Differin Acne Treatment Gel, How to Get Rid of and Prevent Acne

Product: 0.1% Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment

By: Differin

Place to Purchase: Amazon (All links AmazonSmile)


Product Overview

The Differin Acne Treatment Gel is how to get rid of and prevent acne. This fantastic product uses Adapalene which you might not have heard of, since most Acne products have either Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid and sometimes Glycolic acid.

Now don’t think because this chemical lacks the word Acid or Peroxide at the end it means it is not very strong. There has been new research to show that Adapalene is very effective in the treatment of Acne.

On this Review Study it was concluded that Adapalene is as effective, yet less irritating than the above mentioned chemicals usually found in Acne products.

This means that this product is perfect for those with a more sensitive skin or simply those who have not had any luck with the usual products used for Acne treatment.

Now that you have an idea of another product to prevent acne on the face, you might be asking…

Why This Product?

Differin sells this wonderful 0.1% Adapalene which is the allowable over the counter amount, and really all you need.

It comes in 15 g (0.5 oz) and 45 g (1.6 oz), as a good reference, a 15 g one should last you about a month.

There was a clinical study done exclusively with this product where it was noticed 87% of acne reduction in just 12 weeks.

Once a day application, you only have to apply it once for it to work for you.

Differin is a well-known brand with a vast line of skin products, this product was formulated to attack clogged pores and reduce inflammation thus decreasing the chances of scarring and Hyperpigmentation.

Can’t beat the thousands of reviews from people in Amazon saying how great this product is.

Water based formula, oil free, alcohol free, fragrance free, non comedogenic.

Tips and Tricks

It is recommended to apply the cream at night and during the day something else. This is important since you want to protect your skin from the Sun at all times, so during the day a nice sunscreen or moisturizer with UV protection will do wonders.

Since you want a secondary product during the day, check out the great options on the Red/Dry Skin page.

Please only do use this product once a day, applying more than once a day could cause irritation.

Before applying, wash your face with your favorite cleanser, acne treatment soap, wash or exfoliator.

The idea is to have your skin surface nice and clean, while you’re at it, don’t forget to use an exclusive cotton towel and always pad dry your face to avoid any irritation on the skin.

Let your face dry before applying the cream, many of the comments online seem to agree the product works better if you apply it 20 minutes after washing your face.

While this product is nicer to the skin than other acne products there is still a chance it could cause redness and flaking, this is where all the negative comments came from.

If you notice redness and flaking, stop the cream, don’t be discouraged, you just haven’t found the product for you yet. Keep trying it a few more times, sometimes it gets a little bad before it gets much better.

The patch test is a very good starting point before trying anything new. You put some product on your arm and wait 5 to 10 minutes. If you notice redness or bumps, you might be allergic to something in the cream, do not use.

Use the cream for a month or until you finish the bottle, the nice 0.5 oz (15 g) bottle should last you about a month, enough time for you to notice a decrease in pimples and new breakouts, if still unsure, get another bottle and try it another month.

You want to make sure the product works or not for you, some people did not see results until 3 months later, so stick to it for while if needed.

For other great content including more tips, tricks and other products don’t be afraid to look at the Acne and Scars pages, lots of other reviews and ideas for products for your acne, scars and even wrinkles.

Final Thoughts

Take a look at the Differin Acne Treatment Gel, this amazing alternative to the typical acne products comes in a small sleek bottle that uses a small amount each application and it is not as rough on your skin as their acid named counter parts.

You want a product that can deliver results, but still be gentle to your skin. Search no more, this great cream has the scientific evidence and the user evidence that say it works.

The brand is one you can trust and the science behind it is sound, why keep looking for other products and alternatives when you have a chance for a clear skin at a great price point?

Acne clearing is a work in progress process where you have to experiment with different products until you get the results you need, here is one option with high chances of success, give it a try.

If you have any comments, questions or confessions, please leave us a few words and hopefully this product will help on your path to a Beautifucl Clear Skin.

16 thoughts on “Differin Acne Treatment Gel, How to Get Rid of and Prevent Acne

  1. Erlene Schwartz


    I found your website very interesting, even though I do not have acne or any other issues you describe. However, I have two children with acne. Both are adults now. My son has acne scars covering his entire face and back. He often wears a beard to cover it upon his face. My daughter had a baby about a year ago. During her pregnancy and throughout the time she has been breastfeeding, her acne has cleared up. She is afraid that it will all come back after stopping breastfeeding. What is your knowledge of this issue in women? Also, is there any product that minimizes scarring? My son feels his only option is laser treatment.

    Thanks for your informative website.  


    1. Victor Post author

      Hey Marla,
      Glad you were one of the few lucky ones who did not have acne at all.
      This product will help your daughter with her acne, acne is acne no matter what triggered it, the extra sweating and clogging of the pores happens all the same, some of the reviews in Amazon were from people who actually use it due to hormonal changes and it works great for them.
      As for your son, he should try some products for scars before investing money on laser treatment, which to me should be a last resort when nothing else worked. The Scars page has many products that can get him started in reducing the scars, hope this helps, thanks for reading.

  2. Sebastian Ephraim

    Nice one.

    I have a sister who was attacked by Acne a few days to her wedding and every popular solution she tried was simply un effective. 

    Now when I think about i think she has a very sensitive skin just like me.

    Back to the story … she had to use make up to cover her acne for the d day. Now that I know of this alternative that contains a different chemical i’ll introduce it to her and if she gets well then I’ll encourage her to stock some


    1. Victor Post author

      Hey Ephra,
      Acne from stress is very normal and not very fun, having a great product that you know works for you from the beginning is a huge help, have her try it and if it works for her, she’ll be ready for anything later on, thanks for reading.

  3. Steadfast

    Hi There, I searched for an acne treatment for my granddaughter and ran across your site. Boy, science has sure come a long way since I was a teenager. This Differin Acne Treatment Gel sure sounds like the product that may really help her face. It isn’t too bad yet, but I know it will worsen if she doesn’t get on it. Now my only challenge will be to get her to wait 20 minutes after she washes her face to apply the cream. Wish me luck, and thank you again for this lovely review. It was very helpful for me. 

    1. Victor Post author

      It is a wonderful product, starting a treatment early could really help finding a solution as soon as possible, some of us struggled with acne for years before finding a good product, I’m sure she’ll understand it is for her full benefit, have her try it for three months and see how it works, thanks for reading.

  4. Bojana

    Since I thankfully did not have problems with acne, I will be happy to recommend this product to my daughter. When it comes to skin care, I think every woman should be able to afford a good treatment for themselves, I want her to have an acne free face. This face gel can be afforded by everyone and it looks like it will be effective, thank you for the information. 

    1. Victor Post author

      Hey Bojana,
      Yes, finding a product for your skin at a early time will save you many years looking for the product that works for you, hope this works for your daughter and her search won’t be long, thanks for reading.

  5. LineCowley

    Suffering from skin problems such as acne, can make one feel distraught about your looks. So to have an acne treatment that is effective in treating the condition, must be a relief for many acne sufferers. I have not heard about the active ingredient  Adapalene before, so this is good to know as not all acne sufferers like to use products with acid or peroxide in it.

    Being able to use the Differin at night time, means the adapalene can work through the time you are sleeping and a different face cream can be applied during the day. 

    1. Victor Post author

      Pretty much sums it up, a great alternative for those trying to use something less acidy, thanks for reading.

  6. Michel Maling

    I am going to let my daughter try this, as she does break out from time to time, which is normal for a fifteen-year-old. She doesn’t like thick creams, so I think the consistency of this gel will definitely suit her better, and not sit on top of her skin and make her look oily.

    You suggest using it at night. I wonder how long it takes to start working, as teenagers can get very impatient when they feel the need to look good. During the day, I think it will be better to try and use an oil-free Sunscreen to avoid further breakouts.

    1. Victor Post author

      Hey Michel,
      The recommended usage is once a day, so at night it would be perfect and only use the sunscreen during the day, there have been many cases where people did not see results until 3 months later, so you’re daughter will not be very happy, but if she’s patient and sticks to it, it will pay off, hope it helps, thanks for reading.

  7. Rohit

    Hi there,

    I had not heard of Adapalene and its role I’m treating acne. First of all, a good thorough review of a skin care product which is so much required for the terns. My son is a teenager who seems to have problems with acne. I was on a lookout for a cure for this.

    With use of Adapalene in this gel makes it less irritating than the usual chemical ones, this becomes a definite must try.

    I will recommend this product to my son. Thanks for sharing this review.

    Best Regards,


    1. Victor Post author

      Hello Rohit,
      Yes, it is one of the least drying there is to treat acne, might take a bit longer to see results, but it will certainly help, he will need to have some patience and be consistent applying it, hoping for the best, thanks for reading.

  8. Kumar

    Hi Victor,
    Great review to help out the suffering teenager, hopefully it works for my son, Thanks for sharing.

    1. Victor Post author

      This is a great product, just ask him to be patient and wait for the results, hoping for the best, thanks for reading.


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