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The Effects of Differin Acne Cream on the Skin

The Effects of Differin Acne Cream on the Skin The Effects of Differin Acne Cream on the Skin

Differin -- generic name adapalene -- is a prescription-strength, topical acne medication that comes in gel or cream form. Galderma Laboratories created the Differin cream specifically for patients with sensitive skin. With an emollient cream base, the medication is gentler on the skin and absorbs easily into it. Even so, you may experience some skin irritation in the first weeks of use. In most cases, these effects will lessen with continued use of Differin. If the effects are severe, you may be advised by your doctor to use Differin less frequently or discontinue use altogether.

Dryness and Peeling

As a retinoid, Differin works by sloughing off old skin cells that can clog pores. In controlled clinical trials, 42 percent of patients experienced mild dryness of the skin and 35 percent experienced mild peeling while using Differin, according to Daily Med. Moderate dryness occurred in 9 percent of patients and moderate peeling in 6 percent, while less than 1 percent of patients experienced either severe dryness or peeling. Avoid using other drying agents, such as astringents, on your skin while you are using Differin.

Redness

In clinical trials, mild erythema, or redness of the skin, occurred in 38 percent of patients using Differin cream, with 10 percent experiencing moderate redness. Differin, like other retinoids, will make treated skin more sensitive to the sun, causing sunburn. Avoid excessive exposure to the sun or sunlamps. Wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin. Use of Differin may also make your skin sensitive to other weather extremes such as wind and cold, which may also cause skin redness.

Burning and Itching

Mild persistent burning and itching of the skin occurred in 24 and 21 percent of patients respectively, in clinical trials of Differin. Four percent experienced moderate symptoms. If you experience persistent stinging and itching, your doctor may ask you to reduce the frequency of Differin application from every night to every other night or to reduce the amount of medication you are applying.

Acne Flare

When you begin using Differin, your acne may seem to get worse instead of better. Pimples take six to eight weeks to form under your skin, and Differin may bring to the surface those that started forming before treatment. But if you continue using Differin, you should see improvement in 8 to 12 weeks as the medication clears the acne you already have and prevents new acne lesions from forming.

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