I actually didn't have much of an acne problem until I was in my 20s. I tried various products with decent results, but never lasting improvement. I got to a point where it was really bad - painful, embarrassing - and I starting searching online for something new. I had used BP before as a spot treatment, so when I found Dan's regimen it made sense to me that using it with a more generous application could work. I found that everything Dan said about the regimen is true: it takes 3 months to see real difference and you might feel like quitting but don't do it! The regimen really works! I still have break outs now, but just one or two periodically; acne is no longer a painful condition that daily plagues me. I also love the products that acne.org makes - large quantities for affordable prices made with quality ingredients. These are things I look for in anything I buy and I'm so glad that Dan is conscious of these things with the products he sells.
Whatever you can see in my before picture, increase that by tenfold. It's been zoomed in but the camera didn't put up how bad it really was. My whole right chin was covered in deep bumps. That is with a full face of foundation on that used to just slide off. I'm 28 years old and I've had acne since 14, mostly cystic but all kinds. I've been on the Regimen for 6 months now and I can only wish that I knew about it in high school or college- I could have gotten involved in a lot more and had a better experience. I couldn't look anyone in the eye for more than 2 seconds and I loved when I took my contacts out at night and couldn't see because it felt like other people couldn't see me clear. (silly, i know..) My cysts used to clear and come back, clear and come back, in all the same spots over and over. Years and years of this. It caused a stress in my life that put a strain on my relationships with others.
Well, through these last 6 months on the Regimen, I finally have my face under control. If I do get a small pimple, the next regimen usually FLATTENS it right down! It's an amazing process. You don't even necessarily have to order the kit- I use Olay foaming face wash, acnefree BP, and Walmart brand moisturizer. As long as you find compatible products, it's all about the process and staying gentle, keeping CLEAN towels, etc. I didn't realize how much of my acne problem was cosmetic and hygiene related. Don't let people scare you into thinking there's something wrong with your insides or pressure you into accutane before you give this a chance. If it doesn't work at ALL after following it perfectly for 6 months, then explore your options.
My before picture was the week i got engaged, and although my fiance loves me no matter what, I'll always sort of regret that my skin looked that way that night. But I'm just so happy I actually came out of it and can finally move on from acne.
Hi, my name is Gus and I am 19 years old. I first had acne when I was a sophomore in High School and it's been a constant battle with acne since then. I've been to the dermatologist 4 or 5 times between then and now, but they were expensive and I had no idea what was in the creams/pills they prescribed to me. I then turned to alternative remedies earlier this year but they didn't really work. For some reason, the acne got really bad this year (April 2014, before picture). My self confidence sunk to a new low and I was afraid of looking people in the eye, knowing full well that my face was a mess.
Thankfully for me, acne.org was giving trial-sized samples away at that time, and I thought "What the heck, let's give this a try". I can honestly say it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. The regimen has made a world of difference to my acne in the 3 months that I've decided to commit myself to "The Regimen". What was left of those painful cystic acnes are now small, inconspicuous marks that will surely fade with time. I can confidently talk to people now without having the dreadful thought of them judging me because of my acne.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank, from the bottom of my heart, those involved in putting together "The Regimen". You have changed my life for the better and I will be forever grateful for that.
Gus Pamungkas Redondo Beach, California.
Let me just be honest, when I first found the Acne.org regimen, I wasn't thrilled at all to try it. I had tried just about every over the counter product from Clearasil to Sea Breeze to Acne Dote with worse results than what I started with. I then tried ProActive, which did NOT help at all. I also had been going to 2 different facialists and even tried doctor proscribed pills and creams and nothing was working! So, you can see why I wasn't too thrilled to try something else.
Let me tell you, I literally began to see results within the first WEEK of using the Regimen. That has never happened to me before with any other acne product I have ever tried. After 3 weeks, people started commenting on my skin and began telling me that it's clearing up so fast and I just couldn't believe it. After 2 months, my acne was completely gone. The only thing that was left were these annoying red dots which are the result of acne, but those went away eventually.
I am just so grateful for the Acne.org Regimen. I tell everyone about it and I absolutely refuse to use any other product on my face. THANK YOU DANIEL KERN!!!
Tucker Kaufman Los Angeles, CA
AMAZING! Thank you so much Dan. I was tired of buying new products and tired going to my creepy dermatologist. Tried all the kits at CVS and I was on some oral medication for a while (dont remember sorry, it didn't work, so I blocked it out haha)
I trusted Dan because he wasn't trying to SELL anything. He was just a good dude, sorting through acne research for the good of man kind. I use Cetaphil wash and Cetaphil lotion, but then I bought his benzoyl peroxide because I was nervous the other products wouldnt work (and they didn't) This process works! You dont have to buy the whole kit that he sells. Just the benzoyl.
During the first 2 months of using the system, my skin was crazy. So painful, dry, itchy, red, difficult to cover up with concealer. Everyone in my life kept saying "Amy, you are not doing any good. Stop using that weird internet regimen. Use my method blah blah" but I kept on trucking. At first I was so eager that I put on too much BP and really hurt my face. So just do the amount you are supposed to! It took almost 3 months for my face to calm down. I was on the "What to expect" page every day worried. But it really worked. After 4 months I was really settled into my new skin :)
I was healed for over six months when I started getting lax about the routine. My acne started to come back but I thought it would be ok. I had full fledged acne once again after 2 months. I had to start the whole process over again, itchy red skin and all. It was less bad the second time, but learn from me. DONT QUIT! just keep doing it. Its refreshing after a while :)
Now I am happy and clear again. I have turned my friends on to this stuff when they are really miserable. I know the initial period sounds difficult, but if you are already red, dry, and in pain, why not try it? It WILL be worth your time.
Trust Dan. He is awesome and he loves you. He wants to help! Thank you so much for giving us these tools! This was an awesome experience :)
Amy Centreville, Virginia
I've been meaning to share my story with your community for some time now. I have been suffering with acne since I was 12 years old. I am now 23. I, like many other people, have tried absolutely EVERYTHING!!! Some things worked, but only for some time. When I finished school about a year ago, I become extremely frustrated with my acne! I was 22 years old and still suffering with acne! The last thing I wanted was to go into an interview with a big zit (or 2) on my face.
How I came across your products and the Regimen was pure luck! I simply googled "best acne products". I researched and researched for hours before running into your site. I decided to try it because it made sense and what really attracted me to you and your site was that you seemed so genuine about helping people and their acne. It wasn't all about trying to sell your product; you even recommended over-the-counter products for people to try. So I bought the cleanser, the BP, and the moisturizer and within days noticed a difference. I strictly followed the regimen, following your video tutorials and everything. About 8 months later, I am practically clear! My skin has NEVER looked like this before! I can't stop telling family and friends about your site and products and convincing them to try it! I ended up buying the AHA and the Jojoba oil as well, and I am eagerly waiting for a moisturizer with SPF. I can honestly say I am brand loyal to acne.org and would be lost without your products!
Basically, I just would like to say thank you!
Janelle Cepero Miami, FL
It's taken me a while to write because I couldn't really believe that my skin, after over ten years of frustration and insecurity about my face, had finally cleared up. My acne was/is the deep, painful cystic kind -- the kind that can make you feel like you are nothing but a face covered in sore spots. I was skeptical that tons of BP would do the trick, since I believed my acne was diet/hormone related. Whatever the cause, though, your suggestions have helped me clear up, and about 6 months later, I'm completely acne free, except for a stray one here or there (but even those are not quite as grisly as they might have been otherwise).
I'm thrilled and relieved, to say the least. I can't believe I've found the answer to what feels like a lifelong battle. I really appreciate your recommendations and website.
Here's my regimen, for anyone interested:
Cetaphil cleanser (the unscented kind) -- I later switched to your cleanser and found it worked just fine too.
Cetaphil moisturizer (unscented)
A few drops of Jojoba oil mixed in with the moisturizer, on my drier days, and especially in the evenings
Your Benzoyl Peroxide -- lots, as recommended. I've scaled the quantity (but never the frequency) back some since my skin's cleared up and that seems to be enough to maintain my clear skin.
I also avoid all products containing fragrance, and switched my makeup to Bare Minerals, which I think helped too. I apply the moisturizer before the BP, but otherwise I pretty much keep to the regimen you've outlined.
I'll also note that I drink tons of water, and eat a vegetarian diet with as much raw fruits and veggies as I can.
Thanks so much, Dan!
I've had acne since I hit puberty and I had an early puberty. Yeah I hit it hard. I had really bad acne and I just hated it. My mother told me it was a phase and I'd get over it. I was so self conscious that I just hated getting my pictures taken and everything. My mom would also make me Chinese remedy to help my acne (didn't work too well), took me to the doctors (the drugs didn't work), many over the counter acne cleanser and what not (went through a lot), I even ordered Proactiv and I thought "Hey, for all skin...maybe it'll work" Just made my skin more irritated and didn't work. I just gave up and somehow I came across this site and said "Well...might as well give it one last try."
I'm a soon to be 19 year old, first year college student and I started January 7th, and so this is my 4th week into it and my skin is CLEAR! For the first time, I took a picture of myself, took it into photoshop, fixed the colour of the picture (since my camera isn't the greatest) and for the FIRST TIME I didn't have to air brush my skin. It looks GREAT! Other than the few scars I already have (which I don't mind) My skin is CLEAR. You MAY get the occasional pimple but they disappear in a flash. The regimen really works and I can say nothing more but THANK YOU DAN! This really boost my confidence and I just feel great with clear skin.
Allison London, Ontario, Canada