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What is the difference between differin and benzac (benzoyl peroxide)?

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Dr. Emily Altman
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In brief: Acne medications

Differin is a retinoid, relative of vitamin a. Its generic name is adapalene. Benzac ac is a benzoyl peroxide. They both treat whiteheads, blackheads and small red papules and pustules very well. They both can be a little drying and irritating, so start using them slowly, like alternating them at night for the first week or two. Differin is prescription.

In brief: Acne medications

Differin is a retinoid, relative of vitamin a. Its generic name is adapalene. Benzac ac is a benzoyl peroxide. They both treat whiteheads, blackheads and small red papules and pustules very well. They both can be a little drying and irritating, so start using them slowly, like alternating them at night for the first week or two. Differin is prescription.
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