Your doctor may prescribe Differin Cream to apply topically if you are dealing with acne and blackheads. Differin Cream contains a compound similar to retinoid called Adapalene, which is chemically associated to vitamin A. Differin Cream is like a natural exfoliant that can help bring back an unblemished appearance.
Once applied to the affected skin areas, Differin Cream or generic Adapalene encourages your skin cells to turn over faster so the old cells die and slough off while new skin cells are formed. This helps to stop pimples from having a chance to grow and cause inflammation and will help make pimples disappear quicker. With more rapid skin cell turnover, you can also watch dark spots disappear from sun damage and acne scars. It also helps to reduce the production of sebum, the oil that can plug up the hair follicles. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Clogged pores are the main reason for acne as bacteria that thrive in low-oxygen environments inhabit the hair follicles to feed on the dead skin cells and oil that builds up. This causes irritation and alerts your immune system that there is a threat so the response is to cause inflammation. This can leave you with pain, redness, and embarrassing pimples unless you are proactive and cleanse your skin regularly to reduce the risk of acne.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor to determine if Differin Cream is the best medicine for your situation. Provide information on other Rx drugs and OTC medications, including herbal and homeopathic remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements to be certain the Differin Cream will not produce a negative reaction when used together. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding as it is not known if Differin Cream could be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby.
Your skin will be much more sensitive while using Differin Cream, especially to sunlight. To avoid sunburn and skin damage, apply an appropriate sunscreen before you go outside and always wear a hat for extra protection against harmful UV rays that can age skin prematurely. It is not recommended for use on anyone under the age 12 years.
A lot of first-time users of a retinoid product may have irritated skin from the cream, and this is quite normal. If you are going to apply Differin Cream to your face, back, or neck where acne likes to appear, you may want to start out using it every second or third day until your skin is used to it. Only a small amount of Differin Cream is needed on the affected areas.