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If you still battle with adult acne every day, you have probably lost hope. You have tried all of the regimens and ointments you can get your hands on, yet nothing seems to do what It promises. That’s where I was six months ago. Then I saw a commercial for a new over-the-counter acne medication that was supposed to be “prescription strength” and it piqued my interest. That medication is called Differin Gel, and six months later, it has changed my life.


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What Is Differin?

First, let’s talk about what Differin is. In short, it is the first FDA-approved, over-the-counter acne medication to contain adapalene, a powerful retinoid that fights acne by helping the skin cells to function properly while also reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. This is not a spot treatment—it is a daily use gel that you put on over your entire face as part of your nightly routine.


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What to Expect

Adapalene is a strong retinoid that will take your skin a week or two to get used to. Expect some drying, redness, and irritation at the beginning, but know that this is normal and your skin will adjust. You can use a mild moisturizer as your skin gets through this stage. You should also know that the results with Differin are not instant. It says right on the package that it can take up to 12 weeks to see results, but you have to be consistent to see the true results.

Does It Work?

The official studies done by Differin show that 87% of people noticed a reduction in acne after three months of use, and I definitely fit within that 87%. However—and this is important—it took consistency and tenacity. The package states that it can take up to 12 weeks to see results, and yes, it is frustrating using something for 12 weeks without seeing a change. If fact, it wasn’t even that there was no change: My skin actually got worse at first as the medication removed all the nasty grime that was clogging up my pores. But I promised myself I would stick to it, and I am so glad I did.

When I hit the 12-week mark, and it did take the full 12 weeks for me, magic happened. My skin has never been so clear, and it has stayed clear. I’ve been using it for six months now and I have found myself with a newfound confidence. I can go places without wearing makeup. It’s incredible. And yes, it is life changing. If you suffer from adult acne, I’m sure you can understand.