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Good morning to all....I have been reading posts on this site for quite some time, and I have finally decided to join, and share my experiences with all of you...

Let me introduce myself....I am 29 years old, married with two daughters. After my last daughter was born (May 2009) my skin totally changed! I have been dealing with this for what feels like forever, and I have finally decided to do something about it. I used to do a lot of modeling before my 2nd daughter was born, and had beautiful skin! I had never had a problem with acne before, but just recently it has gotten a lot worse. I have tried everything from cetaphil, to proactiv and everything in between. I even used the "extra strength" proactiv!

So I finally decided it was time to go see the dermatologist. Even though, I felt embarrassed to go there and have the doctor look at my face. I sucked it up, and went anyway. I could feel my face getting red with embarrassment while I was explaining to her my skin problems, and she got up close to have a look. Anyway, I left her office with three prescriptions.



Retin - A

I couldn't help but think to myself...geez my acne must really be bad to warrant all this stuff to clear it up!! :D I hadn't really heard of any of these products, and was very sceptical of using any of it. So I got on the internet to look for some reviews....that is when I found this site. So I have been sitting here, reading reviews of all these products for several weeks. Some good, some bad.

I started taking the doxy right away, and have been using the duac at night. Even though the derm said to use it in the morning. I am just so scared to have bad side effects! Has anyone else been afraid to start the meds, but know you probably should just DO IT- it's the only way to get better?

Ah....So I spent a good hour yesterday looking at reviews on the Tretenoin (0.05%). I have to be honest, and say that everything I read SCARES me about this product. About the "IB" and the burning etc... Despite all of that- I finally, after weeks of having the prescription, went and picked it up from the pharmacy last night. I was anxious, but nervous to try it out. I read and re read the instructions. Once I had it on, I was expecting a burning feeling, or tingling or something. But nothing! I was happy about that, but at the same time I wondered- um is it even working??

Anyway, I think I will try to keep a log on here of my progress. My ups, and downs- and hopefully this will have a happy ending.! :D

So here it goes...

Day 1

Used the retin a cream last night for the first time, and was worried what my face would look like when I got up this morning. I didn't feel any buring, itching, nothing. My face looks the same this morning as it did yesterday. Nothing better, nothing worse....Maybe I will be one of the lucky ones that the "IB" isn't all that bad?? I can only hope....



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