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 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: "For The 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 Regimen carefully, print it out or bring the video into the bathroom with you while you perform The Regimen. You should start clearing up quickly and reliably if you follow The Regimen closely.
What is pharmaceutical grade?
From Dan: "Acne.org Treatment is a pharmaceutical grade product. It is triple milled to ensure extra fine raw material. This is why you won't find grittiness in Acne.org Treatment like you often do in other benzoyl peroxide products. When applied to the skin, this produces micronized particles of benzoyl peroxide which penetrate more deeply and completely into the skin.
I've witnessed that the vast majority of people clear up more quickly and completely with a pharmaceutical grade benzoyl peroxide, and you should be able to switch over from whichever benzoyl peroxide you're currently using to a pharmaceutical grade product like Acne.org Treatment with complete confidence. However, a few people have reported that they have broken out upon switching to Acne.org Treatment. Although this is uncommon, there is an explanation for those of you who may experience an initial breakout, and I'd like to allay your fears here. It could be the result of the smaller particles of benzoyl peroxide reaching deeper down into the skin and activating the microcomedones which are well below the surface in some way. This acne was destined to reach the surface at some point but it is in effect cleaned out. The good news is that after this initial breakout that some people may experience, you can expect your skin to stay clearer with a pharmaceutical grade benzoyl peroxide medication. With each application it will be penetrating more deeply and preventing acne from forming."
Why is it so inexpensive?
From Dan: "I am able to offer Acne.org Treatment at a low price and still make a profit due to my low overhead. Also, because you are ordering directly from me, there are no complex distribution channels or middlemen that inflate prices. Lastly, I do not advertise and have no marketing department."
What are the benefits?
- Generously sized, so you can use as much as you need to get completely clear.
- Gel-based so it spreads more easily than a cream and goes on clear.
- Does not contain grittiness like many cream based benzoyl peroxide products can.
- Will not turn white when you exercise and perspire.
- Easily applied to the back and chest.
- Works well with moisturizer, and does not "clump up."
- Pharmaceutical grade and is triple milled so it penetrates more deeply and completely into the skin than many over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide products.
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.
How many do I need per month?
|For the face: about one 8 oz. benzoyl peroxide tube||For the body (face, neck, back, chest and/or shoulders): about two 8 oz. benzoyl peroxide tubes (consider purchasing the 16 oz. benzoyl peroxide)|
Active Ingredient: 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Also Contains: Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide.
You can use drugstore products on The Regimen as well. They may not work as quickly or as well as Acne.org products but they are always there if you need them.
Note: We are not affiliated with these products or manufacturers in any way and receive no compensation for these referrals. They are listed only because they work well within The Regimen.
Neutrogena On-The-Spot – This is the only widely available 2.5% benzoyl peroxide on store shelves in the United States. It is cream based which means it is harder to apply than a gel. It will also tend to turn white when you perspire which can be embarrassing. However, it will work. It comes in small .75 ounce tubes, so if you’re going with this benzoyl peroxide, try to find it on sale and stock up. You’ll eventually be using lots of benzoyl peroxide, so you’ll need many, many tubes.