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Member Since 17 Jan 2013
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In Topic: Switching Retinoids? Differences Between Tretinoin And Adapalene

19 May 2013 - 11:52 PM

My dermatologist said differin is much better than tretinoin. So far that is my experience also. I gave up on tretinoin because the initial breakout was so bad and it was so harsh on my skin. Now I've been using epiduo which contains 0.1% adapalene which is the ingredient in differin. I haven't had an initial breakout, my red marks have faded alot in a short space of time and the texture of my skin has improved - it is smoother. I still get oily but not as much as without it. I do get flaky but not as much as with tretinoin and I don't get as red. I believe it does still make your skin sensitive to the sun but it's good to wear spf anyway smile.png  I was really nervous about trying epiduo for similar reasons why you're not sure about switching but I'd definitely recommend giving differin a go smile.png


Thanks!  I started using the differin gel a couple of nights ago.  It's way more drying than the tretinoin cream and I've already noticed some peeling skin BUT there does appear to be less redness than with the tretinoin.  Also, there seems to be a small reduction in blackheads already. 

In Topic: Locacid (Tretinoin 0.05) Diaries

26 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

Hey, no problem!  Keep us updated on your progress.  How is skipping every few days going for you?

In Topic: Locacid (Tretinoin 0.05) Diaries

23 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

Hi Mirili,


I just wanted to give you some encouragement.  I have similar skin problems (blackheads, hyperpigmentation, noninflammed bumps) and I've been using tretinoin 0.01% cream for 10 weeks now.  I've seen some progress overall in that my face feels smoother and less congested, but I started breaking out pretty badly around week 8.  I think this is partially because I delayed the initial breakout by starting out slowly and because I've been picking.


For moisturizers, I use Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion.  I find it's pretty light and doesn't make me break out at all.  Also - the instructions that came with my tretinoin actually recommended that you don't start out applying it every night.  You're starting with a pretty high strength (at least, compared to me!) so I think it would be okay to skip a night every couple of days if your face is really irritated.  Just my two cents.


Good luck with everything and don't give up!