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Used for: Acne
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What is Differin for?

Differin is a brand product which contains Adapalene, a type of vitamin A called retinoids. It is used to treat acne by stopping pimples from forming.

How to use it?

Differin comes as a cream or gel. Apply thinly to the affected skin once at night, but do not apply on broken skin or irritated skin. If irritation occurs, you may reduce the frequency of application.


Before you apply Differin, wash your hands. Then, gently clean and pat dry the affected area. Apply thinly onto the affected areas and rub gently until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using the medicine.

What are the side effects of Differin?

Common side effects of Differin include burning sensation, itching and reddening of skin.

Who should not take Differin?

People who are allergic to Adapalene or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

  • It may take a few months to see the full effect.
  • For the best effect, apply only at night because it is less effective with UV light.
  • This medication may make the skin sensitive to light. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and avoid tanning beds or prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are also using other skin products, to be on the safe side.

Common dosing schedule:
Apply thinly to the affected skin once at night.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.


Some common medications Differin may interact with:

  • Other skin products that may cause skin sensitivity, such as products that contain alcohol, astringents, spices, or lime.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Differin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Differin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Differin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Available dosage
  • 0.1% (Cream)
  • 0.1% (Gel)
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Anti-Acne Agents
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