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My Adapalene gel and Clindamycin Phosphate gel both expired January 2014, can I still use them?

My Adapalene gel and Clindamycin Phosphate gel both expired January 2014, can I still use them?

Acne: Not that it would cause harm, but it might lose its effectiveness. You should get a new one. ...Read more

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I have a small boil on my bottocks. So far, I have applied a small dab of Adapalene. 3% gel over the area. I am thinking of using antibacterial ointment as well. What else should I use to quickly cure this boil?

I have a small boil on my bottocks. So far, I have applied a small dab of Adapalene. 3% gel over the area. I am thinking of using antibacterial ointment as well. What else should I use to quickly cure this boil?

Boil: Warm compression is a commonly accepted and advised treatment modality for superficial skin infections. Warming a washcloth and compressing the area for 10-15 minutes four times per day will help the lesion heal or drain more efficiently. Sometimes antibiotics or surgical drainage is necessary. ...Read more

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Adapalene gel microspheres what is it for?

Adapalene gel microspheres what is it for?

Acne: Most commonly for acne, its a good preparation of a newer form of retin-A and it aids in exfoliation. THe product is also used for fine lines, melasma, ...Read more

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How long does differin (adapalene) gel stay in the system for?

How long does differin (adapalene) gel stay in the system for?

Differin (adapalene) gel: Only tiny amounts are absorbed through your skin into your body. The topical effects should be gone in a few days. ...Read more

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Is adapalene gel used for jock itches?

Is adapalene gel used for jock itches?

No: It is the brand for an acne product called differin (adapalene). It would be very irritating in the groin region. ...Read more

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What are side effect of ap gel (adapalene gel)? . Thank you

What are side effect of ap gel (adapalene gel)? . Thank you

Skin irritation: Dryness, scaling, redness, stinging. All the side effects center around irritation of the skin. These side effects generally are worst at initiation of treatment and fade after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Usage and results of adapalene gel microspheres 0.1 deriva MS?

Usage and results of adapalene gel microspheres 0.1 deriva MS?

Excellent RX: This is one of the formulations for adapalene and it is one of the better medications. I prefer the cream only because it dissolves in the skin better. The efficacy is really good for people suffering with acne. I hope it helps you as well. Put it on at bedtime to avoid any sun sensitivities in the daytime. ...Read more

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What are adapalene microspheres and cindamycin phosphate gel uses?

What are adapalene microspheres and cindamycin phosphate gel uses?

Acne: Adapalene is formulation of Retin_a basically a vitamin A durative that helps control exfoliation and reduces acne. It is not sensitive to Benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin is an antibiotic you rub onto your face and it gets absorbed. It is a means of taking antibiotics without a pill. It doesn't get as high a blood lever and tends to act at the acne itself.
These are mainstays of acne care. ...Read more

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Can Ziana gel & Differin gel be used in conjunction with each other?

Can Ziana gel & Differin gel be used in conjunction with each other?

Better not: Both are retinoids, would have an additive effect and no added value, rather increased side effects as excessive skin dryness, ask your doctor for re-evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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What is the difference between Differin (adapalene) 0.1% ""Gel" and "Cream"?

They differ: Gels are clear and often alcohol based and tend to disappear cosmetically when applied
creams are opaque and have an emollient base and may be less cosmetically appealing and may give skin a greasy appearance unlike gels ...Read more

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My girlfriend is pregnant, she was using differin topic gel (adapalene) for the 9 firsts weeks. Now she stopped. Are risks for the baby? Thanks

My girlfriend is pregnant, she was using differin topic gel (adapalene) for the 9 firsts weeks. Now she stopped. Are risks for the baby? Thanks

Category C med: This topical medication produces virtually no detectable level of absorption into the blood. As such, the risk to a developing fetus is negligible. It is listed as a category c medication during pregnancy which means no negative effects have been found to date but not enough studies have been done to give it a safer rating. ...Read more

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Does adapalene gel and/or clindamyacin treat malasma?

Does adapalene gel and/or clindamyacin treat malasma?

Yes and no: The adapalene is a newer formulation of Retin-A and will promote exfoliation and possible help reduce the melasma
THe clindamycin however will have little if any effect ...Read more

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Does adapalene gel work for acne?

Does adapalene gel work for acne?

Yes: It can be a very effective agent in the basket of medications used for acne. ...Read more

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How do I properly apply clindamyacin phosphate cream and adapalene gel at night?

How do I properly apply clindamyacin phosphate cream and adapalene gel at night?

Topical creams for: acne should be sparingly applied to your acne prone areas. Clindamycin cream would be more moisturizing than the adapalene gel, so I would use clinda in am and adapalene gel in pm. No problem with sun sensitivity so if you switch them, there really isn't a problem. ...Read more

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Is adapalene (differinn) gel good for mild acne and what side effect can cause?

Is adapalene (differinn) gel good for mild acne and what side effect can cause?

It's quite good: It's an alternative to benzoyl peroxide, especially helpful if there's a lot of comedones. If it doesn't clear you in a few weeks, your physician may add something else. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Differin (adapalene) gel and cream? Can the cream make your skin clogged? I use the cream and feel its clogged. I have combo skin

What's the difference between Differin (adapalene) gel and cream? Can the cream make your skin clogged? I use the cream and feel its clogged. I have combo skin

Gel vs cream: In general, gels of medicine are more potent than creams due to the "vehicle" they are in. "vehicle" in this instance means all other things that make up the non-medicine part of the total cream, lotion or gel. Because gels are thicker than creams, they hold the medicine to the skin more tightly and deliver more of the medicine to a particular area. If creams feel clogging, it may be the "Vehicle". ...Read more

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How do you reduce skin peeling while using differin (adapalene) gel?

How do you reduce skin peeling while using differin (adapalene) gel?

Change treatments.: Differin (adapalene) also comes in cream form - creams are less drying than gels. If the cream still causes peeling, use less of it, or apply it at bedtime, or both. If it still dries your skin, ask your dermatologist for a different treatment. Trying to neutralize a drying skin treatment with moisturizers is an exercise in futility, and defeats the whole purpose. ...Read more

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Should I refrain from using differin (adapalene) gel while I'm on my photodynamic therapy (pdt) course?

Should I refrain from using differin (adapalene) gel while I'm on my photodynamic therapy (pdt) course?

Consult treating doc: While differin gel (adapalene) likely will not have a great effect on photodynamic therapy or an interfering effect on the common photosensitizers that are used, I would nonetheless consult your treating physician. ...Read more

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I am using clindamycin gel with adapalene and orally azithromyc will it erase facial marks left out from acne? Or should I take up laser as a treatmen

I am using clindamycin gel with adapalene and orally azithromyc will it erase facial marks left out from acne? Or should I take up laser as a treatmen

Acne scars: Acne medications may help improve the red or dark marks left by acne spots. They don't do anything for skin texture changes due to scarring. If your acne is still ongoing, laser treatment of scars may actually cause more breakouts. Also squeezing or scratching acne spots can lead to more hyperpigmentation of the skin. There are acne meds like Azelaic Acid gel that may help lighten dark spots, too. ...Read more

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I am using differin (adapalene) gel for chin acne for nearly 2 weeks and have been on lymecycline for nearly a week, how long will it take for my acne to go?

I am using differin (adapalene) gel for chin acne for nearly 2 weeks and have been on lymecycline for nearly a week, how long will it take for my acne to go?

About 2-3 months: It takes generally 2-3 months for the treatment of acne to start showing improvement, depending on their severity and degree of infection inside. Pl stay the course fir another couple of months and make sure you follow up with your doctor to suggest alternate medicine as needed. ...Read more

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What should I use as an exfoliator for peeling skin from using differin (adapalene) 0.1% gel? I've been using for 5 weeks; this is the 1st time I've had peeling.

No need.: Most retinoid creams (including differin) cause peeling sometimes, especially during cold weather. Often, all you have to do is apply a little less each night. You can also use a light moisturizer if you wish (one that says "non-comedogenic" on the label). If the peeling persists, try skipping a day of treatment. But exfoliation just causes more peeling in most cases. ...Read more

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What is the recommended length of time for using differin (adapalene) 0.1% gel to clear up acne scars?

What is the recommended length of time for using differin (adapalene) 0.1% gel to clear up acne scars?

3-4 months: If you were prescribed differin, (adapalene) your scars aren't very bad. Differin (adapalene) is good for very mild acne and it produces less photosensitivity than other retinoids. In general it takes most retinoids 3-4 months to peel the skin enough to remove the discoloration from superficial acne scars and rebuild collagen. Should use spf of >30 in daytime all year long to keep those scars from darkening or reappearin. ...Read more

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8 weeks after using differin (adapalene) gel my hair is thinning in one line on my head! Is this hair loss permenant? What can I do to regrow the hair?

8 weeks after using differin (adapalene) gel my hair is thinning in one line on my head! Is this hair loss permenant? What can I do to regrow the hair?

Not related: Differin (adapalene) does not cause hair loss. This is a very unusual situation. Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Linear hair loss is most often related to trauma of some sort. If the trauma did not damage the hair follicles, the hair should regrow. ...Read more

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