So unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, myself and #Differin are parting ways. As great as it has been over the past 5/6 months for my mild adult acne, as someone who has a secondary concern of facial eczema that I have had my entire life, it is simply not sustainable (or sensible) for me to continue use of it, as it has completely turned my skin from oily to dry, cracking, peeling and red raw, despite how I use it, what I 'buffer' it with and what I use before/after. I would go as far as to say that my eczema is the worst it has been my entire adult life since starting this treatment and above all else, I'm now just fed up with trying to hope my skin 'levels out' eventually.
It has also left me with the most sensitive skin I have ever experienced, where nearly every product stings upon application and leaves my skin red upon contact. My GP knows full well that I have been a life time eczema patient, yet still prescribed this to me, which I personally think is ridiculous. Yes, your Doctor can't predict how something will work for you, but I was not as much as told of the severe side effects of Differin, which I think is very worrying indeed for a medical professional to operate in such a reckless way. Upon personally researching this past few weeks, I have yet to come across a single study where Differin is suitable for use on highly eczema-prone skin and nearly every source I have read has categorically stated that more often than not, Differin results in dermatitis and causes severe eczema flare ups.
So where do I go from here?
All hope is not lost! I'm taking a 'break' at the moment in an attempt to mend my several damaged skin barrier, but I have a bottle of my favourite non-prescription retinoid on its way to me, which I will start to incorporate next week on alternating nights with my acids, as I have been doing.
Make the smart move folks and don't stick with something in 'hope' that it will eventually work out okay. I only wish I had of listened to my skin sooner. Does anyone else have any horror stories to share?
- 8 hours ago