When you have acne, you do whatever it takes to clear your skin. That means scouring the internet for the ‘Holy Grail’ of skin care products and routines. On this search, you’ll inevitably stumble upon Acne.org, one of, if the not the largest websites on skin care.
Acne.org is a fantastic resource for people who suffer from acne. Some of the features include personalized skin care routines, tons of product reviews, an entire forum of people dedicated to clearing their own skin and helping others do the same, and of course, their famous acne.org regimen.
The routine is quite simple at only 3 steps. Here it is directly from their website:
3 steps of The Acne.org Regimen:
- Acne.org Gentle Cleanser
- Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
- Acne.org Moisturizer
The Acne.org Regimen should be performed both in the morning and in the evening, about 10-12 hours apart.
Easy enough right?
This routine makes getting rid of acne so simple in a world of a bazillion acne products, but before you jump into the regimen, you have to ask “Does it even work?”
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you probably know that I am not a fan of this routine for obvious reasons. The products used only target the external symptoms of acne and do nothing to fix the root causes of acne.
Let’s break it down further:
1.) There’s Too Much Emphasis on External Products
To the naïve pimply teenager, it may seem like a good idea to use as many different products as possible and lather them on your face; this is a big non-no. I’ve written before about how putting too many products on your face may be contributing to acne.
Our bodies are well designed machines. The surface of our skin regulates itself with the amount of oil it secretes, the ph. balance of the mantle and more. This is a natural balance that can easily be disturbed. When we wash our face, especially with products, we disrupt that balance, and the more products we use that balance becomes even worse.
For the acne.org regimen, it prescribes washing one’s face twice daily with a cleanser. For me this is too much. There’s really no reason to wash your face twice a day, let alone with a cleanser, unless you sleep in mud or work in a coal mine.
The same goes for moisturizer, however, the moisturizer here is there for a reason, and that is to moisturize the skin after the Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) is used. BP really dries out the skin, and using it twice a day every day will make it significantly dry, which necessitate the use of moisturizer.
However, this does not mean that either are a good idea.
While I do own and recommend you own Benzoyl Peroxide and moisturizer, they are not to be used nearly as often as they are prescribed in this regimen.
BP should only be used to stop a large pimple that is about to surface, or one that already has. It is ti be used sparingly, and if you find yourself using it often, than you need to regulate your skin care regimen and overall lifestyle.
Moisturizer is not as powerful as BP. You can be a lot more liberal with moisturizer than with BP, but there is no need to lather it on. While they say moisturizer is effective at preventing wrinkles and skin cancer, it may be causing breakouts. This is why it is important to find a happy medium between your skin care products.
2.) They’re Selling Their Own Products
There’s nothing wrong with people advertising their own products, especially at a site like Acne.org where there is a wealth of free information. However, the problem I have is that all three products acne.org recommends they also sell.
Notice they don’t push products like Cod Liver Oil or fruits and vegetables, because obviously they would have difficult time selling those, but getting their hands on skin care products is easy. I don’t think it’s fair to exclude fundamentally important aspects of a proper acne regimen because one doesn’t sell those products.
There are definitely better regimens out there. When you look for one, find one that focuses on the internal and root causes of acne, not ones that push a Band-Aid approach to acne.
People who use this routine are in the same situation as Proactiv users. They become slaves to their skin care products, because once they go off their skin will breakout because not only were there skins reliant on the BP, but also the natural balance of their skin was thrown off.
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