Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide

treats acne. Can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and may cause you to sunburn more easily. Avoid sunlight. If you are going to be outside, wear sunscreen and protective clothing.

Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide Overview

Reviewed: October 10, 2013

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is a prescription medication used to treat acne in people over 9 years old. This topical gel contains two drugs. Adapalene belongs to a group of drugs called retinoid-like compounds, which prevent inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide belongs to a group of drugs called nitrogen binding agents, which kill acne-causing bacteria and remove dead skin cells.

This medication comes in gel form and is applied to the affected skin once a day.

Common side effects include redness and dryness. Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide will increase sensitivity to the sun.

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Uses of Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is a prescription medicine used to treat acne in people 9 years of age and older. 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide Brand Names

Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide Drug Class

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Side Effects of Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide

Common side effects include skin reactions where this medication is applied such as:

  • redness
  • dryness
  • swelling
  • scaling
  • stinging or burning

These are not all the possible side effects of adapalene/benzoyl peroxide. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.