The New OTC Differin Line Just Got That Much Better

**Updated February 26, 2018

If you love what the retinoid-based Differin can do for your skin without the need to make a trip to the dermatologist, then you'll love the fact that the pimple blasting, no-prescription required line just added two new major additions to the collection. And, if the idea of a cleanser and moisturizer from the brand isn't enough to make you want to run out and buy it, perhaps the fact that both the Daily Deep Cleanser ($14) and Daily Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($12) won't make you break out will. 

**Originally published December 21, 2016

For those who suffer from acne, there’s no better saving grace than a tube of prescription medication. From salicylic acid and retinoids to benzoyl peroxide, these are the ingredients that can "make or break" your anti-acne routine.

We told you back in October that the popular prescription Differin was FDA-approved to be sold over the counter in a 0.1 percent gel formulation, making it the first retinoid ever to receive this approval. And now, besides just buying the cream, you can also load up on key skin care products from Differin, too—they’re brand-new—like the Balancing Cleanser ($9), and the fragrance-free Balancing Moisturizer ($9).

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Designed to be used in tandem with the Differin gel and layered on the skin—start with the cleanser, then apply a thin layer of the gel all over (don't use it like a spot treatment) and then apply the moisturizer. Although the entire line won’t be available at outposts like CVS and Walgreens until 2017, we just know that this acne-fighting trio is a must-have for perfectly clear skin.

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  • Melissa W.
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    I'm wondering the difference between this retinol and the retinol that already is sold OTC. Is the retinol in Differin stronger or more penetrates through the skin more easily? Or is it the same as say.. SkinMedica brand retinol products?

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