Not everyone can order Acne.org products for whatever reason, so we have hand tested and created a list of drugstore alternatives that you can use with The Regimen.

WARNING: These products may not work as reliably or quickly as Acne.org products.

Guide to buying drugstore products for The Body Regimen and/or The Neck Regimen

When choosing a cleanser

Be aware of irritating and comedogenic ingredients.

Avoid:

Look for:

From Dan: "The four liquid cleansers I have found on most store shelves which seem to work well for most people include:

The four bars which I have found safe to use are:

When choosing a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide must be 2.5% strength.

Avoid:

Look for:

A note on prescription benzoyl peroxide:

Benzoyl peroxide may also be available over-the-counter at your HMO pharmacy. From Dan: "I used to be a member of Kaiser Permanente and they sold 2.5% benzoyl peroxide at their pharmacy."

If buying on store shelves:

When choosing a 10% glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid - AHA)

Be diligent when checking labels.

Avoid:

  • Most oils with the exception of jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, and mineral oil. Some people tolerate other oils as well, but generally it's a good idea to avoid oils other than jojoba, macadamia nut, and mineral oil.
  • Thick and greasy creams. Creams that are too thick and greasy tend to clog pores. Plus, when a product is thick, it can be harder to apply gently.
  • Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Myristal Myristate, Laureth-4. See below for a complete list of ingredients to avoid.

If buying on store shelves:

It's very difficult to find a good 10% AHA on store shelves. The one drugstore option that seems to work well enough is:

  • Alpha Hydrox Enchanced Lotion. Contains Myristyl Myristate, a highly comedogenic ingredient, but as the 14th ingredient listed.

See acne.org/reviews for reviews from acne.org members of drugstore products. Keep in mind, however, that not all of the reviews are from people who are using the products while on The Regimen.

Comedogenic ingredients list

Comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients are rated from 0-5 with 5 being the most comedogenic. Below are the most offending ingredients with a rating of 3 and above.