FDA Approves New Over-The-Counter Acne Gel
Acne sufferers can now breathe a sigh of relief.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently OK’d an acne retinoid drug available over-the-counter. The acne gel medicine is the first to become available without a prescription since the 1980s.
The medicine is called Differin Gel 0.1%, or Adapalene. A more potent version of Differin Gel has been available as a prescription acne medication since 1996. It is available for people 12 and older and used once a day.
Millions are suffering from acne, now adolescents and adults have a new powerful over-the-counter treatment available. Over 50 million in the US suffer from acne, most being teenagers. The zits develop when pores clog up under the skin on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. The FDA points out that acne can cause scarring and low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
Retinoids contain chemicals similar to vitamin A and can treat many skin conditions. Five trials in people with mild to moderate acne were complete before approval. One study shows that absorption is scarce, a finding that supports over-the-counter use.
Things To Know Before Taking Differin Gel
The FDA warns that pregnant or breast-feeding women should consult with their doctor prior to using Differin Gel 0.1%. They haven’t had any good controlled studies of the gel in pregnant women, and some retinoid drugs are known to cause birth defects.
Those trying Differin Gel 0.1% should avoid getting sunburnt. You may also experience skin irritation during the first weeks of using it. Differin Gel has had an outstanding safety rating and is an excellent addition to the non-prescription options for those suffering from acne who can’t see a dermatologist. This version has a much lower concentration than the prescription medication at 0.3% strength.
If your acne doesn’t clear up or if the acne begins to scar, see your dermatologist. It is also very critical that you wear sunscreen every day when using this gel.