FAQ about Differin Gel
What is Differin Gel?
Differin contains the only full prescription fighting retinoid available over the counter: adapalene. It’s the first new OTC active ingredient to treat acne approved by the FDA in more than 30 years.
How long has Differin Gel been on the market?
Differin Gel is dermatologist-developed, and its active ingredient — adapalene — has been prescribed to over 40 million people globally for more than 20 years. It was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter use without a prescription in 2016.
What makes Differin Gel unique from other options currently available?
Differin Gel contains adapalene, a multi-benefit, dermatologist-recommended retinoid, available without a prescription, to clear breakouts where they start (deep in the pores); prevent acne before it begins; and, as a result, restore the skin’s texture and tone.
Is Differin Gel dermatologist developed and tested?
Yes, Differin Gel is dermatologist developed and includes a dermatologist-recommended retinoid. According to the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) therapeutic treatment guidelines, topical retinoids like adapalene are recommended as a primary therapy for initial treatment of mild and moderate acne, even ahead of popular over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid. The AAD is the largest organization of dermatologists (over 19,000 worldwide) who provide public education about dermatology and dermatologic health.
Is Differin Gel FDA approved?
Yes, Differin Gel (adapalene 0.1%) is FDA-approved for over-the-counter treatment of acne (acne vulgaris). For more than 20 years, doctors have prescribed the retinoid found in Differin Gel to over 40 million people globally.
I’ve heard salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are also effective treatments for acne. How are retinoids different?
Adapalene is the newest advancement in acne treatment available without a prescription in over 30 years; it’s able to effectively target two causes of acne. Differin Gel clears redness and inflammation associated with acne and helps prevent pimples, blackheads and clogged pores before they occur.
Adapalene vs. other over-the-counter acne treatments
|ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:||Adapalene||Benzoyl Peroxide||Salicylic Acid|
|Clears acne, prevents acne to restore skin texture and tone||YES||YES||YES|
|Balances skin cell production to treat acne||YES||NO||NO|
|Significant anti-inflammatory benefit||YES||NO||NO|
|Once-a-day application provides 24-hour action||YES||NO||NO|
|Safe for clothing and sheets||YES||NO||YES|
Used daily, Differin has been cited as capable of reducing acne up to 87% in just 12 weeks. The average person probably has no idea about Differin, its efficacy, or the workaround, but the life hack seems to be common knowledge amongst dermatologists
Differin Gel contains adapalene, a type of retinoid. Topical retinoids, like Differin Gel, play a crucial role in the treatment of acne. Retinoids have vitamin A activity which helps regulate cell turnover to make sure your skin goes through the right process, creating a healthier environment for skin. Regulating cell turnover helps to keep the pores from clogging and target acne before it even starts. Don’t think of Differin Gel as a spot treatment only to be used when acne rears its ugly head. In fact, if used daily, Differin Gel stops new acne from forming, resulting in improved skin tone and texture.
· Eliminates and prevents acne with an Rx-force retinoid
· It fights the main causes of acne by regulating the turnover of skin cells and reducing deep skin inflammation to eliminate and prevent blackheads, blackheads and clogged pores.
· Differin Gel can reduce up to 87% of acne in just 12 weeks (Cunliffe et al 1998, Galderma Laboratories)
· Effectively treats acne to restore skin’s natural tone and texture.
· The retinoid in Differin cures current acne and prevents new acne from forming