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Differin Gel & Differin Cream - A view from our expert
Differin cream and Differin Gel information
|Medication Name||Differin Cream|
|Active Ingredient||Adapalene 0.1% w/w|
|Used to treat||Mild to Moderate Acne|
|Other names by which this medication is known||Differin 0.1% w/w Gel|
Differin 0.1% w/w cream
|Common side effects||Dry skin|
Skin exfoliation (peeling)
Skin burning sensation
|Who is this medication suitable for||Adults|
Children over 12 years
|Do you need a prescription for it?||Yes|
|How should it be used?||To be applied to the affected areas once daily before bed|
|Patient Information Leaflet||Differin Gel|
The benefits of Differin:
- Differin treats acne by increasing cell turnover, helping natural skin exfoliation
- Helps to keep pores unblocked and stops new acne from forming
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Clinically proven to reduce acne by 87% after 12 weeks of use
What is Differin acne treatment?Differin acne treatment is available in two formulations, a gel or cream. Differin gel is absorbed easier into the skin than Differin cream, but the cream can help moisturise the skin. Differin contains Adapalene, a type of retinoid derived from Vitamin A. Adapalene is an alternative to another popular retinoid, Tretinoin. It can prevent pores from getting blocked and reduce inflammation on the skin. Differin cream and gel are prescription-only products; however, they are available from Click2Pharmacy through the online clinic.
What is Differin adapalene gel used for?Differin adapalene gel and cream are used to treat mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Differin can reduce the number and severity of pimples, whiteheads and blackheads associated with acne. You can use Differin cream or gel to treat acne on the face and all other parts of the body, such as the chest and back.
Who is Differin gel acne treatment suitable for?Differin gel acne treatment can be used in adults and children over the age of 12 years. The same applies to Differin 0.1% cream.
How does Differin cream for acne work?Differin cream for acne works in the same way as Differin gel. The retinoid Adapalene works in multiple ways; the first is to increase cell turnover, allowing natural exfoliation of the skin. Adapalene also reduces the number of keratin skin cells and unclogs the skin’s pores and sebaceous glands. By applying Differin 0.1% cream and gel, the excess oil (sebum) on the face is diminished. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of Adapalene reduce swelling and redness caused by acne, improving the skin’s tone and texture. Differin gel/cream can also prevent breakouts, thereby stopping the formation of new acne.
Alternatives to DifferinThere are several products available from Click2Pharmacy to treat acne, however Aknemycin Plus also contains a retinoid with the added benefit of an antibiotic to kill bacteria causing acne. For further information:
How to buy Differin onlineYou can buy Differin online from Click2Pharmacy. We off Differin products as part of our prescription-based service. You will need to fill out a consultation form on our online clinic page, which is reviewed by one of our prescribing pharmacists. Once this is approved, you can proceed to buy Differin gel or Differin cream, delivered straight to your door.
How to use Differin gel for acne:
- Wash the face and affected skin with a mild cleanser.
- Gently pat the skin dry.
- Apply a thin layer of Differin Gel or Cream over the entire face.
- You can use a moisturiser once the product is fully absorbed into the skin.
How long does Differin gel or cream take to work?Differin gel or cream starts to work immediately, and results may appear in as little as 2 weeks. However, it is recommended that Differin is used for up to 12 weeks to see significant results. With continued use, studies show that Differin gel can reduce acne by 87% after 12 weeks of use.
Differin adapalene gel 0.1%- acne treatment ingredientsActive ingredient: Adapalene 0.1% w/w Other ingredients: carbomer 940, propylene glycol (E1520), poloxamer 182, disodium edetate, methylparahydroxybenzoate (E218), phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
Can Differin acne treatment be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding?Differin acne treatment should NOT be used during pregnancy or if you are thinking to get pregnant. If you fall pregnant whilst using Differin, please discontinue use immediately and speak to your doctor. You CAN use Differin while breastfeeding. To avoid exposure to the baby, you should NOT apply the product to your chest. Differin is NOT suitable for people with eczema or broken skin. For external use only Keep out of the SIGHT and REACH of children
Side effects of Differin 0.1% gel and Differin 0.1% creamDifferin is generally well-tolerated, but there can be side effects. Common side effects include:
- A burning sensation
- dryness of the skin
- redness of the skin
- a rash
Is Differin adapalene cream different to Differin adapalene gel?Differin adapalene cream and Differin adapalene gel contain Adalepene 0.1%. Both work in the same way to treat acne. The only difference is in the formulation. People with dry skin may prefer Differin cream over the gel as the cream has moisturising properties. On the other hand, Differin gel may be more suited to oily skin.
How can I buy Differin gel online?You can buy Differin gel online from Click2Pharmacy. Differin is a prescription-based product; you will need to fill out consultation form.
Can you use Differin gel for comedonal acne?Differin gel is recommended for mild to moderate acne. As Differin contains the retinoid Adapalene, it can be used to treat comedonal acne.
Is Differin for acne the best treatment out there?Differin gel or cream is a clinically proven treatment to clear acne and prevent breakouts. Although some people may experience fewer side effects with Differin than other topical retinoid treatments, it may not suit all skin types. The pharmacists at Click2Pharmcy can guide you on which acne treatment product may be best for you.
Can you use Differin cream for rosacea?Rosacea was once known as “acne rosacea” but is now considered a different condition. Although Differin can be prescribed by dermatologists to treat rosacea, it cannot be prescribed online for this purpose.
Differin vs Tretinoin- which is best for acne?Differin contains the retinoid Adapalene, and Tretinoin is also retinoid. Both can be used successfully to treat acne, but the main differences are that Tretinoin is more potent and may cause greater irritation. In addition, products that contain Tretinoin, such as Aknemycin plus, also contain an antibiotic, which Differin does not have.
Where can I buy Differin in the UK?Differin is available online in the UK at Click2Pharmacy. We offer this product through a prescription-based service.
How long does Differin acne treatment (45g) last?If used every day, a 45g tube of Differin gel should last up to 90 days.
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