If you have acne, your healthcare provider may recommend adapalene (Differin®) cream. This form of the medication comes in only one strength (0.1%) and is typically applied to the affected area once daily, just before bedtime.
When first starting adapalene, it is normal for your skin to appear worse before it gets better. In some cases, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky. However, this usually gets better with time, and clearer skin may start to appear within four weeks.
Because this prescription drug may not be suitable for everyone, talk to your healthcare provider about any safety concerns that may apply to you, and tell him or her if you have eczema, a sunburn, or any allergies. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(To learn more about this acne cream, click Adapalene. This eMedTV article offers a complete description about this medication, including other available forms and strengths, potential side effects, how the drug works, and more.)