This Popular Prescription Skin Care Cream Is Now Over-The-Counter

Prescription-strength products that zero in on acne can do wonders for the skin. When blemishes and breakouts are constantly being battled sometimes the only thing that can make your skin take a turn for the better is a cream or gel that contains prescription-strength ingredients, which are stronger than what can be found in over-the-counter options.

One of the more popular anti-acne treatments, which until now has only been available via a prescription from a doctor, is adapalene-based Differin Gel. Today, the FDA approved Differin Gel 0.1% for over-the-counter to treat acne making it the first retinoid to ever receive this approval. Retinoids are a stronger version of retinols, which can be obtained without a prescription.

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“Millions of consumers, from adolescents to adults, suffer from acne,” said Lesley Furlong, MD, deputy director of the Office of New Drugs IV in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Now, consumers have access to a new safe and effective over-the-counter option.”

You can find the over-the-counter version of Differin Gel ($14 for 15g tube and $30 for 45g tube) starting mid-January 2017 at mass retailers, drugstores and online.