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Say Goodbye to Breakouts with Differin!


When it comes to acne and blemishes, teens tend to get all the attention. But, as we’ve learned with other difficult parts of our younger years, acne doesn’t always end when you get out of high school. For some of us, it comes with us well into adulthood, bringing with it all the insecurities we thought we’d leave behind once we turned 18.


Unlike in high school when you had to try cream after cream and treatment after treatment, hoping, begging, even praying the blemish would be gone before morning, now, there’s no need for trial and error.  Thanks to Differin’s commitment to making a difference in people’s lives, your skin can get a massive boost in cleansing in just a few short minutes.


What Causes Acne?


The first step in finding a solution to any problem is discovering the root of the issue and the same is true for acne. Breakouts can take many forms, including whiteheads, blackhead and pimples and can appear on the face, chest, upper back, shoulders or just about anywhere on your body.


No matter the shape acne takes, it’s all caused by four main factors: excess oil production, hair follicles being clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria and excess activity of a type of hormone. While some people are more prone to acne than others, there are ways it can be triggered, including an increase in hormones, certain medications, diet and unfortunately for adults who have bills to pay, stress.


Essentially, acne occurs when new skin cells are being produced, but old cells aren’t being discarded properly. So, the old cells and bacteria hang around and clog your pores.


How Does Adapalene Help Fight Acne?


Adapalene is a type of retinoid. What’s a retinoid? A group of compounds that affect the body similar to Vitamin A. As a topical retinoid, adapalene adjusts the speed of skin cell turnover and ensures that new cells are being created as old cells are being discarded, thereby helping to prevent clogged pores.


Approved by the FDA for treatment in 1996, adapalene rapidly penetrates follicles to deliver a treatment deep into pores where acne begins. Along with clearing up acne, the retinoid works to prevent breakouts before they ever appear. Although there are other retinoids such as tretinoin and tazarotene that can be used to treat acne, adapalene is designed with improved tolerability to cause less redness and irritation.


What Is Differin Gel?


After adapalene was prescribed to more than 40 million people around the globe for over 20 years, in 2016, Differin Gel was approved by the FDA. The FDA’s approval made it the first acne fighting treatment using adapalene to be allowed to be sold over the counter. This means you don’t have to spend extra money and time visiting a dermatologist and then getting a prescription filled at your local pharmacy.  The oil-free formula clears and prevents acne while restoring skin’s texture and tone for a more even, beautiful complexion.


Dermatologist developed and tested, the gel is meant to be used once a day. For the gel to work its wonders, it’s important to use it every day, whether you’re experiencing a breakout or just a few spots. Even in periods of seemingly perfectly clear skin, don’t ignore your routine. Light in texture, the gel never leaves your skin feeling sticky.


Incorporating into your daily skincare routine, wash hands thoroughly and apply a thin layer to your face. Many people prefer to apply Differin before bed, but it can be applied any time of day.


After using Differin Gel for two weeks, skin may have some mild redness as it adapts, which should subside by the fourth week of using the product. From the time you start using the gel, inflammation and blemishes will continue to be visibly reduced and by week 12, acne will be reduced by as much as 87 percent, leaving your skin tone and texture glowing once again.


Whether you suffer from large-scale breakouts that leave you not wanting to enjoy all of life’s moments or have a blemish here or there that makes you feel self-conscious, relief is finally here. Unlike your high school self that had to sit and wait to see if you’ll be pimple-free, with Differin, there’s no need to wonder if clear skin is possible because after a few weeks, you’ll be able to see the results.

Schane Flowers

Schane Flowers

Writer and expert