Learn The Acne.org Body Regimen:
Instructions 3 basic but detailed steps
The Acne.org Body Regimen should be completed both in the morning and in the evening, about 10-12 hours apart.
Gentle Cleanser - Step 1 of 3
|1.1||Gentle cleansing is most easily performed in the shower. Dispense 4 mL (about a teaspoon's worth) of cleanser into your palm and get a good lather going (2 full pumps if using Acne.org Cleanser).||Using a generous amount of cleanser will allow you to generate a thick lather. The more lather you generate, the more easily your hands will glide across your skin, thereby reducing irritation.|
|1.2||Very gently wash your problem areas. Stay exceedingly gentle when washing and wash only for a very short period of time. For instance, wash each side of your back or chest for 10 seconds or less per side. Rinse.||Cleansing is necessary because it removes surface oils which allows the benzoyl peroxide and/or glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid - AHA) to penetrate but you can easily achieve this goal with bare hands and only a few seconds of washing. Washing for this short a period of time reduces irritation and is one of the most important steps in The Acne.org Body Regimen.|
|1.3||Upon exiting the shower, gently dry your skin. Do not rub. Just let the towel sit on your skin and absorb the wetness. You may not get completely dry with the towel this way but that's preferable to irritating rubbing.||Anything which rubs, scratches, or comes into prolonged contact with the skin can cause irritation. Stay very gentle with your towel.|
|1.4||Wait 5-15 minutes until your skin is completely dry. Feel free to do other normal daily activities during this time.||Do not begin Step 2 until your skin is completely dry. This will allow your skin to better absorb.|
Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) - Step 2 of 3
|2.1||Wash and dry hands.||This helps remove any oils that may have accumulated on your hands. Exposure to oils can aggravate acne.|
|2.2||Dispense 4 mL (about a teaspoon's worth) of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (2 full pumps if using 16oz. Acne.org Treatment). When in doubt, use more. Spread it onto one side of your back or chest, allowing your fingers to very gently glide over the skin until the benzoyl peroxide is more or less absorbed. Dispense another 4 mL (about a teaspoon's worth) and apply to the other side of your back or chest. Repeat as necessary, depending on how many parts of your body you are treating.||
Using an extremely generous amount of benzoyl peroxide is crucial. When in doubt, use more!
Note: This refers to only after you have worked up your dosage to the full amount (4mL). If you have sensitive skin, start with a small amount of benzoyl peroxide and work up the amount you use over a week or two.
|2.3||Wait 5-15 minutes until your skin is completely dry. Feel free to do other normal daily activities during this time.||Benzoyl peroxide oxygenates skin and dries and peels inside the pore. It is important to give it the time it needs to properly medicate and treat acne.|
|Benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabric. This is the most challenging part of this regimen. If you are using benzoyl peroxide in the morning, you may want to wear a white undershirt. Once you are completely clear, try eliminating benzoyl peroxide from the morning routine. Still keep applying the glycolic acid twice a day, but only apply benzoyl peroxide at night and see if you can stay clear with just once daily benzoyl peroxide application. This works well for some people with less severe body acne.|
Glycolic Acid (10%) (also known as alpha hydroxy acid - AHA) - Step 3 of 3
|3.1||Wash and dry hands.||This helps remove any oils that may have accumulated on your hands. Exposure to oils can aggravate acne.|
|3.2||Dispense 4 mL (about a teaspoon's worth) of 10% glycolic acid for each side of your back or chest (2 full pumps if using 16oz. Acne.org AHA+).||The body is a large area and requires a lot of glycolic acid to properly treat. Don't skimp!|
|3.3||Apply very gently, allowing your fingers to glide over the body until the glycolic acid is more or less absorbed. Wait for the glycolic acid to dry before dressing.||Staying super gentle reduces irritation.|