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Differin Gel is now available over the counter (OTC) â€“ making it the first ever OTC acne product to contain a full prescription-strength retinoid.
Retinoids like Differin tame inflammation and prevent clogged pores from forming in the first place. DifferinÂ Gel 0.1% (adapalene) was approved for over-the-counter use in July 2016, and has been available in stores since Jan. 2017. Â In addition to the gel, the new OTC line includes DifferinÂ® Balancing Moisturizer and DifferinÂ® Balancing Cleanser.
As part of the launch, Galderma introduced a new commercial, a splashy digital campaign, a celebrity spokesperson (none other than Ashley Benson, star of Pretty Little Liars) and of course, aÂ hashtag — #differin. The bash took place at the NestlÃ© Skin Health Investigation, Education, Longevity Development (SHIELD) Center inÂ New York City.
â€œWhen considering the prescription to OTC switch for Differin .1% Gel, the innovation and excitementÂ revolvesÂ around access,â€ Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology in the department of dermatology, Residency Program Director and Director of Translational Research at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, tells Beauty In The Bag. â€œFor a patient to be able to simplyÂ purchase an established retinoid over the counter without the need for a visit to theÂ dermatologist, a prescription, and a painstaking prior-authorization which is ultimately rejected by the insurance company two weeks later, isÂ a game changer.Â â€œ
Pretty Little Liars’ Benson has always been open about her skin woes, often posting “zit” selfies.Â â€œMake-up takes a huge toll on the skin. By the end of the night, I can scrape off my makeup. Itâ€™s horrible,â€ she told the crowd. Benson has been using the new Differin line on her â€œsuper-sensitive skinâ€ and says its working.
DifferinÂ® Gel will retail for around $13.99 for .05 oz. (up to 30 day use) â€¨and $29.99 for 1.6 oz. (up to 90 day use).