Differin (Adapalene) is a prescription required topical medication that is similar to Vitamin A. It is used to treat severe acne in people who are over the age of 12 years old. This medication helps the skin to renew itself. Adapalene belongs to a class of medications called retinoids. It works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation. Differin may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that develops. It reduces the number of acne-blocked oil glands and prevents the formation of the plugs. Apply a thin layer of Differin once a day before bedtime after washing the area with a gentle cleanser and dry it gently with a towel. You may see an improvement in acne in about 4 to 8 weeks.
The brand Differin gel comes from Canada and United Kingdom manufactured by Galderma. Our Canadian Pharmacy also carries the brand Differin 0.1% gel from Turkey, which is available OTC (No prescription required). The Differin cream and XP gel is also available from Canada by Galderma. The Differin cream and gel is available in the strength of 0.1% and the Differin XP Gel comes in the strength of 0.3% gel.
Talk to doctor if you experience any of the following side effects and they are severe or bothersome. These side effects include:
• Burning or stinging;
• Dry skin;
• Skin irritation;
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following side effects:
• Blistered skin;
• Excessively dry skin;
• Red or swollen skin
Do not use Differin if you are allergic to Adapalene or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you are taking. This medication is for external use only. You should avoid excessive sunlight exposure, use sunscreen if you have to be out in the sun. Differin should not be used by women who are pregnant or are considering pregnancy. It is unknown if Adapalene passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are breast-feeding. Avoid the use of certain cosmetics that might make your skin worse. Remove any makeup before applying Differin.
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