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User Reviews for Adapalene

Also known as: Differin

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7.3
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For Acne: "Yes, adapalene did work but the side effects were terrible, dry, flaky, irritated, wrinkly skin that won't go away after weeks of not using adapalene. Adapalene for me should be used as a last result if you're just starting because having lumpy and irritated skin that won't go away even when moisturizing every day is actually painful to feel and to see. I also wouldn't recommend seeing a dermatologist if you don't have cystic acne, seeing an esthetician is better (To me)."

   
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xxxtentacion (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 22, 2017

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For Acne: "My skin is sensitive and combination/oily. I have never had horrible or cystic acne, just a few pimples on my forehead all the time. About a month ago, the acne spread to all over my forehead. I knew the problem wasn't my diet or a product because I tried eliminating these things. My dermatologist prescribed me 0.1% differin gel a few weeks ago. There was no difference the first two days but on the third day, I had no new pimples and it's been that way since! I did experience slightly drier skin than usual, but no redness or flaking. I believe the key is to use as little product as possible and moisturize as soon as the product sinks into the skin. Also, it's important to exfoliate daily to help the product remove waste from your face."

   
9.0

happyhannah (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2017

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "I started using differin 0.1% in November 2016, fast forward to January 2017 and I couldn't be happier! I'm 26 and have been battling with acne since I was around 13. I have tried all sorts of products and regimes and sometimes had success but it never lasted long. I had tried differin before but never stuck it out long enough to see its full benefits, this time I did and my skin is thanking me for it. I've kept my skin care regiment very simple. I use a very gentle cleanser in the morning then a benzyl peroxide 5% gel then a moisturiser on top. In the evening I use the same cleanser then the differin cream, I always allow it to soak in for at least an hour then follow up with my moisturiser. This cream takes time to work but be patient."

   
9.0

Mizy (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 10, 2017

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For Acne: "I've been using adapalene 0.3% for 11 weeks now. I've read other users' reviews, & it seems like people tend to negatively rate it due to the irritancy that occurs initially. You should expect irritancy when you first start using this. I've experienced flaking, redness, & itchiness, which have mostly subsided now. The right support products help minimize irritancy: a gentle, non-foaming cleanser, moisturizer, & daily SPF are essential. Learn from my mistake: I used an AHA based product to help loosen the flakes, but it only exacerbated the irritation, so I'd recommend avoiding chemical (& physical) exfoliants until your skin seems well-adapted to adapalene. The bottom line: my skin is smooth & acne-free after 11 weeks of use."

   
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#Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 5, 2017

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "Using the over the counter product for just a few weeks. Oily skin has always been a major problem. Seems to have knocked down excess skin oil big time. I apply early evening. I use it with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen SPF 35. Been in the sun and no burning or dryness noted. Did the beach yesterday for about an hour, no problem. I first started using every third day after reading a number of postings. Thought I ease into it as some reported issues using daily right off the bat. No issues. Did notice dryness of the skin before using my moisturizer. Just went to every other day. The skin has calmed down and a few flare ups that were just not going away are clearing. End of the week I plan on daily use."

   
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JoePot January 3, 2017

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For Acne: "I was hesitant to try this medication because of the negative reviews I was reading. My dermatologist prescribed me two topical creams and an antibiotic. I researched the medications and although I read scary reviews I chose to only use adapalene. I am so glad!! I was so nervous so I made sure to use the smallest amount possible and to only use it every other day on the affected areas. I have been using it for a few weeks now and my skin is all cleared up! I'm 25 years old and have had mild to moderate break outs since I was a teen. I decided to finally see a dermatologist and I am soooo happy to finally have clear skin!"

   
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Jhnsit January 1, 2017

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For Acne: "Not sure what the hype around this gel is. Apparently your acne gets worse before it gets better when using adapalene; my face got much worse but never got better. Very disappointed. Was using this for 4 months. I've tried everything there is to try and I was really hoping this would be the one.."

   
1.0

acneforlifeapparently (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 23, 2016

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For Acne: "This medication worked perfectly fine for me in the beginning. Regular dryness and flaky skin. But now my face look like a war zone. There was more acne than before and my skin still has the dryness with a moisturizer. There's even flaking. But I it will get better in the upcoming months."

   
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1122467889087531;4643 (taken for less than 1 month) December 21, 2016

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For Acne: "I had a great experience using this product when using the appropriate skin care routine (using harsh products will make your skin peel and burn and can be frustrating even painful) I wanted to share what products works for my sensitive skin (I don't have any discomfort using differin since) Clinic take the day off oil balm fresh soy face cleanser cotsco kirKlan makeup wipes (only makeup wipes gentle enough for my face) after putting my eye cream and differin at night I moisturize with seaberry face oil moisturizer from fresh then follow with a lip balm."

   
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Gibberish1928 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 15, 2016

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For Acne: "I follow my derms instructions to a T and only apply a PEA SIZE amount to the affected areas of my face nightly after a mild foaming cleaner. Make sure to avoid the eye and lip area by a few cm at least! my derm also recommended vanicream moisturizer to help combat dry/red/peeling skin and it's been a lifesaver to use after the cream has soaked in. The first week I used the cream, my skin consistently looked better even OVERNIGHT! My existing pimples were smaller, my skin tone was visible smoother and brighter, and when I felt my nose and chin (usually rough and bumpy due to white heads) it felt smooth and clear. Hasn't helped with my huge nose blackheads as much- I'm hoping with time these will fade too."

   
8.0

hopeful! (taken for less than 1 month) December 13, 2016

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For Acne: "I have very clear skin for the most part, but once a month (the week before my period) my chin would break out. Since I started to use Adapalene Gel I have not had a single break out in 5 months!"

   
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Elliemp December 8, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "I was prescribed Differin 3 weeks ago. Two days after getting the prescription I finally purchased the item and started treatment that night. Worst mistake ever. My skin is not sensitive at all, and I mean at all. I have literally put bleach on it and nothing has happened. Not only has using this item every other day (at bedtime) made my skin breakout, it has also: - made it extremely sensitive - caused chemical-like burns - blistered - made my oily/combo skin dry in some patches - caused my eyes (while I didn't even apply it here) get wrinkles and burn 24/7. I can't even apply creams/face masks that usually soothed my skin when it was irritated. Horrible product, should be made illegal."

   
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Angered Abigail December 4, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "DO NOT use differin. As a result of using this lotion I developed a horrible red rash on my neck and face. 2.5 months later I am still have to apply hydrocortisone cream twice a day to keep it at bay and can't use any nice foundation or makeup. I have read several other reviews where it has happened to people and spoken to other GP's who have said they wouldn't prescribe it. IT IS NOT WORTH IT! Try anything else, but don't use this product."

   
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Laura DB (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 1, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "I went on this the beginning of September. My skin had always been generally clear except for one or two pimples that would be in between my eyebrows and a small pimple that'd be on my nose or forehead. It was the same recurring pimples in the same places, and so the doctor prescribed me this. For the first week, I didn't see any improvement. Th e second week, the in between pimples came back and I could see forehead acne growing. I knew it gets worse before better, so I waited. By the end of October, I saw no improvement. I don't know what I did wrong, but my forehead was filled with pimples(whiteheads). Now, nearing December, not only have those pimples not gone away, but they are spreading and my in between eyebrow acne is back."

   
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Sarah Wacom November 29, 2016

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For Acne: "I have very fair skin and my dermatologist prescribed me adapalene because I had hormonal acne. After less than a week of using this cream, I got dry, painful eczema like patches in places I didn't even put the cream. I can't put lotion on the spots to make them better because it stings. I would not recommend this cream to anybody with fair skin"

   
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103248392039 November 27, 2016

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For Acne: "HORRIBLE!! This should be taken off the market!! I've had a rash, red peeling all over even where I dont put it. White heads worse than ever... No, just no. My skin burns all the time. IT DOES NOT WORK. I have noticed girls with darker skin or tan skin seem to like this. Those like me with whiter than white skin its wretched on. This is not for all skin types that us for sure. If you want clear skin and have white skin that burns stay away from this waste of money."

   
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Samrealtortexasyahoo.com (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 22, 2016

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For Acne: "My skin broke out with worse acne while using Differin 0.1%. I applied the cream to my entire face before bed for two weeks and my face started breaking out in places where it didn't before. I continued to use it despite the bad reaction because other people mentioned in their reviews that there's a "purging stage" and after months of it getting worse, it's supposed to get better. But after my skin got worse after the first week, then during the second week it continued to get even worse and caused me to break out with eczema around my eyes, nose, and mouth. I have never had eczema before in my life until I used this cream. My face looks like I've had a bad eczema and acne now. I've decided to stop using it so hopefully my face will heal."

   
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Lifeishardaf November 16, 2016

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For Acne: "This cream has ruined my life! About 2 years ago I had pretty moderate acne and my dermatologist prescribed me adapalene (differin) gel. Now before this I had perfectly white skin which almost never got red. After a few weeks of the drug I of course got little red patches around my face which I expected because I was told that's what would happen. Low and behold my acne goes away so I stop using the cream to make the redness go away. But it only got worse and worse and now two years later, my arms, neck, and face are all constantly red. DO NOT USE ADAPALENE IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN, IT WILL RUIN YOUR SKIN."

Depressedredman November 11, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "I have had a horrible experience with this cream. my face is so painfully dry even in the spots I didn't put the cream. my eyes, the crease under my lip, my nose and the corners of my lips are so dry there is now even blisters developing. It hurts to put anything on besides coconut oil but that's not helping and I am at a loss."

   
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kathrynmacd November 8, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "I had too many pimples all over my face. They were little ones, and black heads as well. I live in one of the hottest countries in the world where the sun is available throughout the year. Sandstorms occur often which made dirts stick to my face and produce more pimples. I went to the dermatologist he prescribed Differin 0.1 and Bepantene (whatever how it spells). I've been using differin since August nightly before I sleep. Now in November I literally have zero pimples in my face and the redness is gone. I'm really satisfied. Literally all you need in patience for results. Bepantene was prescribed for me for the scars and as a moisturiser, since differin drys the face (just a little). Even tho I don't have ac I highly recommend it."

   
9.0

Kabdalaziz (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 5, 2016

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For Acne: "I'm on my 3rd with of using Adapalene 0.1%. Hormonal acne I think. Now on my third week I'm really breaking out but day by day I do see improvements. Some of my scarring has faded..even my sun spots! I use it daily just because my skin can tolerate it and I did use retinol for a year before this. Be patient! I wash my face with african black soap at night and exfoliate gently every other day and I apply adapalene 20 min after. In the morning I rinse my face with water, use apple cider vinegar as toner, moisturize and apply sunscreen. Over washing is bad as it removes your natural oils. I would suggest cutting out dairy and greatly limiting fried and greasy foods and sugar. I think my acne all along has been a product of consuming dairy."

   
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It will work... November 4, 2016

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For Acne: "Adapalene gel completely changed my life! I was prescribed adapalene gel .1% for the night time and clindamycin lotion 1% every morning. At the beginning, I would also use 10% benzoyl peroxide as well. I had many clogged pores on my forehead and chin. I would often get cystic acne on my chin (sometimes forehead and cheeks). My acne did flare up slightly in the beginning but it wasn't that bad. I was told it would get worse before it gets better and they were right! Exactly around 8 weeks, my acne was basically gone! Now it is November and I started this treatment at the beginning of August and my skin has never looked better! Definitely give this product a try"

   
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Rachel34513 November 2, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "Started differin almost 2 months ago. I had some cystic on the chin and some pimples on the cheeks before starting differin (i.e, mild acne). 3 weeks after starting differin, I started to get a bunch of whiteheads on one side of my cheek. It wasn't that noticeable until 1-2 weeks (4-5 weeks in) that the whiteheads became incredibly noticeable - very raised, incredibly itchy. The whiteheads eventually became pimples, meaning that I had 5-6 pimples in this little patch. Worst acne I have ever had (I am assuming this is the initial breakout period). 8 weeks on differin now, and that one side and spot of my cheek that had all those whiteheads has cleared up >50%. Can't wait to see what happens in the next 2 weeks! Hopefully acne free!"

Tee2346 October 22, 2016

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Differin (adapalene) for Acne: "This cream has been amazing for me. At first I wasn't seeing anything good except more spots, and sore skin. My boyfriend said why am I using cream to make me look worse. But I knew you had to stick at it. I got frustrated so I applied peroxide as well which was great to rid the spots fast but meant my skin all flaked off. That was horible at the time but got rid of every scar and blemish. Like a chemical peel I guess. Then 2 months in I really noticed the difference. Now about 4 months in and for about 2 months now I have had skin I had wished for for years. Clear, and no marks and can leave without make up. I honestly wish this was over the counter and don't get why it isn't because it would help so many more people who dont go to the gp"

   
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Loopylou124 October 16, 2016

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For Acne: "I'm 18 years old, and I was put on exactly 4 weeks ago. I have hormonal acne, and I thought it wasn't that bad before but I wanted the little bumps off of my face. Now, 4 weeks in, I don't want to leave the house. I expected the first week to burn and break out and even the second week, but now that I'm on week 4, my skin is red, broken out still, and nothing is going away or healing. Don't take this. It hasn't worked for me at all."

   
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j_fields (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 12, 2016

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