Rated 3.86 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review please read, i was in the trial
For everyone wanting to use, or currently trying this product, I wanted to say a few things. I was actually in the trial group of people that used this product before it was presented to the public without a prescription. It was a group of a few hundred people, we were monitored online, filled weekly surveys and presented pictures and experiences. I have a few tips. First of all, use once and only once a day. Apply a small amount to your entire face, not just your pimples. Use as the last step in your beauty routine. If you need to use moisturizer with it, please wait at least 30 minutes after applying Differin gel to let it absorb. A few days after starting, you will experience tenderness and redness, it's completely normal and fine. During this time, use gentle products on your face, apply sunscreen before going outside, and use a moisturizer often. Remember to moisturize 30 minutes after Differin. This will last a few days, it's called retinization. Remember to continue applying Differin once a day. After this process has passed, continue use once a day, and you will start to notice your face become clearer. It helps with pimples, white and blackheads, and spots and scarring. I'm telling you, if you hang in there and use these tips that I've given, you will start to notice a difference on your face within a couple months. Patience is the key, but if you follow these directions and use Differin only as your only acne treatment from here on out, it will pay off. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, do NOT use any other acne treatment with Differin. Using other acne products with Differin will make your face worse and could cause damage. Use Differin and Differin only. Thanks for reading, hope everyone takes my advice!
Most Helpful Critical Review Oh my god.
Uh okay. Believe me when I say it works. Takes a bit but it works. It does burn during that process. For me, and maybe some of you reading this, after using it 2-3 times, your skin begins to dry your skin out severely. You use the product, wait 30-45 minutes to moisturize, but when I say moisturize, go big or go home. I have naturally very oily skin, and after using this product and it drying out my skin, I choose to oil up my skin now, because wow. It works but it burns before it does any good.
Reviewed by 164 customers So far, so good
M from Washington DC
I've only been using this for a few weeks, and I've figured out that my skin can only tolerate it every other night. I put my Rules of Mastic cream (Too Cool For School brand) on over it, to make sure my skin doesn't dry out overnight. If I use it daily, my skin gets very flakey. I went through some initial purging and seriously considered stopping it, but I'm so glad I stuck with it because my acne has already noticeably decreased. Zits that come back regularly in the same spots are finally gone! I plan on using this for a long time, but will switch to whatever is considered a "maintenance" routine, many months from now. I recommend it, but be prepared for the initial purging that can happen in weeks 1 through 3, like with any retinoid or retinol. If you have an important event or something like that planned and you really don't want your skin to break out more, hold out until you have the time to let your skin do it's thing. It's so worth it, once it's cleared up
Clear Skin But at What Cost?
Julibean97 from San Jose CA
I typically don't write reviews, and I'm typically not sensitive to retinol , and if this product would actually stay in its place, I wouldn't dislike it so much. Do not get it near your hairline, your eyes (ESPECIALLY EYELIDS) or Lips! I got some of it on my hairline and my scalp burned and was flaky and just completely messed up and roughed up. Also my eyelids also experience almost eczema- scaly skin. Just be careful. I may right another review in the future , I might start wearing it only I. certain places.
Yes, it works
Ellie from Southbury, CT
I am 69 years old and still have hormone acne flare ups. I am currently wearing a mask for Covid protection and it is absolutely necessary for me to use this product. It is the only acne product that works for me. I would recommend it.
GET THIS PRODUCT ASAP
Clara from South Dakota
I would just like everyone to know that this product is awesome. I used to get cystic acne on my face and now it is gone. The first months are rough because I did go through a purging faze but trust me stick through it. My skin looks so much better!! The only downside is it does make your face a little bit dry, but that's typically normal for acne medicine. So use face moisturizer. GET THIS PRODUCT!!!
JM from Tennessee
Bought this as no retinol available from the ordinary. If it's good enough for Drs to prescribe, it's good enough for me. Just started using over last 2 weeks so not much to say about results. I do find this drying so following up with moisturizer is crucial.
amazing acne gel
Ari from Los Angeles, CA
This product could not be more great. Recently I've been breaking out due to stress and hormones, so the combination has made my skin go insane. I tried using this after I read someone's review and they recommended to keep the areas you apply the Differen gel clean with no other creams or serums underneath or on top of it. I've been doing exactly that and it's been working so well!! My skin hasn't freaked out or felt dry at all.
Amazing spot treatment
Lilly from Portland
I've been using this for about 6 months and I love it. I am 17 and frequently have acne. I use this as a spot treatment. I normally put it on before my moisturizer before bed and in the morning the acne has significantly decreased. This stuff is amazing.
A WONDER OF THE WORLD
anncynthia48 from NJ
So my dermatologist recommended this for everyday use. I used it every day and my skin became so dry that it was frosting up all white. Not a fan of that. Mind you, it may have been a skin type thing. I stopped using it then eventually changed it to a once-a-week thing. Babygirl LEMME TELL YOU, this made a huge difference. My skin is much clearer and I'm thriving!
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!
M from Washington
This is a MUST. Yes, it did dry out my skin a lot because I have very sensitive (already dry) skin. But as long as you moisturize morning and night, dryness shouldn't be a problem! This helps immediately, and gets better every day. I recommend this product to everyone and will continue to do so, at the moment I'm on week 2 of using this and I've never got these results from any other acne treatments! BUY IT! (Also helped with my deep acne scars)
Long time user
Lauren from LA
I originally used this with a prescription but very convenient now that I can just buy it. I have pretty sensitive dry skin and I definitely purged for the first two weeks of use but since then my skin has really cleared up. I've tried a lot, like retinols or AHA/BHA that just made me irritated and red, but I've stuck to using a little but of this every night for a few years now just with a normal cleanser and moisturizer and my skin has stayed clear. I might get one small pimple every once in awhile just from makeup or diet but my skin has improved a lot. Just stick with it
Cassidy from New York
This stuff works so well on my skin. Before use my skin was absolutely terrible, always at least a few zits and multiple red spots of faded zits w almost always more especially around my period. I tried this and it helped so much! My zits cleared like 70%! in conjunction w a better moisturizer and toner my pours have also shrunk which made my zits even a tad better but just has a better overall appearance! I would totally suggest at least trying it!
Really amazing just be patient!!!!!!
Sadie from Louisiana
At first I thought this stuff was horrible because it makes your acne worse before it gets better. But once you get through the "purging stage" the outcome is life changing. Just don't give up!!!! I notice a difference after 2 months using it. I know been using it for 4 months and my acne is gone. I only get acne now around my period which is normal.
WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEOS FIRST
ALLLIIEEEEEEE from ca
so basically this acne treatment is amazinggggg and worked like a charm, if you use consistently. if you have a lot of peach fuzz like me, DO NOT WAX. this product causes the cells in your skin to change, and when you wax, it literally rips of the top layers of skin. OUCH. watch youtube videos about this product to get more details on this.
HOLY GRAILLLL JUST STICK TO ITTTT!
Khiara from North Carolina
I had moderate acne and I was on a couple medications but nothing was seeming to clear it up. I saw a bunch of people talking about the product so I decided to try it. At first my skin got better and then got worst (which is expected because of the purge). I was pretty close to giving up on the product but I pushed through and now my skin looks better than ever before. Not only that but my acne scars are very minimal. Stick with the product it may seem hard but the results are totally worth it.
I regret using this product
Junior from San Jose, Ca
This product has ruined my skin!!! My skin wasn't super bad to begin with but there are always a few stubborn breakouts at the same place around my face so I thought I give it a try after watching a YouTube video from a dermatologist (Dr. Dray) recommended it. I went from a few break outs here and there to 10+ new break outs almost every single week since using this product. I know you will purge when your first use this product but 6 months later my skin still looks horrible. It was way worse than then I anticipated…I stopped using it for almost a whole year and my skin still wasn't back to normal. I have a lot of scars and a lot more breakouts even though I stopped using this product for almost a whole year. I honestly regret trying this product every single day of my life when I look in the mirror. I understand it works wonder for some but seriously…. use this at your own risk. I have warned you.
Have used multiple times
Ash The Cash from Houston, Texas
This product does work extremely well, I just used it for my second time and most if not all of my acne is gone. The only con faced with this product is that it makes your skin super dry, so using a bomb moisturizer is a must. It takes me about 8 weeks to have my skin clear and it's amazing!
Cleared up my skin in less than two weeks
cara from San Diego, CA
This product cleared up my pores and any little breakouts quickly. My mom even said she noticed my scars were starting to lighten. Only thing to be careful with is it can dry your skin out if you aren't moisturizing adequately. Also my skin purged for a couple days after starting to use it regularly, which I expected.
diana from ga
i have very sensitive skin and was looking for a product to help my acne and scaring. This product dried my face so much to the point where my skin was flaking, red, and burning.
Apart of my daily routine- This works!
KC from GA
I've never had acne problems but with current medication I started to see flare ups around my chin area. It has truly helped to eliminate and smooth out acne on my skin. I'm a lighter skin African American so acne is so visible I apply every morning after I do a face wash of Clearasil active wash. Now two months later it remains consistent and I still have a lot left. I only apply to my effected areas vs entire face
Marianae from Visalia,Ca
Got this for my son who suffers from severe acne and it works amazing he said it started working from day one
AMAZING from Las Vegas
DOES NOT WORK !
Josie from WI
This did NOTHING for my acne-prone skin ! Maybe if you've never tried anything before for acne ? But I've tried A LOT and this is supposed to be medical grade ? No - just go see your dermatologist for something that'll actually work ! HARD PASS !
So far, so good!
Nikki O. from Central New Jersey
I've been using this product for a little over 3 weeks (Feb 21st will be 4 weeks), and I'm pretty happy with it.
During the first few days, my face felt a little dry. About 4/5 days in, I had a pretty bad purge. All of my cystic acne came up from the surface. It was super sensitive and painful but I stuck with it. Immediately after that calmed down, I noticed how much this product has been helping my skin. I feel like it has been preventing acne before it starts. So while I do get some small bumps, they never really "rise to the surface" or become really angry acne.
I haven't faced the retinization that everyone talks about, but I know that not everyone gets it. I've also been diligent about moisturizing, so I'm sure that helps as well. But, yeah! I'm really happy with this product right now, and I'm excited to see how much more it will improve my skin and its texture as I continue to use it. I'm really really hopeful about its progress.
For anyone that is scared by the purging stage, I would recommend that you just try your best to stick with it. I know that it will make you self conscious and that it's not fun, but I feel like it's a necessary part of the process so that your skin can flush out everything that's hidden underneath. This is definitely a "gets worse before it gets better" type of product.
Worth the price
Becca from NC
I've been using this product for ~2 weeks. My pores are crazy big, and I'm 24, so trying to do some prevention care. I feel like after two weeks I see smoother skin, like I'm wearing primer. I use CeraVe Daily Moisturizing on top of this at night. In the morning I use vitamin C. If I feel my skin getting too dry I'll skip this and just moisturize. Definitely going to continue to use and hope the good results keep coming!
I KEEP buying this product over and over again
Allysummer18 from San Jose
Guys.. when I tell you this product SAVED my skin it really saved it. I've always had pretty clear skin.. high school I had a little bit of acne but it completely cleared by my senior year. 2018 rolls around and I start to get BAD acne; mostly on my forehead and chin. I used EVERY product I found good reviews on but NOTHING ( even the really expensive products) I finally gave up hope until I ran into my local Convenient store and saw this product and that it won ALLURE. I thought what the heck. I use this product every night with the restorative moisturizer. It says your skin WILL get worse before it gets better. What this product does is " clean the pipes" ( pores) so everything resurfaces to the top. About 6-8 weeks my skin is SO much better. I have no acne whatsoever and my skin texture is even along with the discoloration. This product takes time to work but if you stick with it you'll see progress.