Travel-size Acne.org Regimen Kit.
Remember to add in Acne.org AHA+ (Glycolic Acid – 10%) after 1 month: I strongly recommend that everyone add in Acne.org AHA+ after 1 month to enhance the efficacy of the regimen even further, adding insurance that your skin will stay perfectly clear.
For specific instructions on how to use this kit, learn The Acne.org Regimen and follow it precisely.
3.4 oz. Acne.org Cleanser
3.4 oz. Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
3.4 oz. Acne.org Moisturizer with Licochalcone
When treating acne, the first step is to cleanse the skin. Cleansing removes oil, dirt, and pollution so that the treatment you apply can effectively penetrate. However, cleansing should be performed correctly, with only bare hands, using a featherlight touch for 10 seconds or less. This might seem fast, but any form of skin irritation can make acne worse, so it is vitally important to stay gentle and brief when washing your skin.
I made this generously sized ultra-gentle liquid cleanser so we would have a pH-balanced cleanser which doesn’t over-dry and is gentle enough for people with sensitive, acne-prone skin. It also lathers very well, which helps provide a gentle and quick cleansing experience, further helping to prevent irritation.
It is also unscented and dye-free. Fragrances and dyes can sometimes irritate the skin, and since irritation can lead to acne, it’s best to opt for unscented and dye-free products.
Does it take off makeup?
Yes, it works at removing foundation, BB/CC cream, powder, blush, and bronzer. For long-wearing makeup, lipstick, and eye makeup, Acne.org Moisturizer or Acne.org Acne.org Organic Jojoba Oil may be a better choice.
How do I use it to shave?
Acne.org Cleanser is an ideal shaving “cream.” Dispense a quarter-size amount into your palm and get a nice thick lather going. Apply the lather as you would shaving cream and off you go. It’s as good or better than almost all shaving creams/gels/foams/soaps and helps you avoid potentially irritating ingredients in these products. See the guide to shaving for more detailed instructions.
Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
After many years of Acne.org members asking me to produce and sell a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, I decided to go ahead and make this generously sized, gel-based 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and to make it as perfect as possible to use with The Acne.org Regimen. That meant it had to be big so people had plenty of it to get completely clear, gel-based so it would spread easily and wouldn’t turn white when you sweat, pH-balanced to keep irritation to a minimum, and contain super-fine pharmaceutical-grade particles of benzoyl peroxide so it could penetrate deeply and clear the skin.
Why 2.5% strength?
Several studies show that 2.5% benzoyl peroxide clears acne just as well as 10% solutions. Importantly, it also produces much less irritation. This is important for two reasons:
Irritation of the skin can lead to more acne. It is very important to reduce irritation when it comes to acne-prone skin.
Because 2.5% dries the skin less than 10% benzoyl peroxide, using a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide makes a daily benzoyl peroxide regimen sustainable because it doesn’t overdry the skin.
What is pharmaceutical grade?
Acne.org Treatment is triple milled to ensure extra-fine and extra-potent particles of benzoyl peroxide. This is why you won’t find grittiness in Acne.org Treatment like you often do in other benzoyl peroxide products. When applied to the skin, the micronized particles of benzoyl peroxide penetrate more deeply and completely into the skin where they do their job of clearing and preventing acne.
People clear up more quickly and completely with a pharmaceutical grade benzoyl peroxide, and you should be able to switch over from whichever benzoyl peroxide you’re currently using to a pharmaceutical grade product like Acne.org Treatment with confidence. However, in rare circumstances, certain people have reported that they experienced a breakout upon switching to Acne.org Treatment. Although this is uncommon, there is an explanation. It is likely the result of the smaller particles of benzoyl peroxide reaching deeper into the skin and activating the clogged pores that are well below the surface. These clogged pores were destined to become pimples at some point, and switching to a pharmaceutical grade benzoyl peroxide simply brought them to the surface. The good news is that even if you have an initial breakout, it should clear up quickly, and then you can expect your skin to stay clearer moving forward.
How does benzoyl peroxide work?
Whether we are talking about the face or the body, acne problems start the same way. For reasons no one completely understands, a pore becomes clogged, trapping skin oil that normally drains to the surface. Inside skin oil lives acne bacteria, which multiplies in the clogged pore, and voila, a zit is born.
Acne treatments usually target one of the two phases of a blemish’s life cycle, whereas benzoyl peroxide likely targets both:
Preventing the initial clogged pore: Benzoyl peroxide is a drying and peeling agent, unclogging pores and preventing new clogged pores.
Killing acne bacteria: Out of any over-the-counter or prescription medication on the market, benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria the best. Studies show benzoyl peroxide kills over 99% of acne bacteria within minutes.
One more benefit of benzoyl peroxide that is still not completely understood is how it dramatically calms the skin and improves the overall complexion. You’ll notice after you use Acne.org Treatment for a few weeks that your complexion will transform from red and irritated to balanced, even-toned, and healthy looking.
To sum it all up, when you use enough 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, especially pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide, in the right way as outlined in The Acne.org Regimen, it’s quite simply stronger than acne, and will leave your skin clear, balanced, and healthy.
How to use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide?
The secret to using benzoyl peroxide is to use a lot of it (once you have slowly ramped up the dosage). This is why it was a no-brainer to make Acne.org Treatment only in large sizes.
It is also important to remember to stay gentle when you apply it. I often tell people to “go overboard with how gentle you stay when you apply it.” Use only a featherlight touch and allow your skin to do the work, absorbing the benzoyl peroxide on its own without rubbing. If after 2 minutes it’s still not completely absorbed, just let the rest absorb on its own.
Important – follow The Acne.org Regimen instructions precisely: Since I can’t say everything right here, be sure to read through The Acne.org Regimen carefully before you start using Acne.org Treatment. You should start clearing up quickly and reliably if you follow it precisely. Many people find it helpful to bring the Regimen video into the bathroom with them the first couple of times they perform The Acne.org Regimen until they have it down pat.
Reminder: I strongly recommend that everyone add in Acne.org AHA+ (10% Glycolic Acid) after 1 month on The Acne.org Regimen. It turbo-charges benzoyl peroxide, and provides insurance that you will stay completely clear.
What are the risks and warnings?
As with any benzoyl peroxide product, it is important that you start slowly with the amount that you use. Benzoyl peroxide comes with what dermatologists refer to as the well-known “hardening effect.” This means that benzoyl peroxide causes redness, dryness, and itchiness in many people for the first few weeks until the skin gets used to it. While this is unavoidable to some extent, you can prevent some of the redness and dryness by being prudent and STARTING SLOWLY (notice how this is in all caps – trust me), with just a pea-size amount once a day for the first week, and then slowly upping your dosage and frequency from there.
Also, a very small percentage (about 1 in 500) of the population is allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is evidenced by swelling and/or severe crusting. If you suspect you may be allergic, test it on a small area (the meaty part of the inner elbow is a good spot) for a few days before diving in.
Lastly, benzoyl peroxide can bleach dyed fabrics, so keep it away from clothing that you love. Benzoyl peroxide may also bleach hair and eyebrows in some people to some extent.
Why is it so inexpensive?
I am able to offer such a large and high quality benzoyl peroxide at a low price and still make a profit due to my low overhead. Also, because you are ordering directly from me, there are no complex distribution channels or middlemen that inflate prices. Lastly, I do not advertise and have no marketing department (so please help spread the word about The Acne.org Regimen by making a YouTube video or sharing your journey in some other way on social media).
Acne.org Moisturizer with Licochalcone
People who are acne-prone tend to have what is called an impaired skin barrier. This means is the outermost layer of skin is weak, and this causes loss of moisture through the skin. Even if you feel you have “oily” skin you can still have an impaired skin barrier. To heal the skin barrier, apply Acne.org Moisturizer after applying Acne.org Treatment.
I carefully formulated Acne.org Moisturizer to contain no pore-clogging or irritating ingredients and to be safe to use on acne-prone skin. In fact, you can use as much as you need, as often as you need, without fear of clogging pores. I added licochalcone to the formula, which works as an anti-irritant, calming down the skin.
Some people have success with moisturizing only once per day in the morning, particularly people who live in humid environments. But even if that might be true for you, first, follow The Acne.org Regimen precisely until you are completely clear. That means moisturizing twice a day, every day. Then, once you are completely clear, you can try eliminating moisturizer at night and see if you stay clear.
What is licochalcone?
Licochalcone is a highly distilled and potent extract of a species of licorice root well known for powerfully calming and soothing the skin. It is especially beneficial on acne-prone skin which tends to be sensitive and irritated. Licochalcone is incredibly expensive at $7000-$8000 per kilogram and needs to be used at .1% strength to be effective. This moisturizer contains the full .1% and is not included simply for “label claim.” If you suspect you may be allergic to licorice root, patch test your skin by applying some Moisturizer to your inner elbow for 2 days before applying to the face.
Note: To avoid staining light colored clothing, allow moisturizer to dry for a minute or so before dressing.
Is the Moisturizer non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)? Yes. 100%. I chose each ingredient carefully to ensure that this moisturizer is completely non-comedogenic. Instead of causing any problems with acne, regular use should actually help calm and soothe acne-prone skin. Use it liberally without fear.
Why use a full quarter-size amount?
Many people are accustomed to using only a small amount of moisturizer. However, when you are on The Acne.org Regimen and using generous amounts of Acne.org Treatment (2.5% benzoyl peroxide), your skin will require extra hydration. For most people, that means using a quarter-size amount (4mL) of this moisturizer to keep the skin in balance. During the first few weeks of The Acne.org Regimen you may require even more.
Note: Some people who have extra oily skin or live in humid environments may require less. Through trial and error you will find the right amount for you. You want your skin to feel non-irritated and fully moisturized.
Why add jojoba oil?
Jojoba oil makes any regular moisturizer into a super moisturizer. If you want extra hydration, try mixing in a few drops (5-6) of jojoba oil to your moisturizer before you apply it. The added jojoba oil will provide an extra boost of moisture without clogging pores. It may also help control oil production—an extra, very welcome benefit.