Use Differin cream for effective acne treatment. You can apply Differin cream on your face, chest and back.
Differin cream is used to treat acne. Manufactured by Galderma laboratories, Differin cream contains the active ingredient 0.1% adapalene.
Your skin will look clearer after using Differin cream for a few weeks, as it reduces the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads and spots.
You can request Differin cream by filling in a short online questionnaire. An Asda Online Doctor will check if Differin cream is right for you. We will deliver your Differin cream in discreet packaging, or you can pick it up at your local Asda Pharmacy.
45 g - £27.50
About Differin cream
How to use Differin cream
You should use Differin cream at night before you go to bed and follow these steps:
- Wash your face, chest or back with a cleanser and warm water.
- Pat the area completely dry.
- Apply a thin layer of Differin cream to the affected areas of skin and rub it in gently using your fingers.
- Wash your hands after applying the cream.
- You can apply moisturiser a few minutes later to avoid skin dryness.
If you apply too much Differin cream, your skin may become irritated and red. Applying more Differin cream will not make your acne go away faster, so only apply a thin layer.
Differin cream can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so wear sunscreen every morning to protect your skin and avoid using sunlamps.
After 3 months of using Differin cream, you’ll need to see a doctor to check if you can keep using it.
Differin cream is a topical retinoid cream used to treat acne on your face, chest and back. These areas are where you might get acne or breakouts of pimples, spots and blackheads.
As Differin cream is anti-inflammatory, your skin will feel less sore and irritated if you use it regularly. You should only apply Differin cream on your skin in small amounts.
Differin cream works with the active ingredient adapalene, which is a retinoid or type of vitamin A. When you apply Differin cream on your skin, it controls how your skin cells are produced. This reduces the likelihood of skin cells and sebum clogging your pores. So Differin cream treats and prevents acne spots, blackheads and whiteheads.
You should not use Differin cream if you:
- are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
- are planning to get pregnant
- are allergic to adapalene or any of the other ingredients in Differin cream
- have eczema
- have skin that is sunburnt, broken or damaged
You can still use Differin cream if you’re breastfeeding, but avoid applying it to the chest area.
Women who are using this treatment should make sure they are using effective contraception if they are sexually active. Long acting reversible contraception such as the implant or coil are recommended. If using a contraceptive pill, condoms should also be used. This is because of risks to a baby if you become pregnant when using this.
If you are not sure whether you can use Differin cream, you can get in touch with one of our doctors via your patient account.
Differin cream is available on prescription only so you cannot get it over the counter at a pharmacy.
Differin cream and Differin gel both contain adapalene at the same concentration (0.1%). The only difference is that Differin cream is a cream and Differin gel is a gel. If your skin naturally produces lots of oils, you may want to use Differin gel as it will absorb faster and feel less greasy than using Differin cream.
You may experience some side effects when using Differin cream and you may need to use it every other day to begin with. Using Differin cream as a thin layer on your skin will help you avoid getting side effects like red or sore skin.
Common side effects of Differin cream include:
- dry skin
- skin irritation
- burning sensation
Uncommon side effects of Differin cream include:
- local skin reaction (contact dermatitis)
- skin discomfort
- peeling (exfoliation)
Other side effects of Differin cream include:
- allergic reaction
- pain and swelling of the skin
- irritation, swelling and redness of eyelids
- lightening or darkening of the skin
For a full list of side effects, you can read the patient information leaflet that comes with your Differin cream. If you get any side effects when using Differin cream, please get in touch with a doctor as soon as possible.
If you’re taking any other medications, please tell your doctor before using Differin cream. You can still use other acne treatments whilst using Differin cream, for example those containing benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin or clindamycin. You can still use makeup, but make sure they’re labelled as non-comedogenic meaning they do not cause acne.
What are the active ingredients in Differin cream?
The main active ingredient in Differin cream is 0.1% w/w adapalene.
The other ingredients include carbomer 934P, macrogol-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate, glycerol (E422), natural squalane, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), disodium edetate, methyl glucose sesquistearate, phenoxyethanol, cyclomethicone, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
How should Differin cream be disposed of?
If you stop using Differin cream or if it expires, do not dispose of the tube in your bin. Take any unused Differin cream to your local pharmacy for disposal.
How should Differin cream be stored?
Store your Differin cream in its original box and below 25°C.
What does Differin cream look like?
Differin cream is a white cream.
In which pack sizes is Differin cream available?
Differin cream is available in a tube of 45g.
Information on the manufacturer
The marketing authorisation holder for Differin cream is Galderma (UK) Limited. Meridien House, 69-71 Clarendon Road, Watford, Herts., WD17 1DS UK. (PL 10590/0029).
The manufacturer for Differin cream is Laboratoires Galderma, ZI-Mondésir, 74540 Alby-sur-Chéran, France.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 13 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 13 Oct 2021