The Regimen

The Regimen

The Regimen is a 3 step process developed by the experts at acne.org and perfected over 20 years. It will predictably and completely clear up even stubborn cases of acne.

Rating: Very effective

Accutane

Accutane®

Accutane provides long-term remission of acne symptoms in about 2/3 of people who take an adequate dosage (1mg/kg). However, the power and permanency of the drug, along with its ability to cause severe birth defects and other side effects, necessitate a serious decision making and planning process with a trusted doctor, family, and caring friends.

Rating: Very effective

Prescriptions

Prescriptions

Most prescriptions provide only moderate clearing of acne. Accutane (isotretinoin), an oral medication, is the one stand out, and is very effective.

Rating: Somewhat effective

Prescriptions

Photodynamic therapy - PDT

A relatively new therapy using photosensitizing agents (ALA or MAL) plus red and/or blue light is showing promise in some initial studies.

Rating: Somewhat effective

Over-the-counter

Over-the-counter

Most over-the-counter medications (salicylic acid, sulfur, and resorcinol) provide little benefit. Benzoyl peroxide is the one stand out, and when used within The Regimen, is very effective.

Rating: Limited effectiveness

Chemical peels

Chemical peels

Normally producing “fair“ to “good“ results, high percentage chemical peels can be professionally administered.

Rating: Limited effectiveness

Laser therapy

Laser therapy

Studies show laser therapy producing inconsistent and mediocre results. Laser therapy can also be expensive and time consuming.

Rating: Limited effectiveness

Light therapy

Light therapy

Using light therapy requires much patience. Devices cost from $150-$350 and results are normally moderate at best.

Rating: Limited effectiveness

Home remedies

Home remedies

While we should remain open to holistic and home remedies, and hopefully someday get to the root of acne, at the current time there simply are no other chemicals which can penetrate into the skin and deliver oxygen like benzoyl peroxide can. Without the ability to penetrate the skin and deliver the oxygen needed to kill acne bacteria, any topical treatment, whether it is found in a store, pharmacy, or kitchen, is limited.

Rating: Largely unproven

Heat therapy

Heat therapy

There is no scientific evidence to back up heat therapy and results are poor.

Rating: Largely ineffective

Cortisone shots

Cortisone shots

If you have a cyst or nodule, a doctor can administer a cortisone shot to quickly reduce swelling and help heal the lesion, thus helping prevent scarring.

Rating: Occasional use

Spot Treatment

Spot Treatment

The ZIIT Method: This is a way of spot treating a pimple and is not an all-over treatment. It combines Zinc, Ibuprofen, Ice, and Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide plus 10% glycolic acid.

Rating: Effective

Scar treatments

Scar treatments

Don't expect complete removal of scars, but some scar treatments can provide noticeable improvement. Doctors and plastic surgeons often combine multiple scar treatments to elicit the best result.
Ingredients to avoid

Ingredients to avoid

List of comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients.