What is Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel?
Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel contains an active substance called adapalene. This substance belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids. It is an anti-inflammatory solution that is used in the treatment of acne on the back, chest and face.
Although acne commonly affects those between the ages of 12 and 25, in reality, it can affect people of all ages.
Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, caused when sebum produced by the sebaceous glands blocks the skin pores, leading to inflammation.
This medicine is only available on prescription from your doctor and should be used for a prolonged period to control acne outbreaks. You can order Differin 0.1% in a cream or gel solution online after completing a free consultation checked by our partner doctor.
How does Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel work?
Our sebaceous glands produce sebum, which helps to keep our skin supple. For those prone to acne outbreaks, the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum which blocks pores on the skin, causing acne. When pores on the skin become blocked by sebum, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads appear.
Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel contains adapalene, part of a group of medicines called retinoids. Application of Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel helps to unblock pores and also works to reduce inflammation.
This medicine is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. It can be used on the back and chest as well as on the face.
Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel is most commonly used in the early stages of acne to treat mild inflammation, unblock pores and tackle whiteheads and blackheads.
This medicine comes in a topical cream or gel formula that can be applied to areas of the skin affected by acne.
How to use Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel
- Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel should be used once a day, before going to bed
- Cleanse the affected area(s) of skin with mild soap or cleanser, rinse thoroughly and pat the skin dry
- A thin layer of Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel should be applied to the affected skin and left to dry
- Do not wash your face or the area after application
- Avoid the use of oil-based creams and makeup
- Try to avoid touching the treated area overnight
- Avoid using cosmetics with a peeling or abrasive action, as these may cause irritation whilst using Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel
What dosages are available for Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel?
There is only one available dosage for Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel. This has been clinically tested to offer maximum effectiveness and minimal chance of side effects.
- Differin Cream comes in four different sized tubes: 5g, 30g, 45g and 50g. 1g of cream contains 1mg of adapalene (0.1%).
- Differin Gel comes in three different sized tubes: 30g, 45g and 50g. 1g of gel contains 1mg of adapalene (0.1%).
What are the side effects of Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel?
Medicines can affect people differently, and not everybody who uses Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel will experience side effects. Side effects that have been commonly reported include; dry skin; skin irritation; burning sensation on the skin; skin redness; skin itching; peeling skin; contact dermatitis; flare up of acne; sunburn; eyelid redness, swelling or itching.
If you experience any side effects, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you have a severe allergic reaction, you should go to the Accident and Emergency department of your nearest hospital immediately.
What are the precautions/interactions of Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel?
Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays, so try to minimise exposure to UV lamps and sunlight. When outdoors, use a broad spectrum, non-comedogenic SPF 50+ sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays.
Make sure you continue to use your medication for as long as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel on the following areas:
- Lips or mouth
- Sunburnt skin
- Skin with eczema
- Severe acne covering large areas of the body
- Open wounds such as abrasions and cuts
- Mucous membranes
- Angles of the nose
Always use this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine is only suitable for use by adults and children aged 12 and over.
This medicine should not be used by pregnant women. If you become pregnant whilst using Differin, you must stop using it and tell your doctor immediately. This medicine can be used safely whilst breastfeeding, but you should seek advice from your doctor before you start using it and avoid using it on the chest area.
How to buy Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel online
Buying Differin 0.1% online is a simple option to avoid the hassle of buying in-person. It is available to buy online here at HealthExpress in both a cream and gel solution, depending on your preference.
Getting Differin 0.1% Cream/Gel delivered in the UK
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