor before use.
  • Some other retinoid drugs have been shown to cause birth defects. There is no specific evidence that adapalene gel 0.1% causes birth defects in humans when used topically as directed.
  • Do not use adapalene gel 0.1% if you are allergic to adapalene or any of the ingredients in this product.
  • Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
  • During the early weeks of use, your acne may appear to worsen before it improves (this is normal); continue using as directed, unless you get irritation that becomes severe

How often do I apply adapalene gel 0.1%?

  • Apply this product only one time a day in the evening and try to apply the product at the same time each day.
  • If you have sensitive skin, begin by using the product 2-3 times a week and then gradually increase usage until you have built up tolerance for daily use.

How do I apply Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%?

  • Gently clean the affected areas using a mild (non-irritating) cleanser and pat dry.
  • Apply adapalene gel 0.1% as a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin only one time a day. For example, if you get acne on the face, clean, dry and apply the product to the entire face.
  • Adapalene gel 0.1% is not a spot treatment and should not be used to treat a single pimple.
  • Avoid product contact with eyes, lips and mouth. If contact occurs, immediately flush the area with water.
  • Do not apply product to damaged skin (cuts, abrasions, eczema, or sunburn).
  • Wash hands after use.

How long will it take for adapalene gel 0.1% to work?

  • It may take up to 3 months of daily use for results to appear.
  • Do not use more than one time a day. Applying more than directed will not provide faster or better results, but may worsen skin irritation.

What do I do if I need to be in the sun?

  • When possible, limit sun exposure, including light from tanning beds.
  • When going outdoors, use a sunscreen as labeled. Your skin may be more sensitive while using adapalene gel 0.1%. If you use this product during the day, allow it to dry before applying sunscreen.

Can I use a moisturizer if my skin is dry?

Yes, use of a moisturizer may help decrease dryness and other signs of irritation. Avoid products containing alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids which may worsen irritation.

When is my skin most likely to become irritated? And what do I do?

Irritation (redness, itching, dryness, burning) is more likely to occur:

  • In the first few weeks of use.
  • If using abrasive skin cleansers, products with drying effects or more than one topical acne medication at a time. You may want to delay starting adapalene gel 0.1% until any irritation from using the other product(s) has gone away.
  • Moisturizers may be used.
  • Irritation usually lessens after 4 weeks of continued use.

What do I do if my skin becomes severely irritated?

If irritation becomes severe (overly bothersome), stop use and ask a doctor before using the product again.

Can I remove unwanted facial hair by waxing while using this product?

Do not use wax to remove hair in areas where the product has been applied because it may worsen skin irritation.

What ingredients are used in adapalene gel 0.1%?

  • Adapalene gel 0.1% contains:
  • The active ingredient is adapalene 0.1%. The other ingredients are: carbomer homopolymer, edetate disodium, methylparaben, poloxamer 182, propylene glycol, purified water, and sodium hydroxide

How should I store this product?

  • Adapalene gel 0.1% should be stored at room temperature [68° - 77°F]. Protect from freezing.
  • Do not use the product after the expiry date marked on the crimp of the tube.

Are there side effects of using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%?

  • Common side effects include dryness, redness, irritation and burning/stinging. Irritation usually lessens after 4 weeks of continued use.
  • Dermatologists often recommend using a moisturizer such as Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer after applying adapalene to help decrease dryness and other signs of irritation and a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen to help protect your skin against sensitivity to the sun.

Is Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% a spot treatment?

Effaclar Adapalene gel 0.1% is not a spot treatment and should not be used to treat a single pimple. Apply adapalene gel 0.1% as a thin layer to the affected areas of the skin only one time a day. For example, if you get acne on the face, clean, dry and apply the product to the entire face.

Can I stop using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% once my acne is cleared?

For the best results, it is important to continue using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% even after skin looks clearer to help prevent future breakouts.

How long has adapalene been available over-the-counter?

It was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter use without a prescription in 2016. Products containing adapalene are still available by prescription but adapalene gel 0.1% is the only form available over-the-counter.

Is Effaclar Adapalene dermatologist developed and tested?

Yes, it is dermatologist developed and tested and includes a dermatologist-recommended retinoid. According to the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) therapeutic treatment guidelines, topical retinoids like adapalene are recommended as a primary therapy for initial treatment of mild to severe acne.

Is Effaclar Adapalene oil-free?

Yes, Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% is oil-free and non comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.

Is Effaclar Adapalene fragrance-free?

Yes, Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% is fragrance-free

Is Effaclar Adapalene paraben-free?

Parabens are a group of commonly used ingredients that act as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products. They are highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi, bacteria and yeast that could contaminate and degrade products. As part of our commitment to deliver high-quality, effective products, certain parabens are sometimes used in some of our formulations to ensure the safety of our consumers. There are different types of parabens and extensive research spanning decades has confirmed the particular parabens in our portfolio are safe at the concentrations we use. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the personal care industry, upholds these findings.

What age is Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% suitable for?

Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% is suitable for children 12 years and up

Is it safe to shave while using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%?

Yes, it is safe to shave while using Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%. Use shaving products that are gentle and suitable for sensitive skin. Do not use wax to remove unwanted hair in areas where the product has been applied.

Can I use Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a doctor before use.
  • Some other retinoid drugs have been shown to cause birth defects. There is no specific evidence that adapalene gel 0.1% causes birth defects in humans when used topically as directed.

Can I use Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% if I have eczema?

If you are experiencing an eczema flare-up or have a damaged skin barrier you should not apply Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% to this affected area.

Is Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% suitable for sensitive skin?

  • Adapalene is FDA approved to be safe and effective for over-the-counter use.
  • Adapalene has shown in studies to have superior tolerability compared to other prescription retinoid products without adapalene.

What are retinoids?

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives. Retinoids come in different strengths and forms. Retinoids including retinol or retinol palmitate are available other-the-counter and commonly used in anti-aging creams or serums. Retinoids such as adapalene and tretinoin are prescription strength retinoids used for the treatment of acne. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) describes topical retinoids as a primary therapy for initial treatment of mild, moderate and severe acne.

How do retinoids work?

Retinoids for acne such as adapalene work by regulating skin cell turnover to help remove and prevent dead skin from clogging pores.

What is the difference between retinoids (adapalene) and retinol?

Both retinol and adapalene are considered retinoids – meaning they are both derived from Vitamin A. Retinol is a gentle retinoid widely available over the counter and often used in anti-aging creams or serums. Adapalene is a prescription-strength retinoid, now available over-the-counter, used for the treatment of acne. Adapalene is a more potent derivative of Vitamin A – making it very effective.

How is adapalene different from benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid?

Adapalene, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are all common active ingredients available over-the-counter for the treatment of acne. Although all three ingredients are recognized by the FDA to treat acne, Dermatologists often recommend using specific ingredients based on the type of acne you have. For more information visit www.laroche-posay.us/best-acne-treatment.

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