July 31, 2012 9:15 PM Subscribe
Acne-filter: I finally went to a dermatologist, who prescribed Differin for my adult acne. A few questions inside.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been using the Differin for one week now. (I'm on the 0.1% gel.) I know it's not supposed to work right away. I may be getting a slight initial breakout, but nothing too bad so far. I am only using a very small amount - less than a pea size for my entire face, once a day at night.
I am starting to get very dry skin. My face is starting to peel a bit, even with moisturizer. For those of you who have used Differin, I have a few questions:
- Was it successful for you? If so, how long did it take to work?
- Does the dry skin improve over time? I normally have oily skin. Does your skin get used to the medication so that it is less drying?
- Any tips for dealing with the dry skin? So far I'm just using my Clinique moisturizer, which helps a bit but not totally. Do you normally use a separate sunscreen, or a moisturizer & sunscreen combo? Any particular brands you would recommend?
[Relevant info about me: 34 year old woman, not on birth control (and not planning on it - I took bcp for about a decade, and no matter which brand I was on it never helped my acne). I have had acne since my teens, but it has gotten worse over the years. Usually just small pimples, but occasionally I get a cystic one that lasts forever and leaves a scar.]