Acne treatments aren’t the sexiest thing in the world that can be talked about – most people prefer to discover a new mascara or fancy serum – but when it works as well as Differin acne treatment Gel Adapalene, I can’t help but sing her praises from the rooftops. It’s affordable, it’s fast, it’s easy to buy, and most importantly, it works.
I started to experience hormonal acne shortly after my 21st birthday. When I finally went to a dermatologist for help, I was prescribed spironolactone (my savior) and prescription retinol. The oral medication worked like a charm; prescription grade retinol, while it cleared up my acne, destroyed my face in other ways. I stuck with it for about a year before throwing the tube away and completely swearing to stop retinol.
Then I discovered the Differin Gel Adapalene Acne Treatment ($ 15). I kept seeing articles about it all over the place, and friends in the industry kept talking about its effectiveness. Since it was available for free two-day shipping with my Prime account on Amazon, I thought it was worth a try. This was a little over a year ago and I haven’t stopped using it since.
I know you’ve probably heard beauty publishers say this a million times, but: I rarely buy beauty products. However, there are a few rare occasions when I pull out my credit card for a skin, body, hair or makeup product. I gladly buy myself a refill of this Differin Gel every time I run out, which happens about every and a half months.
Differin Adapalene gel is very different from the prescription topical I received. It’s much smoother to begin with. While I was still going through a period of adjustment as my skin got used to the potent vitamin A derivative – which usually causes bleeding, dryness, flaking, or slight redness – it was much more tolerable for me. The texture of the gel is very light and a small amount (about the size of a pea) easily fades all over my face.
Because my skin type is a combination of dry and oily but leans towards the drier side, I like to sandwich the gel between two moisturizers. After cleansing and toning, I apply Hyaluronic Acid Serum (right now I’m obsessed with Dr. Zenovia Skincare Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Serum ($ 72)), then apply a thin layer of gel. adapalene. After the gel has dried, which happens within seconds, I apply a layer of moisturizer (currently I’m using Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Face Cream ($ 360)).
It only took about a month for my skin to get used to it, and now I use it every night without irritation. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the Differin Acne Treatment and Differin Acne Treatment alone cleared up my acne, because it didn’t – the spironolactone prescription worked. a big part in that – but I can tell you the gel helped brighten and even out my skin tone to the point that you can hardly tell I’ve experienced these hormonal surges to begin with.
My skin after using Differin Adapalene anti-acne gel for over a year
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