Compare Benzamycin vs. Differin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is a common affordable treatment for acne and pimples, but it can stain clothing and hair.
Differin (adapalene) is commonly used for treating acne, but, it can cause skin irritation.
- The combination of medicines in Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall appearance of acne than either medicine alone.
- Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) not working as well over time (known as resistance).
- Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
- A generic form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is available to help lower cost.
- Differin (adapalene) is a good option for the treatment of acne.
- It is available as a cheaper, generic medication.
- It only has to be applied to the skin once a day at bedtime.
- The 0.1% gel formulation is available over the counter, without a prescription.
- Differin (adapalene) is generally well tolerated, with few side effects.
- Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) may not work for everyone. Like with any acne medicine, you may have to try different medicines before finding the one that works for you.
- You have to apply this twice a day. With some other medicines, you may only need to apply once a day.
- Is generally only effective for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne, you may need an oral medication.
- The most common form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) needs to be stored in the fridge and is only good for 3 months even if you have medicine remaining in the container.
- Your skin may look worse before it starts looking better.
- Differin (adapalene) can take up to 8 to 12 week to start working.
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- Dry skin8%
- Reaction where applied3%
- Eyelid inflammation2%
- Skin dryness42%
- Skin redness38%
- Skin scaling35%
- Persistent burning and stinging24%
- Persistent itching21%
- Bleaching effects
- Skin irritation
- Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Allergic reaction
- Development of more serious infections
- Long-term use of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin)
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Local skin reactions
- Soaps and cleansers with skin-drying effects
- Products with high concentraions of alcohol, astringents, spices, or limes.
- UV and sunlight exposure
- Severe allergic reaction