I didn’t receive enough submissions for something to work on each product, so instead of using artwork on the products I’ll probably leave them plain for now. I took the winnings and split it between everyone who entered, so in a sense everyone won. There were some very cute submissions.

I had a total brainstorm moment at the gym today with a friend. I’ve been redesigning the products and they are a little blah–see the attached pic for a rough mock-up of how they’ll look. I like them because it’s handwritten now, but it is bordering on generic. So I was thinking, “how can we get people involved and how can we incorporate a little color?”

And then it came to me. What if I asked you guys to submit “what do Acne.org products mean to you?” artwork. I want to leave the parameters pretty wide. It’s not so much, “make an icon for a cleanser” or “make an icon for a moisturizer”, but rather, “what do the regimen and acne.org products mean to you?” Any kind of artwork is welcomed, but here is what we need so we can print it:

max size: 1.5″ X 1.5″
300dpi or greater
any amount of color is fine
hand drawn/painted and scanned is absolutely acceptable

I’ll be choosing 3 designs for now. One for each product. I can offer the makers of the winning designs a year of free product (12 cleansers, 12 BPs, and 12 moisturizers, and a body buddy if you want one). Sound fair? If you’d like to submit artwork, I need it fast–like in the next two days would be preferable because these are going to print soon. You can email them to dan@acne.org. Looking forward to it!

The moisturizer is being shipped on schedule tomorrow. Our manufacturer, being the super sticklers that they are, demand that I wait until Tuesday so they can get the results of the final assay before we put it up for sale. That means they want to triple check that it is exactly perfect now that the bottles are filled. I respect their attention to detail. So as long as Joel and I can get the shopping cart nailed by next Tuesday we should be ready to go.

Our manufacturer has the bottles and has made the “bulk” they call it. The “bulk” means they’ve made the product in large quantities and just need to fill the bottles up. They’re hoping to get to that on Friday or early next week and ship it to our distributor on July 20. Then we’ll just need to give our distributor a few days to get it up and running and we’ll be good to go I hope.

As usual, I am not promising anything because you never know what can happen, but I wanted to keep you guys updated. This is everything I know. I’m excited!

After being off of BP for a few weeks and starting to see imperfections arising, last night I put on a very generous amount of BP and applied it gently. I woke up this morning and looked almost completely clear. BP is truly amazing. I’m sitting here wondering if I should put BP on again during the day today and I think I probably will. By tomorrow I should be back to completely spotless at which time I’ll go back to my Sal Acid samples in the morning and BP at night. That combo kept me incredibly clear for many weeks and I think it’s how I’d like to proceed into the future. That is, until I can figure out a holistic way to clear acne from the inside. That might be the next project!

I’ve been using only the salicylic acid cream twice a day for about two weeks or so. At first it was smooth sailing. However, I have a few whiteheads and a couple of blackheads now. They are totally non-inflamed and most people would probably not notice I had anything going on, but I do. When I was doing sal acid in the morning and BP at night my skin was indestructible. Perfect. But I’m becoming convinced that sal acid alone might not cut it for me.

Since everyone who meets me ends up asking what I do for a living and I have to say “I run Acne.org” I really want indestructible clear skin, so I am going back to BP in the evenings and sal acid in the mornings.

Non-inflamed acne is acne that stays under the surface and does not get red at all. Some people talk about it by saying their skin has a “pebbly” appearance or that when they stretch their skin they can see lots of white bumps. Non-inflamed acne is also often accompanied by blackheads.

If you have this type of acne, I do think the regular Daniel Kern Regimen is worth a shot. It can be brilliant at preventing future blackheads. However, if you’ve tried the DKR without the results you’d like to have, Laura’s regimen may be worth exploring.

Laura is an esthetician in the Bay Area who I have met several times and interviewed. She has a protocol for non-inflamed acne that is interesting. I’d like to hear how it works for people. You can find it here.

If you try it, please post your review/experience on the blackheads and non-inflamed acne forum.