Differin Gel | First Impressions

*Products mentioned were sent for review. All opinions are my own & 100% honest.* Until recently, I had never been that into skin c...

*Products mentioned were sent for review. All opinions are my own & 100% honest.*

Until recently, I had never been that into skin care. Other than having dry skin, my skin was pretty good until a few years ago. It's gotten progressively worse through my 20's, and since I had my Nexplanon implant in April, it's at it's worst. It's red, it's oily around my nose but still flaky, the rest of my skin is super dry, my pores are huge and my acne is out of control. It's constant and there's a lot of it.
Differin Review
I mentioned it briefly in a post recently, but my acne is making me extremely self conscious. I've never dealt with it, and I know I've been lucky. Now, it's really bad. It's everywhere and it doesn't stop. I literally have constant breakouts and I've tried so many things. I've used a ton of products I love that help with the dryness but nothing is solving the problems.
Recently, I was contacted to try Differin Gel. I was a little hesitant because it's a retinoid, and I've heard how much they can dry out your skin and my skin is already a dry nightmare. On the other hand, I've heard it does amazing things for acne, so I decided to try it.
Differin Gel
Differin Gel is available over the counter, it's FDA approved and developed by dermatologists.
  • 0.1% Adapalene Gel (retinoid)
  • Prevents breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores, and blemishes
  • Restores skin tone and texture by clearing acne
  • No prescription required
  • Available in 30 & 90 day supply
I'm currently on week 3. It can take 3 months before you see real results. At the moment, my skin is still adjusting to the retinoid, but the side effects are definitely improving.

Week 1
The first week was the worst. My skin was very red and very inflamed. My face felt like I had a sunburn and putting anything on it was pretty painful, honestly.  I washed it every morning with coconut oil and moisturized with Argan Oil and It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. In the evenings, I'd wash it with a gentle cleanser and apply the Differin Gel. I'd apply the oil and moisturizer again a few hours later before bed.

Week 2
My face was definitely still irritated. It was still pink and would turn very red if I touched it. It stung anytime I put anything on it or washed it, but it was much less painful this week. The routine is the same.

Week 3
This week is much better. The redness has subsided for the most part, as has most of the irritation and pain. It still feels a little sting-y, but it's definitely subsiding. The routine is still the same. I'd also like to note that I've only worn makeup once during these three weeks because application and removal was painful, but that was week 1. I'm sure by now it would be okay.

I've also been doing hydrating masks every 2-3 days, which has helped quite a bit. I have a lot of flakiness, but this is normal to keep pores from clogging and should balance out.

I'll do an update at the three month mark to let you know my results. Right now, I definitely have less acne than I've had in months, so it's definitely making a difference. I'll be sticking with it and I'll let you know how it works out.

For more info, check out their site!
You can find Differin Gel at Walmart, Target, Amazon & other drugstores.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Oh man, acne sucks! I hope it clears up soon!
    Ela | www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

  2. ouch, it doesn't sound like much fun! will be interesting to see an update later!

  3. I'm glad this is helping! I look forward to update posts on this product.

  4. I'm glad you are finding thins that work for you! It's so difficult to find products that work with our body chemistries.

  5. Retinoids are definitely known to dry out your skin and also cause some icky purging, but once that initial phase is over, the difference they make is remarkable. Love my retinols!

  6. Retinoids are definitely rough going until your skin gets used to them! It seems wrong that it takes so long to see results!

  7. Its awesome hearing how your skin reacted in the first few weeks, really looking forward to your follow up post at the 3rd month mark!

  8. I'm glad to hear that the side effects lessened over time - the first 2 weeks sound awful.

  9. I used Differin as a teen and had very good results, so I'm excited that you can buy it over the counter now. Keep using it, it gets easier!

  10. I am totally with you on skin that gets worse as you get older. WTF, right?! I thought I was supposed to grow out of this!!! I'm glad that you're giving this a try and that the redness is subsiding - I hope it really helps you!

  11. Oh no that sounds nasty hun, glad to hear this is starting to help you x

  12. This kinda sounds scary!!! I look forward to hearing more on your long term trial.


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