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Differin® contains Adapalene, which is a topical retinoid and a form of vitamin A. Topical Adapalene can be applied to the skin to treat acne.
Differin® works in 3 main ways:
Don’t think of Differin® as a spot treatment only to be used when acne rears its ugly head. In fact, if used daily, Differin® stops new acne from forming, resulting in improved skin tone and texture.
If you forget to apply a dose of this medication, apply it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is time for the next dose. Apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Initially, you may experience peeling of the skin, with redness and even a mild stinging sensation. If you experience bad irritation, apply it less frequently.
Sometimes, your acne may seem to get worse during the first two to three weeks. This is a normal reaction called purging. If you continue using this medicine, you will notice improvement. The best results may be achieved after four to seven weeks of treatment. In a clinical study, patients reported up to an 87% decrease in acne after 12 weeks of use.
If any of the side effects do not go away or are serious, please see your doctor.
In most cases, all that must be done to escape the purge is to endure it for a week or so. Once all the blockages lurking beneath the surface have been cleared, the skin can begin to truly get better, and Differin® shines in this regard - users often continue to see improvement for many months after beginning treatment.
For best results, it’s important to continue using Differin® even after skin looks clearer to help prevent future breakouts.
With continued use, Differin® will continue to clear redness and inflammations caused by acne; prevent blackheads and clogged pores, and, as a result, restore the skin’s texture and tone.
Differin® is produced in two formulations: a gel, and a cream.
Differin® gel is transparent and quite dense - when applied, it will be absorbed relatively quickly.
Differin® cream is white and slightly thicker - it has moisturizing properties that will help if the affected area is uncomfortably dry. This is useful as most one of the most common sides effects of Differin® is dry/ peeling skin.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Avoid washing your face too often as this may increase the drying-out effect of your medication. Wash your face two to three times a day only.
Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, avoid using other “drying” preparations on the same treated areas to prevent severe irritations. These include harsh soaps and cleansers, alcoholic preparations and medicated cosmetics or soaps. It is also recommended to avoid products containing salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid, which may dry out your skin and worsen irritation.
Avoid staying directly under sunlight for long durations. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen product with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and wear protective clothing when you are exposed to direct sunlight.
Avoid applying heavy make-up and using oily cosmetics. It is recommended to choose make-up products with non-oily formulas.
The above information answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.