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This kit contains everything you need for your first 1-2 months on The Acne.org Regimen.
Generously sized ultra-gentle liquid cleanser in a pH balanced formula which doesn't overdry. Unscented and dye-free, lathers well, and rinses clean. Contains 120 pumps.
Does it take off makeup?
Yes, it works at removing foundation, powder and blush. Acne.org Moisturizer also removes makeup very well. Acne.org Organic Jojoba Oil may be superior for removing mascara and eye makeup.
How do I use it to shave?
We recommend that men use Acne.org Cleanser to shave. If you are a man who plans to use Acne.org Cleanser to shave, we recommend the Men’s Kit which comes with a double-sized 16oz. Cleanser. You can use Acne.org Cleanser to shave just as you would a shaving cream. Dispense into your palm--3 pumps is good--and get a nice thick lather going. Apply as shave cream and off you go. It's as good or better than almost all shaving creams, gels, or soaps and helps you avoid potentially irritating ingredients in these products.
Generously sized 2.5% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. Gel-based, so it goes on clear and spreads easily. Pharmaceutical grade, pH balanced, fragrance-free, and dye-free. Won't "clump up" with moisturizers, and won't turn white when you perspire. Created especially for The Acne.org Regimen. Studies show that 2.5% benzoyl peroxide works as well as 10% solutions, without the excessive dryness and irritation.
Why make another 2.5% benzoyl peroxide?
From Dan (Acne.org Founder): "For The Acne.org Regimen to work well, you need to use a generous amount of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. As it stood, out of all the products available over-the-counter in the U.S., Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment was the only widely available 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and it comes in a .75 ounce tube which runs out quickly. For years I lobbied large brand names in the acne medication industry, asking them to make a generously sized 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel. After writing and calling many times and receiving friendly responses but no action, I decided it was necessary for me to make a larger one for us myself."
How does benzoyl peroxide work?
First it is important to understand how skin blemishes occur. Whether we are talking about facial acne, back acne or other body acne, acne problems start the same way. For reasons no one understands, a pore collapses in on itself and the walls of the follicle stick together, preventing sebum (oil) from escaping.
Inside sebum lives acne bacteria (P. Acnes). Normally, the oil in the follicle drains to the surface, taking acne bacteria with it. However, when the pore is blocked, the bacteria begins to multiply. Inflammation ensues and a zit is born. If the pore is blocked completely a whitehead results. If the pore is partially blocked, a blackhead persists.
Acne medicine usually attacks one of the two phases of a blemish's life cycle, either preventing the initial collapse of the pore, or killing P. Acnes bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide treats the latter, and perhaps both phases. Out of any treatment on the market, prescription or over-the-counter, benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria the best. Studies show benzoyl peroxide kills over 99% of acne bacteria in quick fashion. Upon application of benzoyl peroxide to the skin, oxygen is created. Benzoyl peroxide is the only known substance which can bring this oxygen down into the skin where it kills the bacteria. This is why benzoyl peroxide is so effective.
So the question remains, what about the pore plugging up in the first place? Benzoyl peroxide also has a mild drying and peeling effect which is thought to help prevent this occurence and tends to transform red or ruddy, irritated looking skin into balanced, calm, healthy looking skin. In a nutshell, if you use enough 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, it's quite frankly stronger than acne.
Why 2.5% strength?
Several studies show that 2.5% benzoyl peroxide helps get rid of blemishes and helps prevent pimples just as well as 10% solutions. Because of the lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide, 2.5% gets rid of acne with much less irritation, thus allowing for a sustainable regimen which keeps the skin healthy and clear.
Do not be fooled by "maximum strength" claims on 10% benzoyl peroxide medications. Companies know that people will always buy the "maximum strength" they can buy. But educated consumers know that 2.5% benzoyl peroxide is equally effective and much less irritating. This allows you to use as much as you need to get completely clear and stay that way.
How to use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide?
The majority of acne-prone people must use a generous amount of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to achieve clear skin. This is why Acne.org Treatment is made in large sizes. It is important to remember, as with any acne treatment, that you are gentle in application with Acne.org Treatment. Irritation can aggravate acne, so be gentle when you apply it.
Before you use Acne.org Treatment, be sure to read through The Acne.org Regimen carefully, print it out or bring the video into the bathroom with you while you perform The Acne.org Regimen. You should start clearing up quickly and reliably if you follow The Acne.org Regimen closely.
What are the benefits?
What are the risks and warnings?
As with any benzoyl peroxide product, it is important that you start slowly with the amount that you use. Benzoyl peroxide comes with what dermatologists refer to as the well known "hardening effect." This means that benzoyl peroxide causes redness, dryness, and itchiness in some people for the first couple of weeks until the skin gets used to it. While this may be unavoidable to some extent, you can prevent some of the redness and dryness by being prudent and STARTING SLOWLY. See this link on Acne.org for how much to use. Also, a very small percentage of the population is allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is evidenced by swelling and/or severe crusting. If you suspect you may be allergic, test it on a small area (the meaty part of the inner forearm is a good spot) for a few days before diving in. Lastly, benzoyl peroxide can bleach dyed fabrics, so keep it away from clothing that you love. Benzoyl peroxide may also bleach hair and eyebrows in some people to some extent.
Generously sized moisturizer with licochalcone. Intensely hydrating, non-comedogenic lotion designed to eliminate dry, flaky skin. Goes on clear and absorbs quickly, leaving no residue. Super light feel, fragrance-free and dye-free.
What is licochalcone?
Licochalcone gives this moisturizer its characteristic yellow color. Licochalcone is a highly distilled and potent extract of a species of licorice root well known for powerfully calming and soothing the skin. It is especially beneficial on acne-prone skin which tends to be sensitive and irritated. Licochalcone is incredibly expensive at $6000 per kilogram and needs to be used at .1% strength to be effective. This moisturizer contains the full .1% and is not included simply for "label claim." If you suspect you may be allergic to licorice root, patch test your skin by applying some Moisturizer to your inner elbow for 2 days before applying to the face.
Note: To avoid staining light colored clothing, allow moisturizer to dry for a minute or so before dressing.
Is the Moisturizer non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging)?
Yes. 100%. You do not have to worry about this moisturizer clogging your pores. Each ingredient is chosen carefully to ensure that this moisturizer is completely non-comedogenic. Far from causing any problems with acne, regular use should actually help calm and soothe acne-prone skin. Use it liberally without fear.
Why 2 full pumps?
Many people are accustomed to using only a small amount of moisturizer. However, when you are on The Acne.org Regimen and using generous amounts of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, your skin will require extra hydration. It is important to use 2 full pumps (4mL) of this moisturizer to keep your skin in balance. During the first few weeks of The Acne.org Regimen you may require 3 pumps
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