This is probably one of the least glamorous-looking beauty products out there. But, it’s efficacy makes up for it’s un-aesthetically pleasing white tube.
I have now been on Differin for more than three months now (supposedly how long it takes to actually work), and I can definitely see an improvement in my skin.
It has really purged my pores of little under the skin bumps, pimples, blackheads and more. However–don’t get me wrong–I still have some blackheads on my nose, some comedones on my chin and forehead and the occasional cystic pimple. But there are far less of them and this adapalene gel makes them much more manageable.
I used to experience a never ending circle of cystic pimples on my chin and cheeks and now, I may get 1 every two weeks (more likely around my special time of the month) and instead of lurking around for a week before disappearing, the Differin brings down the size and pain significantly in one night and speeds up the healing process to only a day or two. This in itself, for me, is magic.
If you’re expecting Differin to clear up your skin by 3 months, you’re probably dreaming. When I was frustrated and approaching my second month (and going through what seemed like purge cycle upon purge cycle), I found online that Differin really needs at least 4 months to be given a chance. There’s definite improvements so far, so I’m going to stick with it.
Tips for using Differin:
- Make sure you have thoroughly cleansed your face beforehand, and then wait 15 minutes before applying a pea-sized amount to your entire face. This is not a spot treatment.
- I usually give the gel a few minutes to sink in before applying my other skincare. If you have oilier skin, you might be able to go without any moisturizer on top, but the retinol can be quite drying.
- Don’t use any heavy serums, oils or moisturizers over top. Keep it light.
- If you have uber-sensitive skin, then start slowly by only using it every other night for the first week.
- Follow the directions: only use a pea-sized amount, cover your entire face and do wait those 15-20 minutes: I read a blog post about a girl who was complaining about it’s efficacy but she was using it totally wrong (using it as a spot treatment after applying moisturizer).
- Clinique TTDO balm, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and cream cleansers like Clinique, and Weleda.
- Clarins Gentle Exfoliator in the morning and Biologique Recherche P50W in the evening.
- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum in the morning and Estée Lauder ANR in the evening.
- Biologique Recherche Crème Dermopurifiante and a few nights a week I layer over Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa for added moisture.
- One night a week I will use Kate Somerville Exfolikate and one day (when I’m not going outside) I use Alpha H Liquid Gold.
- Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda 3-4 times a week.
- Clarisonic only for morning cleanses.
- Always, always, always SPF 50 before going outside (I like Kiehl’s, La Roche-Posay and Vichy).
Differin cannot be bought from a department store: you need a prescription from your doctor. As a beauty blogger, I am so lucky to receive many products for free, but all in all, this is the best product that I don’t have to pay for (thank you benefits). So, for now at least, I’ll keep truckin’ and keep you all updated with the results in a few months.