I have been using retinoids for about 14 years - Retin A cream at first, then gel when it became available and Differin for the last 8 or 10 years. Although I am oily and acne-prone, I really regard Differin as my anti-aging treatment as I find Skinoren/ Finacea more helpful in preventing outbreaks than retinoids.
My skin had been used to AHAs before I tried retinoids and was fairly clear when I decided to experiment after having bought a tube of Retin A in a chemists in Ukraine. I was rather nervous, expecting my skin to errupt and go red - but virtually nothing happened, apart from a little flaking around my mouth during extremely cold weather. However, if I attemt to use retinoids on my neck I get a red, scaly rash. I
noticed a gradual improvement in the general condition of my skin and when I returned to the UK two years later everyone said how well I looked. I now use Differin because adapalene is the only retinoid available in Russia [11 if you shop around] and I like the gentle water based formula which I find light and non-clogging, but not so drying in the extreme winter weather as the Retin A gel. I generally don't moisturise afterwards, but I do sometimes dilute it with a syrum or oil in extremely cold, dry weather.
I am very happy with Differin, sunscreen [I have had to keep out of the sun since my mid twenties due to melasma ], facial gymnastics and a good diet as my anti-aging regime. It seems to work as most people are surprised on finding out my real age. I didn't find that retinoids particularly helped with melasma, I had the best results with Skinoren. Once I return to the UK and my supplies run out, I may try a stronger retinoid if I have to order online anyway.
Update 24/8/10: I have been using a Russian Isotretinoin 0.1% cream for 2 months and have noticed a definite improvement in my skin- both clogs and wrinkles. In future I will try to obtain either this Isotretinoin cream or order Retin A/generic online.
This product has noticeably helped my acne. I have been using it for about two weeks and it is great. I haven't got any new pimples but it is extremely drying, especially coming from me, a person who has extremely oily skin. I was suppose to use this product at night and a clindoxyl cream in the morning.However, I had to stop using hte morning cream since this product made my skin so sensitive that it significantly irritated and burned my skin.
This is definitely a miracle worker for me! I no longer get spots. This gel has reduced my large pores, faded red marks from previous outbreaks and has made my skin tone more even. I am finally at a point where I feel good wearing minimal foundation. I used the cream a few years ago and it worked, but it was just a bit too heavy for my skin. It made me really oily. The gel is wonderful! Not oily at all. It is very expensive....$80.00/tube, but definitely worth it. I get the occasional spot now and again, but it usually clears up overnight with this.
GREAT PRODUCT! It's no miracle worker, but then let's be realistic here, no product is going to cure every pimple. But this product has helped clear up my skin heaps. I'm on antibiotics and use clinique's anti-blemish solutions also, but differin still makes a difference. Will keep using till I'm acne-free!
I bought this buck for 26 Singapore dollars and I heard you can get it at 20 dollars at CGH.
I have a love hate relationship with this.
When I first started using it, it made me peel, breakout and I had perfect skin after that in 2 months or less. So I started to get lazy and decided to stop using it...
Now that I have gone back on the product for almost 2 months it doesn't seem to be that effective as it first was where it purged my pimple.. I don't know. It's been 2 months and I'm still trying.
A week ago, I tried this with benzoyl peroxide and it STINGED like hell and killed 2 pimples bumps I had immediately!! After that I started peeling like crazy. And when I peeled the hyperpigmentation faded slightly. :)
Ooh But my skin was red for 2 days?? And that's coming from someone who doesn't really have sensitive skin.
I'm still using this now. Will update! :)
I've been using this for about 4 months now, and I'm happy I stuck with it. I had lost my job and cobra was like 300 dollars a month, so I had to buy this from alldaychemist.com (like, 5 dollars a tube!, I buy 15-20 at a time :) I had used this when I was younger, and I guess not really knowing or even caring to know how to use this properly, I ditched it after a month because my skin was worse. At 13, I wanted results quickly and couldn't comprehend another few months time. That's forever when you're that age! Anyway, now that I'm back on it I love it. The first week was great. It cleared my skin up amazingly. Then the next week, it was bad. Not crazy purging but I wasn't used to having so many blemishes on my face at the same time. It dried my skin...even around my eyes where I did not apply it. After 4 months, I finally have the clearest skin I think is possible for me. No pimples really (except during ttom which was just one, but still annoying and I usually zap it with my zeno hot spot), no blackheads. Last month I decided my skin was definitely tougher, so I put acne.org BP treatment over it. For me, it works great. A little dry, but I use korres yogurt mask in the daytime and spray my face often with rosewater mist to keep the flaky look away. My red spots haven't faded completely, especially since I got new ones when I first started, but I'm ok with that so far. Also, clogged pores are at a minimum. I do wear liquid foundation and powder, so having some for me is given, but no where near as many as before. My jawline is completely clear.
Overall, I'm really happy with this. I don't mind wearing tinted moisturizer anymore and I'm not afraid to go bare face in front of my bf (though I do avoid it if I can lol). I'm excited to see what this brings in the long term. Hopefully by the summer I won't have to wear any face makeup at all, imagine that! I'll update if things change :D
I would say that i had moderate acne, some cysts, and TONS of clogged pores.
I was so excited when i started using differin, so excited for my skin to be clear, and not have to be so self conscious all of the time! i was told i would have to wait about 8 weeks to see results.
Well i started using it immediately, the first week i hardly noticed anything, my face got a little dry, but that was it.
then the next week my face was EXTREMELY dry, yet oily.... hard to imagine, but it happened. then my face started peeling and peeling for weeks.
after the peeling subsided my face looked the exact same, same amount of pimples, and it never cleared the clogged pores.
so after 9 months of using differin religiously, absolutely no change... EXCEPT- my face has gotten ridiculously oily. the oilyness happened about week 3 and has gotten worse and worse. i always joke around and say that i can use my face to grease cooking pans. its bad.
so MAYBE if you have very very mild acne, this can help, but it did nothing for me.
I'm 2 weeks into tazorac and ive already noticed a huge difference.
I'd say if you have moderate acne, jump up to retin-a or tazorac, dont mess around with whimpy differin.
I will always use this. This in conjunction with clindamyacin topical works wonders for me. I still get the occasional pimple but for the most part im clear. If you have insurance its worth it
This is always a life saver for me, everytime I try to exchange this (because it kinda dries me out) i start to break out again.
I just started using this again after pausing because I think my skin got too used to it.
Now my skin is clearing up again and I love this stuff. You just have to know what it works with, now I'm not even dry anymore!
This was one of my very first acne treatments when my breakouts turned from once-in-awhile to acne 24/7 on my face about 2 years ago. My dermatologist prescribed me the lowest dosage and after 3 months, no effect. She upped the dosage to the highest, and still no effect. My skin experienced lots of drying and general flakiness. It's nowhere near as bad as (later) when I tried Tazorac, but it was completely ineffective. I'm on Retin-A Micro now, and while it hasn't cleared my acne 100%, it's as close to clear as I can get without taking the Acutane route.