Differin Gel

Ideal for oily skin, Differin gel helps clear acne on the face, chest or back. You can use Differin gel every day as part of your skincare routine.

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What is Differin gel and what is it used for?

Differin gel is a topical retinoid used for the treatment of acne. You can apply it to the skin on your face, chest or back.

Differin gel contains the active ingredient adapalene. Adapalene is a type of retinoid that helps regulate your skin cells so they do not clog your pores and cause acne spots, blackheads or whiteheads.

Differin gel is a prescription-strength acne treatment gel. Gels absorb quickly when you apply them on oily skin, so your skin will not feel greasy.

With Differin gel, your acne will feel less sore and irritated. This is because of Differin gel’s anti-inflammatory action on the surface of your skin when you have a breakout.

Differin gel is not available over the counter at a pharmacy, but you can request it online from Asda Online Doctor.

How Differin gel works

Differin gel works on the surface of your skin and controls how your skin cells grow. When you regulate your skin cells, they’re less likely to clog your pores and cause spots, blackheads and whiteheads. So Differin gel prevents and treats this cause of acne effectively.

How to use Differin gel

It is best to use Differin gel at night. To use Differin gel on your face, chest or back, you need to:

  1. Clean the area with warm water and your usual cleanser.
  2. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Differin gel.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  5. You can now use a moisturiser on top to prevent skin dryness.

If you put too much Differin gel on your skin, you may find your skin feels irritated or looks red. Your acne will not get better faster if you apply more than a thin layer of Differin gel.

Differin gel can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so use a high SPF sunscreen daily to protect your skin.

Try to use non-comedogenic and oil-free cleansers to prevent acne spots.

After using Differin gel for three months, get in touch with a doctor so they can look at your skin and check for improvements.

Medically reviewed by:
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.

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Article created: 13 Oct 2021

Last reviewed: 13 Oct 2021

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