Differin is a medication that is applied to one’s skin surface, similar to Vitamin A. It’s primarily used to treat acne.
How it Works
Differin falls under retinoids. Retinoids work by cause skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, therefore there’s way for the new cells underneath to grow and develop. Retinoid gives your skin a smooth boost by clearing out the fine lines and diminishing hyperpigmentation.
Adapalene is the main component found in Differin. It is a third generation retinoid used to treat acne. It is effective against pimples where comedones are present. A comedo is a clogged hair follicle on the surface of your skin.
Differin decreases the number of acne pimples and put a stop to the pimples that develop. It helps the skin renew itself, and also decreases blackhead formation.
Differin gel should be applied once a day, daily to the affected areas before retiring to bed. It has to be a thin film of gel, but before application clean the affected area with a mild cleanser and pat it dry.
Use a gauze pad or a cotton swab to apply the solution.
During the first most of use you might experience common side effects such as;
Stinging of the skin
Dryness of skin
Peeling of skin
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include;
Swelling of the throat, tongue or face
Some of the severe side you might experience, and that might need medical attention are as follows;
Very red and irritated skin
Intense burning sensation
Redness and watering of the eyes
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, if it does so, immediately rinse your eyes with water. Immediately call your doctor if any form of eye irritation is visible. Avoid touching your eyes after application of medicine.
This medication is to be used on the skin online, avoid applying it to areas such as eyes, nose lip area. Do not apply to wounded or cut areas.
Let your doctor know if you are allergic to Differin or any other medication that is vitamin A related. This product may contain inactive ingredients which may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Let your pharmacist know if you’ve had a history of eczema.
Avoid being exposed to the sunlight for a prolonged time, or tanning booths and sunlamps as extreme weather such as this could affect your skin. Wait until your skin has completed recovered from sunburn before you apply Differin.
During the first few days or weeks of application, it may seem as if your acne is worsening, however this is how the medication works to treat acne.
This medication is to be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed; otherwise it’s recommended to not be used. Discuss this with your doctor.
It is currently unknown whether this drug passes onto breast milk; therefore it’s a must that you consult your doctor before nursing a baby.