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Which topical acne medication should I apply first?

Acne & Scars

I’m prescribed with two types of acne medication. Adalapene 0.1% gel and Clindamycin 1% gel. Which one should I apply first? 

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

Adalapene is a type of retinoid cream, which is very useful for it's anti-aging and anti-acne/anti-oily skin properties. You may wish to read this post on retinoid use that covers the proper way to apply it

Retinoid creams are normally used at night, due to the fact that it can cause some photosensitivity (you should avoid the sun after applying it). They are also meant to be applied thinly, with only a pea-sized amount for your whole face, while avoiding your eyelids, corners of your mouth and lips.

On the other hand, Clindamycin is purely an anti-acne type of antibiotic gel, which is only meant to kill the acne-causing bacteria. You can apply this during the day time, and at areas where you tend to break out. My personal preference is Clindoxyl for acne spots, which also contains Benzoyl Peroxide, on top of Clindamycin. 

Hope that helps!

651 views 4 May 2018

Hi Sarah. You can go with either one since both are gels. As a rule, I recommend serums, creams, then gels in that order. 

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