I used to have very bad acne and used this before and while on Accutane. Although it did not clear up my acne completely, it certainly helped to dry up zits.
At the moment, I am off Accutane and I just use this as a preventive treatment so I don't get blackheads and small zits around my nose. Since I live in France, a tube only costs about $15 over here and since it lasts forever it's definitely worth it.
If you have bad acne and are looking for a treatment, I wouldn't recommend buying it if you live in a country where it costs $60 as there are better ways to spend your money (ACCUTANE). It's nice but not very strong.
I tried this because my insurance would not cover my .05% tretinoin topical other than a generic cream that was breaking me out because the cream base contained a lot of pore clogging ingredients. I was waking up to new clogged pores and an oil slick every morning after using the stuff, and getting about 1 new cystic pimple a week.
The Avene Triacneal was about $60 for a 1.01 oz tube, which is WAY more than I ever spend on skin care products. However, to get a different Rx, I would have a co-pay of at least $45 for a generic to full price for a non-formulary Rx, plus abt $100 for a dermatologist visit anyway. At that rate, it made sense to try the Avene.
It is well-regarded on the SB an an OTC alternative to Rx tretinoin. The actives are retinaldehydes, said to be stronger than retinol, and glycolic acid.
I've now tested it for a full month, including That Time of the Month, which is when I ALWAYS get at least one giant zit that deforms my face and leaves a new scar. I am astonished to say that with the Triacneal, for the 1st time in at least 5 months I did NOT GET A SINGLE NEW PIMPLE during the dreaded TTOTM!
Since I switched over from Rx .05%, and have been using tretinoins for years, I did not have major "purging." I did get some, but it is much worse when starting retinoids after not using them for a while / never using them. Others who do that may get more purging and more of a "ugly" phase w/ this.
The pkg was a nice squeeze tube, with a nozzle that was a bit small but worked fine. The product is a yellow pearly gel that soaks in immediately, leaving a matte effect. Designed for nighttime use, but I could've worn this during the day and looked great. I experienced no irritation at all, but I'm an experienced Rx tretinoin user.
I had a large, cystic pimple on my chin that actually flattened down and resolved itself into 3 distinct tiny granules (yep, it was a multi-headed monster) that started to work their way out of my skin on their own within 3-4 days of starting to use this. That was AMAZING. I have never seen a huge, inflamed, underground, multi-headed zit do that w/ a topical. I couldn't believe it. Pretty much every blocked pore did that and flaked a little. The only drawback to this stuff is that you have to resist the urge to "help" along the pushing out of the crap that was sitting in your pores.
Personally, I found this OTC product to be far more effective than my Rx .05% tretinoin cream. With this, I never woke up with new clogged pores, and I was less oily. I am still dealing with marks from the previous breakouts, and my skin is by no means perfect, but this is so far preventing new pimples and helpling to heal the old ones. I would buy again, and would probably only buy an Rx if I could get a better prescription at a comparable price.
Gave this a go as I was complaining to derm that my skin could No longer take Tretinoin and I really missed all the benefits it provides. He suggested TriAcneal and I have to say so far so good. It's not nearly as drying as Tretinoin yet I'm already seeing benefits to my skin. Clarity, pore size and fine lines are all improving. Will definitely re-purchase. For reference my skin is dry/mature/sensitive w/mild Rosacea.
I wanted to like this product. I got it in France and I would not feel the urge to go out of my way to get this product again. It was ok...it was a cream. It however did leave a yellow cast on my face. This did not do anything what so ever to my skin. I had the worst breakout ever in many years and I am not sure if this product actually cost it...either way it did not clear it up or do anything to it over the space of a week...the breakout kept getting worse and worse. So much so I had to go back to using my regular products.
I received a sample of this and I must say that this has worked amazingly. I use it as a spot treatment at night after I moisturize. This has made a remarkable difference in my mild breakouts and even helped in fading old marks. It has made my skin alot smoother, healthier and even looking. I am floored that I am seeing such awesome results without having to get a prescription. Where has this stuff been all my life??? Update: I got away from this stuff and went to use it again and find that it's making me breakout. I realize that it's supposed to make your skin purge but as a rule, I hate products that do this, I don't see the need. I won't be using this anymore as I hate what it's doing to my face.
I have used Diacneal in the past and I was pleased with the results I had on my acne-prone skin, but I did not like the redness on my skin the time I applied it on it. And here comes Triacneal, which is an improved formula of diacneal. And I really think it is impoved as it is less irritating an more effective on fading acne scars. I am very pleased that Avene made an effective product as diacneal more effective!
triacnel [diacnel reformulated]
it improved so much!
just perfect for me now
the redness effect is gone but kept the efficiency
my only complain is the new texture. a little bit hard to spread
but now i use the avene thermal water spray before, to make it more fluid
i use it at night and as a primer before makeup and it does a good job
i don't have problem using it twice a day and as a contour eye cream
i just wet my whole face with thermal water before it to make it more liquid and gentle
Replaces discontinued Diacneal. I was nervous about this, because Diacneal has been great for me for a couple of years, but it really seems to be basically the same.
I use this nightly, and make sure to get it all over so possibly use a bit more than is recommended, and yet a tube lasts me about six months. I switched to Diacneal (now Triacneal) when gel retinoid was too harsh and cream retinoid broke me out endlessly. It's an excellent compromise. Worth trying if you think a retinoid treatment might be too harsh but aren't getting the clear skin results you want from salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatments.
I found Diacneal discontinued, but I found it in my local pharmacy (no triacneal here, or hasn't come in yet, not sure) so I bought it after having good experience with the cleanance range and reading good reviews for diacneal here on MUA.
Did not fail to impress. I use it as spot treatment after cleanace K (not sure if you're meant to). So far, not too harsh for me, no breakouts, no inflammation etc. I've used a exfoliating treatment range before (only 1 review here on MUA for that product) and my skin was red, peeling the next day.
Happy to say even with using diacneal over cleanace K, I've had good results. Zits and scars are less red, less swollen and lighter. (ive been using this only 1 week)
It may be a small tube but you don't need much so overall great product, great price!
this might sound strange, because it is usually the other way around, but I really wanted to hate this product. when you put it on, it stings like hell, it smells, it leaves a yellow cast all over your face and it is extremely drying. over all, the application is horrible.
HOWEVER, I can't believe this, since I have been suffering from mild acne as long as I can remember, but this has finally defeated the terrible spots. My acne was ok, I could live with it, it weren't really zits, but more little bumps that would last a few weeks and the disappear again to make room for others. Yet, I have been searching for a product to clear them up for ages. I have tried scrubs, seasalt, aspirin, almost every ointment available until my dermatologist suggested this one.
So, when I first tried this out, I hated it, but I decided to stick it out and see what happened. Only 2 days later, every spot was gone, I have clear skin now and I still cannot believe it. It has not cleared up the redness on my cheeks, but hey, that's why we ladies love make-up ;) I'm not complaining.
All in all, even though I hate that I love it, it is sooo worth the trouble.
edit: I use it every other night, since it is way too harsh to use it every night. I use this one night, and the next I use a really moisturizing cream because otherwise my skin becomes flakey.