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Used for: Acne
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What is Adapalene for?

Adapalene belongs to a class of medications called retinoids (a type of Vitamin A), which works by stopping the formation of pimples on the skin. It is used to treat acne.

How to use it?

Adapalene is available as a cream or a gel. Use once daily at night. You may reduce the frequency of application if necessary. Adapalene is for external use only. Do not consume it. Avoid any contact with eyes, lips and mouth, or accumulation in the angles of the nose. Do not apply on broken skin (e.g. cuts and abrasions), sunburned, inflamed or irritated skin.


Before you apply Adapalene, wash your hands. Then, gently clean and pat dry the affected area. Apply thinly onto the affected areas and rub gently until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using the medicine.

What are the side effects of Adapalene?

Common side effects of Adapalene include burning or stinging sensation, scaling, itching, drying and reddening of skin.

Who should not take Adapalene?

  • People who are allergic to Adapalene or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

  • This medication may make the skin sensitive to light. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and avoid tanning beds or prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Adapalene becomes less effective with UV light. Applying Adapalene at night for it to be effective.
  • Avoid waxing as a method to remove hair on the treated skin.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you use any other products on the affected area, such as cleansers, astringents or cosmetics.
  • If you experience allergic symptoms like skin rashes, difficulty breathing, or swollen mouth/lips/eyes, stop using Adapalene and report to your doctor immediately.

Common dosing schedule:
Apply thinly to affected skin at night.


This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.


Some common medications Adapalene may interact with:

  • Medicated or abrasive soaps and cleansers
  • Cosmetics with high alcohol content

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Adapalene in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Adapalene is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Adapalene in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Brands in Hong Kong
Available dosage
  • 0.1% (Gel)
  • 0.1% (Cream)
Drug class
Anti-Acne Agents
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Used for: Acne
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