I'm a 32 year old female and I too have just started differin 0.1%. Only been using it for 10 days.
I'd say at times my acne is moderate, but does seem very hormonal, and is so much worse when I get my period. Other times it is mild.
Been using erythromycin and zinc solution for over a year now and this had done an excellent job of making the acne bareable.....initially before that I had awful big painful spots on my cheeks, which never came to a head. I'd get frustrated and squeeze them, sometimes big hard white plugs would come out, other times id just make a horrible mess. fortunately, this has cleared up now.
I went on differin due to the erythromycin and zinc becoming less effective in other areas, my chin and forehead kept getting really big hard painful lumps. My forehead is covered in tiny blackheads, which im sure only I can see, but they still bother me.
So, differin. Using the 0.1% once daily in the evening. The initial 4 - 5 days developed more of the really large hard cyst type bumps, really painful. Mainly on my chin, but on my forehead too, and a few smaller ones on my cheeks which had been clear. At this stage some of my face started to get dry and flakey, but not too bad. Over all there is definitely a big improvement already. The large bumps go much quicker then before the differin, and im getting fewer bumps and spots, only had 3 or 4 new ones in the last week, which is a miracle (although im at the best stage of my cycle hormonally too). And my skin is the clearest its been in ages. The dryness is lessening, and over all it is looking a lot better, but this is only day 10 !!!!
Still using the erythromycin / zinc solution in the morning, but not all over as this is quite drying too, and differin at night. I had tried BP, which did work, but I'm really allergic to it having really really dry red sore skin and I get really swollen puffy sore red eyelids....looked like a freak!!!
Love to keep hearing how you all get on!!!