One of the worst things anyone can do for acne is to harshly wash the skin. Unfortunately, people with acne tend to default to scrubbing their skin. A recent study published in the International Journal of Dermatology found 42.7% of people washing their face “excessively,” 28.7% washing “vigorously,” and 14% washing “until I cannot detect sebum (skin oil) at all.” The researchers concluded, “This study showed that our patients may be making a great deal of errors…To effectively treat and prevent further breakouts, appropriate skin care is imperative in patients with acne.”

It is hard for me to read results like this because I just know that these people are doing themselves much more harm than good by washing in a harsh manner. Acne-prone skin is sensitive to irritation, and over-washing the skin, or scrubbing the skin when washing, produces high amounts of irritation which can keep people firmly stuck in a vicious cycle of acne.

Do yourself a huge favor and wash extremely gently with your bare hands for 10 seconds or less.


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  • Drew Parson

    Dear Dan,
    I would just like to start out by saying thank you so much for all that you are doing for everyone who has acne. you have truly changed many many lives for the better. I just recently ordered the regimen for the first time, I was wondering if there is something specific that I should be doing for my face before the kit arrives.
    Thanks so much!
    ~ Drew

  • Michelle Johnson

    Hi Dan,

    I’m not sure if you respond to comments. I use a cleanser with glycolic acid in it as opposed to a gentle cleanser and your glycolic acid. I may switch that when I run out of cleanser. It usually lasts for quite a while. I know that glycolic acid is a main key to keep me clear.

    I know I’m not supposed to rub my face, but after I wash it, while I’m warm, if I rub it just a little, I can rub off dead skin. I don’t know if I’m explaining this well. If I rub my skin in a circular motion or up and down the dead skin comes off and leaves my skin smooth.

    Do you think this is hurting my skin? I don’t notice any irritation.