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How Does Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Work?

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide contains two different acne medications:
 
Retinoids are chemically related to vitamin A. Some other well-known retinoids include Retin-A® and Accutane®.
 
Retinoids are thought to work by suppressing inflammation and slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells. This rapid skin cell growth can cause an accumulation of skin cells in the follicle, clogging the follicles and leading to acne.
 
Benzoyl peroxide is thought to kill P. acnes, the bacteria that contribute to causing acne. It also helps soften and remove the outer layer of the skin, which may help open up clogged pores. By combining benzoyl peroxide with a retinoid, adapalene/benzoyl peroxide can both treat current pimples and help prevent future breakouts from occurring.
 

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is approved for individuals who are at least nine years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using adapalene/benzoyl peroxide in children.
 

Is Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend adapalene/benzoyl peroxide for something other than acne. This would be known as an "off-label" use. The treatment of keratosis pilaris (a common ailment that causes "bumpy skin," often on the back of the arms) is one possible off-label use of adapalene/benzoyl peroxide.
 

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