Review of the Acne.org Regimen

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:

  1. Acne.org Gentle Cleanser
  2. Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
  3. 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.

Conclusion

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.

For an effective program, check out my Quick Start Guide to tart your journey to clear skin today.

 

How To Stop a Pimple In Its tracks

If you have a face full of pimples, then you probably won’t be overly concerned with a single, solitary spot. Rather, you should be concerned with tackling the underlying causes of the problem. Check out my Quick Start guide to get your skin in top shape ASAP.

For many people however, a single pimple is enough to give them a cause for concern. In this instance there are certain steps to take to prevent that pimple from becoming a monstrosity and a bane to your existence.

The most important mantra to remember is that:

“The best offense is a good defense.”

While that pertains more to sports, it does hold value when it comes to skincare. In order to prevent pimples from surfacing, you have to make sure you’re doing everything right in the first place to stop them from coming into existence.

This includes following the routine your dermatologist laid out for you, eating a healthy diet, taking the proper vitamins and minerals, additional health supplements, juicing fruits and vegetables, getting adequate sunshine and more. If you fail to follow these with consistency and persistence, then you can guarantee you will have many breakouts in the future.

I used to fall into this trap. My skin would look great for a few days, I’d slack off on my health and skin regimens, and then like clockwork I’d notice a few blemishes. I’d then furiously hop back on my routine, and within a few days my skin would clear up. I would then slack off again, I’d breakout and the vicious cycle would continue.

It is CRUCIAL that you follow this program to a T day in and day out if you want your skin to look its best every day. I know it’s tough, but if you make it a top priority it won’t be difficult for long.

Now, let’s get down to business.

The Routine

I’m going to assume that you woke up one morning and you noticed a pimple getting ready to surface. Usually a spot won’t op up without fair warning. The biggest ad gnarliest bastards tease you and slowly surface.

For the entire day you should limit, if not entirely avoid, and foods that may exacerbate your skin. More importantly though, you want to eat foods that help reduce inflammation. I say that because from what I noticed, consuming particular fruits and vegetables do more to help my skin than junk food does to hurt my skin.

Does that make sense?

I have a juicer and what I’ll do is make one with at least half a dozen organic carrots. While Cod Liver Oil provides the lion’s share of vitamin A, juiced carrots give my body a ton of vitamin A in the form of Beta-Carotene. I’ll also add in some leafy greens and a little fruit to taste.

My skin is noticeably better the day after one of these juices. If you don’t have a juicer, it’s something I would urge you to look into. Check out my recommendation.

In addition to a juice, you want to consume additional whole fruits and vegetables. You should also seek to limit excessive carbohydrates, and eat healthy fats like almonds, avocados and fish.

The next step is to make sure you’re supplementing properly. If you notice a blemish(es) surfacing then you’re going to want to bump up your typical dosages. Here’s my recommendations:

  1. Cod Liver Oil: 3 tsps.
  2. Vitamin D: 10000 IU
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: 3 tbsps.
  4. Coconut Oil: 3 tbsps.
  5. Zinc: 60 mg

These are by no means dangerous amounts to consume, but not amounts you need to consume every day. For a few days though it’s what I would follow to stop a breakout.

Hopefully it’s a nice day outside, if so, spend as much time outside as possible, almost to the point where you’re going to get a sunburn. What this will do is to make sure your body I getting more than enough vitamin D. While excessive sun is bad for your skin long term, in my opinion it’s fantastic for helping to get rid of spots.

I’ll put it this way: My acne has never been worse the day after I’ve spent a ton of time in the sun. That’s just anecdotal evidence, but I stand by it. Now, if you do get a ton of sun, there is no need to take any vitamin D that day. However, if it’s winter or a gray day outside, then stick with the 10000 IU I recommend.

To cap it all off, at night, use the 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. I don’t recommend this often, but when you feel a spot surfacing, or after it already has surfaced, then is the time to use it.

Additional Words of Wisdom

Make sure to through the day without worrying and obsessing over one spot. That won’t help you physically or mentally. Remember that all spots will go away eventually, so there’s no point in obsessing over it.

A few other things to keep in mind: No hot showers (at least on your face) and there is no need for cleansers (“cleaning” a blemish is pointless since it’s already there). Also, try to avoid makeup and for God’s sake stop putting crap on your face!

The Next Day

The day after you follow this routine I can guarantee your skin is going to look a whole lot better. There’s one little problem though…

Following a routine like this means that your immune system is going to be functioning at full capacity, which in turn means that white blood cells will be on the hunt for nasty bacteria. These white blood cells will make their way to the blemish you’ve been trying to get rid of and camp out there. This is the ‘head’ of the pimple.

Most people like to pop these; dont. Don’t!

DO NOT POP THE PIMPLE!!!

Sure, popping it gets rid of the whitehead, but only temporarily. And even so, you’re going to be left with a bright, red spot.

My suggestion is to just suck it up and deal with the whitehead. It’s just a little speck, it’s not the end of the world. It should subside within another day or two.

On the other hand, sometimes the pimple will actually subside altogether, depending on how early you caught it. Regardless, if you follow the routine, these types of things won’t happen much in the future.

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