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Dry peeling skin on differin (adapalene) is this a good sign?

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In brief: Yes

This is exactly what one should expect from a topical retinoid (differin (adapalene) is a retinoid).
In the early studies on this class of medicine the researchers felt that if a patient is not getting red and peeling then the strength of the retinoid is not high enough. This side effect can often resolve or can be alleviated with a simple noncomedogenic moisturizer. Good question.

In brief: Yes

This is exactly what one should expect from a topical retinoid (differin (adapalene) is a retinoid).
In the early studies on this class of medicine the researchers felt that if a patient is not getting red and peeling then the strength of the retinoid is not high enough. This side effect can often resolve or can be alleviated with a simple noncomedogenic moisturizer. Good question.
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