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Common Reactions to Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide

Common Side Effects

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in people using the drug were carefully documented.
The most commonly reported side effects of adapalene/benzoyl peroxide in clinical trials were skin reactions, including:
  • A burning or stinging sensation -- in up to 59 percent of people
  • Dryness -- up to 55 percent
  • Scaling -- up to 47 percent
  • Redness -- up to 41 percent.
Side effects are more likely to occur in the first four weeks of use, are usually mild to moderate in intensity, and tend to improve over time. In clinical studies, the side effects were the most severe in the first seven days.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using adapalene/benzoyl peroxide or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Drug Information

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