DIFFERIN

DIFFERIN

Differin is a line of over-the-counter anti-acne skin care owned by Galderma Laboratories. It was introduced in 1996 but was only available by prescription. Then in 2016 the FDA approved a 0.1% gel solution for OTC use. The main anti-acne ingredient found in Differin products is called adapalene, a topical retinoid.

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Acne Treatment Gel
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19 days ago

I have used Tretinoin gel 0.025 in the past but it caused a lot of irritation. In previous studies, they discovered that Adapalene 0.1 percent is as effective as Tretinoin 0.025, but with less irritation, so I gave this a try as I have sensitive skin that is rosacea prone. Ive been using Differin for 4 months and I can confirm that this is definitely causing no irritation at all and has improved my texture tremendously. I was hoping that it would also be effective on some fine lines as well, but so far I haven’t seen any dramatic results as of yet. What I can confirm that it has reduced my hormonal breakouts and it smoothed out my skin texture. I also use The ordinary peeling solution once every 2 weeks (I skip the differin on that day) and using these 2 products made such a difference in my skin. Here is the link to the study in regards to adapalene 0.1 vs Tretinoin 0.025 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11843231/

Acne Treatment Gel
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19 days ago

I have used Tretinoin gel 0.025 in the past but it caused a lot of irritation. In previous studies, they discovered that Adapalene 0.1 percent is as effective as Tretinoin 0.025, but with less irritation, so I gave this a try as I have sensitive skin that is rosacea prone. Ive been using Differin for 4 months and I can confirm that this is definitely causing no irritation at all and has improved my texture tremendously. I was hoping that it would also be effective on some fine lines as well, but so far I haven’t seen any dramatic results as of yet. What I can confirm that it has reduced my hormonal breakouts and it smoothed out my skin texture. I also use The ordinary peeling solution once every 2 weeks (I skip the differin on that day) and using these 2 products made such a difference in my skin. Here is the link to the study in regards to adapalene 0.1 vs Tretinoin 0.025 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11843231/


Acne Treatment Gel
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a month ago

I have acne prone skin and have been struggling with acne off and on since I was a teen. Now that I'm 40, I'm having to deal with occasional hormonal acne which is a pain to get rid of. I used to use Retin-A cream then switched to gel and both were very effective in clearing up my face and keeping the acne at bay. I then tried Tazorac gel which was a lot stronger but still very effective. Unfortunately, I had to stop using those because they were prescription only and my med insurance stopped covering them for some stupid reason. My dermatologist suggested Differin gel which she said I could pick up OTC. I went to my local drugstore and bought the 0.5oz size for $15.49 which is NOT cheap IMO but it's so worth it. I've been on it for 2 months and it has cleared my skin once again. It also got rid of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which people call acne scars) in 3 short weeks. My skin is now more even toned and I don't have to wear heavy coverage foundation anymore. I use a very small amount and spot treat on problem areas. I then spread the excess around to other places on my face. It's a bit drying, particularly around my nose and mouth areas but I combat that with moisturizers during the day. As with all acne treatments that is retinoid based, you MUST wear sunscreen with this which I do religiously. My teen daughter who is also breaking out has started to use this and it's also working for her amazingly well. Like I said, it's not exactly cheap but the result is so worth it especially for acne prone people.

Acne Treatment Gel
5.0
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a month ago

I have acne prone skin and have been struggling with acne off and on since I was a teen. Now that I'm 40, I'm having to deal with occasional hormonal acne which is a pain to get rid of. I used to use Retin-A cream then switched to gel and both were very effective in clearing up my face and keeping the acne at bay. I then tried Tazorac gel which was a lot stronger but still very effective. Unfortunately, I had to stop using those because they were prescription only and my med insurance stopped covering them for some stupid reason. My dermatologist suggested Differin gel which she said I could pick up OTC. I went to my local drugstore and bought the 0.5oz size for $15.49 which is NOT cheap IMO but it's so worth it. I've been on it for 2 months and it has cleared my skin once again. It also got rid of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which people call acne scars) in 3 short weeks. My skin is now more even toned and I don't have to wear heavy coverage foundation anymore. I use a very small amount and spot treat on problem areas. I then spread the excess around to other places on my face. It's a bit drying, particularly around my nose and mouth areas but I combat that with moisturizers during the day. As with all acne treatments that is retinoid based, you MUST wear sunscreen with this which I do religiously. My teen daughter who is also breaking out has started to use this and it's also working for her amazingly well. Like I said, it's not exactly cheap but the result is so worth it especially for acne prone people.

Acne Treatment Gel
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3 months ago

I’m 37 and have been using acne.org’s BP gel for 15 years, with clear skin resulting. Since I’m getting up there in age, I thought Differin might be something to switch to, being it can help with wrinkles/aging skin. I literally picked up a .5 ounce tube of this for $13, and started using it my first night only at night like instructed (and stopped my BP). I tried this for three nights and stopped because 1) i noticed my skin getting oily throughout the day, and 2) i didnt like how it was making my skin feel (slimy/greasy/grimey), and 3) cost per use is not worth it. Even though this is a gel, its not very viscous, so when they instruct to apply a pea size amount to your whole face for a thin layer, I assumed they were joking. A pea size wouldnt even smear evenly to cover my forehead. I wasnt going in heavy handed either, being I’ve used a gel BP for 15 years and I know how a little goes a long way. This stuff wasnt near as viscous as my BP, in order to spread it like they say you should. I ended up having to use much more than a pea size amount total, and ended up applying dabs all over like a thin primer. Which meant I was needing more product— and for $17 an ounce, thats expensive! My BP is a mere $2.31 an ounce. Get real! I also noticed it got sticky/tacky the minute i applied it, which I disliked, but after it dried, it was gone, only to return hours later by making me oily. Again, I literally had clear skin when deciding to trying this, and now after just 3 nights, my skin feels like its having to start all over again, like my skin barrier has been completely messed up. I’m breaking out with whiteheads, my face gets extremely grimey and oily fast (no matter how much moisturizer I use) — and Im not even using the product! I’m breaking out from the items I was just using before I started Differin — they have never broke me out for years. Its like my skin is having to completely readjust to BP. The first 2 days back on my BP I had horrible skin burns from switching, all around my eyes. Being that Differin works similar to AHA’s, they both promote cell turnover and exfoliation, its like my skin has completely been resurfaced and its having to react to everything all over. Its upsetting, to say the least. Im hoping after a week back to my regular skin routine (that ive been doing for 15 years) it will rebalance everything, but the breakouts like this and the oily imbalance is crazy. I was clear until I tried this product. I should have known, since AHA’s break me out as well and make me oily just like this product. Ugh! I’d avoid this like the plague and stick with 2.5% BP gel. Cheaper and just as effective and doesnt mess with your entire skin barrier. Ugh. Never again. I havent had whiteheads/breakouts like this in months except for an allergic reaction or something comedogenic.

Acne Treatment Gel
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3 months ago

I’m 37 and have been using acne.org’s BP gel for 15 years, with clear skin resulting. Since I’m getting up there in age, I thought Differin might be something to switch to, being it can help with wrinkles/aging skin. I literally picked up a .5 ounce tube of this for $13, and started using it my first night only at night like instructed (and stopped my BP). I tried this for three nights and stopped because 1) i noticed my skin getting oily throughout the day, and 2) i didnt like how it was making my skin feel (slimy/greasy/grimey), and 3) cost per use is not worth it. Even though this is a gel, its not very viscous, so when they instruct to apply a pea size amount to your whole face for a thin layer, I assumed they were joking. A pea size wouldnt even smear evenly to cover my forehead. I wasnt going in heavy handed either, being I’ve used a gel BP for 15 years and I know how a little goes a long way. This stuff wasnt near as viscous as my BP, in order to spread it like they say you should. I ended up having to use much more than a pea size amount total, and ended up applying dabs all over like a thin primer. Which meant I was needing more product— and for $17 an ounce, thats expensive! My BP is a mere $2.31 an ounce. Get real! I also noticed it got sticky/tacky the minute i applied it, which I disliked, but after it dried, it was gone, only to return hours later by making me oily. Again, I literally had clear skin when deciding to trying this, and now after just 3 nights, my skin feels like its having to start all over again, like my skin barrier has been completely messed up. I’m breaking out with whiteheads, my face gets extremely grimey and oily fast (no matter how much moisturizer I use) — and Im not even using the product! I’m breaking out from the items I was just using before I started Differin — they have never broke me out for years. Its like my skin is having to completely readjust to BP. The first 2 days back on my BP I had horrible skin burns from switching, all around my eyes. Being that Differin works similar to AHA’s, they both promote cell turnover and exfoliation, its like my skin has completely been resurfaced and its having to react to everything all over. Its upsetting, to say the least. Im hoping after a week back to my regular skin routine (that ive been doing for 15 years) it will rebalance everything, but the breakouts like this and the oily imbalance is crazy. I was clear until I tried this product. I should have known, since AHA’s break me out as well and make me oily just like this product. Ugh! I’d avoid this like the plague and stick with 2.5% BP gel. Cheaper and just as effective and doesnt mess with your entire skin barrier. Ugh. Never again. I havent had whiteheads/breakouts like this in months except for an allergic reaction or something comedogenic.