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I started having acne in middle school. I would only get 1 or 2 pimples here and there. This was also around the time I started to learn about make up. I got my first facial when I was 16, complete with extractions. I would get them once every few months, then once every month. This helped keep my face clear for a couple years. But I stopped getting them for a long time because I moved and didn't look into finding a new place. I tried all kinds of facial cleansers/toners/masks at our local walgreens. Nothing ever kept my skin consistently clear. I also tried Dan's regimen hoping it would be the final thing that worked. I bought the 3 steps and the AHA. I tried this for a few months but after I ran out I didn't buy again. Fast forward to summer 2013- my insurance at work finally kicked in and I set up an appointment with my doctor so I could get a referral to see a dermatologist. I had never seen an actual dermatologist before so I researched online to find out what I could expect. I was mostly looking forward to the medicine I could get. My Dr was Mai Vuong. I was distracted by her constant gum chewing. I felt that it was very unprofessional of her to chew gum the entire appointment. I didn't feel a personal connection with her- I felt like just another patient. As she was looking at my face she would talk about me to her assistant as if I wasn't there. I wanted to change my dr right then and there but I decided to just try out the medication first and see what happens. My dr told me I have moderate acne with moderate acne scars. I was prescribed 100 mg of Doxycycline a day, .05% Tretinoin and Benzamycin. I read that Doxycyline should be eaten after a meal to prevent stomach aches. I take it after dinner and have never experienced any discomfort. I started using the tretitoin cream every night right away. I didn't know I had to build up to that. I started the doxycycline & tretinoin on August 15. It is now day 61. I wasn't tracking my progress day by day so I have to go off of memory. The first couple weeks of tretinoin made my face extremely flaky and itchy. I finally started to see my scars lighten up a little bit after a month or so. I still would get pimples here and there. A few on the sides of my cheeks and a big one in between my eye brows. Everything looks like its healing. I haven't had any fresh breakouts in a while.

I haven't seen my derm since August. I plan on scheduling a new appointment for next month. My current regimen is as follows:


Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash


Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30


Same Cetaphil Foam wash

.05% Tretinoin

Oral Antibiotic (100mg doxycycline)

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Doesn't sound too professional if she was chomping gum during your appointment. They also should have been very clear about having to build up to using the Tretinoin. Sounds like you should consider finding another dermatologist.

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