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What is adapalene?

Adapalene is a topical prescription medication known as a retinoid-like compound. It is used to treat serious cases of acne in children older than 12 years of age. Adapalene is available as a cream, gel or lotion with a prescription from your doctor. It works by affecting cell growth, decreasing swelling and keeping blemishes from forming under the top layer of skin. Adapalene is also known as the brand name Differin.

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