Hi all! I wanted to post my Obagi journal before I forget . Obagi is a relatively expensive line of skincare that promises to fade your acne scars and maybe make your skin appear more youthful. I am a 23 yr old asian, so no wrinkles here, but I've had acne since age 11 and I have never been able to go out without makeup. Currently I am on my 5th week of it, and it has not been an easy road but I am completely amazed by its results. I think I may have to go for 3 cycles, because I still can't really go out without foundation, but let me tell you -- I was about to drop $1k on lasers. Definitely I don't feel the need for that anymore. I got Obagi at an asian mall for $200, no RX (although I would recommend anyone trying it to have a doctor or at least an aesthetician's supervision because it's serious stuff). Day 1: My face is a bit warm, but nothing crazy. Day 2: My face feels like it's almost on fire. Reddish, warm and definitely noticeable from the rest of my face. However, this is a good sign that the Retin-A (.1%) is working. I've lightly scrubbed my face with a loofah to keep the flakes at bay. I was warned not to do this, but I scrubbed while I was on Accutane and it didn't damage my skin, so I hope this time around won't be any different. Although the warmth is a bit uncomfortable, this is a good sign that it will start working quickly. Day 3: The peeling has begun. It's pretty bad.. Even after light scrubbing and piling on Action, my skin still peeled all over. I almost had to cancel dinner, but hopefully no one really notices. (Okay, I went home after dinner and looked in the mirror--- AWFUL peeling. I should've stayed home) Day 4: I had to catch a 4 hour flight to DC, and when I woke up on the plane, my face was completely flaky! It was so embarassing, I had to walk around with sunglasses even at night until I got home. I was able to rub off all the flakes, per my mom's instructions: when washing your face, rub your hands in a circular motion with lukewarm water, gently until all the flakes have come off. then I applied Action all over and reapplied my foundation. I have since stopped scrubbing with the loofah because it doesn't help the flakiness at all. My face was burning hot, but the Action seemed to have calmed it down. Now I'm a bit more presentable, even if my skin looks dull. Day 5: Today I just stayed in and slept, which was good because I was tired of having to put on makeup over these flakes! My skin peeled mostly around my mouth and lower part of the face. I have to go out tomorrow night, so I did not put Clear or Retin-A on my lower face. I won't know if this is going to work for tomorrow. This stuff is no joke.. I've had 2 rounds of Accutane, and it still has nothing on Obagi! Day 6: I used the products only on my upper-to-mid face, and with my sunscreen over and a lot of eye cream on my lids and bags, my makeup went on smoothly! Yay! The redness was barely noticeable. I won't put on the Blender/Retin-A on the lower face tonight, and maybe avoid it for another day so the lower part of my face (which I don't need to fix up anyways) can calm down. My friends even complimented me on my glowing and clear skin! This is very reassuring. Day 7-32: I skipped the Retin-A for two days after day 7, and it made a world of difference. After I went back to using Retin-A, my face has not been as crazy red. It still peels in the afternoon around my mouth and chin, but I carry a tweezer around with me and just pluck the flakes off. In general, my skin has been reacting nicely to Obagi, and the notorious awful first few weeks has flown by. So I would say, if your skin is burning from the Retin-A, just take a day or two off at a time. Day 32: My face has gotten used to the Retin-A by now. It still peels once a day around my mouth and chin, but nothing that carrying a tweezer and Action won't fix. For the most part, my skin is a lot lighter and smoother after I put on foundation. I'm not ready to go out without makeup, but I'd say it's a 60% improvement. I feel much better about my skin now and can't wait for more results. I would recommend, if your skin is like mine, to start Obagi when you have a week off of work so you can suffer in the privacy of your own home and the rest is cake!