i am really disapointed with my results from expensive wrinkle creams and wonder if Differin would give me better results. Better than Retin A?
Differin for Wrinkles
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Differin vs. OTC wrinkle creams
Over the counter wrinkle creams usually contain retinol, which is converted in your skin to Retin-A (tretinoin). Unfortunately, retinol is far less effective than tretinoin. Retin-A has been out much longer than Differin and therefore has a more established and documented track record when treating wrinkles, freckles, crow's feet, etc. Both should be effective, although I am not aware of any head-to-head studies comparing the effectiveness of the two. Differin is generally less irritating to the skin than Retin-A, though.
Probably Not Best For Wrinkles
Differin ( Adapalene) is a bit different than its two Retinoid mates Tretinoin ( Retin A, Atralin, Avita, Tretin X,) and Tazarotene ( Tazarac, Avage). It is a third generation retinoid and its molecular structure differs from the other two.
All three of these reinoids activate retinoid receptors (RAR) in the skin, but which ones they activate varies. RAR-gamma and RAR-alpha are found in the epidermis. RAR-Beta is located in the dermis. Tretinoin activates all RAR pathways; Tazarac activates RAR-Beta and RAR-gamma; Differin activates only RAR-gamma.
Differin, is not a natural Retinoid like the others, but was designed by some pretty creative scientists at Galderma. This adaptation from the original retinoid molecule gave it increased specificity to maximize its anti-acne benefits and minimize its irritation. Most of my dermatology colleagues would agree with me that Differin is less irritating than its competitors. It also is more stable in the sun. ( By the way, dermatologists prescribe Retin A and Tazarac to be used at night not only to avoid possible redness from the sun, but also to prevent its breakdown and loss of potency.
There have been a satchel full of articles on the anti-aging properties of Tretinoin. While Tazaratene has been less studied in this regard, but the studies have all been positive. Taz does slow down the wrinkling process. However, although studies on Differin for wrinkling may be on-going they have not been published.
One could argue, that due to Differin's more gentle nature, it could be used if patients are irritated by Tazarac or Tretinoin ( even its more bland derivative Renova). However, if you are irritated by the other two, I would suggest you buy Retinol OTC. This would be less expensive and probably as effective as Differin. Roc and Oil of Olay make good Retinol products.
Diffierin for wrinkles
Differin (Adapalene) is in the retinoid (vitamin A) family, others of which have been demonstrated to improve facial wrinkles. My preference would be to use one better established for that purpose such as tretinoin or tazarotene. Another non- prescription option is to use OLAY ProX line of products which have been shown in a study to be as effective in treating wrinkles as the retinoids.
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Differen for wrinkles
Differen is supposed to be a product similar to Retin-A. It is not indicated for the management of wrinkles and has not really been studied in this regard so I don't believe it is any more effective.
Dermatologists tend to prescribe this medication more freqeuntly and I look forward to their feedback.
Retinoid Repair Cream for wrinkles
Differin 0.3% gel may be efficacious for fine lines
Creams may help improve your skin texture, but they will not erase your wrinkles
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