I used this in conjunction with minocycline and I have to say it did NOTHING! It just made my skin irritated, sore and oily but it did make it smooth so it gets one lippie for that.
I've been using the 0.1% gel for the past year, and am still on the fence about it. When I first started using it in conjunction with antibiotics, my skin purged like crazy. It was extremely painful for the first few months, but I stuck with it, and after that, I started seeing results. My skin had never been clearer, even after going off the antibiotics! Lately I've been changing my skincare routine, and have been using it at nighttime to increase its effectiveness. I read that adapalene (Differin) helps the skin to better absorb clindamycin, a topical antibiotic, so I've been following it up with a clindamycin solution that costs $5 at my university clinic. Before, I was using Differin in the daytime, and felt that my Paula's Choice BHA 2% liquid was helping more than the gel. Seeing that it costs $40 for a refill, even if it does last for 6 months, I probably can find cheaper, more effective replacements.
I have had my ups and downs with Differin gel, though it is mostly praise for it. I was first prescribed this when I was 12 (that cursed age when it all began!!) to clear a mild outbreak of pimples on my forehead. I remember it completely cleared my acne, in a few months time. After that I stopped using it, since my acne was very mild until I turned 18. I had the worst outbreak in my life, pimples everywhere, on my forehead, cheeks, and my self-esteem was completely down the drain. After visiting my dermatologist, I was prescribed this again, along with clindamycin gel. I heard about the dreaded initial outbreak, and unfortunately it came full force and my acne worsened. It was not until a month later that I saw any improvement. In a few more weeks time, I was actually getting compliments on my skin!! And in 3-4 months, I was completely clear!! Ah, how I miss those radiant, tinted moisturizer days... :( My clear skin lasted for nearly half a year, until I stopped because my insurance didn't cover it. Then 2 months later I finally plopped down my hard earned cash since I was so desperate to keep my skin clear, and now I am breaking out again!! *Sighs* I'm not sure if I am having the initial breakout again or if my skin has just gotten used to it. But in general, if you have mild to moderately-severe acne I would definitely recommend it, just don't stop using it like I did....It is definitely a commitment, even it means plunking down a ton of money for it!!
I got this product after I consulted with my dermatologist.
Wasnt satisfied at all. It takes time for this product to start woorking, I didnt notice that and I continued to use it for three months. In that period I notice that my skin is getting thiner and much more sensitive. If I wanted to pick a pimple, I pressed as gentle as possible but never the less, I would rip a skin on that place. I still have few scars from that. And the second thing, Differin didnt work for my acne either.
So, I would never use it again.
I found Skinoren is better solution.
I have battled acne ever since I was 13 or 14 yrs old. BCP and Differin keep the situation ok.
I just find it difficult to commit to using Differin as adviced: wash your face in the evening, then wait 20 mins untril your skin is totally dry. IŽd love to apply it straight after washing my face, but it might cause irritation. Sigh.
During the first few weeks of using this it caused flakiness on my nose.
Now, I must admit my skin is better and clogged pores smaller and fewer.
Give it 3 months at least before you judge it!
Will use this as long as necessary, into my olden age?
I have got this on prescription from my derm 3 months ago and till now it did nothing good for my acne.
I put it on my chin and neck at night, my acne is the worst on that area. After a few weeks I had the feeling it worked, my pimples became smaller and disappeared quicker, but after that it became worse again. Now I have 3 big cysts, that don't respond to the Differin.
The good thing is that my sensitive skin doesn't become irritated or dry, so I keep on using it for a while to see if the situation changes.
This is very effective yet gentle.
I've been used differin about 2 months and it makes my skin smooth.
My acne disappear and now it's better.
Really love this product!!!!
I was prescribed Differin in high school for moderade facial acne. It did nothing but make my face peel and burn. Ten years later I was prescribed Differin again for a weird outbreak of chest/back acne. I'm happy to say that, despite being extremely skeptical, it's worked wonders this time around! While my acne has not cleared up completely, I can now wear tanks and bikinis without feeling self-conscious! My chest burns and itches still from time to time, but I've had no side effects on my back. So, to sum it up, this stuff was worthless and painful on my face but amazing on my body! I have no idea how expensive this is, since I have military healthcare and get prescriptions for free....an added bonus!
This has become a HG product for me! I cannot live without Differin gel. It costs around $30 with insurance, but can be found significantly cheaper online. My skin is hyper sensitive and acne-prone and I cannot use any medicated products. I've been using the .1% gel for over year with excellent results. At 27, I started getting a lot of comedones that kept getting worse and worse and developed eczema from over exfoliating and using too many harsh products to try to clear my skin up. I looked like a pizza face and finally decided to visit a dermatologist for the first time, which was the best decision. Differin cleared up my skin within 8-10 weeks. The first 2 weeks, I remember being tough because everything got worse, and my skin itched for about an hour after applying the gel, but I never experienced excessive flaking or peeling. After about 3 weeks I started noticing less pimples. Eventually my skin completely resurfaced and all the acne scars went away after about 6 months. I've been using this continuously and I love it. It is gentler, than any medicated product I've tried and it helps reduce inflammation. You must stick to it and be patient because it does work. You must also use it correctly. Wash face, wait until it's completely dry, apply Differin Gel, wait 15 mins, apply moisturizer. My skin looks healthier now than it did a year ago and now I only use it every other day or even less.
The .1 differin gel was a miracle for me, but once I stopped using it I broke out immediately. Nothing severe but enough to rush back to the derm. This time he gave me the .3 and let me tell you....A NIGHTMARE! What a waste of a $50 copay. Good news is my insurance will pay me back. I will try differin again but this time I will have them call me in the .1 gel again. It can really save your skin. Be patient, lightly exfolliate (buff puff), and MOISTURIZE WITH SPF.
.1 gel is the way to go for light to moderate acne.... leave the .3 alone!