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Differin Cream is a topical cream, used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Acne is where the skin develops spots and becomes oily. Differin works by increasing the turnover of skin cells, and reduces blocked pores, helping the natural exfoliation of the skin.
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What is Differin Cream?

Differin Cream is a medication used to treat acne. Acne is a condition whereby the skin develops spots or becomes oily. Acne can develop on the face, back or the chest, and can develop as spots, blackheads and cysts. Differin is applied to the skin and can help to reduce the symptoms of acne.

Differin is a prescription only medication. You must have a prescription from a GP in order to buy Differin. Alternatively we can prescribe Differin to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in Differin is adapalene. For more information about Differin, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Differin Cream contains the active ingredient, adapalene. Adapalene works by increasing skin cell turnover. This helps with the natural exfoliation of the skin, helping to unblock pores and reducing the formation of spots and blackheads. Differin also acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce swelling and redness in the skin.

Differin can begin working within a couple of weeks, but most people will need to use Differin for several months before they notice any considerable improvement in their acne.

Before you take it

You should not use Differin if you are allergic to the active ingredient, adapalene. You should speak with your doctor to discuss an alternative treatment for your acne.

Differin should not be used on any area of the skin where you have cuts, scrapes or open wounds. You should also be careful to note any sensitivity or irritation that may occur when you are using Differin. If you notice any, consult your doctor.

You should avoid exposure to strong sunlight or UV light while you are using Differin. It is recommended that you wear suncream or wear protective clothing over the affected area while you are using Differin.

You may use cosmetic products while also using Differin. However, you must be sure your cosmetic products do not cause clogged pores or blackheads, or that they do not dry the skin. All cosmetics must be thoroughly removed before applying Differin cream.

You may use other acne treatments alongside Differin, such as those containing benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin. However, you must ensure that you apply them in the morning, and apply Differin at night.

Differin must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while using this medication, stop using it and visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Differin can be used during breastfeeding. However, you should not apply Differin to your breasts, in order to avoid contact with the nursing infant.

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions. For a full list, you should read the patient information leaflet, or consult your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You must always use Differin exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to apply Differin cream, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Differin cream should be applied once per day, before going to bed, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor. Thoroughly wash the affected area with water, and ensure the skin is clean and dry before applying Differin. Apply a thin film of cream to the affected area and rub it in gently. Wash your hands afterwards.

This medication is for external use only.

It is important that you visit your doctor after the first three months of using Differin, in order to monitor the improvement in your acne.

Store Differin in a cool, dry place, away from heat or moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Differin

Like all medications, Differin may cause side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, and should go away on their own as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, or they concern you, you may wish to visit your doctor for advice. Side effects include:

  • A burning sensation in the skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Skin irritation

Differin can also cause more serious side effects. You should visit your doctor if you experience these. They include:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Discomfort in the skin
  • Pruritus (itchiness)
  • Peeling skin
  • Worsening acne

Differin also has the potential to cause an allergic reaction. This reaction may be delayed - it may not occur immediately after you apply the cream to your skin. An allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are having an allergic reaction, it is very important that you seek medical advice immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Skin irritation, redness, dryness, itchiness
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, mouth or throat

This is not a complete list of side effects or reactions. You must read the patient information leaflet for a full list. If you are concerned, you should visit your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Differin suitable for children?

Differin is suitable for children over the age of 12 years old to treat topical acne. However, we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Differin?

You should not use Differin if you are pregnant. Speak with your doctor to discuss an alternative treatment for your acne.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to take Differin, this is no cause for concern. Simply apply the cream at your next scheduled time. Do not apply more than usual to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

If you apply more Differin cream than you should, it will not make your acne disappear any quicker. It may, however, increase your risk of experiencing side effects and can also cause peeling and redness of the skin. If you have swallowed Differin cream accidentally, seek medical advice immediately.

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Dosage Instructions Apply thinly ONCE every evening.