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Is my reaction to Differin normal?

I have very mild acne (closed comedones on my forehead are the main issue, with the occasionally whitehead or cyst on cheeks/chin) and my derm prescribed Differin for me. I've been using it twice daily, applying small amounts on my forehead and cheeks, for the past 2 months. My eyelids are peeling! My entire face is dry, but around my eyes..all the skin...peeling!

Is this an atypical reaction (should I stop?)?

And can someone suggest any other treatment for closed comedones/non-inflamed acne on my forehead?


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Did your derm tell you to use the Differn twice a day? Most people start off using a retinoid like Differin only once a day (sometimes just every other day in the beginning). Retinoids can cause a lot of dryness, irritation, peeling in the beginning and your skin needs to get adjusted to them gradually before those side effects go away.

I'd tell your doctor about the side effects you are getting and ask about cutting down to just once a day and see if that helps.

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please cut down to once a day at night and apply moisturizer after differin has dried. For me that only takes about 5-8 minutes. Some people wait 30 minutes or longer, but by then my skin would be too dry and for me dry skin usually leads to breakouts.

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