Hello Acne.Org Members:
My first experience to the dermatologist was quite nerve racking. I went in with a lot of expectations for oral anti-biotics or Accutane. I received neither. My acne was not severe enough to be placed on any oral treatments. Therefore, I received a multitude of products.
1. Retin-A Micro
3. Obagi Cleanser (love it already)
4. Obagi Clear (hydroquinone 4%)
5. Inova Pads
I have a lot of discoloration from previous acne lesions and it really causes my low self-esteem to be on overload. The doctor and aesthetician (sp.) said that it worked wonders so I am going to try it. The Obagi system cost me $119....whew....but I had heard about the products before and thought they were fantastic.
The doctor looked at my face closely. He counted the amount of pimples or comedones, and logged them. He talked to me about the improvements I wanted, and any other treatments I had been on. He did not do a full body overview (whew). I have no acne on my back or chest. Occasionally,I will get a pimple there, but it is very rare.
He wrote the prescription and that was it. I do know that you can buy the Obagi products much cheaper online (CANADA)....so if they work that is where I will buy them from now on....
I have another dermatology appointment in four months, only sooner if something goes awry.
It did not seem that they though my scne was that severe (sad face) because I really wanted Accutane. They were more concerned with my hyperpigmentation.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I feel that I am in good hands....
Watch out world....
I will post my progress either everyday, or every other day.
I got all of my prescriptions today, so we will see how it goes.