OK, so this stuff is pretty awesome. Except it stings.

The awesome part: goes on very nicely, spreads evenly, absorbs quickly, leaves no residue, matte finish which is very hard to find in an SPF, zinc oxide based which may actually be good for acne.

The stings part: upon application I get a warming/stinging sensation which can last for up to two hours or so. I am relatively certain this is due to one of the sunscreen ingredients.

Bottom line: this is the best sunscreen I have tried to date aside from the stinging. I am going to discuss this issue with our manufacturer and see if we can improve upon it.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


My operations manager moved on to another thing so I’m once again hiring. I’d actually like to hire two awesome people, one as a project lead and the other as a day to day operations manager. If you guys know anyone in the Bay Area who…

– Is highly ethical
– Is passionate about conscious business practices
– Has an interest in skin care
– Has experience with computers (Quickbooks a +)
– Is a self-starter
– Who you generally feel is a great person who you’d hire if you were me

…please ask them to email their resume over. It will be an alternative and fun work place with tons of room for experience and growth. Thanks.

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 attempted to match the formulator’s salicylic acid product and sent a sample to me today. They came very close to matching it exactly but it goes on just slightly too white for my taste. So they’re remixing it ever-so-slightly. Once they nail it we’ll put it into FDA required stability for 3 months at which point I can release it.

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!