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This Drugstore Skin Treatment is The Closest You’ll Get to a Prescription Retinol

* Prescription strength retinoid now available over the counter
* Helps clear acne breakouts and exfoliates the skin
* Previously only available with a perscription

Retinol is the holy grail ingredient of anti-aging skin care products, and one of the few that has actually been proven to not only help prevent the signs of aging but is powerful enough to improve skin texture, pigmentation and help clear up and clear up certain types of acne. While it is readily available in many drugstore products, the percentage strength of over-the-counter retinol products might be lower than desired.

Differin Gel is a great skin care option that was previously only available with a prescription, and contains 0.1 % Adapalene which is a powerful acne-fighting retinoid. While it’s marketed as an acne treatment, many reviews and fans of the product tout it for its anti-aging benefit as well.

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Differin the only prescription strength, multi-benefit, FDA-approved retinoid available over the counter. It works to prevent breakouts by accelerating skin cell turnover to keep pores from clogging through chemical exfoliation. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and swelling at the source.

Differin should be used as part of your morning or evening skin care regimen, on freshly cleansed skin. As this is a potent retinoid, it is important to follow application with a moisturizer and/or some sort of SPF. With continued use, clearer skin can be seen in as little as 12 weeks.