Adapalene / Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Your acne may get worse at first, and then should start to get better. It may take 2 to 12 weeks before you see the full effect.
Do not use products that may dry the skin like medicated cosmetics, products that contain alcohol, astringents, spices, limes, or abrasive soaps or cleaners. Do not use other acne or skin treatments on the same area that you use this medicine unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. If you use these together they can cause severe skin irritation.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
This medicine may bleach hair or colored fabrics. Avoid getting the medicine on your clothes.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- severe burning, redness, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- increased sensitivity to the sun
- inflamed, stinging, and irritated skin
- skin that peels after a few days of use