How to Add Adapalene Into Your Skin-Care Routine
We’ve already told you that adapalene is the acne treatment you’re about to see everywhere. To refresh your memory, it’s the retinoid that was previously only available with a prescription but is now sold over-the-counter. Brands like La Roche-Posay and AcneFree have both launched adapalene products in the past few months alone. But like most buzzy skin-care ingredients, knowing they exist and figuring out if — and how — to incorporate them into your personal routine are two very different things. We circled back with AcneFree consulting dermatologist Hadley King M.D., to give us the full download on exactly how to use adapalene, ahead.
How do you use adapalene?
“Use once daily,” says Dr. King. She recommends applying a thin layer all over your cleansed and dry skin. Because adapalene works to treat and prevent acne, Dr. King says you can apply it all over your face and not just the affected area.
When is the best time during your skin-care routine to incorporate adapalene?
“I recommend applying a small amount to clean skin at bedtime,” says Dr King. “The stability of retinoids is affected by sun exposure, so that's why it is best to apply them at night.”
Can people without acne use adapalene to prevent or get rid of pimples?
“Yes. Adapalene will have the same benefits regardless of how many pimples you have,” says Dr. King.
Do first-time users need to use adapalene in small doses/applications?
If you’re not used to products that contain retinol, it can definitely take some adjusting. Dr. King recommends starting with every other night application. If you notice your skin isn’t becoming irritated, then it’s okay to increase the frequency to every night for the best results, she says.
Are there any after-care tips to know about once you begin using adapalene?
“Using a topical retinoid can make your skin more sensitive, so you may need to limit other skincare steps that can be irritating, such as using your exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acids or scrubs,” says Dr. King. If your skin feels a little dry after using adapalene, follow up with a hydrating moisturizer.
You also don’t want to forget about sunscreen when using adapalene. “SPF should be used all of the time regardless of what other products you are using on your skin but it is particularly important when you first start using a retinoid,” says Dr. King. “Photosensitivity can occur when people first start using retinoids, so limiting sun exposure and applying SPF during the day are always advised.” We love the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion with hyaluronic acid and ceramides because it offers lightweight protection and has hydrating benefits.
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