Average Rating 4.0/5
Review by missxannaa
WARNING: LONG REVIEW!!!
*updated with pictures and routine on Jan 30, 2013
Before Differin: http://i50.tinypic.com/2ross9g.jpg
After Differin: http://i45.tinypic.com/35au5jb.jpg
I love this product. I did not have a very serious initial outbreak, but I did break out from time to time over and over again. It always seemed to be all clear of pimples and bumps one week and return a week after.But the overall progress was always better than when I initially started so I always persisted through using this product, hoping it'd purge out all of the impurities.
The one key thing I learned with this product is that LESS IS MORE. Only use a PEA SIZE amount for your ENTIRE face. Trust me, I know you feel like if you layer on just a bit more that it will work more effectively, but it will not. It will only aggravate your skin, causing it to be extremely red, flaky, and sensitive. Even after 2 and a half months of use, I found the best results when I cut down to about half the amount of what I was using because my skin was getting extremely sensitive ALL THE TIME.
I use this only once a day at night time. I use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide in the morning, following the same consistency of a pea size for my problem areas.
I highly recommend that you ALWAYS wait until your face is DRY after washing and cleansing before you apply anything. As well, you should always moisturize and use a sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to sunlight. I thought for the first two months that being without a suncreen would be okay since it's wintertime here and often dark, but once I added suncreen to my routine, I noticed a HUGE difference in the way my skin was healing.
It is okay once in awhile to skip a day of two of your routine if you feel like your skin is so sensitive that it burns even when you touch it. I did it and it always helped to let my skin have a breather for a day or two, My face was moderately severe, FULL of cysts that I could not get rid of and blackheads all over my nose. I no longer have any cysts and blackheads have completely disappeared from my nose. I am left with a lot of PIH (post-acne inflammed hyperpigmentation marks) but I am confident that with time, they will leave minimal scarring if any at all. I can't stress enough that you cannot and should not pick at your skin. Your skin with differin will be extremely delicate and tear very easily. Let it do its work and give it up to 12 weeks before you decide to quit. My skin was up and down for about two months and a half before I saw a steady uphill progress.
TIP: You should create a strict skincare regimen to see optimal results. Stick with a routine and DON'T GET LAZY. There were times were I got too busy to remember to wash my face thoroughly and apply differin and during those times, I would always break out again. Even though it was a very mild breakout, it seems to defeat the purpose and go backwards instead of forward towards clear, flawless skin. The differin I used is 0.1% gel.
Morning: 1. Cleanse face with Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser. 2. Pat dry with a clean towel if I'm in a rush, but if not, wait for my skin to completely dry. 3. Apply 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, the "Treatment" from Acne.org (I use a thick amount now that I have built up tolerance to it) 4. Wait for Treatment to completely dry 5. Apply moisturizer (I rotate between the Acne.org moisturizer and a thick CeraVe cream for extra dry days) 6. If I am going out, I will wait for the moisturizer to completely dry, apply a light sunscreen (I use Neutrogena) and then apply my make-up after my face has dried
Night: 1. Use Pond's Cold Cream to remove all make-up 2. Cleanse with Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser 3. Wait for skin to completely dry 4. Apply a large PEA SIZE of Differin all over face 5. Apply Kiehl's Avocado eye cream
Additional add-ons: - Cleanse with the Clarisonic Mia every other day at night, combined with the Boscia cleanser - Using AHA once a week to replace my moisturizer in the morning (I use Dan's AHA) - Washing my face with oatmeal before my shower twice a month - Using a clay mask or Boscia Luminizing Black Mask when my face is particularly oily - Using My Beauty Diary Aloe sheet masks when my face is particularly (and usually, painfully) dry