Is Differin The Next Big Acne Treatment?

What Acne Sufferers Need to Know About Differin Acne Treatment

When it comes to acne treatment medications, it seems as if most of us are willing to try anything at least once. The problem is, more than half of the treatments tried don't really work. That doesn't seem to be the case with Differin, however. Differin is an FDA-approved acne treatment that's relatively new to the market, and it's making some waves.

What is Differin?

Differin is a topical acne treatment. It's an odorless gel (that's right, an acne treatment that's odorless) that you apply to acne breakouts and acne-prone areas. And Differin doesn't just clear up acne, it prevents future breakouts from occurring too.

Does It Work?

Differin does indeed seem to work. Unlike many topical treatments, Differin isn't just for mild acne cases. It can treat moderate to severe acne as well. Does it get any better? Actually yes, not only does Differin help acne, but it's thought to help reduce acne scarring as well. And unlike many acne medications out there, Differin can be used on people as young as twelve years old. Seem too good to be true?

The Bad News

Okay, Differin is not the perfect acne treatment. It does have some pitfalls. First and foremost, you need a prescription to get it. That means a doctor's visit and some cold-hard cash leaving your pocket.

Differin also has some side effects. While they usually go away in one to two weeks, expect to deal with some redness, dryness and/or itching. You'll also be in for a dose of sensitivity to light, so make sure you stock up on acne-friendly sunscreen.

Talk To Your Dermatologist

While Differin may be great for the majority, it might not be for everyone. That's why a prescription is needed. If you think you want to try it, give your dermatologist a call. Only he or she can tell you if this acne treatment makes sense for your specific acne condition.

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