How does Differin® work?
When a Differin® (adapalene) product is absorbed into your skin, it begins to normalize the skin cells that clog pores. The result? The Differin® product gets deep into pores to help clear the acne you have and help keep new acne from starting.
The goal of acne therapy is to help get rid of blemishes. The Differin® product helps clear the acne you have and prevent pores from becoming clogged in the first place. Topical retinoids, like any Differin® product, are the only class of drugs proven to treat those blemishes that are present and prevent the formation of new ones.
What to Expect
If your doctor has prescribed a Differin® product, here's what to expect during your treatment.
Early Days of Treatment
We'll give it to you straight: Your acne might seem to get worse before it gets better. Don't despair! It means the medication is workingacting on pimples that began forming before you started treatment.
Possible Side Effects
Itching, dryness, redness, burning or peeling
What You Can Do
Limit sun exposure, including sunlamps. Also make sure to use sunscreen and protect your skin from extreme wind or cold. If you're still experiencing issues, discuss it with your doctor.
The million-dollar question: How long before acne clears up? It could take 8-12 weeks for noticeable results. Don't get discouraged and stop treatment early – like most things worth waiting for, a clearer complexion takes a little patience.