To this day, I have a hard time believing that Dan's regimen actually worked. I started getting acne when I was fourteen, and I can remember feeling that I would never be able to escape my pimples - no matter what I did, I always had at least three angry, inflamed whiteheads on my face, usually on my nose or around it. My self-esteem became almost completely reliant on how my skin looked, and though I wish I could say I didn't let it get in the way of enjoying high school, it did.
Let me give you a little taste of the three years of futility I experienced with acne treatments. When my skin went crazy, my mother took me to Dr. Gross, one of America's most eminent dermatologists and creator of the MD Skincare line (sold at Sephora). He put me on Accutane. Two months of ridiculously chapped lips and monthly blood tests later, it started to work; I was elated. But a month after I finished the cycle, a fresh batch of acne cropped up again... AND my lips were still perpetually chapped.
I could have done more cycles, but I didn't feel healthy doing it. So I went on antibiotics, Tazorac, and what have you, all to little or no avail. There were masks and facials, even laser treatments to get rid of scars.
Last summer, I broke out horribly on my forehead: my skin there was the texture of gravel. In desperation and exasperation (I was starting college in two months) I asked my mom to order Dan Kern's regimen, which I'd thought of ordering before but never jumped for. There were several reasons:
1) I don't order much online and felt funny getting a product I'd never seen before
2) I was gong to such a fancy doctor that if HE couldn't fix it, how could this?
3) It was ridiculously simple - too simple.
I've been clear for a little over a year now. My self-esteem has risen astronomically. Yes, it's simple, and it IS too good to be true. But the truth is written on my face, which not only is clear, but is beautiful.
THANK YOU, DAN KERN
Yuko, New York, NY
I've been on the regimen now since Mid-August. I've had only 3 new spots in the past month. My face looks the best it's been in 4 years: thank you thank you thank you thank you.
It's like a game for me now, I check my face at night watching the old red marks fade. I think in about 2 months they'll have gone completely. You're a life saver, your regimen really works wonders. It seems crazy that all of these acne companies like Clearisil and Oxy are making so much money, when it's your products and ideas that really work.
I'll email again when I'm completely clear. Thanks man. You made me confident again. I will never forget this.
p.s. I seriously think you should think about making a whole skin-related product range (i.e. cleanser bar), and increase your commercial base (i.e. to the UK!!! :) )
When I searched on google and came up with your website, I wasn't expecting much - based on so many failures, but I had to try something. I had tried Proactiv, Murad, Neutrogena, Clearasil, well the list could keep going... I'd just about given up (especially looking at the other search results), but I decided to research your site a bit more (the .org helped here with the credibility). Your site provided free information and you don't even require the user to purchase your products. I first tried the Regimen with your recommended benzoyl Peroxide and moisturizer. I soon started seeing results and my skin was clearing up. I still had small breakouts, but things were starting to look better than they had in a long time.
I'm 29 and I only had mild acne in high school, but have had acne in college and since then. I hadn't even realized how much my skin problems were affecting my self esteem and self image until my skin cleared and my mood as well as my confidence improved significantly. I've now been on the regimen about six months now and my old acne marks are starting to fade and I owe everything to this site. I purchase my acne products from this site now (benzoyl peroxide, AHA+, Jojoba oil - everything except moisturizer, but I can't wait until you come out with one with an SPF!).
Every time I can, I try to mention this site to fellow acne sufferers and I just wanted to pass along my story to add it to your collection of success stories. I'm so happy that you provided the information for free (especially when so much useless information is out there for a price!), it's really changed my life and I just wanted to say thanks.
Jennifer, Austin, TX
I'm 19 years old and have struggled with moderate acne since I was 12. I've tried countless over the counter products as well as high end solutions only to find my pockets empty and my face still wrecked. I've always been embarrassed and ashamed of my problem and also envious of the girls I knew that their lives were 'ruined' with the appearance of a small pimple on their chins. I've never been able to wear makeup because it seems that it only increases my acne. One night, I stumbled upon your website. I realized that I had all the necessary materials, I just hadn't been utilizing them correctly. It's been nearly two weeks and my face has cleared dramatically. I'm not entirely cleared up yet, but I feel as though it's only a matter of time. It feels great to have people (friends, family) come up to me and say 'Wow! You're face is really looking a lot better!' as opposed to 'Oh, geez.. have you tried Proactive?' Thank you, Dan, for sharing your experience and regimen and allowing my confidence to resurface!
First off, let me start by saying THANK YOU for your regimen! I'll tell you my story before asking the questions:
I started the regimen with eucerin daily skin lotion, and got BAD reactions from it. My face felt like it was on fire, and I turned red. People constantly asked me if I had a sunburn (I'm pretty pale normally). My skin also flaked out and all the old dead skin cells showed! It looked a mess! Discouraged but not defeated, I kept going with it, and after 2 months, it stopped hurting my face and the redness cleared a bit...but my skin was still flaky with dead cells! It looked gross! I started using more lotion, and that kept my skin looking fine, but oily. My acne (moderate) started clearing up everywhere but my chin which was as bad as ever. I figured this is the best it's going to get, so I may as well stick with it.
Fast forward a few months later. The burning was completely gone, and my skin looked REALLY good except for my chin (which was kind of a mess) and flaking was minimal and controllable. However, one day I thought about this dead skin around my mouth. I wondered if there was any connection between the dead skin cells around my mouth and the acne around my mouth/chin...
I know this completely goes against your regimen instructions, but one day I figured I'd try to take a washcloth and scrape all the dead skin off. After about 10 minutes of good scraping, I got all of the dead skin off. My face was red, but that cleared up after a few hours. Every day from here on, I scraped any excess skin off my face (after soaping but before applying BP and lotion)...
Fast foward again another month. My chin (and now my whole face) is completely CLEAR! THANK YOU SO MUCH! The only extra tidbit it took was exfoliating all the dead skin cells!
Dear Dan, I cannot express enough how much your regiment has meant to me. It has been a month now and my face looks great. I am 30 years old and my acne started at 22. I have heredity acne. My mom's acne started at 22 as well and finally ended when she turned 52. The first step I took to find a solution was to go to a dermatologist. He gave me Retin A which was the worst cream I've ever put on my face. My face just broke out worse. I vowed never to go back to a dermatologist again because they offered no help. Over the years my mild to moderate acne got worse. At times I had cystic acne which made me very self-conscious about my appearance. I tried taking herbal vitamins to control the breakouts and avoided all junk food but I did not get the results I wanted. Just before I found your web site my face was breaking out badly and I just prayed to God to help me. Dan your regiment truly is an answer to prayer. Thank You so much. I mean 8 years of feeling ashamed, embarrassed, upset, frustrated, depressed, and worried. Now I don't feel that way anymore. Thanks Dan for not giving up with your acne, thanks for sharing the regiment, it just goes to show that one person can make a difference. Thanks again Dan and God bless you and your family.
Keisha, Bronx, New York
I've tried so many things to help my acne: Proactive, dermatologist proscribed topical treatments and drugs, mainstream acne treatments, etc. Nothing worked. A lot of money was spent.
So, I heard of the acne.org regimen and thought "Really, this works? It can't be that simple." But since it was so simple (and cheaper) I decided to try it. Success! I couldn't believe it. In a few weeks my face started to clear up. Of coarse I still get those random breakouts sometimes (little "presents" during midterms and finals) but overall my face is clear.
Thank you so much for putting your time and energy in figuring out this regimen. I've been telling everyone about it. And I haven't felt this good about my skin since the 6th grade.
Danielle, Atlanta, GA
Just wanted to let you know that the regimen worked great for me! I am 28 now, but only started having acne maybe 5 years ago.. about the time i started working and going to the gym.. so I would blame work stress, or changes in my hormonal levels for acne.. but I would have maybe 2-3 pimples a week, and occasionally a breakout of 5-6. My pimples were the ones that would get really swollen and red, then have the white cap on them.. it was torture because the caps were pretty noticeable, but not ripe for the pickin'.. which is bad because picking them is frowned upon in the first place.
I did my own research originally and turned out my regimen for clearing up my skin was similar to yours! Originally I had a slew of acne products that were harsh on my skin.. I used bp 2.5% at the time, but it was in addition to acne washes, acne toners, acne treatments..etc... so that system helped clear up some acne, but not completely and my skin was constantly over producing oil to compensate for the oil depletion of alll those acne treatments! so my girlfriend at the time, who is really into skin care products, told me that im being too harsh on my skin and to cut out all acne treatments completely. So she got me to switch to using cetaphyl to wash, and euceryn as a moisterizer. They worked good to calm down the oil, but i was getting a pimple or three every week again!
So turns out, I came across your regimen and its pretty much a hybrid of my original regimen and my girlfriends suggested regimen! Also, one other mistake I made: when I insisted on using bp or salycidic acid spot treatments, she would tell me to put the eucerin moisterizer on immediately to seal in skin moisture. I realized now that this only diluted the bp and didnt give it a chance to do its magic! so making sure the bp settled in and absorbed completely before applying moisterizer turned out to be the critical step for me in this regimen.
Now, I may get a hint of a pimple every two weeks or so, but it would never get noticeable and would have a quick recovery time.. like a day or two at most. Before, pimples would last a good week!
Thanks again, keep up the good work on the site!
Brian, San Jose, California
I am a 37 year old female with mild acne. For the longest, I have had a regimen of my own: facial scrub, toner, benzoyl peroxide, moisturizer. However, my acne kept coming back. It seemed like I had run into a brick wall, since I was doing everything to exfoliate and take care of my skin. Then I came across your website. I found out the fault with my plan. I was simply not using as much BP as you suggested. Moreover, I was not applying it properly. I just dabbed it all over my face and then randomly rubbed it in. I have been on your regimen for 3 days now and my face has cleared up and is baby smooth. Thanks.
I ordered your products almost 2 months ago & wanted to let you know how great they are working for me! I am 30 years old & never had much acne until I was in my late 20's. I have tried everything from Proactiv to Philosophy & spent A LOT of money in the process but this is the first & only product that has worked 100% of the time for my skin. Your cleanser is gentle, the level of b-peroxide is not harsh, the moisturizer is AMAZING & the AHA is such a bonus! My skin looks healthier & I have had so many people comment on it looking clear & more radiant. I never had horrible acne, just spots here & there but this has taken care of it completely & I saw results almost right away! Thanks so much for your products & your helpful website which not only gives tips but also educates. You have found a loyal customer in me & I wish you and your business all the best success!!
Leslie, Kansas City MO