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.