We recommend using only a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, a benzoyl peroxide acne treatment (or diluted tea tree oil), and optional jojoba oil and/or AHA moisturizer in an acne routine. Adding extra remedies or treatments will likely make the routine less effective. Remedies that can be easily incorporated into your routine are a low glycemic diet, getting at least 6 hours of rest, 15 minutes of cardio a day or at least 30 minutes three times a week, taking no more than 50 mg of zinc a day (anymore is a toxic amount), and cleanses such as half a squeezed lemon in warm water or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water.
Using masks or remedies before applying treatment with active ingredients besides benzoyl peroxide such as sulfur, salicylic acid, or glycloic acid in any other way than what we recommend may cause unnecessary irritation. Adding more active ingredients to the skin or not giving treatments enough time to get used to one acne ingredient then switching to another will only give the skin more ingredients to get adjusted to, this will end up defeating the purpose of using an acne treatment by causing more acne instead.
The right acne products.
Tea tree oil acne treatment. Only purchase 100% pure tea tree oil and 100% pure aloe vera gel to dilute tea tree oil in. Tea tree oil can be found at the supermarket like Walmart along with aloe vera gel. Click here to learn how to dilute tea tree oil.
Acne treatments we recommend. We recommend using 2.5% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment instead of diluted tea tree oil while following the acne routine. You will get clear faster using 2.5% benzoyl peroxide instead of diluted tea tree oil which will mean less dark spots & acne scars in the long run.
The only acne treatment we recommend that is sold in most stores for the acne routine is Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment. It is the only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream sold separately in stores. There are better options available online, and since Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne only comes in small .75 oz tubes there are cheaper options available online too. There is sometimes 2.5% benzoyl peroxide available at a local HMO pharmacy as well. Make sure any benzoyl peroxide treatment you are about to buy for the acne routine has very few moisturizing ingredients and is preferable a gel form.
The only acne treatment we recommend that is only available online is the Acne.org acne treatment. It can be purchased at Acne.org homepage or Amazon.com. Compared to Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne the Acne.org Treatment is a slightly more effective and easier to apply 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel formula.
Cleansers we recommend. If you are a guy use a cleanser that lathers up well so you can use it to replace shaving creams and gels. The types of cleansers that lather up well available in stores that we recommend are Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, and Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, Antibacterial. If you are a woman the previously mentioned cleansers will work for you too. You also have the option of going with a much gentler cleanser that does not lather up called the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. The cleanser that we recommend using is the Acne.org Cleanser.
Moisturizers we recommend. The non-comedogenic and non-irritating moisturizer we recommend available in stores is Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion. The moisturizer that we recommend using is the Acne.org Moisturizer.
SPF moisturizer we recommend. There is only one SPF moisturizer that we have found to be gentle, handle flakiness all day by applying a generous amount with 5-6 drops of jojoba oil added to it, and give great protection from the sun. The SPF moisturizer we recommend is the “classic gentle formula” version of Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer. You can find it at stores like Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens. Be sure to get the the version that say on the box “classic gentle formula” because the latest version is too irritating.
Products to make the acne routine even more effective.
Organic jojoba oil helps to balance oil production, in theory jojoba oil stops the over production of oil by making the skin think that it has produced enough oil. To use jojoba oil in your routine give your regular moisturizer a boost to help with the over production of oil and get rid of flakiness from benzoyl peroxide add 5-6 drops of Acne.org’s Organic Jojoba Oil to a regular moisturizer before applying.
An AHA treatment will clear up any acne that may still remain, is very likely to fade dark spots more quickly, and gets rid of mild to moderate body acne. An AHA treatment is well worth a try, but if it is too irritating then do not use an AHA treatment or it will make acne worse. If your skin is too sensitive to an AHA then do not use it on your entire face. Try using it on body acne or individual spots, if the AHA treatment is still too irritating then give or throw the bottle away. If your skin is not too sensitive to use an AHA treatment then, we recommend using the Acne.org AHA moisturizer. Although it is not ideally what we recommend, an AHA moisturizer available in stores is the Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion. How to use an AHA moisturizer as a spot treatment. If you see a pimple emerging just gently dab a tiny amount of an AHA moisturizer onto the pimple twice throughout the day, by the next day the pimple will be almost or completely gone. How to use an AHA moisturizer to treat body acne. After taking a shower drape a towel over the places you breakout on your body instead of trying to pat them dry. Use a thick line of an AHA moisturizer all the way down your index finger. Apply the AHA to the places you breakout on your body using the same gentle glide mentioned for apply the cleanser and moisturizer. Regular use of an AHA moisturizer. Use an AHA three times a week on the entire face instead of a regular moisturizer to clear up any pimples that may still be left behind. Wear SPF 15 or higher before going out into the sun when using an AHA. Continue to use SPF 15 or higher after you stop using an AHA. Do not start applying an AHA treatment to your face until you have been using benzoyl peroxide for 4 weeks. Are you planning on using AHA to treat your body acne? Get two bottles of an AHA moisturizer so that you will have enough for the month to treat your body acne and acne on your face. Make sure that you are not using any other products that contain an AHA once you are ready to begin using an AHA moisturizer. Common AHAs to check your products ingredient list for are glycolic or lactic acid.
If your skin ends up being too sensitive to an AHA moisturizer you can add a salicylic acid wash to routine by replacing your gentle cleanser with a salicylic acid wash three times a week at night. We recommend using the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power-Cream Wash (without the microbeads) because it contains a small amount of an AHA. If the AHA in the wash is still too strong then it is probably best to stick with a regular cleanser, but you can try applying a regular salicylic acid wash to help exfoliate a few times a week. For some even just a salicylic acid cleanser may be too irritating. It is best to wait until you are completely clear before adding any extra active ingredients to the routine like salicylic acid or sulfur. When you do get clear if you would like to add an extra active ingredient to the routine do it one at a time.
All you need in one place for the acne routine.
We recommend purchasing all of the Acne.org products to use them in the acne routine. Unless your skin is really sensitive in which case you should not use the AHA treatment.
To get all the products you need in one place at a great price purchase the Acne.org “Big Kit” from Amazon. You will need the “Big Kit” because you will be using a lot of moisturizer, cleanser, and acne treatment for the acne routine. There is not an acne treatment three pack that compares to the Acne.org “Big Kit”.
The products are only effective if you use them in the acne routine we have outlined. Once you have all the acne products you need go here to begin the acne routine.