10% AHA: It’s been finalized and I am super in love with it. It will have 3 uses; as a spot treatment, as a body acne treatment, and as a hard-core AHA moisturizer. I’ve been using it every morning instead of the usual moisturizer and my skin is ridiculously perfect. I am going to place an order tomorrow for the tubes and product and will launch this product in a 6oz. size. Eventually if you guys are as in love with it as I am we can fill it in other sizes. I’ll put it in a tube because, um, I guess you guys like tubes better πŸ™‚ We’re looking at probably three or four more months to launch. Sorry it’s taken so long. I wanted to get it exactly perfect. My best guess is it will cost between $12 and $15. The stuff is crazy expensive to produce because glycolic acid is so expensive and we have other expensive ingredients in there (lichochalcone for instance is $6,000 per kilogram), but as usual I’ll price it as low as I can.

Jojoba: I’m also ready to place an order tomorrow for the organic jojoba oil. I will launch this in an 8oz. size. I’m hoping this will be out before the AHA. I’m aiming to price it in the $12-$15 range as well. Again, if you guys really want it, I can start to fill it in smaller and larger sizes as well.

Salicylic acid + anti-inflammatories + sebum reducers: It’s good to go as well. I’ll order it up in a small quantity most likely and launch it in a 4oz. tube. This one is more of a wild-card. The vast majority of people who I have asked to try it have reported that it’s the best sal acid they’ve ever tried, but can it approach the efficacy of benzoyl peroxide? Benzoyl peroxide is so good that I don’t expect anything to match it. But then again, it may meet a need for people who don’t like benzoyl peroxide for some reason. I am also excited to see how you guys fit it into your own regimens. Launch date: 3-4 months. Price: Hopefully I can keep it under $10.

SPF: Your guess, as usual, is as good as mine. I continue trying samples and I am not loving anything. Most recently I tried a powder sunscreen–pure minerals. I hated it. It made me flaky and left a kinda weird feeling on my face all day. I’m so frustrated that I decided I am going to start working “on the bench” as they call it in the formulating world. What this means is I’m going to visit a local renown formulator and trial samples right there on the spot and ask him to change things as I watch. I am setting an intention to produce the world’s best sunscreen for acne prone skin, and gosh darn it, I don’t care how long it takes. We’ll do it! πŸ™‚

New and improved moisturizer: More samples are on their way. I will keep you posted.

Hi you guys. A bunch of people are asking for a new product update. I am working on keeping prices low for our upcoming products as well as sourcing the best, highest post consumer content recycled stuff for our bottles and such. I will not bore you with details, but I just wanted to let you know that I will have a better idea of where we stand by early next week.

Hey you guys. For years people have asked for me to make products in travel size, and also in larger sizes. I always think anything is possible, so I decided to make this happen. We just went live with the new product sizes yesterday. The cleanser and benzoyl peroxide are both available now in small, medium, and large sizes. The moisturizer is in production and the small and large size will be out in early to mid February.

We also completely redesigned the bottles (big surprise, lol, this is the fifth time I think we’ve redone them), and we’re sprucing up DanielKern.com where they’re sold. I’d love to hear what you guys think of the new bottles and new web site.

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 πŸ™‚ , 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. πŸ™‚

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.