I'm 20 years old and have mild cystic acne my whole life. I tried every over the counter acne medication, including pro active & Mary Kay products. I finally went to my doctor and he prescribed retin-A gel .25 strength. It's been a little over a month now since I've started using it. My face has been going through the "purging" phase still even after all that time. I wash my face with a natural fash wash before bed, wait 20 mins to apply the medicine, and then moisturizer. Some days I think it might be clearing up and then it will break out again. I still sometimes feel pimples forming underneath the skin, which causes me so much anxiety because I know what's coming. I still have dryness and peeling, although not as bad, but my face is red and irritated looking around my mouth (which is where most of the pimples form). I haven't been on this medication for long and I hear patience is key. But it's so hard to see my skin like this. I'm going to continue for awhile longer but any feedback is appreciated!!!