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side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Not much.: Most commonly feel dry, irrtating and itchy and see peeling, but not everybody. I would not categorize them as side effects. They are natural consequences of using the medicines.

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