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Differin - Please Help!

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Hello guys,

I am new on acne.org. Have read silently for a while but now I need your help, please!!!

About me and my acne:

I have been fighting acne for about 6 years now. I am female and already 21 years old.. I am absolutely horrified about the way my skin looks and it makes me cry and get upset A LOT...

Well I am on birth control, which seems do to pretty much nothing...

And I have used Duac and Epiduo in the past.

I have very sensitive and dry, but also broken out skin ...

Epiduo worked really well on my acne, but since I have used it for about 1 year, my skin got more and more sensitive to it and I could only use it every 4th day and like once a week in winter, plus the use of moistruizer ect...

Also I was sick of the BPO, it is so harsh and causes ageing apparently over time.

Well anyways, I went to get Differin the 0.1% cream type, which is supposed to be a lot milder then Epiduo (combination of 0.1% Adapalen and 2.5% BPO).

NOW I have a huge problem it seems to work on my acne... (which I guessed it would, because it is so similar to Epiduo) BUT it makes me super oily, shiny

Please help me, is this normal?! Has anyone else experienced it? Note: I do NOT have oily skin naturally...

Have I maybe been overusing it? Because my skin is quite red and I have used it every night as my derm suggested... Epiduo I could only tolerate every 4th day..

Because, I am not that flakey or dry as I was with Epiduo at all... but oily

I look hidous at the moment, red and acne and oily... I want to hide myself somewhere and never come back... :-(

Please tell me about your experience with Differin?

Is is a safe long term solution? Does it make ageing worse, like BPO?

Should I start of again a lot slowlier?

Will the oil go away?

I am 21 years old!!!!!! and desperate to get rid of this horrible teenager look like skin... everyone mistakes me for being 16 of my looks already anyways...

Thank you for any replies!!!

I wish you all the best!

xoxo Anna

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Just going to say, it's a physical impossibility for differin to increase sebum production. Just doesn't work that way.

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Just going to say, it's a physical impossibility for differin to increase sebum production. Just doesn't work that way.

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has anybody else got experience with Differin?

Please help me! :-)

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Hello anybody who uses Differin? I really would appreciate some more opinions!! :)

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I used differing in the past and I think that it makes you "shiny" because it evens out your skin and makes it really smooth...I am oily anyway so I understand your issue. Shiny and oily sucks lol. But as far as the redness goes you may want to talk to your doctor about that. Maybe start slower. It is a medication that takes ur skin a while to get use to...it changes how your skin sheds cells...I found out that I have acne rosacea...basically dry and oily and super sensitive skin . Had the same problems w Bp. I have insurance again so I'm starting something new

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Ok thanks for your reply.

That does name sense!

Because my skin is also really strange... With differin it's not really that dry except around my nose but it was very red and irritated especially on my chin and nose area when I started of with using it every night..

So now I am currently trying with every 4th night and then slowly increasing.. It is very confusing and annoying because my skin needs a moisturizer but is left with a shiny oily looking skin afterwards.. It is as if the skin doesn't absorb the moisture but if I don't use it it gets way to dry and irritated.. Also my skin is generally very sensitive and irritated dry etc.. But still acne prone .. It sucks big time!!!! Trying to cope with those two problems..

I guess I'll give it one last try and hopefully the oily shiny look will go away..!

I really would love this to work all the way though as it seems a safe and long term solution...

Anybody else about their experience with differin?! Happy to hear from you :)

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I am currently on differin + BPO, my sin isn't oily but its SUPER itchy & its actually made my acne MUCH WORSE, i've been on it for a wk & i'm thinking about to just stop using it and use a holistic approach

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I am currently on differin + BPO, my sin isn't oily but its SUPER itchy & its actually made my acne MUCH WORSE, i've been on it for a wk & i'm thinking about to just stop using it and use a holistic approach

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Sorry I can't be of much help I only just started acne a month ago when I became illeusa_pray.gif so i'm no acne guru...guess i'll keep usin d meds and see if it improves -fingers crossed- maybe you could use an oil-free invisible powder to help with the shine

Chev

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Sorry I can't be of much help I only just started acne a month ago when I became illeusa_pray.gif so i'm no acne guru...guess i'll keep usin d meds and see if it improves -fingers crossed- maybe you could use an oil-free invisible powder to help with the shine

Chev

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That's exactly how I feel cry.gifcry.gifcry.gifcry.gif

DEPRESSED && FRUSTRATED

JUST WANNA LOCK MYSELF IN MY ROOM & STAY THERE FOREVER

I'm 20 btw -sigh-

Btw it does make my skin oily too soo i'm jus wlkn aroun lookin like a pizza face

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That's exactly how I feel cry.gifcry.gifcry.gifcry.gif

DEPRESSED && FRUSTRATED

JUST WANNA LOCK MYSELF IN MY ROOM & STAY THERE FOREVER

I'm 20 btw -sigh-

Btw it does make my skin oily too soo i'm jus wlkn aroun lookin like a pizza face

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Yep, my first treatment. I didn't before have acne before. I've been constipated no matter what I do, nothing seems to help..fruits,veggies...nothing. Then along came the acne & lots it...just increasing day after day. I've been to the doc before re the constipation and he only provided a temporary fix so I'm going back tomorrow. Hopefully once my digestive system regularizes the acne will go!! I don't have any scars, just have pimples, lots and lots....I haven't really worn foundation since I started breaking out, I didn't really wear heavy foundation before anyway (just wore a mineral powder). I feel like if I had spots they'd be easier to cover :( I can't cover my bumps...Can I?! I just want my face to back to NORMAL!!

I feel like no one really understands. The other night I was crying about it and my mother was like "is that all that's wrong?" like if i'm not pregnant with AIDS what i'm feeling doesn't matter :(

I'm not fat either, not ugly but that acne monster def stole my beauty :( I lost all my confidence. I can't even look people in the eyes anymore. Not to mention the fact that I've been cooped up in the house all summer.

Tips to remove acne scars: papaya skin and/or by placing honey on a lemon and placing it on affected areas

Good luck!!

xoxo chev

Oh and I didn't have oily skin before, I don't think so at least

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Yes I know exactly what you mean with me it was pretty much the same... all the way through puberty when everyone had acne I had perfect skin... And then at nearly 17 it started.. first a few which I tried to get rid of myself and obviously screwed everything up.. which then developed to full acne that got better and worse at times.. It is so frustrating, because I am already 21 years old and it seems like nothing is ever going to change it and I'll stay like this forever ...

Also, my mum is exactly the same, she has never had acne, so she doesn't understand... But she claims that no one sees the spots that much and so on..

And when I was younger I was still hopeful and thought ok a doctor is going to cure me.. I am it's just acne right?! Not cancer etc.. But I was so wrong, many doctors out there to give a f.. and really do not listen to your concerns or whenever I tell them I have really sensivitve dry skin.. they claim things like no everyone with acne has oily though skin.. that's not true!!!

I also believe, that all those horrible products ruined my skin forever... but when I try to life without them it gets worse.. It's either acne and "healthy" looking skin.. or less acne and dried out, damaged skin..

Oh, yes I am also the same about trying to hide inside.. And it is horrible as I live at university, so I only got a tiny room to myself ... but I so ashamed.. and I am not kidding.. I try to get out of places like the supermarkt, or classes as quickly as possible to be in my "safe" own room where no one sees me..

And unfortunately I only have 6 weeks of holiday, so no proper time to try to fix my skin before the new term starts.. I really do not want to go back to school looking like this...

I feel so alone and everything seems to be getting worse ...

Are you still continueing with Epiduo?

How is it?

Have you tried using it less often?

That's what really worked for me!

And with the moistruizer I recommened!

Good Luck!!! xx

Also to everyone out there to get back to Differin:

My skin seems to be so damaged from using it like over 2 weeks ago, every day... I have now cut down to once a week.. Still it does not seem to repair itself really and the shin, not proper oil, like from the damaged skin, is still there..

It's like my skin can't even absorb the moistruizer...

Is this normal? Has anyone experienced that?

I thought Differin is a lot milder than Epiduo (BPO + Differin).. I don't get why my skin looks like this..

Please help me, anyone how has experience with Differin?!

I am about to quit again.. but I really want to give it a proper try..

I am desperate to sort out my current skin state... sad.png

Thank you!

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i'm on differin .1% for 3 weeks now. it's just made my skin dry out quite a bit if I'm not using moisturizer. overall will make your skin get worse (exactly how they say), meaning cystic acne pop up, but i believe they come from all those under the skin acne. need 1.5 weeks for those cystic acne to heal... so just be patient.... because in the end, the differin gel does heal them anyway... therefore im till using it with hope...

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