I started getting pimples in 6th grade. And I began using store products (clean and clear, st. ives, neutrogena, eveeno, biore, etc) but nothing ever really worked! I've had black heads on my nose for the past 5 years of my life! And just last year, I began to break out on my cheeks, which left me horrible scars. I began to ask people about proactiv, and some said to not use it because my skin will get addicted and other said it worked wonderfully. I was in desperate measures so I bought it and began using it. At first, proactiv brings out all the bad stuff, which is a good thing! This takes a while, but then i really began to see changes in my skin. and i liked it! i would still get minor pimples with proactiv, but not as bad. but then the area around my eyes began to dry out.and when i would put concealer, you could totally see the peeling skin. it looked horrible. so i stopped using it. but i realized i shouldnt have used it around my eye area. and its true, your skin does get addicted, but as long as you keep using it until you grow out of the whole pimple era, you'll be fine. I havent used proactiv in a few months and i did break out so i went to the doctors. and if this perscription med doesn't work, im going back to proactiv but using extra caution around my eyes.