Differin is a topical treatment once a day for acne. The active ingredient, Adapalene, reduces spots and inflammation. Adapalene is a type of drug known as retinoid and is supplied in the UK by the pharmaceutical company Galderma.
Diferin should be applied to acne-prone areas, usually in the evenings, to areas of the face, back and chest affected by blemishes and inflammation, particularly when there are pimples and white spots.
What a good treatment program?
Differin therapy should be continued for at least 8 weeks. If after this time there is no improvement, treatment should be discontinued or new types of therapy should be added.
After 3 months, the treatment should be reconsidered, and if the acne has cleared up, Differin can be stopped. Acne may not return, and if it does the treatment can start again. Both Differin and benzoyl peroxide meter can be used long term (for many months or years) if needed.
Side effects of Differin-warnings
Local side effects, in particular pain, redness and inflammation of the skin are common, especially at the beginning of treatment. The frequency of treatment should be reduced if this occurs, or stopped if there is a pronounced inflammation
Generalized side effects are unlikely, as few of the active ingredients are absorbed through the skin.
More frequent use of Differin than daily will not increase efficiency, but will increase the chances of side effects.
Sensitivity to ultraviolet light increases, and measures to avoid the sun, including the use of sunscreens, are recommended.
Differin is for topical use only. Avoid contact with the mouth and eyes. If swallowed, contact a doctor immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Avoid use in pregnancy. Differin can be used by lactating women, although application to the chest area should be avoided.