Rated 3.93 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 242 customers wow
Kat from Pennsylvania
I am 30, recently went off birth control, and my face was having breakouts on my chin and jawline. I haven't broken out this bad since I was a teen. The instructions on this product do say that it may make your breakouts worse before they get better, and that was the case for me. My face is now completely clear, and I'm so thankful! For this price point, I would highly suggest that anyone struggling with acne try this out.
Didn't Work For Me
Megan from Colorado
I've been using this for about 3.5 months and my skin is not doing good. I guess my break outs are a bit less painful but there's sooo many pimples on my skin still
LOVE LOVE LOVE
ainsley from memphis, TN
literally have tried everything and this is the only product that has worked for my skin i love it
used for the last 2 years
Eli from San Diego
I had terrible cystic acne. This product takes at least three months to work! not overnight! In the beginning use it twice a week and gradually work up to everyday. Again, this takes time for results. Your skin will purge and may become worse before it finally calms everything down. I have never had a bad breakout since (maybe one or two tiny ones from my cycle). Helps texture as well. Please USE SUNSCREEN! I hope this helps.
Give it time! Miracle Worker
Adriall Rose from Boston
I started using this when I had broken out horribly from Curology. Now, I purged using this BUT it was getting rid of the other pimples at the same time. Areas where I was getting really rough patches evened out and smoothed over. Congestion on my chin that I've always had diminished. It took 2-3 months maybe which worked well because I was working from home/wearing a mask to go out/ no one had to see me basically while my skin got worse to get better.
Now whenever I go long periods without this I notice the difference. I get congested on my chin and I pop this on and BAM it's gone within the week. I will not be without this stuff. It's the only thing that's made a difference in my skin including Tret.
50/50 from N/A
It made my pimples smaller, but it wrecked my face. Sucked out all of the moisture, and I have very oily skin. Now I have dry flakey red patches all over my face. I did use my regular dermasil daily face moisturizer, but it's not helping at all.
I've been using it for 2 months….
Stef from New Jersey
I'm not sure when the results will start to show up, but my skin has been breaking out with no relief and I haven't seen any positive effects from this gel yet. I used it once daily at night time as directed, perhaps this doesn't help treat hormonal acne I'm not sure
You have to give it time!
Caroline from Pa
Adapelene really can do wonders but it's going to get worse before it gets better. What's off-putting is that if you're skin is acne prone and you have a lot of underlying acne that hasn't made it to the surface, it's going to get MUCH worse before it gets better. Your skin is going to purge all the underlying acne. My skin purged like crazy using adapelene 0.3% prescribed by my derm. It took three months for my skin to begin clearing from the purging, so you really don't see the full affect of this product until 6 months, but when you do it's worth it! I only get a few breakouts every now and then. This product can be irritating, you really only need a pea sized amount for your entire face. Seriously don't use more even if you have bad skin, it will only irritate your skin!
Best product ever!!
Addy from nope
it made my skin look better that is ever looked before! if you buy this you will see results in a short amount of time
RP from new york
I began getting bad cystic acne again at 19. I have many red scars on the side of face that I was hoping the gel would help get rid of them. I used the gel for the past 2 months now and my acne has only gotten WORSE. I wake up to 2-3 more pimples every day and it's very noticeable. My acne scars curated from the sides of my face now down to my chin and mouth. I started getting acne on my cheeks that i never before had, to the point where i'm tempted to go on acutane.
this made my skin look unreal
sof from NY
girl this stuff is the only thing that had ever worked for me get it right now it's amazing. like if you want dewy poreless skin this stuff made my skin look like so good.
Julia from New Hampshire
I used to get horrible under the skin hormonal acne on my chin but after using this properly (apply a thin pea sized layer every night) my skin has been glowing and I have gotten even the slightest pimple. I use this with a cleaner (La Roche Posay) and a lotion (cerave) and my skin has never been better!!!!! Recommend 100%
Mix with 2.5% BP to get Rx Epi duo
Product Lover from Chicago
I combine this product with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to make a very expensive Rx strength treatment that kills the bacteria and exfoliates/cleans the pores. I use the Neutrogena stubborn acne am treatment with micronized BP and this brand of adapal ene gel. I started by applying it to my jawline and chin every couple days to build a tolerance since these are very drying products. Now i can use them every evening as a preventative measure. I so wish I had tried this combo when I was in my teens and twenties. Luckily proactiv came out and the cleanser and toner cleared up my teenage inflamed skin. It's all about finding the right products for you. Reducing your intake of refined sugar, dairy, fried foods and salt while upping your consumption of filtered water, fruits & veggies should improve everyone's skin to varying degrees.
Then there are some people who can do and eat whatever they want and their skin stays clear and smooth.
Finally, a product that does something!
Raychela from IN
I have been using this probably a month and a half now and I am so glad I stuck with it!!!
Some background.... I had pretty decent skin until I got pregnant with my daughter in 2018. Almost immediately my skin became a nightmare for me, lots of breakouts around my chin and cheeks, no doubt hormonal. My skin got oilier and pores larger. I thought that my skin would revert back once I gave birth. Hahaha, joke was on me.
The past almost 3 years I have dealt with the exact same issues as when I was pregnant and have tried a ton of products. I sat on my tube of this for probably a month because I was scared it would be too much for my skin as it can react strongly to things.
Finally I took the plunge. I would just use the teeniest layer all over my face and moisturize well.
Initially my skin did get pretty sensitive. When I noticed it reacting to things with a burning sensation I would lay off this product for 2-3 days and moisturize well and then resume usage. Slowly things started happening. I stopped getting the breakouts on my chin. Then other areas improved. My skin started feeling soooo soft. The look of my pores reduced. My skin looked younger. Some stuff deep in my pores started to clear up. It took a good month to start to see these changes but I am so glad I stuck with it. This has been the only product that has actually changed my skin for the better!!!
use as a scar treatment/stretch mark treatment
Jessica from Il
I bought this to use as a retinol type of product from commentary based on the YouTuber dr. dray. She said you could also use it with stretch marks and let me tell you... I had fresh, red stretch marks on my stomach from gaining weight and they are barely visible like they were. I used the tiniest amount every day for a few months after I showered and applied my lotions. It works extremely well on stretch marks. I didn't care for putting it on my face much, but my stomach for sure.
Not for me. Made my skin worse
A girl who's tired of bad skin from Jersey
I was excited bc I heard great things ab this, however, I had a horrible experience w it :( i never got out of the purge phase and I used it for about 3 months. I had painful cysts and the purge left me with more scars than I had started with. Use with caution and listen to your face!
Bottle seal was broken when arrived
Riley from Colorado
Couldn't use it as it came broken and damaged and I won't risk something opened on my skin
Ruined My Skin.
Kate from Chicago
I had been struggling with acne for a while because it got worse as I got older. I figured this would help get rid of it, and keep it under control. However, it did the EXACT OPPOSITE. It worked for the first week, I should've stopped then. The acne is gone now that I've stopped using it, but I'm still trying to get rid of the scars and hyperpigmentation it left behind. If you have sensitive skin, I would DEFINITELY look for something else.
Closest thing to an acne prescription gel in my opinion
emily from usa
Hopefully this will go through, I've never bought this from ulta directly but I've used differen gel and prescription acne cream, differen gel works the EXACT same!! a little goes a long way with this gel too. It can dry your skin, so I'd say use it once a day for a bit til you start doing morning and nightly use. But besides that, it's a miracle worker!
Amazing Stuff (KEEP READING FOR INSTRUCTIONS)
Maggie from Los Angeles
This stuff really works IF YOU USE IT PROPERLY. You're literally only supposed to use a tiny pea-sized amount for your entire face. So I put a dot on my finger and distribute it around my face before massaging it in. It absorbs pretty fast. Right after I put it on (like a minute later) I apply a pretty heavy moisturizer. This stuff is super drying so following with moisture is essential. Let me tell you, I used to use like a nickel-sized amount ANS no moisturizer after....my face would feel like it's peeling off. So don't do that. It also damages your skin and causes more breakouts. As long as you use this product correctly, it really helps cystic, hormonal, and stubborn acne.
I would recommend this product
Britt from Massachusetts
This producing amazing! I was in dental hygiene school during the pandemic and no masknee what so ever!!! That with wearing an n95 as well as a level 3 mask on top along with loops and a face shield highly recommend kept my face beautiful!
loops from turlock
didn't see a difference. I used it for a month
Leigha from USA
Absolutely love this product. I've dealt with cystic acne my whole life and the only cure that ever seemed to work was to tan the acne off. However this year I started to develop hyper and hypo pigmentation and acne scaring. I started using this with little hope but it really didn't miracles. It made me peel and break out for the first month and half but stick with it! It's worth it.
You HAVE TO BE PATIENCE
Ash23 from Home
Key word is patience! Your skin will purge but if your skin is like mine you're pretty much use to that at least once a month. I remember I had probably 9 cystic bumps on my chin at once that first two weeks I used this. When they say 3 months they mean every single bit of that three months. I recommend starting it in the fall instead of summer because you will be out in sun less and the purge won't be as bad. It was so bad week two I got depressed and don't want to go out. But if you just quit I've heard it gets way worse. So just be ready to stay determine and hopeful!
Might work; quick warning
julio from Tennessee
I was using this product for several days and actually keeping up with it pretty well. I started getting headaches really bad, like intense pressure inside my head. I actually noticed when I forgot 2 days in a row, didn't have a headache, and then resumed the next day with a headache to follow. I'm not saying it's a bad product, just a fair warning, I found that this happened to a few others, too.