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Three weeks ago, I visited my dermatologist. At the time, I had about one large pimple on my face as well as a few below the surface. I had been using Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash and Cetaphil moisturizer as well as minocycline.

Despite the fact I was only on one prescribed product (the minocycline) and the fact that I was feeling fairly content with my skin, I reluctantly went in for a check up. I had made the appointment a month beforehand and I felt it necessary to go considering the fact that the dermatologist is damn near impossible to get an appointment with. It was a horrible mistake.

The first thing I was told was that my skin looked, "pretty good." I then explained to him that I had not been using his routine - retin-a micro and klaron - because it hadn't worked for me. I told him my current routine and he scoffed at it. Apparently it was some goddawful routine only fit for those of the lowest common denominator. I don't know. So, despite the fact that my skin was looking the best it had in a very long time, I was put on a new routine. Tazorac in the evening, plexion in the morning, moisturizer if necessary. Why I agreed to this, I don't know. I dropped my prescriptions off at CVS, picked them up and began the new routine that evening. What a tool.

That was three weeks ago to the day. As of now, my face looks the worst I've seen it in years. Not only is it dry, tight and itchy, but it is broken out and full of red, dry skin from previous pimples. It looks awful. Now, I realize that products like Tazorac hint that you may turn into an ogre during the first few weeks of "therapy," but this is not worth it. What am I getting from this? There isn't even any guarantee that once I've hit the timezone for which my skin is supposed to turn into some flawless diamond, that it won't look like utter crap. So, really, what am I getting from this? I've had nothing but negative results from Differin and Retin-a Micro, how do I know this won't be the same?

I don't. So, I'm through. I am done with prescription products. I am not going to make myself miserable in the hopes that some product will turn out to be miracle product. I am going to go back to the Neutrogena and the Cetaphil moisturizer and we'll see how that works out. And if it doesn't work out, I will find something else that I can purchase in a store without someone's permission. My dermatologist can peddle his products to some other poor shmuck.

**And for the record, I am in no way suggesting that any of you should either drop your current prescribed products or be afraid to try prescribed products. I'm sure that they work wonderfully on many people. I'm just saying that I personally am through with them.**

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