About Differin Acne Medicine
Differin is a brand name for adapalene, a retinoid-like medication that is used to treat acne. The medication acts to prevent the formation of acne and reduce the number of current lesions, according to the Differin website, by working at the source of acne under the skin where it unclogs pores and controls buildup. Differin acne medicine is intended for ages 12 and over.
Differin is applied topically in three different forms. Differin 0.1 percent gel is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Differin 0.3 percent gel is used in more severe cases of acne, and Differin 0.1 percent cream is recommended for users with sensitive skin, according to the Differin official website.
Differin acne treatment is usually applied once daily in the evening, according to Drugs.com. The affected area is washed with gentle cleanser first and patted dry. A thin layer of the Differin cream or gel is applied to the acne and allowed to dry. A slight burning or stinging sensation is to be expected. This product should only be used as prescribed. Drugs.com warns using more will not hasten acne clearing but may increase skin irritation. When applying Differin, avoid the eye area and mucous membranes.
Differin is not a cure for acne, but is intended to control it, according to Pub Med Health. Acne may get worse during the initial weeks of treatment because the medication brings developing pimples to the surface of the skin. It could take up to 12 weeks of consistent use to see improvement in acne lesions.
During the first four weeks of treatment, Differin could cause your skin to become red, dry and scaly, according to Drugs.com. In addition, you may experience skin tingling, itching, burning and irritation. Signs of an allergic reaction to the medication include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of the throat or face.
Using other skin care products in conjunction with Differin could cause skin irritation, according to Pub Med Health. This includes products that contain alcohol, sulfur, alpha hydroxy acid or salicylic acid. In addition, Differin may make your skin more sensitive to extreme weather and sunlight. Pub Med Health advises wearing protective clothing and using an SPF 15 sunscreen while using Differin.
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