View Full Version : Differin gel vs Retin-A
10-15-2003, 10:57 PM
I've been using DIfferen gel for about 2 weeks. Is this too soon to see the advantages ? What's the difference between Differen gel and retina-A? I was hoping my dermatologist would give me a prescription to Retin-A but he didnt. THe active ingredient in RetinA is not the same as the Differen Gel. ANyone know whats up with this? My dr is out of town til monday.
10-16-2003, 07:02 AM
I am not 100% sure about this but I'll give it a try. I think Differin takes a while to notice results, like in the timeframe of a few months - my brother tried this drug. Retin-A is a vitamin A based treatment methinks, works for some but it is harsh on your skin. I have tried a similar retin-A type one, very disturbing burn/itch on your face unless you have really bad acne. When I applied it at night I could not sleep b/c of the discomfort.
Like I've posted before I can empathize with your problem. I have been on accutane twice (after trying everything else) and still had some left. Now I am clear but still have some scarring. I just have an everyday routine with my face. I am glad its over.
10-17-2003, 02:35 AM
i used to use retin-a all the time, was pretty useless really. Helped the spots a little but what really helped was the antibiotics... but then they gave me other nasty sides :)
10-22-2003, 11:37 AM
Retin A worked much better for me than Differen.
10-23-2003, 03:32 PM
Experiment with both and see how they fair, tbh treatments like the ones describe are'nt a miracle/quick fix product, it takes quite a while to see noticeable difference.
When i was younger i had trouble with spots/acne and to me whatever treatment i used made no diiference impact wise, i eventually gave up realising that the ultimate factor was hormones/genetics.
However i would reccomend getting a prescription for Erythromycin stearate that worked well, and accutane can also have decent results although some get pretty f*cked up side effects
e.g. crashing a plane into a building on a test flight! and no it wasnt me!!! it was some teen in Italy last year
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