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Reviews for Differin to treat Acne
Review by Meg1995:
I've been using this gel for probably about 2 or 3 years now. I started getting acne in around 6th grade where as I didn't start my period until 9th grade. I've never had SEVERE acne, there's just always been at least a couple zits on my face for as long as I can remember. I had no significant peeling or dryness when I started using differin, and I also had no immediate results. Slowly over time, however, my acne is becoming less severe and less often. Maybe it's because of the differin, maybe it's because I'm growing out of it. I did stop using it last summer as a test and my skin got worse and worse for the entire month I stopped using it and it took a solid 3-4 months after I started using it again for my skin to return back to normal.
Review by Life changer!! (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I am a 29 year old female who has suffered from severe acne vulgaris all my life and was recently diagnosed. I used everything known to man and when I finally saw a dermatologist he prescribed me this as well as a face wash. The first two weeks I had experienced redness, peeling, pain, hot to touch skin (I used cocoa butter to soothe it) just as the doctor said I would but later into the 3rd and 4th week and even now my skin is extremely clear and almost flawless. The difference expedited the shedding of my skin and caused the old dead scarred skin to peel off revealing new soft youthful and un-scarred skin. My skin is very beautiful now and I will continue to use this medicine until my acne subsides. Great product.
33 users found this comment helpful.
I had clear skin all the way up to junior year. I became stressed out due to the work load and decided to buy products that contained chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. I even purchased a system, but I believe that it dried out my skin and produced an oil flare up. My acne was considerably worse after 30 days. I got cystic pimples.
I finally convinced my parents to seek me a dermatologist. I was prescribed Differin lotion (0.3% adapalene) along with minocycline 100mg, twice a day. I wash my face now with Purpose gentle cleansing car. The first week I only used Differin because my insurance had not cleared Minocycline yet. I saw significant improvement. Almost my 3rd month and breakouts have ceased.
When I first started using Differin my skin was really red and peels, for several days. After that it started to look better a lot but then out of nowhere it started to break more especially cystic acne on my face and my skin is really hot to the touch and painful. I hope it's just that it gets worse before it gets better.
24 users found this comment helpful.
I've never had acne until November of last year. Due to large amounts of stress, I broke out all over my forehead and chin. It caused me to get stressed out even more! I went to my doctor to tell her about all the symptoms I've been having due to all this stress and she gave me Differin for the acne. I've only been using it for about 2 weeks now and I've definitely noticed a difference! The left side of my forehead is almost completely cleared up! I remember after only 3 night of using this that I woke up and noticed my acne had gotten worse (this is a good thing, I knew it meant that it was pushing the acne up to the surface to get out). I love this!
19 users found this comment helpful.
I started using this topical medicine a few weeks ago. Within the first 7-14 days, my skin was a bit dry, and peeled a little bit. This is just the medicine beginning to work, and exfoliating any dead skin cells. However, after about 2-3 weeks, I started to see a huge improvement in my skin. Before using, I had moderate acne, and now I would classify it as light. Make sure you use this medicine at night, and wash it off in the morning. Also, after you put the medicine on your face at night, put a moisturizer on your face (preferably Cetaphil or CeraVe). During the day, do not expose yourself to prolonged sunshine as the affected areas will get red and feel greasy (not a pleasant look and feeling). This is a great medicine, but give it time.
38 users found this comment helpful.
The first topical treatment I used was Duac and I didn't see a change in my skin. I switched to Retin-A and I peeled so bad I couldn't use it at all. My doctor switched me to the generic adapalene gel 0.1% and I've been using it for a few months now. It works amazing. I can use it every night and I've never peeled and I was even able to stop my antibiotic. I LOVE it!
This summer I've broken out severely. I've tried Proactiv, AcneFree, and Clean and clear Advantage. Proactiv didn't work at all and AcneFree was very harsh on my skin! Clean and Clear did help but not that much. I finally went to the doctor and she prescribed Differin. I've been taking it for a couple of weeks now and I am starting to see a difference. I've even noticed that my acne scars are healing and getting lighter. I haven't got any of those huge- hurt your face pimples either.
20 users found this comment helpful.
I've been using Differin for 2 years now, and it has worked well for me. I still get small bumps though and am going to ask my dermatologist for the 0.3% Differin because I am currently on the 0.1%. I think using the stronger cream will clear it all up.
I started getting a few to many zits the summer starting after freshman year in college (that summer is just about to end) so I started using Differin. A full 10 weeks later I see pretty darn good results (there is less acne and the zits that are there are smaller). It does get worse before it gets better though. Week 2-6 were hell. I didn't have severe acne (or that close to severe) to begin with, but I wanted to clear my face as much as possible, and in a week and a half when school starts back I will be well into my 12th week and I think it's entirely possible that I could be completely clear by then. I also have been taking 65mg extended release Solodyn (minocycline) the entire time as well as Differin.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I started using Differin when I was 12. I was going through puberty and getting the worst acne anyone has ever seen. I saw significant improvements in my skin immediately. On the downside, it dries some parts of my face and has increased oiliness in other parts, so now every morning I wash my face and apply moderate-strength moisturizer. It doesn't prevent blackheads, and I still get some pimples and boils here or there. Now I am 20 and still apply it to my whole face every night.
17 users found this comment helpful.
I've been using Differin for 5 weeks now.
My skin had seemed to be improving but then all of a sudden the last few days I've had several new break outs.
It's a little frustrating but I'll continue using it as it can take up to 12 weeks for the best results.
I'll just keep my fingers crossed.
12 users found this comment helpful.
I love Differin. My skin is always pretty dry and red though. It has dramatically improved my skin but I still suffer from breakouts and blackheads. Now they are just smaller. Decent product if you have mild to moderate acne.
12 users found this comment helpful.
I don't have that severe of acne, but I do have regular pimples, including the cyst-like kind that hurt. I get them on my face, back, and chest. Differin worked wonders on my skin with very little irritation. I recommend it for sure!
19 users found this comment helpful.
My acne became worst within the first 2 weeks of using Differin, then all of a sudden it began to get better. The improvements must have happened at night because I would get excited in the mornings when I washed my face. I have to strongly agree with the person who posted before me. DO NOT GET YOUR EYEBROWS WAXED while using this product. My skin was ripped off and immediately turned red. A day or so later it left this large UGLY scar under my eyebrows. About a week later it peeled and was fine, but who wants to go through that.
25 users found this comment helpful.
This medication helped to clear up my acne within the first couple of weeks of use. However, I think my body developed a resistance to the active ingredient, and some (not all) of the acne returned. The severity of the acne was much less than before treatment. One negative side effect I experienced was increased sensitivity and a red rash that extended down my neck. What ever you do, do not get your eyebrows waxed while using this product. My skin was ripped off with my eyebrows when I had them waxed.
31 users found this comment helpful.
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