I haven’t seen it yet, but Debi from Clear Up Skin Care just called and said it’s in there. She said it’s a whole page. Whoa. I’m so scared to look at my picture. I am so not photogenic. lol. Anyway, let’s hope this really reaches a lot more people with acne. We’re clearin’ up the world y’all…

A freelance writer contacted me recently asking if she could write an article about Acne.org for the L.A. Times. No sooner than she said, “come on down”, Kent and I borrowed Kent’s mom’s truck and drove down to L.A. and met with Serena, the writer, at a Hollywood restaurant where she conducted the interview. I get nervous, but I think it went well. Serena was a pro–tough but fair. Then the Times photographer came to meet us and we did a photo shoot on the top of a nearby parking garage. It was truly hilarious. I felt like a star, getting photographs taken in Hollywood.

Bottom line–I think a ton of people will find out about Acne.org through this article. I am mucho excited. Nobody but the Times editors know exactly when it will run, but probably in a week or two. It will be in the “Image” section of the Sunday Times I am told. I’ll be sure to get a copy or two and put a pic of it up on the site.

New and Improved Moisturizer: After many iterations of our moisturizer with increased moisturizing ingredients (humectants) and with little improvement, I’ve decided the best way for us to move forward is to keep our current moisturizer just as it is minus the stearic acid. The stearic acid is only in the formulation at .4% however, so it will stay remarkably similar. So what do people do who want more moisturization? Add a few drops of jojoba oil. I do this myself from time to time if I want more moisturization on a particular day. I found us a fantastic local, organic jojoba supplier so I’ll be able to offer that in the coming months once I order bottles and get them filled. In the meantime, because I seem to be unable to stop myself :) , I’m working on another few moisturizer formulas with our chemists which will include alpha hydroxy acid. I’ll keep you posted on that.

SPF Moisturizer: I sampled a micronized titanium dioxide moisturizer because it is supposed to be “translucent”, but these words are really just thrown around. It is not translucent. It goes on white. The bottom line is we’re going to have to deal with some whitening if we want full spectrum protection. I’ve got several more samples coming my way.

Salicylic Acid: I am a little obsessive and decided to do further research on the best options for each of our ingredients, and changed a few things here and there. I should get sampled on the final batch Wednesday. I’m hoping it still has the great feel everyone loved when we tested it.

10% Glycolic: People are loving the glycolic so it is good to go. I gave the final OK and got pricing. It is eye-poppingly expensive to produce, but the product is pretty darn great. I’ll try to keep the price as low as I can. Buy a lot of it so we can keep prices low. :)

Organic Jojoba Oil: I just need to order bottles and caps and we’ll start filling. Bottles and caps take a couple of months to produce.

A few of you guys requested that we switch from YouTube for our video hosting because after our video finishes playing YouTube will show random video thumbnails. I agree that this can be confusing so we’re going to start hosting the videos ourselves. Here’s the thing though–I’ve misplaced the master video files, so I’m most likely going to have to take new ones. I’ll be able to do this in a month or two’s time. So in the meantime we’ll stick with YouTube, but our own video hosting is coming soon.

As usual, I am busy with a bunch of stuff–bottling jojoba, sampling moisturizers, researching this and that. But at this time of year, and forgive the mushiness, I remember how unimportant that stuff is when compared with family and people. So at the risk of sounding all touchy feely and what not, I really appreciate all of you guys. It is amazing how caring you are to each other and to me. It means a ton to me that you guys come here and help each other out so selflessly–and help me out too. I feel blessed being part of the community that you all make possible.

So happy holidays to everybody! And a million thanks for another amazing year.

Cheers,

Dan

Dr. Fulton, one of the three guys who developed Retin-A, and the guy who popularized benzoyl peroxide, was in San Francisco teaching a skin care course, so naturally I had to go. I had met Dr. Fulton and his wife once before at a conference and managed to convince them to go for Mexican at Chevy’s so I could tell them how much they meant to me. I’m pretty much a big dork :) But it was a great dinner. I invited them over for dinner at my house this time and they obliged. We had Persian this time, and again, great conversation. I can plainly see how deep Dr. Fulton’s commitment is to helping people with acne. He has literally devoted his life to the effort. I hope he can see that I’m proudly carrying the torch that he lit years ago.

Brandy let me know that a bunch of people are asking her what’s up with the new products. Here’s a quick update:

New and Improved Moisturizer: I got a new sample with the addition of twice the jojoba (10%) and lichochalcone (powerful anti-inflammatory, imparts yellow color). We removed stearic acid and are in the process of switching out the preservatives (to reduce any possible sting). I tried the latest sample and it is great, but I wouldn’t mind it being even more moisturizing. Therefore, we are adding an extra humectant (perhaps MP Diol) and I will try that sample soon. RELEASE DATE: Several months away. COST: Hopefully the same.

SPF Moisturizer: I tried another sample of a zinc oxide based SPF. We may be between a rock and a hard place with the SPF. I am committed to zinc oxide for its broad spectrum support, but it goes on white, and can sometimes leave the skin feeling a bit tight. I asked them to bump up the humectants again, and add more jojoba to the mix. They’ll resample me on this soon. RELEASE DATE: Your guess is as good as mine. COST: The same as the non-SPF moisturizer.

Salicylic Acid: Stability testing will be completed in early November. If it passes, we’ll print labels and put it into production at that time. RELEASE DATE: A couple/few months. PRICE: Probably about the same as the benzoyl peroxide, perhaps a bit more.

10% Glycolic: I sent out a bunch of samples to the moderators. If they approve of it, I’ll put it into production. I am in love with it. RELEASE DATE: A few months. PRICE: Probably about the same as the moisturizer.

Organic Jojoba Oil: Our testers are liking it and so am I. I am getting clear bottle samples in the mail hopefully early this week, and I’m trying to finalize what kind of cap they should have. RELEASE DATE: A few months. PRICE: Organic Jojoba is very expensive but as always I will try to keep the price as low as I possibly can.

Also, we are going to small/medium/large for all of our products. Everything will now be in 2oz. (trial and travel size), 8oz. (medium size), and 16oz. (bulk size). Acne.org will be much more open in the future to different people’s regimens, so having small/medium/large will allow everyone to mix and match as needed for whichever regimen they choose. The products will all be in curved bottles instead of tubes, and have really cool looking new packaging that Paul, Kent, Joel and I have been working on. I hope you like the new look. I promise I’ll try to stick with this look for a while. :)

I got another 10% glycolic acid sample about two weeks ago and have been using it since then. It’s perfect in my opinion. It goes on like a dream, absorbs quickly and well, leaves no residue, stings just the right amount, and does not leave a prolonged feel behind, which is very hard to achieve. They are sending me a couple dozen samples which I will send to moderators and our usual testers and with their go ahead I will start bottling it, perhaps in a few months. As with all of our other products, the price to produce it is high because I’m using the best stuff available. So I will probably need to charge about the same amount that I do for the moisturizer. For instance, I’m adding in lichochalcone, a very powerful anti-inflammatory which is $3000 per kilogram. I know that’s crazy expensive, but I have a very good feeling about this stuff, and we only need to use it at a very low percentage to achieve the desired anti-inflammatory action. It may be incredible for acne prone skin. I have a sneaking suspicion that this glycolic may be a great solo body acne product. More to come…

Paul and Joel and I have been working on redoing the web site to make it more collaborative. Picture this…Anyone can post their own regimen on Acne.org, complete with videos and product suggestions. Then the rest of us can try their regimen and rate it. The best regimens will naturally float to the top. We can then program the Acne.org homepage to automatically update to show the community’s favorite regimens right there when people log in.

Is your mind blown? Mine is :) I am so excited about the opportunity the Internet affords us to share our experience with each other and really boil down what works and what doesn’t.

We’re also working on a product suggestion page where you guys can suggest products to be made, at what percentages, and including what ingredients. Again, the rest of us can get in there and suggest changes to the product until we come to a consensus, or something approaching that. Then I can either make the products for us, or we can ask other manufacturers to get on it!

We also have a doctor-listing page on the back burner where everyone can recommend their dermatologist or plastic surgeon (scars). We’ll probably wiki this page only in a positive direction. For instance, you can send a doctor a thumbs up, but probably not a thumbs down. It feels better to stay positive with the doctors ratings.

I just wanted to muse for a moment on my next intention insofar as acne is concerned. Yes, the Regimen works well at clearing and preventing acne, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could come up with a natural, holistic way to clear the skin? There is something deeply satisfying about getting to the root of an issue and addressing it from there.

To this end I am simply pledging to do my very best to explore options to get us to a place of understanding the root of acne. Scientists and researchers know quite a bit about how acne is formed and how medications can combat the process. Now it’s time to take it to the next level and develop a clear understanding of why this process begins and is perpetuated. I can’t wait to figure it out. I am also going to be opening up Acne.org pretty soon so that we can all collaborate on this issue much more efficiently. Acne better watch out :)