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Differin Cream is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of acne vulgaris. It can treat mild-to-moderate acne, but it can cause burning and itching right after using it. Differin Cream contains adapalene, which is a type of retinoid. Retinoids work by unclogging pores and preventing new acne breakouts. It may be used alone or with other medications.
Uses and Dosage
Differin Cream is typically applied once daily to the affected areas. To use Differin Cream, follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional. Wash the affected area with a mild (non-irritating), non-drying cleanser and dry it thoroughly before applying a thin layer of the cream to the affected area once daily. Apply a small pea-sized amount to the affected areas of skin once a day at bedtime, and gently rub it in.
Avoid using harsh or abrasive skin care products while using. Differin Cream, as this can irritate the skin and make acne worse. As with all prescription medications, follow the instructions provided by a healthcare professional and report any side effects or concerns promptly.
Common Side Effects of Differin Cream (Adapalene):
- Skin redness
- Worsening of acne
Serious Side Effects of Differin Cream (Adapalene):
- Difficulty breathing
- Eye redness
- Eyelid swelling
- Intense burning sensation
- Severe dizziness
- Skin discoloration
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Very red or irritated skin
- Watering of the eye
Form and Strength
Differin Cream (Adapalene) is available in the following forms and strength
Differin Cream: Cream
- Differin Cream may cause mild to moderate skin irritation, dryness, or redness, especially during the first few weeks of use.
- Adapalene may increase sensitivity to sunlight, therefore, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when exposed to the sun.
- Differin Cream may not be suitable for use in people with sensitive skin or a history of allergic reactions.
- Adapalene can interact with other medications or skin care products, which may affect its efficacy or cause adverse reactions. Discuss all medications and skin care products with a healthcare professional before using Differin Cream.
- Adapalene may not be safe for use in pregnant or nursing women, as its effects on fetal development or breast milk are not fully understood. Consult a healthcare professional before using Differin Cream during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
- Differin Cream may cause the skin to become more sensitive to other topical medications or skin care products, use them with caution and to discuss their use with a healthcare professional.
- Differin may cause stinging or burning sensations if applied to open wounds or cuts, so it should not be used on damaged skin.
- Adapalene may cause discoloration of fabrics or hair if it comes into contact with them, avoid contact with clothing or bedding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Differin Cream to work?
It takes several weeks or months to see improvement in acne symptoms, continue using the medication as directed and to discuss progress with your healthcare professional.
Can I use other acne treatments with Differin Cream?
You should not use other topical acne medications or abrasive cleansers while using Differin Cream, as they can increase skin irritation.
Can I use Differin Cream if I have sensitive skin?
Differin Cream may not be suitable for use in people with sensitive skin or a history of allergic reactions. Discuss any concerns with your healthcare professional.
Is Differin Cream safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
The effects of Differin Cream on fetal development or breast milk are not fully understood, consult a healthcare professional before using Differin Cream during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
It's important to purchase Differin Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.