Thank you for all of your suggestions. I think I might shop around a bit for price quotes for the Differin and I did go on the website for the rebate.
Another option is to call around for price quotes. Costco pharmacy offers Differin for $160. Plus, there is a $25 rebate available at the Differin website. So this would bring the cost down a bit.
In addition, Galderma (company that makes Differin) has a patient assistance program that provides free medications to qualifying patients. Google for more info. Looks like there's some paperwork to fill out.
Retin-A is available as cream or gel and in many different strengths (0.025%, 0.05%, etc). Although it is harsher than Differin, starting with a low strength should minimize the harshness.
Hi. Differin is considered to be generally better tolerated than Retin-A. If you do switch and find your skin becomes sensitized, rebalance it with gentle cleansing products. Effclar H cleansing foam by La Roche-Posay is specially formulated to care for oily skin made fragile by over-drying skincare.
Taking a combined oral contraceptive pill such as Yasmin, Ortho-Tricylin or Diane35 can benefit females with acne. Would your insurance cover these brands, or their generic versions? Avoid the mini-pill (everyday pill) depot shot or hormonal IUD though as these may induce acne.
If your doctor considers that you warrant both oral antibiotics and the pill use a barrier method of contraception as there is a risk that tetracyclines may reduce the contraceptive properties of the pill.