So you guys rock and we probably have an extra $25,000 or more dollars to spend in a way that benefits the world in some way. I have to do my books, but it may be even a little more than that. I’d like to use the money to give to something that gives back. I’m throwing around two ideas right now:

1. Use the money to hire a sustainability consultant to study the company high and low and institute environmentally sustainable processes all along our product chain. I’m talkin’ at our manufacturers, and at our distributor, and with everyone we work with. It is possible for the whole of industry to be sustainable and profitable at the same time–it may even be the vastly better route to go for most companies. We can live in a future of absolute sustainability while still living abundantly. It’s a huge goal, and we can use this money to really launch into doing our part. I can’t think of anything more important…

2. …unless you’re talking about clearing the world of acne :-) We could also use the money to start an independent foundation that funds scientific studies on the diet and acne connection. I think that within the next decade or two, Acne.org can help bring this issue to concensus. The bottom line to the diet and acne argument is that more studies are needed. We are in a unique place to make this happen. For $20,000 we can likely build an independent foundation, gather a world-class board of directors, and begin to fund a small and simple study to add to the scientific consensus regarding diet and acne.

Or maybe we can do both–let me go look at the books :-)

Dan

20 Responses to “Ah, the ways we can go with Acne.org”

  • Jeff

    Sustainability is definitely an important topic to consider. Plus, I can’t think of many (any?) skincare companies that consider the longterm implications of what they do – and benzoyl peroxide seems to be one of the worst offenders. Creating a sustainable product may also help “the org” in the future, since it would help bring in a new generation of consumers who care about the environment.

    A foundation to “cure acne” sounds like a great cause, but it would probably be difficult to be considered as a neutral party by the scientific community. However, starting such an organization could give Acne.org more credibility, instead of just being some webmaster from California ranting about how the stuff they sell in supermarkets is too strong.

  • allmorg42

    I hope that you are keeping a large portion of the profits for yourself…I mean, you earned it with your hard work and your HONESTY. Acne.org is one of the few places I know that sell their own products yet continue to promote other products for the good of the consumer. Plus, your products are top notch, so enjoy the fruit of your labor Dan.

  • zdeedle

    Sustainable! It’s something that could have quick results and measurable success, as well as show an example to other small organizations and companies.

  • Anders

    How are you going to get a world-class board of directors with twenty thousand and still have cash left over? Wouldn’t they be demanding some sort of salary? What does “world-class” even mean in this context?

  • Getting_close

    Why not drop the price of the products and keep some for yourself? You’ve earned it.

  • Kent

    Hmm drop the price of shipping to Canada! I really want to try your full regimen but the shipping costs being nearly as expensive as the product prices really makes it difficult for us in the great white north.

    Though…I’ll assume Canadian consumers aren’t #1 on the list for a group based out of Cali :P

  • Julia

    Option 1. I’m so pleased you’re considering doing this. The world needs more honest, good-willed leaders like you. Most people would pocket the extra 25 grand :)

  • Mimi

    I say you’ve already helped people in ways you might not have even realized. There certainly is more to be done but I know of three teenagers whose lives you have drastically changed and in an affordable way. I say thanks and keep up the good work!

    Mimi

  • TheChinkkChinkk

    hey, 25,000?!?!

    i say u get some commercials and advertisments out there!!!
    for real, im sad that i hadnt found DKR earlier :(

    advertise acne.org and dkr all the way!
    and if possible get products out there on the local pharmacy shelves!

  • Meri-Tuuli

    I say fund the diet and acne studies. Or can’t you just give a smallish grant to some acne researcher? Although I do think that the diet and acne thing might be quite hard to prove anything really conclusive, I suspect that its mostly down to individual genetics with diet acting as a ‘trigger’. Wasn’t there some study recently published that suggested that eating low GI lessened the number of acne lesions? Ummm.

    Or number 1 is a good option too. Do abit of both?

  • T

    I strongly support investing in researching the cause of acne and/or the relationship between acne and food. The doctors and drug companies will never support any claims that food is related to acne and they could care less about finding the true cause of acne anyway. Someone really needs to support an in depth study of acne. The studies in the past haven’t done anything but help people who don’t have acne sell more drugs.

  • UNSCleric

    I’d say keep some of it for yourself and lower the prices as well. I just spent $50 for 3 BP Gels and a Cleanser…

  • TryToUnderstand

    To study the possible links between diet and acne, I suggest a study comparing binge-eating certain foods to eating the same foods in smaller portions spread more evenly. Here is why.

    There have already been many studies to see if certain foods cause or aggravate acne. So far, the only proven epidemiological link is milk, where nurses who drank a lot of milk (more than a quart daily) were more likely to have acne than those who drank no milk. Other links have been proposed that make theoretical sense, e.g. iodized salt causes inflammation (due to the iodine) and dehydration (due to the salt). Still others, for example chocolate and glucose, have many believers but are not contradicted by study data – except in people who are allergic, and having an allergic reaction is not really the same as having acne.

    To my knowledge, there have been no studies evaluating whether HOW you eat might be related to acne, and there could be a very strong link. For example, if you eat a pint of ice cream at one sitting, it sets off a surge of glucose and fat that might suddenly accelerate processes like exfoliation within follicles. The sudden acceleration might then lead to a traffic jam within the follicle, just as you see on a highway when everyone tries to drive their cars at the same time. Conversely, the facts might actually be opposite: a binge might clear quickly, while sustained eating of certain foods, with no time for recovery, might be worse. Either way, it would be cheap and easy to study this question.

    Start with 200 volunteers, in two random groups of 100 each. One group binges on a quart of ice cream at a sitting, each day for a week. The other group eats the same quantity of the same ice cream, but in small portions spread evenly throughout the day. At the end of a week, each group will probably gain about 4#, which they could lose in a week or two. Repeat the process with other suspect foods, e.g. chocolate, or PB&J sandwiches made with Skippy and white bread (trans fat in the Skippy, enriched flour in the white bread). Then just count whose acne changes, and in what percentages. No matter what the results are, they will tell you something important that hasn’t been specifically studied before.

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