• differin 0.1% cream

Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel

  • Type

    cream

  • Consumption

    Topical

  • Availability

    In Stock

  • Contains Adapalene
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Decreases the number and severity of acne spots
  • Promotes quick healing

Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel

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Medication features

Differin cream is a topical treatment for acne.  It works by reducing inflammation of the skin and therefore reducing the number of blackheads, spots and acne breakouts. It also promotes healing within the skin to reduce scarring and swelling.

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  • Overview

    What Is Differin Gel?

    Differin cream or gel is a medicine used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris where comedones, papules and pustules predominate. Differin cream is best suited for use on dry and fair skin. It is appropriate for the treatment of acne of the face, chest, or back.

    Differin can decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and allow the quick healing of the pimples that may develop. Differin belongs to a class of medications called retinoids.

    Differin cream or gel contains the active ingredient adapalene, which is used for the treatment of acne.  Adapalene is a form of vitamin that works by reducing the growth of the keratin surface skin cells that can block pores.

    How Do I Use Differin Cream or Gel?

    • Differin cream or gel should be applied to the affected areas once daily in the evening after washing the area with a mild cleanser
    • Apply a small amount to cover the affecter areas using your fingertips, you should wash your hand before application.
    • Rub the product in gently.
    • When starting treatment with Differin if used correcetly, you may notice some itching, redness and warmth- similar to how a sunburn might feel. This is completely normal anf should subside.

    To get the most optimum results from Differin cream or gel to treat your acne, it is important to use the product for up to THREE months, continuosly depending on your response. You should see some type of improvment after a few weeks. During the intial period, you will see a Differin Purge is when your acne will return on usually the second week of traetment and it can potentially feel and look worse. This is to be expected and you must contine with the treatment as normal.

    You can use cosmetics and moisturisers whilst you are using Differin Cream, however it is advised that you wait for the cream or gel to be fully absorbed into your skin before applying any of these products. Differin can and will most likely dry your skin out. It is therefore important to avoid using products that contain alcohol or product in general that may also dry out your skin.

    Does Differin Cure Acne?

    Differin (Adapalene) is a chemical that exhibits similar effects to tretinoin. It is much more stable than tretinoin. In a 12 week study, more than 900 patients were either treated with Differin or tretinoin. Both agents were found to be equally effective. The main difference that was noted, was Differin has a faster onset of action and less irritation compared to tretinoin.  If Differin is used daily, it has been discovered that this product is capable of reducing acne by up to 87% in just 12 weeks. 

    How Does Differin (Adapalene) Work?

    The active ingredient in Differin is adapalene. Adapalene is a third generation topical retinoid. Adapalene works by increasing the total turnover of skin cells. What that means is through various biochemical pathways it can prevent the formation of microcomodone- this is a precursor to a spot acne lesion. In summary Differin can stop the spot forming before it comes to the surface of the skin. Differing helps to unblock the pores and sebaceous glands (glands that make natural oils / sebum for your skin). Adapalene can also behave as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce redness and swelling in the skin

    Can I Use Differin When Pregnant?

    Differin cream or gel should NOT be used during pregnancy, unless advised by a consultant or specialist in dermatology. Cloud Pharmacy cannot offer this treatment who is pregnant. There is a potential that Differin could cause harm to the developing baby so you should use effective contraception whilst using Differin to avoid getting pregnant. 

  • FAQ

    • What is Differin?

      Differin cream or gel is a medicine used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris where comedones, papules and pustules predominate. Differin cream is best suited for use on dry and fair skin. It is appropriate for the treatment of acne of the face, chest, or back.

      Differin can decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and allow the quick healing of the pimples that may develop. Differin belongs to a class of medications called retinoids.

      Differin cream or gel contains the active ingredient adapalene, which is used for the treatment of acne.  Adapalene is a form of vitamin that works by reducing the growth of the keratin surface skin cells that can block pores.

    • How does Differin work?

      Differin cream works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation.

      Sebum is produced by glands under the surface of the skin called sebaceous glands. Sebum is a natural, oily substance needed to keep the skin supple and smooth. People who suffer from acne often produce too much sebum in their skin, which can mix with the dead keratin skin cells resulting to blocked pores. Blocked pores result in the formation of spots, blackheads and whiteheads. The application of Differin cream or gel to the affected areas of the skin will help reduce the amount of keratin skin cells and unblock the pores and sebaceous glands, which will allow the sebum to escape. This results in the reduction of the inflammation, comedones, whiteheads, and spots.

      Differin cream or gel also increases the natural turnover of the skin cells to aid in the natural exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin. This action helps in keeping the pores unblocked, which results in the reduction of the formation of spots and blackheads.

    • What are the benefits of using Differin?

      Differin cream or gel is beneficial in the reduction of the number of acne, blackheads, and skin spots. It is also effective in decreasing swelling and inflammation in the skin.

      Differin cream or gel is effective in keeping the skin supple and smooth. It effectively smooths and exfoliates the skin to keep the pores unblocked, thus reducing the formation of spots and blackheads.

      It is still not fully established but Differin has been observed to be effective in reducing wrinkles.

    • How do I use Differin?

      It is necessary that before you use any over-the-counter product for self-treatment to read and follow all the directions on the information leaflet that comes with the product package. If you have any question about Differin, ask your pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed Differin, ask him for advice on how to use the product.

      Wash and dry your hands before applying Differin. Clean the affected area of the skin using a mild or soapless cleanser and pat the skin dry. Using your fingertips, apply a small amount of Differin in a thin layer, usually once daily at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor.

      This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not apply the medication to the area of the inner lip or inside the nose or mouth. Do not apply Differin to cut, scraped, sunburned, or eczema-affected skin.

      Call your doctor if eye irritation develops while you are using this medication.

      Your acne may appear worse during the first few weeks of use of this medication. It is because the medication is working on pimples that form inside the skin. It may take up to 8 to 12 weeks to notice results from the use of this medication.

      Use Differin cream or gel regularly to get the most benefit from it. Use it about the same time of each day to help you remember that you have to apply the cream or gel. Do not use a larger amount or use it more often than what is recommended by your doctor. Your skin will not improve any faster if you use this medication more often than what is recommended. It will only increase the risk of developing peeling, redness and pain.

      Differin is available in different strengths and forms, such as a cream or gel. The best type of medication for your use will depend on the condition of your skin and how you respond to the treatment. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or gets worse.

    • Can I buy Differin online?

      You can safely buy Differin online at Cloud Pharmacy. You will need to have first an online consultation with our medical team before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Differin is the right medication for your medical condition.

  • Side Effects

    When you apply Differin on your skin, a brief sensation of warmth or stinging may occur. During the first 2 to 4 weeks of using this medication, skin redness, dryness, scaling, itching, mild burning, or worsening of acne may occur. These effects usually decrease with continued use. If any of the effects get worse, tell your doctor immediately. Your doctor may ask you to decrease how often you use Differin, change the strength, or ask you to stop using it.

    Your doctor prescribed this medication because his judgment deems that the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. Many people who used this medicine did not experience any side effects.

    Inform your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: irritated skin, very red skin, an intense burning sensation, redness of the eyes, watering of the eyes, eyelid swelling, and skin discolouration.

    A very serious allergic to this medicine very rarely occurs. However, immediately get emergency medical help if you notice any symptoms of serious allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling of the face/tongue/throat, trouble breathing, and dizziness.

    Before you start using Differin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it, or to vitamin A-related drugs, or if you have other allergies. The inactive ingredients of this product may cause allergic reactions or other problems.

    Before you start using Differin, tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have had eczema.

    Differin may make you more sensitive to sunlight. Limit your exposure to the sun while taking this medication. Weather extremes may also cause irritation to the skin. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when going outdoors. Let the skin recover from a sunburn before using Differin.

    While using Differin, avoid waxing and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the treated areas.

    Use Differin with caution if you have recently used products that contain sulfur, salicylic acid, or resorcinol. Wait until the effects of those products on your skin have decreased before you start using Differin.

    During pregnancy, Differin should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risk with your doctor.

    It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. It is recommended that you consult first with your doctor before you start using Differin while breastfeeding.

    Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase the risk of side effects. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are using before you start using Differin. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medication without the approval of your doctor.

  • Info Leaflet

    Differin 0.1% Patient Information Leaflet

    For more information about Differin Acne treatment, please take a look at the information leaflet below. It is important you read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) before using Differin.

  • Ingredients

    Differing Acne Treatment Ingredients

    Differin contains the active ingredient adapalene 0.1%.

    Differin Cream Contains: 

    Carbomer 934P, Macrogol-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate, glycerol (E422), natural squalene, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), disodium edetate, methyl glucose sesquistearate, phenoxyethanol, cyclomethicone, sodium hydroxide & purified water.

    Differin Gel Contains: 

    Carbomer 940, propylene glycol (E1520), poloxamer 182, disodium edetate, methylparahydroxybenzoate (E218), phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide and purifed water.