FDA Clears New OTC Acne Drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new, safe, over-the-counter option for treating acne—the first new medication approved for use without a prescription since the 1980s. Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene), a retinoid drug, has been available by prescription and in a stronger form since 1996.
Acne affects people of all ages, but is most common in teenagers and young adults. As many as 50 million people in the U.S. experience pimples and regular skin break-outs—often on the face, neck, and back—which can lead to a poor self-image and an increased risk for depression and anxiety.
This new medication is approved for use in people over the age of 12 and is applied to the skin once a day. Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding should talk to their health care provider before using Differin Gel. The FDA cautions that anyone using a retinoid drug should protect their skin from sun exposure.
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