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Starter Regimen for Acne & Dark Marks

sebamed-clear-face-gel-acneThis is a comprehensive acne regimen designed to get rid of acne, reduce redness and remove dark marks from pimples. All using off-the-shelf products available in the Indian market, without a dermatologist’s prescription.

Starter regimen is an aggressive acne regimen for moderate to severe acne, especially cystic acne.

If you prefer fewer products, try the 2-Product Keracnyl Acne Regimen.

If you only get pimples occasionally, or you want a daily maintenance routine, check out the Basic Regimen.

If you are on a budget, check out the Budget Acne Regimen for less than Rs. 500 per month.

Who is the Starter Regimen for?

The starter regimen can be followed by both men and women if:

  1. You get under-the-skin cystic acne bumps that redden the area around the pimple. Your pimples don’t heal for many days and leave dark marks and often pitted scars. This kind of acne is also called acne vulgaris. 
  2. It is also suitable for whiteheads. For blackheads, simpler solutions can bring relief.
  3. You have tried many face washes and pimple creams from the market without satisfactory results. You have tried face packs, home remedies, herbal remedies and every new product on the market that claims to resolve acne, but the skin is still not clear. That is, you have persistent acne.
  4. You are not currently undergoing (and have not undergone recently) any medical treatment such as Accutane / Sotret / Aldactone / chemical peels / laser treatment / derma roller or any other kind of clinical treatment for acne or scars.

Starter Acne Regimen

This is a staggered regimen in which you add in new products as and when needed, but only if needed. This is necessary because you want to start with the safest products in the first week and then if everything goes right (acne reduces, redness goes down), you move to week 2 and add in more products.

The Starter Regimen combines the safest and best treatment products in India, and because of this, the cost is not taken into account. If you have been buying and trying random products for some time, your current experiments are likely costing your more anyway. Those on a budget might check out the Budget Regimen.

Starter Acne Regimen consists of products known to work for acne and dark marks but by no means is a guarantee. It is not an alternative to medical treatment if that’s what you need.

Products and why you need them

This is the list of products you will be using in this regimen.

Each of the products is included for a reason, so you will be using ALL of them, not a few here and there. Do not add products of your own or make substitutions.

You will see why each one of them is needed in the table below.

Product Why you need it Brand
Face Wash You need it to clean your sunscreen and moisturizer thoroughly without irritating the skin. Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel (Rs. 550)
Anti-bacterial Face Wash For mornings, as an added protection against acne bacteria. My pick, Sebamed Cleansing Foam reduces the number of bacteria from 100,000 to zero in 5 minutes. Sebamed Cleansing Foam (Rs. 630)
Acne cream + Exfoliant My pick, Triacneal is a targeted, high-performance acne treatment that contains clinically-proven acne-fighting ingredients, including Retinaldehyde, Glycolic Acid & patented Efectiose. Blended with soothing thermal spring water to banish breakouts, clogged pores, acne-related redness & residual scarring. Great for oily, blemish prone skin. Paraben free, hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic.OK, that is the marketing speak. In truth, people really are seeing good results from using it, including me, so I’ve included it in the regimen. Eau Thermale Avene Triacneal cream (Rs. 1350) (Triacneal is available in these stores and these websites)
Sunscreen When using acne treatments, without a sunscreen, your skin can become even more prone to sun damage such as tanning and wrinkling. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is also essential to prevent acne spots from darkening and to add to the benefit of spot-lightening treatments. Sunprotek Gel SPF 50+ / SPF 30+ or Zoray Aquagel SPF 30 (both available at medical stores) or Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+ cream (Rs. 1185 for 30 ml)
Dark spot treatment You need it to fade away reddish and dark spots left by old pimples. Kojivit Gel (available at medical stores) Rs. 200
Moisturizer You will need a lightweight moisturiser to combat dryness and sometimes flaky skin. Sebamed Clear Face Gel (Rs. 500)

Starter Acne Regimen Week 1

Avene Diacneal for acne in IndiaMorning routine

  1. Guys shave with face wash. First foam up the face wash by rubbing it between your hands. Then dab the foam on your face.
  2. Also read which razor to use, how to lather up etc. here.
  3. Guys and girls wash face with Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam.

Evening routine

  1. Wash face with face wash. 
  2. Apply a thin layer of Avene Triacneal all over the acne prone areas except near the eyes, sides of nose and near the mouth. For example, if you get pimples on your cheeks and forehead, apply a thin layer covering all of the cheeks and forehead. It is not to used as merely a spot treatment. There could be mild stinging, but it should settle down.

Extra care

During this first week strictly avoid the temptation to add new products. Do not even use products you had been using before starting this regimen. That means no face packs, no sunscreen, no moisturizer, no toner, no fairness creams, no face wipes, no pore strips, no facials, no makeup (not even eye / lip makeup), no shaving cream, no aftershave nothing.

Do not use Triacneal during the day. If you see too much dryness the next day, use Triacneal on alternate nights.

Keep out of the sun as much as possible during this week and cover the face with a thick cloth if you have to be outdoors. Otherwise the skin may tan more than usual.

Starter Acne Regimen Week 2

If you feel a difference in breakouts, redness and whiteheads, it is time to step up the acne regimen. If you do not see a positive difference, follow the week 1 plan for one more week.

Morning routine

  1. Guys follow the same shaving instructions as in week 1.
  2. Wash face with Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam.
  3. Apply sunscreen all over the face. Wait 15 minutes.
  4. Gently glide moisturizer on dry areas only if needed and only where needed.
  5. Dab dark spot treatment product on the dark marks from acne.

Evening routine

  1. Wash face with face wash.
  2. Triacneal all over the acne prone areas except near the eyes, sides of nose and near the mouth.
  3. If your skin can tolerate it, generously dab dark spot treatment product on the dark spots once Triacneal has absorbed into the skin.


If and only if skin continues to be oily, use Proactiv Solution Refining face mask. The instructions for use are given on the tube.

Starter Acne Regimen Week 3

By now you should see a noticeable difference in acne and some difference in dark marks. If everything goes well so far,

  1. Women can add in a non-comedogenic liquid foundation. You can resume eye and lip makeup. Use a non-comedogenic makeup remover.
  2. Men can add back their usual shaving cream. If you see new pimples the next day, it is time to find a non-comedogenic shaving cream. Look for a formula that does not have added moisturizing ingredients and does not claim to be for sensitive skin since they usually contain pore-clogging emollients.
If you run into any problems, go through the Regimen Troubleshooting Guide carefully and see if your question is addressed there.

Spot treatment for new pimples

While following this regimen, you may still get new pimples once in a while.

A spot treatment is to use a bit of Metrogyl Gel on the pimple. Metrogyl is a topical antibiotic and members on Acne Mantra have reported good results with it. Test for any reaction first by only dotting it on a small part of the face.

If the pimple has popped and there is an open wound with some blood, do not apply Triacneal. Simply wash the pimple with Sebamed Cleansing Foam and pat it dry.

When will I see results?

Since this is a staggered regimen, you should start to see results from the first week itself. No, the skin will not clear magically overnight, no the dark spots will not vanish instantly, but you will see a difference. The best way to measure results is to take a closeup photo of your face right before starting the regimen. Then take a photo once every week under the same lighting conditions. And give this regimen 4 weeks.

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263 Responses to Starter Regimen for Acne & Dark Marks

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    angel May 20, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Hi, have been reading through your reviews on Yugard and more recently on Avene Triacneal. Which one do you think is a better option ?

    If you refer our earlier communication ( Glycolic acid or tretinoin cream? Glyco 6 or Retino-A? ) you had suggested that I alternate between Yugard and Glyco 6 post completing half a tube of Glyco 6 ( which i have completed). Your more recent reviews seem to suggest Avene Triacneal as a better alternative to Yugard. Should I continue with your earlier suggestion of alternating Glyco 6 and Yugard or in light of your recent views alternate Avene Triacneal and Glyco 6 ?

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      Avene Triacneal contains 6% glycolic acid and 0.1% retinaldehyde. The composition is similar to the Glyco 6 + Yugard you are using in rotation. The only problem is the availability of Avene Triacneal in India. If you choose to switch to Triacneal, you can use Triacneal every night instead of alternating Glyco 6 and Yugard.

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      Ankit February 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi AM please tell me which facewash to use while shaving and can i subsitute ahaglow face was for kaya soothing gel. Also can i use aha glow more than 2 times

  2. Farhana May 20, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    hi i am using healthy shop vitamin c face serum and ponds age miracle lines and gold radiance ni8 cream .. some time i use garnier wrinkle lift in my forehead as its dry … is this product ok for pimple pore skin?

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Please spend some time reading the information given on this website to learn about comedogenic products and comedogenic ingredients. With that information, you will be able to choose your skin care products smartly.

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    angel May 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Hey, in some of your earlier reviews you mentioned that it is not a good idea to combine glycolic acid with Retinoids. Some prelim research on the net also substantiates this view that if combined one of the ingredients (usually retinoid) is rendered ineffective. Refer :


    Avene Triacneal is 6 % glycolic acid and .1% Retinaldehyde. Whats your view on the product ?

    Also here is an informative link for your reference.

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Yes, I had read this too, about not using acids and retinoids together. If they are sold in the same product, the formula contains additional ingredients that prevent the acids from inactivating the retinoids. For home users, mixing two different products, one with an acid and another with a retinoid may not preserve the retinoid from the acid.
      This study found that a special formulation of AHA such as glycolic acid and a retinoid such as retinaldehyde (such as in Triacneal) results in better delivery of the retinoid without interference from glycolic acid. Studies have also shown the effectiveness of Diacneal, the older version of Triacneal for acne prone skin. See more studies about Diacneal.

    • Keepcalmandcureacne May 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      The formula of a retinoid differs from the formulae of retinal (aldehyde ) and Retinol (alcohol ) , So avene doesnt use the retinoid formula that say, johnson and johnson uses in it`s Retino A cream. So glycolic acid and retinal doesnt clash in it`s formula , but if you use johnson and johnson`s Retino A cream with say , Glyco -A , it will render the other ineffective. Hope this helped.

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    angel May 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks both, this clarifies. Also just to mention, I understand Retinols, Retinaldehyde etc are all forms of Retinoids. I would start using Avene as a daily night treatment now.

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      3 cheers to the 3 of us!

  5. arja May 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Suncote sunscreen is a really good recommendation. IT`s the only sunscreen that didnt break me out till date , from the drugstore. It definitely works , and the proactiv mask which has sulphur in it is also a very good recommendation, albeit a bit pricey. This is a fantastic regimen. And yes , keeping out of the sun has to be taken seriously as it can reverse many weeks` of hardcore skincare. And oh yes , Cheers to acnemantra , maybe in a couple of years , it`ll have it`s own regimen products available too. :D (Wishful thinking , and lots of hope ) ^_^

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      AM May 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words Arja. This information has been gained the hard way by battling with acne for 15 years and almost beating it. :) I am liking it that this is now helping thousands of people every single day. You’re invited to share your own learnings by answering any and all comments and questions.

  6. kousik sen May 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    can u tell me low cost or similar rutein??
    any such sunscream of other brand available in anywhere??

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      AM May 22, 2013 at 5:46 am #

      You could try the Keracnyl Regimen. For acne prone skin, Suncote Gel is one of the safest ones.

  7. payel May 23, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    In the start of your regimen you had suggested not to use any sunscreen or makeup and to avoid sun… but i am a working women and i have to work everyday and that too field work and i can’t avoid the sun. Hence i have to opt for sunscreen and makeup too.. to go through the whole day as i have oily acne prone skin with acne marks… please can you suggest an initial regimen where i can include my sunscreen and makeup..?

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      AM May 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Suncote Gel is a safe sunscreen for acne prone skin. It is sometimes sticky, but if every sunscreen breaks you out, Suncote is worth a try. If you already have a sunscreen and makeup base that don’t break you out, I guess it should be fine to use with the Starter Regimen from the first week onwards. Just make sure to wash off every single trace of these products before bed.

  8. payel May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    where can i buy avene triacneal cream? there are not much options for buying it online….

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    TejuPriya May 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    payel u can buy on nmedplusbeauty.com,theskinstore.com

  10. bk19xsa May 26, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Hi ,
    I am a guy in mid 20’s and have started following this regimen.
    I had been using fairness cream since my late teens into my 20s .I live in the gulf,middle east and the cream used to melt a little due to the very hot humid weather causing the face skin to become uneven with dark patches and small pimples here and there. And 2 years back , I had a small pimple break out.

    So I couldnt take it anymore and went to the dermatologist and asked advice for keeping pimples out and having a proper fairness cream that would not melt and keep the skin glowing.

    He adviced ‘Fash Foam’ face wash mornings-evenings , Sebamed Sun Care spf50 during day,and before going to sleep to apply a mixture of Yuguard,Brite cream and Pigment control(La Roche-Posay).For extreme skin dryness he advised Avene Triaxera.
    I was supposed to use all of them for 4 months.

    But by 2 months my pimples became worst and I started getting breakouts almost every other day.Especially on the upper cheek area and forehead, leaving scars and uneven pimple surfaces.
    I decided to stop using Yuguard,Brite and Pigment control and bought Exfoliac for washing the face in the morning and for the evening got myself a papaya whitening soap.In the day I continued using Seba Med Suncare.
    Suffice to say this hasnt helped.So I researched online and came to your site.

    I saw this regimen and decided to use it.
    Ive got the Sebamed Cleansing foam and Avene triacneal but I could not get AHAglow wash and neither the suncote gel nor Lotus sunblocks.

    I get products like Avene,Ducray,Laroche posay,Keracynl etc here.
    Can you please advice some alternate products to the ones I couldnt get in regards to the regimen.
    In the regimen you say to apply the avene triacneal in the evning. I come home from work in the evening ,wash my face and goto gym.Surely ,I cant apply the cream before going to gym?Could I apply it before going to bed after I have washed my face for the 3rd time?

    Also would it be advisable to use the Sebamed Suncare as sunblock for this regimen?(I dont like it though,makes the skin feel closed )

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi, fairness creams often contain comedogenic cream base that can cause pimples as you noticed 2 years ago. Even the ones in India aren’t much better.

      The thing with acne treatment is that everything, absolutely everything you are using at any point should be non-pore-clogging. Avene Triaxera is horribly pore-clogging. Also, I’m not so sure about Sebamed Sun Care being non-comeodgenic either. So it is possible that Yugard was working alright, but it was rendered ineffective by the pore-clogging action of Avene Triaxera and possibly Sebamed Sun Care. Since you were still using sebamed Sun Care until recently, it is possible that it was continuing to clog your pores. You also need to check if your shaving cream (if you use) could be clogging pores.

      You need to start by eliminating all products that you use on your face and then only add them one by one. This is pretty much what the Starter Regimen is about. AHAglow is just 1% glycolic acid, there’s nothing special in it. Espeically if you are going to use Triacneal (which has 6% glycolic acid), you won’t need AHAGlow. Sebamed Cleansing Foam alone may not be enough to take off sunscreen / moisturizer completely. You could try Keracnyl Foaming Gel as mentioned in the Keracnyl Regimen.

      Wash your face clean before going to the gym and right after. You will need to look for a non-comeodgenic sunscreen which you could add in after your skin care routine settles down a little bit. Until then, it might be good idea to keep out of the sun and cover the face with a light coloured cloth (sounds difficult, but doable).

  11. bk19xsa May 26, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Hi ,

    What would you advise as alternative to the AHAglow face wash and Lotus/suncote Sunblocks. i already have the Sebamed cleansing foam and Avene Triacneal.
    Should I put Avene Triacneal in evening or before going to bed?
    Can I use the Sebamed Suncare 50+ as sunblock for this regimen?

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      TejuPriya May 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      alternative to aha glow is keracynl face wash..suncote is the best sunscreen for oily skin..

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Thanks Tejupriya, you’re a darling!

  12. Ankita May 27, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Can i use johnsons baby soap to wash my face ? does it clog pores ?

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Ankita, Johnson’s Baby Soap is not suitable for acne prone skin as it has pore clogging ingredients.

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      TejuPriya May 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      ankita try aha glow and seba med cleansing foam..

  13. safa May 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Hey..can i use aha glow face wash in de morning and cetaphil lotion in de evening as a starter reg…..n also can i use clindamycin nd adapline along wd ds products…plz reply

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      AM May 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Cetaphil does not clean the skin thoroughly if you have sunscreen or moisturizer on your skin. You might consider using AHAglow twice a day. Only a doctor can tell you if you should use Clindamycin or Adaplene since they are both prescription products.

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      TejuPriya May 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      hi safa i really wouldnt suggest clindamycin or adapelene..acnemantra some terrific starter regimen..please do so..aha glow and sebamed should be fine for u else try keracynl regimen..

  14. Manoj Agarwal May 28, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    I am a male of 48 years age. I have the following skin problems on my face:
    1) My facial skin is acne prone. The acne are not too many but each time there is a new eruption it is painful and leaves a scar.
    2) There are many dark marks of the previous acne.
    3) There are big dark patches on the sides of my eyes. These patches are persistent and do not go away.

    In the past I had taken treatment from Kaya Skin clinic where they gave me glycol in acid peels and microdermabrasion. I took six sittings of each alternatively every two weeks. Although there was improvement immediately after the treatment the face has become worse now. My job is such that I am always indoors in air condition and do not venture in sun frequently except perhaps during lunch time.

    I need your help now in advising the treatment. I am more worried about the dark patches on both sides of my eyes. I have to appear for some very important job interviews in a months time. I have started applying Retino A 0.025% from yesterday night. I have also started using Keracnyl face wash. I have always been using Garnier Sun Control Moisturiser with SPF 15 in the morning. Please advise whether I should continue with these or is there a better treatment plan.

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      AM May 29, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Hi Manoj, daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is essential for maintaining the results of peels and exfoliating treatments. In the absence of a sunscreen, the new delicate skin that exfoliation brings up to the surface gets tanned and sun-damaged more easily. That’s why people often notice darkening and degradation of the skin quality after receiving professional treatments. A sunscreen is necessary unless someone lives under the ground inside a bunker.

      The dark patches on the sides of the eyes could be melasma, but you will need to get them checked out by a doctor to be sure. There are effective treatments for melasma.

      I can relate to your need to feel confident about your appearance for the upcoming interviews. Incidentally, a new post that has gone up today will give you some unexplored options for instantly covering up dark marks.

      I’m afraid Retino-A takes up to 6 months to show measurable difference. In fact, using Retino-A can cause initial skin irritation and even more reddening and darkening of the skin until the skin gets used to it. Also, the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is vital along with Retino-A. Garnier Sun Control Moisturiser with SPF 15 is comedogenic.

  15. Ankita May 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Hey Can i Use The Cetaphil Cleanser And Moisturizing Lotion Along With Benzac AC 2.5% In My Regimen…I Saw The Regimen At Acne.org And Thought Of Trying It Out…Is It A Good Idea ? Pls Need Advice…I’ve Got Moderate Acne..3-4 White Zits Here And There…With A Lot Of Pink Marks Emerging On My Face Recently

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      AM May 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      From what I’ve noticed and many people report it too, Benzoyl Peroxide can make acne marks darker on brown skin. These marks last longer than usual. BP also causes severe dryness, peeling and redness. If your doctor prescribed you Benzac AC, by all means go ahead, but if you are simply exploring acne cream options, you might want to try out others first.

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      TejuPriya May 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      hey ankitha please follow acnemantra starter regimen..u will see difference in few days..benzac damaged my skin..

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      Supriya March 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      @acnemantra:Hi AM! Thank you for such a wonderful site :)
      Regarding Benzoyl Peroxide, I have read many comments of yours that say that BP makes acne marks darker specially on Indian skin, and these marks stay for a long time. Could you please elaborate on why this happens? I have researched a lot regarding this but couldn’t find something supporting this.

  16. itsme May 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    What do you suggest as the next steps after a month of the starter regime ? If the acne have reduced but not stopped.

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      AM May 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      Starter Regimen is a basic regimen that you can use as a daily skin care regimen for acne prone skin. Skin care a small part of eliminating acne. Mild and moderate acne can be brought under control largely using proper skin care. For persistent or severe acne, use of supplements or hormonal therapy is often necessary. I’ll be posting more on this in the coming weeks.

  17. Ankita June 1, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Thnx Acnemantra And Tejupriya…i have started wid the starter regimen…and its clearing out my skin…thnx a lot again…i hate using harsh products on my skin and i really like the sebamed and ahaglow…a bit doubtful about the triacneal though as it gives my skin a tingling sensation wen i apply it…can u suggest a gentler product or is it gentle enough ?

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      AM June 1, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Ankita, as the skin gets used to Triacneal, the tingling sensation will go down. Unless it is unbearable, the tingling sensation is worth the results. Using on alternate nights is another thing that can be tried.

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      TejuPriya June 4, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Ankita most acne applications cause tingling sensation but nothing to worry..its only matter of time to getting used to it..if it works for u,then its for few minutes..while applying why dont u distract urself with a book or music..dont think too much about..results are promising. If u want initially apply avene alternate nights until u get used to it..

  18. sweetu June 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi AM, I have been using your starter regimen for around 1.5 months now – currently using Sebamed foam, Suncote, AHA glow and Triacneal. My skin though acne prone (APST 2 to 3) is not oily, infact getting even more drier after 1.5 of stater regimen. I continue to have white pus filled acne -almost one new every day. Do combat dryness I am using Neutrogena moisturiser for combination skin whenever required on dry and flaky portions. Not sure if moisturisers recommended for APST 3 lotus hydro and Sebamed gel will help with dry and flaky skin ? Pls let me know if I shd switch. Also, since my acne still continue what should I do next ?

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      AM June 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Sweetu, it is possible that Neutrogena Oil-free Moisture is causing your whiteheads. It doesn’t always work well for APST 3. Sebamed Gel is safer for APST 3. Although, if acne is not responding to simply skin care, you will need to consult a doctor to rule out any underlying nutritional defiencies and hormonal problems. For now, see if you can spot the culprit product – cut out Neutrogena and Suncote for 4-5 days and see if it gets better. You could even cut out Triacneal for a few days to check if dryness reduces.

  19. sweetu June 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi AM, thx for the prompt reply. Will sebamed gel be able to combat flaky and dry skin ? And yes skipping Triacneal( I use alternate day) does reduce flakiness (even after using it for 1.5 mths)

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      AM June 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Hi Sweetu, zeroing in on your perfect skin care regimen takes some trial and error. After a while, you will know exactly what works for your skin and what to avoid like plague. :)

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      AM June 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Sebamed may not be able to hide and heal the peeling. OK, you could do this – whenever skin feels dry or flaky, wash is gently with Cetaphil Cleaning Lotion and pat dry. A bottle of Cetaphil Lotion is good to have for such occasions when flakiness bothers.

  20. sweetu June 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks will try Cetaphil. Aroma Magic Hydro gel may also help with peeling but is it suitable for my skin type ? Also wanted to know that earlier bfr starting the regimen I would get both white headed and red headed breakouts. Now get only pustules (white headed) ones . Any particular reason ? For supplements, will baidyanath raktshodak help ? Sd I try ?

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      AM June 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Aroma Magic Hydro Gel is iffy for APST3. Also, this gel itself contains lactic acid, which is a peeling agent. But it could be worth a try. Cetaphil is the safest as far as avoiding pimples is concerned. It’s great that you are no longer getting red acne bumps. For whiteheads product elimination technique we talked about in previous comments should help, lets see.

      About Baidyanath Raktashodhak, it is best that you make the decision whether to take it or not. You’ve got the information, there’s lots more about it in the community section. Read it all up and see if that is something you could experiment with.

  21. Saraswati June 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm #


    I’m in the middle of the first week of the Starter regimen. I do see a difference. Even though the acne marks are there but the skin is not bumpy anymore. Also, as you have mentioned there are a few new pimples that have come up. After some time of using Sebamed foam during the day, my skin does become pretty oily, maybe it is cause of the humidity also, so I wash my face more than once during the day. Hope that is fine?
    I’m waiting for the time when the acne marks start to diminish. I know it will take time but when do you think it will start happening?

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      TejuPriya June 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      saraswathi do not expect miracles in a week..time and patience come a long way with acne treatment..breakouts are reducing so thats a good sign that u are responding to the regimen..overtime breakouts will reduce further..in week 2 add a oil free sunscreen like suncote gel,oil free moisturiser like lotus aloe hyrda moisturiser,sebamed clear face gel,clean and clear oil free moisturiser with salicylic acid..sebamed cleansing foam is very mild cleanser..u can use aha glow twice a day..or use sebamed in the night instead of morning..do not wash ur face more than 2-3 times..humidity is also the culprit..try this and see..else u can go fash or keracynl facewash perhaps..for scars u add laya pigmentation reducer gel in week..use it twice a day..there is no time period to define the acne healing..everybody’s skin react different way and take their time based on the severity..do not act in haste..have some patience..it will gradually heal..

  22. Jhumki June 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Tejupriya, i read that u use proactiv refining mask. whats ur take on the mask?actually my routine is almost same as urs, i.e., sebamed cleansing foam and AHA.will proactiv make d skin dry? and can it de used as a spot treatment? btw, what moisturizer do u use?i use calak lotion.

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      akshaykshardul September 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Hey jhumki, I too like Proactiv Refining Mask. I am using it as a spot treatment from over a year whenever I get pimple. The smaller ones take just 2 nights and bigger ones take 4-5 nights to calm down. Proactiv can make skin dry if you don’t apply any moisturiser. I haven’t used it as a mask (Common, I’m a guy! :D ) but can tell that moisturiser is must after using it as a mask.

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    TejuPriya June 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Jhumki i m really liking proactiv mask..i can feel the difference..after regular usage i feel its has helped acne breakouts and oilness..face appears fresh and clean..it can be used has spot treatment..redness will come..most of the time it heals without bringing it o white head..and i use lacta calamine and srba clear face gel..

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    Ayesha D June 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    At the moment I am using Cetaphil cleansing lotion for sensitive skin(morning) sebamed clear face cleansing bar(night) I use neutrogena dry touch sunscreen spf 50, and isotretinoin gel as a spot treatment. Every other night I do a face pack for 20 minutes of tumeric, besan, sweet almond oil, apple cider vinegar with water(which I also use as a toner:sometimes with a drop of tea tree oil). All works great, nothing breaks me out or is too harsh. My skin is level 2-3 acne prone.

    I used to have bad cystic acne starting around age 14-15(I’m 29 now) and have undergone so many treatments over the years for the acne and scars(I could write a book!), the underlying cause for me was pcod which is all fine now.

    Now I get the odd 1-3 pimples one a month. My skin has pits on my cheeks which are 40-50% in their depth, so not too bad, some acne marks on my cheeks which have lightened 57% I have had some microdermabrasion and a laser session as well that has helped. They are quite expensive though, so I took a break when funds were low and began using loreal’s refinish microderm kit which was helpful at smoothening, softening and creating an even tone, also using a face brush from the bodyshop once a week. I used la roche posay effaclar duo some nights and this helped clear those tiny bumps. My skin used to be very oily, but now the Ph in check it is combination I would say, oily in parts and depending on the weather.

    I have been going through your starter regime and wondering what would help me, do let me know. My questions are:
    1. What do you suggest I add to my regime?
    2. What do you feel about the at home microdermabrasion kits, I think Vichy used to have one as well. Any recommendations?
    3. I read in the comments that some products make scars/pits more pitted, which should I use/not use in this case to lighten scars?
    4.I have some blackheads on my nose(oiliest part) and whiteheads on my chin and a few on my forehead..what can i use for these?
    5.Anything that would help further with the pits?

    Look forward to your response, you are a God send as I can see from your site! And Tejupriya too!

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      TejuPriya June 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      hi ayesha thank u for ur kind words..
      but im sorry to tell u that u have included too many products..starter regime doesnt work like that..it is skin detox products,elimination of acne causing product..the regimen should be simple,basic and minimum..starter regime has step by step instructions and what products to use..week 1 no applications whatsoever,week 2 add oil free sunscreen..
      neutrogena dry touch sunscreen spf 50 is comedogenic..check out list of sunscreen on acnemantra..it contains iodine which aggrevates acne..
      instead of sebamed soap switch to cleansing foam,its very mild cleanser..im not big fan of soaps..
      cetaphil is also mild..switch to aha glow/keracynl foaming wash..
      ur face pack contains almond oil which is highly comedogenic..
      toner is not quintessential if u have good facewash since most of the ingredients is same..
      i hope ur pcod is treated else it triggers acne very badly..
      microdermabrasion helps with oilness and pitted acne…
      also i m not big home microdermabrasion kits..these procedures are not safe to do it on self..and are known to cause breakouts,skin irritation..it does contain gylcerin,mineral oil which might not go well with apst 3..
      la roche posay effaclar duo contains benzoyl peroxide crystals which can again cause irritation..i had a severe breakout with this..
      in all honesty all of them seemed to be causing breakouts..it is not a good idea to use soo many products..
      if u are considering starter regimen there is no way u can use these many products..if it is not of great help i dont think u should continue..
      isoretinin application itself is pretty strong application..
      coming to ur other questions
      1-please do not add more products unnecessarily..if something works just stick to it..do not be tempted by big brands,products..
      2-i do not advise doing microdermabrasion on self..if possible seek a doctor’s supervision..
      3-no they acne treatments do not make pitted scars/pits more prominent..it just they during the application the skin is undergoing peeling and appears more dry so it seems like that..there is no truth in the statement that in makes it more prominent..the skin appears fine when it is normal..they only lighten scars by eroding top skin later,dead skin..
      4-blackheads,whiteheads are all form of acne only..starter regimen will with these..good facewashes which contain salicylic acid like saslic,sally face help with both the problems..
      5-retinoids are the best treatment for pits as it levels the pits by increase in collagen level..but only over a long course of period..

      from my experience im telling u discontinue all these products..just have some faith in starter regimen and follow religiously..DO NOT add more products..they are really irritating ur skin..keep a simple regimen which includes facewash,oil free sunscreen,moisturiser,avene triacneal/isotretinin application thats it..with acne it is important to treat acne by controlling the breakouts before u proceed to anything else..please educate urself on acnemantra by reading various articles..

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      AM June 16, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Ayesha, I see that Tejupriya has posted a detailed reply. I only have a couple things to add.

      Isotretinoin cream is working well for you, so why not use it all over the face instead of as a spot treatment? Did your doc tell you to use it only as a spot treatment? It is pretty strong and if you can get away with using it all over the face, you’re not going to need anything other than this to control breakouts. But given that it is a prescription treatment, that kind of suggestion should come from a doctor, not us. So maybe give your doc a ring and check if they advise you to use it all over.

      It is possible that some of the products you are using alongside are clogging pores (yeah, the almond oil one could be a possible culprit). Also, Neutrogena sunblock has been reported to cause acne. I know that you’ve been using it for a long time, but a full scrutiny of your current skin care might surprise you. :)

      I’d say go cold turkey on as many products as you can for the next few weeks and see if breakouts reduce. So two suggestions:

      1. check with doc if you can use isotretinoin gel all over the face
      2. run an elimination check on your current skin care products to see which ones are secretly harming your skin

      Hope this helps!

  25. Jhumki June 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Thanks a lot tejupriya.and how is the kaya pigmentation reducer faring?i have APST 3.will it be fine to use kaya?and after applying suncote gel,my face becomes a little greasy.what do u do to counteract the greasiness?

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      TejuPriya June 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      u are welcome jhumki..kaya pigmentation reducer is pretty great u know..this is fine for apst 1/2/3..basically its a gel form with lactic acid,vitmain b3 which are lightening agents,no side effects,no irritation or excessive drying..apply it teice a day..suncote is pretty suitable oil skin..u know one good suggestion is kaya nourishing day/night cream with fairness with spf..its oil free,non greasy,light and non comdogenic..im using kaya night cream..give a shot..

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    Ayesha D June 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Thank you both, AM and Tejupriya, for the information and suggestions, I just bought Ahaglow and suncote(to use in place of my neutrogena dry touch). I’ll use cetaphil face wash in the morning, and rotate alternate nights between ahaglow and isotretinoin gel. Will let you know how it’s all going.

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    TejuPriya June 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    all the best ayesha…take care!!

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    Ayesha D June 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Day three of my new regime, ahaglow is working well in keeping breakouts in check, I used it as a spot treatment as well as I had a big pimple on my chin and well maybe I dabbed on too much..initially I was excited at the mild burning sensation, feeling the pimple is getting what it deserves!..but in the morning a 1/2 inch diameter circle on and around where I had dabbed ahaglow nice and proper was now a burn mark :( This never happens when I use isotretinion as my spot treatment..what to do?
    Also the skin on my chin is peely..which I suppose is what’s expected so i put a bit of baby oil to moisturize that area.

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      AM June 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Ayesha, you probably missed that part in the Starter Regimen where it says not to use AHAGlow as a spot treatment overnight. :) (under the heading – spot treatment for new pimples)

      Be sure to check if baby oil sits well with your skin. For some, baby oil can clog pores. I would not stop using isotretinoin since it was prescribed by your doc and is already working well for you. Good luck!

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    Ayesha D June 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Ooops!! Yes bad bad me! I happily read use as spot treatment and forgot the overnight part, no wonder..anyways hope this heals soon. Yes I’ll just use it as a face wash and my isotretinoin(overnight) :) for spots. Thanks so much for pointing this out!whew, before I caused any more damage. So far the baby oil is okay..I’ll look into moisturizers mentioned in case there’s any unwanted developments!

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      TejuPriya June 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      ayesha check into oil free moisturisers like aroma hydro gel,sebamed clear face gel,lotus aloe hydra moisturisers etc..

  30. Raj June 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    I am currently suffering from multiple large severe cystic boil type acne. Which regimen do you recommend for APST 3 skin like mine…starter or keracnyl? I know i cant expect to be acne free soon so if I can reduce the large size of acne I can atleast use a concealer to cover it up.
    Thanks in advance..

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      TejuPriya June 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      raj u could try keracynl regimen..to ease into it u can start keracynl foaming gel..then gradually add keracynl cream..for more info look into the 2 step keracynl regimen

  31. Jhumki June 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi everyone..went out of town and missed acnemantra badly.tejupriya and AM, i use sebamed cleansing foam and AHA Glow.pimples are less and oiliness is more or less under control.will proactiv refining mask make the skin dry?do i need to use it?

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      AM June 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      We missed you too. :) (we need more smileys)

    • tejupriya June 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      hi jhumki welcome back..it good to know u know acne is decreasing..no mask will not make it dry..to use it or not ur call..

  32. amaanat June 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    hi AM, thanq so much for ur help… u r doing a very good work. *blessings* :)
    i started using ahaglow today only.. i hav type 3 skin n i ws undrgoin ayurvedic treatmnt for 5 months, it helped but not completely. i have stopped it now n use 2 helpful home remedies dat worked on me before n suit me well. m not very sure abt da whole starter regimn of urs… seems a bit expensiv 2.. n time cnsuming… bt anyways thnx 4 d facewsh reco :D

    the whol site is very helpful :D

  33. amaanat June 23, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    hi again,
    aftr goin thru ur site i m now pretty convinced about d starter regimen, but given the vast range of choices i seem to be confused. i m 17 yrs old girl. with sensitive skin. i am extremely fair and thus d pmple marks appear even more prominent making my face look all so red. i hav 2-3 acne scars too that just dont want to go!
    i usually dont get acne every day if i follow up with my own regimn but if i skip it for evn two days i immediately get two- three pimples.
    can u pls tell me a more easily available cream than avene triacneal?
    or will i b able to find it in a drugstore?
    can u also tell its price?
    will it be helpful for pitted scars?

    pass on a link if u hav answered a similar query before :)

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      AM June 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi Amaanat, looks like Triacneal availability is becoming a problem. Let me think over this and get back to you.

      In the mean time, you could try using AHAGlow face wash twice daily (for whiteheads) and Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer for your blackheads (as you mentioned in your other comment).

  34. amaanat June 23, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    i have blackheads all over my nose( only nose). that are not big in size but are there always. i am using clean n clear blackhead removl scrub but it doesnt smoothen out my nose completely, not that effective and i get white heads a lot!!! on my cheeks, chin and forehead.

    so pls recommnd a cream that wil help me with these two also :)

  35. amaanat June 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    hi AM
    you have said above that not to use clean n clear balancing moisturizer around the eyes, lips and sides of nose. why so?

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      TejuPriya June 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      It contains salicylic acid which can cause dryness..given that eyes,lips are sensitive areas..

  36. amaanat June 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    will using glyco-6 as a night cream along with ahaglow twice a day and suncote gel in daytime(occassionaly, am not usually out in sun, mostly on two-wheeler) be fine? both of them exfoliate, would that be harsh? and will both of them together (especially glyco-6) be okay for a teen like me?

    help me people am getting confused :(

    • amaanat June 25, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      okay may be am getting a bit impatient :D , but will someone please answer this query of mine? i want to start with glyco-6 asap but only after i am sure if it will not be harsh for my skin.
      awaiting a reply :)

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      AM June 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Amaanat, as Tejupriya suggested, easing into glycolic acid products will minimize skin irritation. But yes, no one can guarantee if Glyco 6 will be too harsh for your skin or not. Let us know how it goes. :)

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    TejuPriya June 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    i think its a good idea to start with aha glow once a day for a week..twice if ur skin can tolerant and then start glyco 6 on alternate nights otherwise 2/3 times in a week..this way u can ease ur skin in to these glycolic acid products..but do not forget to add oil free moisturizer..

  38. amaanat June 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    thank you both :)

    as suggested i m trying ahaglow for a week two times a day and my skin is responding well to it :)
    will add glyco then and for the moisturizer- clean and clear skin balancing moisturizer.
    will definitely tell you how it goes.
    thanks for clearing out my doubts :)

    hope i can educate myself enough and help others around me too.
    thank you :)

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      AM June 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Amaanat, glad to help. Do read up more posts to get a better idea of what works and what fails on acne prone skin. That way you will be able to choose products for yourself confidently. 3 cheers to the noble idea of helping others. :)

  39. Prashant July 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Hey … hi .m Prashant.. i hav started using ahaglow twice a day n glyco 6 at night … i dint found it so itchy my skin can tolerate it i guess . … i m using it frm 4 days … but yes i m getting acne breakouts … again with this … i m thinking to use baidhnath rakht sodakh bati ?? Will it help me to clear out acne …?? Pls do hav a check ..as.i m vry much desparate about all this

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      AM July 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Prashant, what are the other products you are using along with AHAGlow and Glyco 6? Are you getting “new” breakouts or are you “still” getting breakouts? Let me know answers to these questions and I’ll tell you more.

  40. Prashant July 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I am just using this two … ahaglow and glyco 6 … n m getng new breakouts … sometimes wen i go out in sun i use ponds white beauty ..spf 20 … i know its comedogenic …. but as i m a student till i dnt get my pocket money i m nt able to buy … suncoat … pls give ur suggestions

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      AM July 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Prashant, when did you last use Pond’s White Beauty? As in how many days ago? Which day did you notice new breakouts?

      Actually, these type of questions are best posted in the community section http://acnemantra.com/questions because it is not really related to the current post. Would you please post your reply and questions there? That way we may be able to get help from other community members also.

  41. Prashant July 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    @Am …. i m nt able to post .. there its asking to log in … wat i have to provide … there … my mail username or anything else ?? … n i hav used yestrday n a day before that … n i m getting breakout … but earlir wen i used to use ponds white beauty ..n i didnt got all this .. just one or two ..i guess ?? I m very much confused n here in guwahati i hav searched in many drug stores but i didnt got suncoat ?? Pls help

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      AM July 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Click the tab “Register” near Login. There enter your email address and a username, say “prashant” or whatever you like. Then click “register” button. Then check your email for the password. Then on the “Login” tab, enter email and password. That’s it. Let me know if you have any difficulties.

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    ashu6074 July 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Hi Acnemantra,

    I read this post/article 15-20 times till now. Seems like i got addicted to this site and tons of knowledge we get here :)

    I have one question. In the Starter Acne Regimen Week 3 you mentioned to use
    Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer with Triacneal. Can we use “Neutrogena moisturizer for combination skin with Triacneal” in place of Clean & Clear Skin Balancing Moisturizer

    Please advise.

    Thank you,

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      TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      hi ashu..the reason clean and clear moisturizer is mentioned is it contains salicylic acid which is a good maintenance moisturizer ..given that week 3 into starter regimen breakouts should have been under control..clear and clear helps to maintain further at the same time moisturizing also..
      neutrogena is oil free moisturizer wont do the same..u could use though..it copes well peeling caused bu triacneal..

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    clearskin July 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Are Avene Diacneal and Avene Triacneal Cream the same? I want to start the first step of starter regime..

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      TejuPriya July 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      hi..diacneal and triacneal are almost same..except that triacneal is new version of diacneal and it contains one additional ingredient effectiose which does not irritate skin..
      first step of starter regimen proocure facewahes like aha glow and sebamed cleansing foam…as u know week 1 no sunscreen or any applications..
      almost all products are available online..

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    clearskin July 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Guys…I ordered AHA Glow and Suncote Gel from HealthKart.com and it said that I need a doctor’s prescription bcz these are prescription-based medicines. Aren’t these over the counter products? where else can I order it from without a prescription? It is not available in most of the medical stores and medbeautyplus too (specially aha glow).

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      AM July 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      You mean healthkartplus.com? Neither of these is a prescription product, but because healthkartplus is basically an online pharmacy, maybe it is their general policy to ask for a prescription.

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    clearskin July 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    yes I meant healthkartplus.com. Can you suggest an alternative site to shop for these? Having stopped oral isotretoin, I am waiting to start the first step of the get-rid of acne regime. Waiting for the products to arrive.

  46. Devika July 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi acne mantra..i wanted to know which is better adapalene or avene triacneal cream for harmonal acne??i suffer from harmonal acne on my cheeks and forehead and i have started using aha glow as well as sebamed facewash.

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    clearskin July 22, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hi AM. I recently started step 1 of the starter regime. Suncote during the day, AHA Glow facewash during night followed by avene diacneal. Today morning I noticed dark brown mild-burn kind of marks near some pimples on my face. that area stinged when i washed my face with a facewash this morning. Is it because of diacneal? Do pimples subside and leave burn-type of marks on the face after using diacneal?

    Secondly my face looks very shiny (not oily) and feels streched at all times. I purchased Neutrogena Moisturiser for combination skin yesterday and have applied it today.

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      AM July 22, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Hi clearskin, some exfoliating ingredients can make the spots look darker until the skin gets used to them (the ingredient, not the dark spots,). Try to use Diacneal maybe once every other night until your skin gets used to it. You could use aloe vera gel to soothe the skin.

      Once you finish this tube, try to get your hands on Triacneal which is their advanced version with an in-built ingredient that prevents skin irritation.

      It is also possible that AHAGlow + Diacneal together are irritating your skin. I’d say use a milder face wash until your skin gets used to Diacneal. Neutrogena should help you with dry, stretchy feeling. Do keep an eye on any new breakouts though since it is a new product added to your regimen.

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    clearskin July 22, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Thanks AM, will try to alternate the usage of AHAGlow and Diacneal and then observe.

    Regarding aloe vera gel, is there a specific brand which is recommended. I currently have Apollo pharmacy alove vera gel daily moisturiser. Is it okay to use this on those brown spots for now?

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    angel July 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Wonderful AM ! Think this modification was long due. AHA Glow and Retinoids together are an over kill and no doubt irritate the skin. Even the days I would skip Diacneal and wash only with AHA Glow, my skin would be irritated. AHAGlow is best left to work alone ( Not a team player :D). And yes, I had bought Glomed but not touched it after getting to know that its 5% glycolic acid.
    Another thing, I think Olay Gentle Foam face wash does not clean too well, it may not be a good choice for a wash in the evening. Personally, I would go with Neutrogena Pure Mild.

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      AM July 28, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      Agree with you angel on both accounts – AHAGlow and Olay. :)

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    TejuPriya July 28, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    AM Nice Modification here and the table easier to read..Actually even i was thinking about clean and clear foam wash ..

  51. kamini July 29, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Hi AM :)
    i am ur regular reader.
    By getting info from ur useful blog i have started using triacneal one night and acne creams(mixture of adaplene+clindamycin) the other night after doing face wash with la-rochey posay. Now by basic concern are the acne scars. i really want to use any good de-pigmentation cream, so my query is-
    1.can i use de-pigmentation cream with triacneal and acne creams?
    2. pls suggest me any good de-pigmentation cream.

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      AM July 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Kamini, welcome to Acne Mantra! Kaya Skin Clinic Pigmentation Reducer Gel mentioned in this very regimen is a safe and acne friendly product. We’ve had people see good results from using it. So that would be my recommendation. There are other spot correcting products but there is little guarantee that they will not cause pimples. Also check out my 3 step CPP Process to target dark marks systematically. Yes, you can use it with Triacneal. If both together causes stinging, use them on alternate nights.

  52. kamini July 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    thanx AM for ur prompt reply :)
    but one query still left..
    Can i use Kaya Skin Clinic Pigmentation Reducer Gel over acne creams?
    i mean applying acne cream on full face at night ant then dabbing this gel on the marks only?

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      AM July 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Yes, it is fine, although as mentioned in the regimen, test out first and see how your skin tolerates it. If you feel burning or stinging (unlikely), then only use the spot reducer during the day or on alternate nights (skip Triacneal on those nights)

  53. Rims July 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Can I use glycolite as the face wash and oillza gel as the exfoliant and keep the rest of the regimen same? Will I then need the dark spot reducer Kaya gel since glycolite already has skin lightening properties?

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      AM July 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Glycolite + Olliza Gel could be too much for the skin, that is, you could see dryness and flaking skin. Triacneal contains 6% glycolic acid, but Olliza 12%. Also, we don’t know what % of glycolic acid is in Glycolite. So this could be too much glycolic acid happening at the same time. Still, you could ease into using both the products by first trying Glycolite and then adding Olliza gel if everything goes well. You could add in Kaya Pigmentation Reducer if the effect of Glycolite isn’t fast enough for you.

  54. Rims July 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Gee thanks! That was a quick reply :D So okay..I guess I’ll skip the Olliza and stick to Triacneal :P I was only a wee bit apprehensive because of the cost! But what the hell :) I’ll try that! So now, the question is should I use Glycolite at all? or stick to the Kaya one you have mentioned in the post?!

    Thanks in advance! I LOVE your site…what would I ever do without it :) mwaah!

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      AM July 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      With Triacneal, you will need to use a mild cleanser that cleans thoroughly. We have heard reports from people whose skin was irritated from using AHAGlow (another glycolic acid face wash with only 1% glycolic acid) when they used it with Triacneal. So, Glycolite could cause undue irritation and peeling. Once your acne is well under control, you could stop Triacneal and switch to the Basic Regimen which totally allows for using Glycolite. Good luck!

  55. geetha July 31, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Hi,am 25 years am suffering with acne,getting pimples,nd dark spots on my face.after washing my face with dove soap or moisturiser my face became dry bt after some time becoming oily.I used adapalene gel,persol2.5,glyaha skinightening cream from the past one year n also still using by applying suncros gel, i took 3times of salicyclic peel and one time of pyruvic peel.i notice little bit diference bt nt tht much or completely.plz suggest face face wash for acne,soap,any creams tht shuld available in india which would helpful to my prb.n also plz suggest any cream to improve my complesion vich is nt a cosmetic product.
    am waiting for ur reply..plz help me

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      TejuPriya July 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      hi geetha..dove soap is comedogenic..adapelene and persol is causing the dryness..you are using too many products at a time..
      there are various causes for acne like thyroid,pcos,insulin resistance,deficiencies etc..consult a doctor regarding that to rule out the possibilities..
      the answer to your question is right above,look into starter regimen for instructions,product suggestions..starter regimen has helped me and many others in this community..so that would be a good start..before that you will have discontinue all the products you are using..
      And do not worry regarding products they are easily available at local pharmacies and online for more details look into this link.
      tons of informative articles available on acnemantra,do read up and educate yourself on the do and donts of acne,treatments,products and they will definitely help you choose products wisely :)

  56. Ashu July 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi AM,

    I read this post so many times so i can tell this starter regimen in my sleep also :)

    Two questions

    1) I remember it was mentioned to use AHAglow face wash (blue) during night time before applying tricneal avene. Now i don’t see AHAglow in the list above. Any specific reason to remove ior not adding it to the list.

    2) Can we use Neutrogena moisturizer for combination skin (not with spf) instead of Sebamed Clear Face Gel.

    you thoughts please.


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      TejuPriya July 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Ashu..
      1)The Reason for Replacing Aha glow is,It was found to increase dryness/peeling when used with Triacneal which already causes dryness/peeling so it was modified to neutral cleansers like neutrogena/kaya cleanser which will minimize the side effect by only cleansing the face not add to the existing irritation…
      2)Neutrogena moisturizer is a good fit if your are facing flaking/dryness/peeling..But Otherwise it is a heavy duty moisturizer..So sebamed clear face gel is a good pick..Otherwise aloe vera gels are good options too..
      Hope this clears it.. :)

  57. Ashu July 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi Teju,

    This makes sense. If we can use sebamed clear face cleansing foam during night time with triacneal and morning if we use AHAglow. Does it sounds good ?

    Please advise.

    Thank you,

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      TejuPriya August 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Hey Ashu May be you can use aha glow after your skin is adjusted to triacneal after few days..Initially it might be too much..So go for neutrogena cleanser..

  58. Saran August 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi AM and Teju! So grateful to u both.i became a great addict to ur site.u r a god for those who r affected by acne.i never use sunscreen but after I gonethru ur site,I started using it now.i had severe acne on my face,but after using glyco 6,it comes under control( I use only glyco 6,not retino A.i found no new pimples).But there is a dark brown marks left by past acnes.now I need a suggestion tat can I continue glyco 6 alone or can I switch to triacneal cream which is the safest one. And suggest me a face washes also( I tempted to use aha glow)?

  59. Saran August 2, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    Hi TP! Thanks for ur reply.i tried posting in community section but,it says your name cannot contain uppercase letter.please help me out.And as you suggest,I will use sebamed cleansing foam in morning.and shall i use avene cleanance gel soapless cleanser or avene diacneal gel cleanser instead of kaya(new ingredients list mentioned citric acid and methyl paraben, is it safe for acne prone skin?).am looking forward ur views of these above cleansers.

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      TejuPriya August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      HI saran..You need to register with your email id and choice of user id on AM..Then you can post questions..follow this link and you will find login/register box on the right hand side of the page..
      citric acid is not comedogenic,its safe do not worry..parabens are inevitable and are found in pretty much all cosmetics..cleanance gel is good usually when used with other avene products..kaya/neutrogena pure mild cleanser are good options too to properly cleanse..sebamed is mild but does wonders on acne prone skin..

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    tina21 August 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I have a huge fan of your acnemantra, & changed lot of products according to your post!
    i dont get acne all the times but during those days i get 2-3 & by the time they are gone and leave the mark its time for my next cycle, so in short i will always have 2-3 pimples or pimple marks on my face.

    Currently im using sebamud & AHA glow facewash morning evening & avene triacneal just started from yesterday, before that i was using keracynil in night but didnt like it much since after putting this in the orning i had oil on my face :(
    So i switched to Avene triacneal cream, & yes lacto calamie & suncot!

    I used to have combination skin but past 1 year experiencing oily skin,
    Now my question is im trying all products which exfoliates, AHA, avene triacneal , & i was thinking to buy La Roche Posay Biomedic Pigment Control Concentrated Conditioning Serum which has kojic acid, glycolic acid & salysalic acid,

    is trying lot of exfoliator make your skin sensitive , I have also done glycolic peel from kaya three years back, & it did nothing,

    So Is it safe to try all products which make your skin dry, peel off & exfoliates without making your skin sensitive.

    Thanks in advance

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      TejuPriya August 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Tina..Welcome to Acnemantra :)
      So it looks like you have mild acne,so you might not need rigorous regimen,Basic Regimen Should do..
      I think Triacneal and Aha glow could cause more peeling..So i would say stick to 1)sebamed cleansing foam..If you want proper cleansing then switch to neutral cleansers like kaya/neutrogena pure mild cleanser..
      2)Lacto calamine in my experience tends to make more greasy..
      3)You dont need La roche product because on the whole Triacneal itself is strong enough with retinaldehyde(0.1%) and glycolic acid (6%)..Triacneal treats acne as well as scars..
      Please remember to use Triacneal at night only and do not forget to add a oil free sunscreen and moisturizer..
      Plus you just started yesterday,first focus on the bringing acne under control..Give it time for it to work like for a month and see how your skin is reacting to it..
      Later on if still scars persist you can look into CPP regimen for treatment for scars but dont do it now..Adding too many products is not good..
      You should keep your regimen Simple and basic with minimum products.. :)

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    tina21 August 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Thank you for your response,
    Im expecting my special occasion in next 6 months so u know trying to correct everything about my skin!
    can you suggest what vitamins or beauty oil i should take for inner glow :)

    yes, you are right my focus is to control acne & get rid of scar first,

    can i use suncot cream as moisturizer + sunscreen since i dont like to layer my face & yes i put revlon Matt face powder suggested by dermatologist it also reduce the shine of suncot. is it Ok to use!

    Thanks for your time!
    I really appreciate!

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      AM August 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Tina, fish oil, vitamin E and anti-oxidant (e.g. lycopene) capsules can bring that inner glow, although I cannot tell you to take them because these are after all oral treatments and may cause side-effects. A quick visit to a dermatologist will sort that out for you.

      As for exfoliants thinning the skin, actually what regular exfoliation does is to thicken the lower layer of the skin where wrinkles and aging emerge. So the skin thickens and becomes better in quality. Of course, there might be such a thing as too much exfoliation. If you are seeing a lot of skin peeling and flaking off, then using exfoliants less frequently can resolve that.

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      TejuPriya August 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

      Hi Tina..Congrats on your wedding.. :)
      You have started out at right time,given you have 6 months..
      It is best you consult a doctor regarding what supplements are required for you..
      Mind you some help acne and some dont..So its advisable to discuss these options with a doctor..here is a link that might help you..
      For now follow starter regimen properly and you should see improvements in few weeks..
      Also note to do not add any pore clogging or comedogenic products..
      Suncote is a oil free sunscreen..For moisturizer you can pick any one from this link
      after these two steps you can carry with make up..
      Dont be tempted to add more products unnnecesarily..
      Dont take those bridal packages offered in parlors.they simply create a havoc on acne prone skin..
      You can also consider a couple of sittings of chemical peeling,it can help with scars..
      Remember not to take risks..Its you wedding so be cautious,watch your step…
      Again as i said before keep the regimen simple and basic.. :)

  62. Shobhan August 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Hi,I am a guy in my 20’s, I have been suffering from acne vulgaris for about 6years, I have been going to the dermatologist for the same for the past 2years although the acne problem at that time seemed to have gone away the scars and on my face have had an effect on my confidence. And after I left using the medication after sometime and the acne came back again. Can you tell me if I start this regime you have prescribed for how long do I have to carry it on for?? and another thing for the first week of the starter regime you told us to not use sunscreen and also to avoid going outdoors or to cover the face when outside, which is pretty hard to do because I am a student and I have to go to college and its pretty embarrassing to cover my face, can you advise any alternate thing I could do about it??

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      AM August 5, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      Hi Shobhan, welcome to Acne Mantra! Yes, acne sucks and nobody should have to go through it especially in the most wonderful years of their lives. Actually, the regimen is not a prescription and I’m not telling you to do anything. These are merely guidelines which you might follow if you choose to do so. Many people have used this regimen and have got clear skin. But before you do any of that, you will need to educate yourself a little bit about acne itself. Otherwise, from blindly following a doctor, it will switch to a case of blindly following a website. Here, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. So buddy, read up some more, understand what kind of conditions & products cause acne, what are the options, and then if it feels right to you, choose a regimen. This is not the only regimen on this website, so you will need to take some time checking out others as well.

  63. Shobhan August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi, AM and TejuPriya

    I want to ask if I can use acne moist in place of Sebamed Clear Face Gel??

  64. Rahul August 9, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Hii Acne Mantra

    I have been following this Website for the past 1 week.

    Ive done bit of my own research to validate your claims and i really appreciate your work in facts. A big bow for you.

    I just wanted to update you a few things i followed in my regimen. I have an oily skin which used to be oily within 1 hour of face wash typically. I have acne mainly on forehead and jaws(post shaving).

    Ive use the following regimen for the pat 2 weeks and it worked like a charm

    1) Morning 9:00 AM : nivea-advanced-whitening-oil-control-10-1-face-wash

    2) Evening 7:00 PM: Cetaphyl

    3) Night 11:00 PM: Sebamed Foam

    I ve taken sebamed and cetaphyl from your website and added Nivea Oil control based on my experience.

    Can’t belive this .This is working like a charm.

    Now I hate my dermatologist ( from one of he best multi specialty hospitals )who used prescribes lots of antibiotics each time i visited her and suggested chemical peeling

    Esp Nivea oil control 10 in 1 face wash is one of the best cosmetic facewashes , ive used.

    Now i the acne is almost reduced to 2,3 minor pimples on forehead (earlier i it was 10,15).

    Now i want to start working on erasing my blemishes and scars.

    Gone through your article on CPP . But can you suggest any magic ingredient gel/lotion/cream to be used at night time for blemishes and scars?

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      AM August 9, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Rahul, welcome to Acne Mantra! I’m happy that your skin is clearing up fast.

      It would be good to run Nivea oil control 10 in 1 face wash through the Skingredients tool to check if it contains any comedogenic ingredients. Why? Because even if a face wash makes you feel perfectly clean and fresh right after washing, accumulated uses of it can cause breakouts due to comedogenic ingredients. Since your skin is already clearing up so much, removing any pore-clogging products from your routine will most likely give you clear skin without adding any more products.

      Also, Cetaphil cleansing lotion is not enough to clean all the accumulated grime from the day thoroughly. You could switch the order: Cetaphil in the morning (since you are waking up with a more or less clean face) and Nivea at night, or just use Nivea both the times (first do Skingredients test but). You do not need Cetaphil, although it is nice to have on hand for days when the skin feels irritated from too much acne treatment.

      Man, you double-checked the information presented in this regimen through your own sources (very scientific, kudos), but are now asking about a magical product (not so scientific)? You’ve already seen that CPP is a 3-step process. A single product will not be enough to get all the 3 benefits. Still, you could start with Keracnyl cream at night. Read up more about Keracnyl cream in this post and its comments and see how you feel about it.

      Then add in a sunscreen (Lotus UVScreen Gel or 3-in-1 Matte Look) for day time. These 2 are the bare minimum products you need to use to tackle dark spots from acne. Pitted scarring is a different ballgame. For now, this should help.

  65. Rahul August 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Thanks for the reply.

    I ve run the tests in Skingredients for Nivea. Found panthenol as mildly comedogenic. The rest appear to be fine.

    Find the list here. I ve skipped the herbal extracts assuming they non-comedogenic

    “potassium myristate,proplene glycol,potassium palmitate,,potassium stearate,glycerin,potassium laurate,PEG-150,PEG-8,Glyceryl,4-butylresorcinol,glyceryl glucoxide,ginkogo biloba,aluminium choorohydrate,Sodium Ascorbyl phosphate, panthenol,magnesium chloride,tocopheryl Acetate,bht,potassium oleate,,trisodium edta,sodium methyl cocoyl taurate”

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      AM August 10, 2013 at 5:15 am #

      This is great! You’ve hit upon a gem. :)

  66. Rahul August 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    I ve mentioned my request as magic lotion because scientifically they say blemish and scar erasing via topical treatment is mildly effective . So i was skeptical.

    By the way just ran through the Keracynl cream ingredient list and have found

    “Cetearyl Alcohol is mildly comedogenic
    Glyceryl Stearate is highly comedogenic”

    Is there something to worry about ?

    i ve also bought keracynl today and just applied now after using Sebamed foam. Did not find any tingling sensation which people were saying

    Anyways i was also suggested to use Honey and Lemon Combination everyday morning for blemishes .

    I would like to take your advice regarding the same .Would using Lemon(Citric acid) in morning after using keracynl at night cause any problem or reactions?

    and one again thanks for the quick reply!!!

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      AM August 10, 2013 at 5:11 am #

      Hi Rahul, dark spots are different from scars. Dark spots = flat, hyperpigmented patches of skin. Scars = Rough, indented surface. There is no magic lotion for scars. Retinoids help to some extent and there are a few other remedies, but nothing short of clinical treatments makes a big difference. For dark spots though, there are tons of things you can do – use exfoliants like Keracnyl cream for one. Exfoliants gently remove the upper, dead layer of the skin cells, so new, fresh skin is revealed from underneath. That way you see a faster fading of dark spots.

      Keracnyl has a ton of exfoliants that make sure the skin is not clogged up by glyceryl stearate, so in most cases it is alright. It is okay to not experience any tingling. I’d advise against using lemon at this point, as it could cause further irritation of the skin and make acne marks appear redder.

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    ravalireddy August 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    hi AM have been reading your posts from a day….have been searching for a site that could tackel with oily skin…..and i couldnt find them all these days and one of my frnd suggested me your site and its looks like a heaven for acne and oily skin people…..and i have been reading your posts regarding all the regimens for skin types and to my surprise i found from your site that my skin type is APST 2 …….and gained a lot of knowledge about the products to be used….
    but just wanted to clarify form you before i start my regimen…my skin was intially APST1 but it got shifted to type 2 recently about a month ago i thought intially it might be due to some stress becoz of my exams but its is still continuning.. …..
    AS a everyday routein i used to use clean and clear oil balancing moisturizer ….and lotus 3 in 1 sun block and lakme compact powder…..but i used to have a rough and mild pimples here and there but not very often….when the breakout thing started it started mainly from my jawline …down to my neck but not my back…then around my cheeks….and fore head i started to get ds white heads on my forehead and chin…and little black heads on my nose….i got very depressed and confused didnt know what to use…becoz ds is the first time it happened with me ……so went through the net and decided to go for BODY SHOP PRODUCTS…

    I WENT to there store and there was no proper salesman to explain the product so i did went to google and found about TEA TREE RANGE and bought it even though it costed me a lot…but i was desparate …but no result with there face wash or toner….then i got there vit E skin moisturizer and sea weed face wash but still no change in my face ….i really dont understand what to do iam really confused i almost spended 3000 rs for there products but i dont see any results………
    At present my face has multiple tiny tiny pimple like scars all my jaw line and neck with light black spots…and my cheek also has a lot of multiple very minute pimple like things and my pores are over exposed now it was not like that earlier…and black heads on my nose….my fore head also has minute white heads and pimple like scars….i request you to study my problem and give me a proper reigme for my daily routein to get back to my original skin plz plzzz help me

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      TejuPriya August 13, 2013 at 1:28 am #

      hi ravali..welcome to acnemmantra..:)
      Tbs tea tree range is comedogenic..
      clean and clear moisturizer does have some have comdeogenic ingredients..so it might not work for all..
      jawline acne is mostly due to hormonal imbalances..
      it is advisable to consult a doctor to rule out pcos,thyroid,deficiencies etc
      some lakme products are comedogenic..
      look into starter regimen or keracynl regimen..
      personally i benefited a lot from starter regimen..
      so a regimen will address all your skin issues..
      for now focus on bringing acne under control and then later on scars can be dealt by following CPP regimen..

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    ravalireddy August 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    thanks a lot @TE]U PRIYA….iam planning to start my 1st week with
    sebamed cleansing foam …..moisturizer and in the evening aha glow face wash…can you suggest me any moisturizer other than clean and clear one i think like you said its not working for me ……or do u suggest any other regmien….
    i have a habit of putting little face powder on my face after mosturising it as my face is oily…could u suggest me any best of its kind that is gud with oily skin ….

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    clearskin August 14, 2013 at 11:59 am #


    I am happy to share that my acne-problem has reduced significantly after following the starter regime. When I had started ..exactly one month back, the new products caused some reaction in the form of flaking/excessive peeling. Based on AM and AM members’ suggestions I went easy on the application of Diacneal and AHA glow usage. In a few days my skin got accustomed to the products.

    In the past one month..my skin has become clearer. It feels good to touch my face now just like the ladies we see in the Dove soap adverstisement ;) Thank you so much for enabling FREEDOM from acne (touch wood..hope it continues for a long time)!

    Now that acne is under control, I will follow a regimen to fade the marks. I wish there was a solution for those pin-size holes on my face too.

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      AM August 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Hiya clearksin! You are as your name is. Amen. :D Congratulations. I’m so happy for you. You did it.

      If you feel inclined to share the story of your ups and downs with acne, just shoot me an email at editor@acnemantra.com with your writeup. Success stories like yours bring hope to so many who come to Acne Mantra depressed due to acne, and on the verge of losing their sanity because of it.

  70. nims August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Hello AM, I have been reading your blog and using Sebamed foam, Suncote and Diacneal for around 2 months now. Added Carofit Ultra for dark spots around 2 weeks back. Must say the going has been very fine and am all thanks to you for this Thanks a ton ! I do not get any major acne now , some small pimples if they appear remain under the skin as red spots and heal quickly. What remains is white heads, blocked pores, large pores, marks and scars, general unevenness of skin and fine lines (am a 33 yrs old woman). Request if you can suggest something to address these..

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      AM August 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi nims, great to know you’re making progress by leaps! For all the pore problems such as whiteheads, clogged pores and large pores, you will benefit from using a salicylic acid based product. You could alternate Sebonac gel nightly with Diacneal. Read more about using Sebonac gel in the Budget Regimen and Basic Regimen posts. Depending on your skin’s tolerance level, you can dilute Sebonac with an aloe vera gel. Details about this are given in the Basic and Budget Regimens. For dark marks, since you are already using Triacneal (exfoliant) and Carofit Ultra (lightening) you will see results with time.

  71. acnefighter12 August 17, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Hi, Im always reading your conversations here in your website. I appreciate all the words of encouragements you’re giving to the “acne fighters” . These really help to make things easier for us. I’m also suffering from acne for almost 8 years now. They said when I turned 25 my pimples will vanish but I’m already 27 but still many pimples are coming out. Actually, my face became worst as before. I had so much acne scars and some are very red. When I was 20 I tried to consult with a dermatologist, she gave me soap, cleansing solution and night cream. At first, they worked for me but then
    I noticed that my face really turning red specially if its summer so I discontinued. For a month my face was ok, less pimples but then the following month, I got so much pimples. I decided to go back again. When I noticed acnes are controlled I stopped again because of the red face, I stopped again but everything goes on cycle. I am so tired. Please help me. I wanna be acne free without having my face turning red.

  72. Rahul August 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi AM.( Big Bow to you. I owe you a drink sometime)

    I am in week 2 , of my regimen

    Morning: Nivea 10 in One Oil Control face wash
    Evening: Sebamed Cleansing Foam
    Night :Keracynl Cream

    This combination is working big time. Can’t pinpoint which one of these, but my intuition is Keracynl cream at night time has played good role in acne control .

    After week 2 , u can’t believe there is just 1 pimple(earlier-10-15 on face ) on my forehead and that’s it. Unbelievable. I will post a detailed version of my experience in community sometime

    But after week 1 of using keracynl cream , i find the matifying effect in the morning and diminished Pore size and healing of pimples very effective.

    Concern 1
    But somehow the spots have not yet started to heal. I understand it will take time, but they somehow appear more dark/red than they were supposed to be. Some thing i should be concerned of? or do you want me to stick with it for some time?

    I have also observed today , that applying Keracynl after shaving is highly uncomfortable. Since it was sunday I applied it twice once in morning and in evening. I couldn’t afford to skip as i figure acne might blurt out at any point in time without keracynl in my schedule

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      TejuPriya August 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Rahul..Welcome to Acnemantra :)
      And also congrats on the progress :)
      You can try AHA glow /Keracynl instead of nivea facewash..It will help you with oil control,acne and scars too..
      Since your acne is under control you can look into CPP regimen for treatment of scars
      Dark marks take time to fade .. I am following Starter and CPP regimen and the results are promising..I am using Keracynl cream as well..
      Do not apply Keracnyl cream after shaving,it will sting a little..
      Keracnyl Cream can be applied twice a day but you can skip it after shaving and use before you go to bed..

      Regarding the FAQ,you can hit the search button on the top right corner and enter your keyword like glyco or AHA glow etc..You will get all the questions related to that topic..

  73. Rahul August 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi AM

    I was going through the website,community and comments .

    The content in the website is really well organized.

    I would like to suggest to add a FAQ section with various commonly asked questions and website links. It can be of great help to end users and can svae time for you in answering repeated questions.

    Completely upto you, please ignore if it is already there or would not be required

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      AM August 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Rahul, I’ve been meaning to reply to you for some days now. FAQ is a great suggestion. Something similar to that is auto-scheduled to appear in the coming days. Repeat answers happen because people rush to ask in the comments and community before reading and searching. :) Maybe I should put a banner with a big arrow toward the search box. Why do you think your suggestions will be ignored? Not at all, in fact thank you. Please share more of your precious suggestions in this thread where others have shared theirs: suggestion box.

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    faithhh August 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi AM,

    I figured i have APST 3 skin after reading the info in this website and i’m currently into Day 6 of your Starter Regimen. Using Sebamed fashwash in the morning // Liquid Netrogena fashwash (As thr is no Kaya products here) and TriAcneal at night. My bumps have flatten and some previous pimples have healed but I’m still getting new pimples every other day, is that alright? I do not have AHAglow now (need to order), hence on workdays morning after washing the face, i’ll apply my makeup next. Is that ok?

    But my concern is that today i’m feeling a little more tightness around my lower cheeks and chin areas (where most of the acnes are) and my face felt really uncomfortable during work. Is there something wrong?

    I’m ending Week 1 tmrw, do you think i should continue another round of Week 1 again?

    Sincerely seeking for your advice :)

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      AM August 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi faithhh, if these 3 are the only products you are using, then I would say you are on track. You need to be sure that these are the only 3 products coming in contact with your face. Going through week 1 regimen once again will be a good idea. The frequency of new pimples should subside before you can practise week 2 regimen or add new products. From what I understand, your skin is feeling stretchy uncomforable, is that so? It is possible that Neutrogena or Triacneal is drying out your skin.

      AHAGlow is no longer part of the Starter Regimen, so you don’t need it. I’d say skip makeup and any other kind of product and stick to only these 3 products until you see a definite reduction in the number of new breakouts. It’s hard, but just try to stick to this routine. If after 2 more weeks of following the same regimen (week 1 regimen) you’re still getting pimples, try to get Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel.

      Triacneal and any other treatment does take time to show results, at least a couple weeks, so hang in there. If you have any further questions, please just post in the community area. You’ll be able to receive answers from other members as well. If the face feels itchy or too dry, just post in the community area, we’ll see what can be done. Good luck!

  75. Shiva4u August 20, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    How to Control acne sebum daily below nose and below lips

  76. Saran August 23, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    Hi AM hats off to ur great work.my skin type is aspt3.i m in a starter regimen n I could really see an improvement in my skin texture.actually my acne comes under control but my concern is now I have some two to three acne bumps on my cheeks which looks hard.puss came out but d bump stays remain for long days.please help me to get rid of the acne bumps.
    Thanks n looking forward ur reply.

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      TejuPriya August 23, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Saran..Congrats on your progress :)
      What other products are using now?And how long has it been since you are into starter regimen?
      For the whiteheads,just dab a little extra triacneal on the pimple..

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      AM August 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Saran, are you following the Starter Regimen exactly or are there any other products involved? Are you using any shaving cream? Are you taking any dietary supplements? Just post in the community section with your details and we can troubleshoot this. If after a month, you are still seeing breakouts, then you could benefit from adding a sulphur supplement to your regimen. See this post about sulphur for acne for more.

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    rishabh August 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi AM

    If you can recall ,i am the guy from this post http://acnemantra.com/where-buy-avene-india/
    You can find me in the comment section there where we conversed.

    Anyway to put it briefly,i am 25,Male,suffering from moderate acne with frequency being every 2/3 days.Affected areas –cheeks and forehead only.Have red marks from previous acne which are slowly fading.

    After following starter regimen in the form of Kaya soothing cleansing gel(Morng+Night) and Triacneal(Night) for about 1 month,i have seen good improvement in terms of breakouts.It has come down by 50% Earlier i was using Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in the morning which didn’t go well with TriAcneal as you rightly pointed out,so switched to Kaya in morning as well which helped to contain irritation.Now i see only mild redness on cheeks.

    All during this month i was not using sunscreen or moisturizer as it wasn’t needed.I haven’t used Sebamed foam in the regimen bcoz it dried me up badly when i used it with Retinol cream or even singularly, an year ago despite a moisturizer .I don’t want to go for a moisturizer unless absolutely required.The other product left in regimen is Proactiv Mask.My skin continues to be oily.So final questions:

    Q1.Should i include Sebamed foam wash?
    Q2.Should i include Proactiv mask?Do you think it might help with acne further?
    or do you have anything else on mind?
    Lastly,thanks a lot for the regimen and suggestions.

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      AM August 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Hi Rishabh, congrats on your progress so far. :) Since your skin is still only 50% clear, I’d say you give the Starter Regimen a full trial, instead of using a short form of it.

      The remaining breakouts may be helped by Sebamed Cleansing Foam. It is confusing to me how Sebamed Foam was causing dryness when your skin is pretty oily to begin with. People have not usually complained about the foam drying up the skin. Still, I believe you.

      If you want to go the whole hog, I’d say get the Foam. Yes, it will be a risk in terms of money spent. Or, you could carry on with this Triacneal + Kaya Cleansing Gel regimen for a while longer and if breakouts don’t clear up, then you could add the Sebamed Foam.

      Moisturiser may not be needed but sunscreen is a must. Otherwise you’ll be here one month down the line complaining of darkened skin. :P Also, without a sunscreen, your current red spots will take forever to lighten up. Sun damage darkens the site of the pimples. Moisturizer may be needed once you start using Sebamed Foam, but is not necessary unless you have a dry, stretchy feeling or peeling.

      I don’t think Proactiv mask is necessary for you since you will be using the Sebamed Foam which anyway dries out your skin to an extent.

      Once you feel ready, you could add Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel to your regimen to fade the redness and dark spots faster. Hope this helps. Keep me posted.

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    rishabh August 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    @AM,thanks for the quick reply.Let me then include Sebamed Foam into the regimen,leave out proactiv mask.I already have Neutrogena oil free moisturizer with me(without the SPF),so i would use that incase of dryness.

    Coming to that paradox of oily skin and experiencing dryness with Sebamed foam,well even that baffles me.What happened was,my skin dried out,started peeling/scaling but at the end of the day was still oily.Probably,retinol cream dried out my skin badly and despite discontinuing it,damage was done hence continued to behave in that manner.Only after I stopped Sebamed foam as well and replaced with some other mild face wash did the dryness/peeling stop completely.

    Sebamed clear face gel irritated my skin back then too,so anyway now that i have neutrogena with me,let me try that first.

    Lastly, i understand the importance of sunscreen and thanks for pointing it out :) but fortunately i work independently from home in morning and take care of my errands in the evening/night.I have gone through your sunscreen post & comments and figured out Suncote and Kaya are the safest bets differing in protection capability.Since i mostly stay indoors in morning and even venturing out in sun would not be more than 30 min ,so Kaya should be good enough right(favouring it than suncote in terms of breakout probability)?

    Yeah i would add the Kaya pigmentation reducer too into the regimen slowly.I will keep you posted once i am into these changes.Thank you so much for taking your time out. :)

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    jassi0302 August 31, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    m 26 yr male,,,ur site help me very much..i use morning-sebamed facewash,evening-fash foam cleanser then ducray keracnyl cream ,,,i had already use glyco 6.sebonac.banzac ac5.kojivit.kojiglow,,now i have minor pimples and one red bump,,,can u plss tell me a cream or gel for dark spot,,another pimple cream and also for dark circle…i think kaya pigment is not enough for me because ihad used many cream for pigmentation,, my skin is fair and also oily type 2 or 3 i thing …men skin is hard so is there any other cream for pigmentation and dark circle,,i shall be thankful to you…i also use suncote sunscreen..

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    l September 15, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Just an update Suncote is now available for Rs. 270

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I started with the regime on 5th Sept, initially there was no effect but after few days there was dryness and then got breakout on forehead and on the left cheek. i used Ahaglow on the breakouts though they have healed but there too much dryness in those areas and ugly dark spots with flakiness and the pimple bump is still there. i can even see bumps on the other cheek.What should i do?

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      AM September 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Devika, which exact products from the Starter Regimen are you using?

      If you are following the Starter Regimen exactly, you could apply a bit of Sebamed Clear Face Gel on the dry areas. Also, as mentioned in the regimen, if you notice too much dryness or irritation, use reduce Triacneal usage until the skin calms down.

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    i use Sebamed clear Face foam in morning, then lotus herbal uv screen Matte gel in sunscreen, in evening i use kaya skin clinic soothing cleaning gel and later Triacneal. I just bought kaya skin clinic pigmentation reducer gel today.

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      AM September 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      OK, try cutting out Lotus Matte Gel for a week. If breakouts calm down then you know the culprit. If you are seeing too much dryness, limit Triacneal to alternate nights.

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    How will these bumps go down? Pimple ones after healing and new ones.

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      AM September 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Triacneal will take care of that, you just need to be patient. As mentioned in the regimen, be vigilant about what effect each product is showing on your skin. If Lotus gel is the culprit, new pimples will keep coming.

      Hold the Kaya Pigmentation Gel until your skin calms down. Again, as mentioned in the regimen, you need to stick to the week 1 / 2 regimen until you see decidedly better skin.

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Actually I do travel to my office in morning, i do travel in car but still i am in sun for that much time. That’s why i got lotus sunscreen. I have used suncote before but i found it to be sticky so i opted for lotus gel. Can u suggest some other gel based sunscreen with Matte effect. I have been very careful with the products that i use and even for makeup(which i actually dont do coz of my oily skin).

    To talk about my skin, I have always had a very oily and sensitive skin, Pimples pop up almost a week before my dates. And they are big, painful with pus. they take time to heal and leave marks.

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I have not used Suncote Gel SPF 30 before, I used suncote which was yellowish in colour. should i use this gel one.

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      AM September 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      I’m not sure about a non-gel version of Suncote, but yes you are right about the sticky part. Unfortunately, many of the awesome sunscreens are denied to acne prone skin types simply because they contain pore-clogging ingredients. In this case, Suncote is one of the safest choices.

      Devika, check out the community section and post further questions there. You will hear from many more members about their experiences with products and regimens. :)

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    Devika saxena September 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    can i also use clean and clear moisturizer on alternate nights when not using triacneal and when should i be using sebamed clear face gel.

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    rishabh September 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Progress Update From Rishabh:

    Hi AM,this is to further update you of my progress and take an advise from you on an issue.To recall and get a brief overview of my situation just go through the Aug 31st conversation between us in this very same post.

    >>As per your advise i have replaced Kaya cleanser in the morning with Sebamed foam keeping the night plan same as in:Kaya cleanser+Tri Acneal only.
    >>With this regimen,my breakouts have further reduced and now i see a 70% reduction in breakouts,have been on this updated regimen for 18 days now.
    >>But couple of issues propped up:
    (i)As i predicted & told you earlier,Sebamed foam is drying up my skin,not badly though,i notice mild to near moderate skin scaling.However,my skin becomes oily after sometime but still underneath you can see that dryness,kind of dehydrated skin.
    (ii)After including sebamed foam,i see either tiny whiteheads or tiny clogged pores every few days,not many of them but say 3 to 4.

    I will continue the existing regimen for sure as i notice progressing good results along with time.Now i feel that using a moisturizer after sebamed foam wash might solve my above two issues.Should i use Clean & Clear moisturizer or Neutrogena oil free one or any other?Sebamed clear face gel is a NO for me as it somehow irritates my skin from my previous experience.

    What are your thoughts on this?How do i proceed to counter the above issues?

    PS: FYI,for 30 days i was on Kaya cleanser(day/night) + triacneal only and i saw a 50% reduction in breakouts,now 18 days into this updated regimen,notice a 70% drop in breakouts.Also using Kaya pigmentation reducer gel selectively on spots,it doesn’t cause any problems and should help.

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      AM September 28, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Rishabh, nice to hear about your progress. Kaya Cleansing + Triacneal is not the whole Starter Regimen that’s why you were seeing limited results. I mentioned this earlier. Adding Sebamed Cleansing Foam has helped bring down breakouts further. There is a reason why it is included in the Starter Regimen.

      Tiny whiteheads that look like razor bumps are mostly because of skin irritation. You could try reducing Triacneal frequency to alternate nights and see if that reduces some of the scaling. I’d not reduce Sebamed Foam just yet. That breakthrough oiliness is due to skin drying up too much.

      Clean & Clear contains salicylic acid and may only irritate your skin further. Neutrogena Oil Free is not entirely non-comedogenic, so that would be a risk. You could use Acnemoist cream by Curatio. Dab it on the dry patches either in the morning or if it is too greasy for you, on top of Triacneal at night once Triacneal has absorbed into the skin. Test Acne Moist on a small part of the face to rule out any pore-clogging first.

      To further reduce scaling, skip Trianceal and Sebamed around mouth, sides of nose etc.

      Check out the community section where there’s tons of discussion happening about these things. You’ll find lots of members ready and willing to help you out. Comments are not the fastest way to get a response.

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    Gulsh September 26, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Hi AM,
    I have been following tbis regimen for 1 week now… morning sebamed foam. evening – kaya cleanser + triacneal. Except for 2-3 breakouts rest of the face cleared. Today was the first day when i applied sebamed gel + kaya pigmentation reducer in the mor ning..by evening i was able to see a lot of bumps coming up… .what to do??
    P.S. i used ultra clearasil on some breakouts in week 1.

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      AM September 28, 2013 at 6:56 am #

      Gulsh, if you applied Kaya Pigmentation Reduer gel to only dark spots, it is unlikely that it gave you bumps all over. It is possible Sebamed Gel isn’t suiting you. Also, Ultra Clearasil is not part of the Starter Regimen and would only irritate your skin further. If you add in new products, it will be difficult to troubleshoot if you get pimples. Triacneal is a pretty strong treatment, you do not need to add any spot treatment etc.

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      Gulsh October 18, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Hi AM,
      It has been almost 3 weeks since I have been following this regimen.
      Morning: Sebamed Face Wash
      Evening: Kaya Cleansing Gel + Triacneal.

      Never moved to week 2 schedule as the face never cleared thoroughly. 1-2 days I get clear face, then again for 2-3 days, I get new breakouts. Pls advise.

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      Gulsh October 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Also, face is getting very red..

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      AM October 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Gulsh, if you have been following the regimen exactly without anything other than these 3 products, then there’s something definitely going on under the hood. To reduce redness, use Triacneal less often, like every other day or every 2 days. Perhaps go along with the regimen for another week or 2.

      If you still don’t see any improvement at all, it will be a good idea to meet an endocrinologist to rule out hormonal imbalance, insulin intolerance, thyroid issues etc. And possibly also a gynaecologist for PCOS. This sounds tedious, but persistent acne that simply won’t respond to an aggressive regimen such as this one could be a sign of an underlying that needs attention. Keep us posted. :)

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      Gulsh October 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Hi AM,

      The face is quite better now. I apply triacneal in the night, the face is not reddish in the morning. After I use sebamed cleansing foam, it used to become somewhat red, especially after shaving. So i stopped using it for a week.
      Now, In the morning I use Himalaya Neem face wash, evening: Kaya cleanser with Triacneal.

      I feel every time i shave i get new breakouts, as mentioned in the last post every 2-3 days, those are the days I shave. I was using Sebamed foam until last week. Don’t know what to use now. Is electric shaver a solution. Please advise.

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      AM October 28, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Gulsh, I thought you were a girl (my bad), otherwise I’d have reminded you about the shaving products too. Anyway, you’ve figured it out yourself, so that’s a positive step. Try shaving with your Kaya Soothing Cleansing gel. Also look at this article for more shaving tips.

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    rishabh September 28, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Hi AM,

    Can you please reply to my above comment(dated Sept 25th).I am posting here as per the posting guidelines since this was w.r.t starter regimen per se and also i wanted to here from you first directly as your guidance has been extremely useful all way along till now.

    If you are busy please acknowledge this comment and please comeback later and reply to my question :)

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    rishabh September 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi AM,

    Firstly,thank you so much for talking time out & replying.I was keen on hearing your response first & also bcoz of continuity posted here & yes i will post all my questions next time in community section and also try to help others from my experiences.

    Secondly,i will continue Sebamed foam for sure & i understand the logic behind your brainchild starter regimen.With your regimen you are targeting each of the following factors that plays a role in acne at various stages:
    >excess keratin production,
    >excess sebum production which aids it by leading to dead skin cells sticking together and of course the bacteria feasting on such situation.

    @skin irritation & tiny breakouts,you confirmed my doubts.I already started using Triacneal alternatively for the past 4 days & hopefully in the coming days these tiny breakouts go away.

    @skin dryness/scaling & moisturizer recommendation,will follow your points.

    Lastly thanks again for the guidance:)

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    purvi October 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi AM! I had a query regarding this starter regimen.

    Initially, I had looked up your website and bought the AHAglow facewash (the new yellow bottle), but it somehow did not suit my skin at all… and caused me breakouts everytime I used it. I then switched on to Sebamed Cleansing Foam (using it twice a day) but it also did not help much…probably because like you say a facewash alone is not enough.

    So now I have finally to try out this starter regimen. I just wished to confirm that considering my above experience with the facewashes, is Avene Triacneal Cream a safe product?

    Also, would it be fine if I use Clean and Clear Foaming face wash (in the evenings) along with Sebamed (want to give it another try in the regimen), instead of Kaya Cleansing gel, as the Clean and Clear product suited my skin fine in the past.

    Looking forward to your valuable advice.

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    Neha October 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    The healthkart description says sebamed clear face gel is a cleanser?!

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      AM October 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Neha, the instructions on healthkart.com are in error and look copy-pasted from another product description. Shopping websites are loaded with misinstructions like these. Sebamed Clear Face Gel is a moisturizer and has to be left on the skin.

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    Neha October 5, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Oh, right. They ought not to do that! Thanks for clarifying :)
    One more thing, whats the role of AHAglow facewash in Starter Regimen? Ive ordered everything given in the table, but I do tend to get oily after 2-3 hours.. should I buy it? Or will Kaya followed by Sebamed foam suffice? Thanks

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      TejuPriya October 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

      Neha did you read properly?AHA Glow has been removed and replaced by Kaya soothing gel cleanser..
      Sebamed cleansing foam is mild cleanser so it does not cleanse properly..
      So Use Kaya cause it will thoroughly cleanse and follow it by Sebamed..

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    Neha October 5, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I intend to start wearing makeup soon.. after 2 weeks of the regimen hopefully. Should AHAglow be used after baby oil for double cleansing? Or is Kaya strong enough to dissolve all the lipid?

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      TejuPriya October 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Neha Baby oil is not fool proof..It is likely you breakout Apst 3..
      And no Kaya cannot remove make up,infact cleansers can’t remove them completely..There still be residue make up on skin which can clog pores..
      So use a good make up remover like Bioderma sensibio H2O or Colorbar make up remover

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      TejuPriya October 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Neha Baby oil is not fool proof..It is likely you breakout Apst 3..
      And no Kaya cannot remove make up,infact cleansers can’t remove them completely..There still be residue make up on skin which can clog pores..
      So use a good make up remover like Bioderma sensibio H2O or Colorbar make up remover

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    Neha October 6, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Yeah, but I saw many mentions of AHAglow in the comments, hence I asked :)
    For everyday makeup less cleansing (just to get oil free after getting home) Kaya should suffice right?

    Thanks so much for your patience TejuPriya! :D Honestly, if my questions hadnt been answered, I would’ve given up. :)

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      TejuPriya October 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi Neha..You are most welcome :)

      AHA Glow caused additional peeling with Triacneal..Most couldn’t handle it..
      So it was modified to neutral cleanser like Kaya..

      If make up you will need Make up removers otherwise if only Sunscreen/Moisturizer Kaya soothing gel cleanser is enough..

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    rohini October 10, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    So. I am in love with Triacneal.

    I am not really following the Starter regimen. I just placed Triacneal into the budget regimen instead of glycolic acid and sebonac gel.

    I’m seeing an immediete difference, and I am just at the end of week one. No irritation (except at the undercurve of the nose, and I don’t put it there any more). One or two TINY pimples today, but they are small, for me. Usually this is what my pimples look like when they are healing.

    I want to marry this product and have its anti-acne babies.

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      akshaykshardul October 10, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Hey rohini…In that sense, I should marry AHAglow, Proactiv Mask, Garnier BB cream and now Sebamed Cleansing Foam!!! (4 times? It’s against the law in India!! :D )
      would love to try triacneal. :D

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      AM October 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Anti-acne babies. :) One suspects they might be triplets (Triacneal?).

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      rohini October 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

      Hahaha, @Acne Mantra. :)

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    sudhir October 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi AM!! ,
    retino ac*(tretinoin 0.025% w/w and clindamycin 1% w/w gel) Is this cream safe to use or any other alternative to this ?

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      AM October 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Sudhir, you will get these answers here: http://acnemantra.com/tretinoin-cream-brands-india/ After that, please just post your questions in the community section and the good folks there will be able to help you out. This Starter Regimen post isn’t about Retino-AC at all, that’s why you haven’t heard from anyone yet.

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    RedV October 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Hey there, Acne Mantra.
    I am 22 years old. I have this acne problem since I was 17. I took oral contarceptive Diane 35 once when I was 17. My acne comes when I was about to have my menstrual, and I read it is called hormonal acne. It is really annoying. Now, I am using Cetaphil Cleansing lotion and St Ives Scrub for the dead skin. I used Uriage Spring thermal water toner, now that I am using Body Shop clearing toner. As for the moisturizer, I am using Neutrogena Oil Free moisturizer. For sunblock I opt for Uriage hypoallergenic sunblock spf 50. And after that, I put on some Hiruscar gel. At night, I am using Tretinoin cream 0.025%. How can I avoid that hormonal acne. I m taking Evening primrose and milk thistle.

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      AM October 20, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Hi RedV, welcome to Acne Mantra! It looks like there’s a lot going on in terms of products in your routine. :) You would benefit from paring it down. While hormonal acne benefits most from hormonal treatment such as oral contraceptive pills, you can’t take them forever. Try using only Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion twice a day and tretinoin cream at night. Cut out all the rest of the products from your regimen – you probably don’t need them, and some of them may be clogging your pores.

      Evening Primose oil has mixed reviews for acne. Some people report getting more acne from taking Milk Thistle. As for supplements, you may explore zinc, vitamin D3 and fish oil but only after checking how your 2-product-no-supplements regimen works for at least 2 weeks. Keep me posted. If you have any further questions, please just post in the community area.

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    Akhil October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Can i use neutrogena deep clean facial cleanser as an alternate to kaya skin clinic soothing gel face wash in this regimen??

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    Sneha October 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I started using the Starter Regimen a week back. I am using sebamed face wash and suncote sunscreen in the morning along with avene triacneal and Keracnyl face wash in the evening. My face has become super dry around the mouth and beside the nose on both sides. Could it be because of Keracnyl or Avene ? What should I do ? :(

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      AM October 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Sneha, Keracnyl face wash isn’t part of the Starter Regimen. You are not using Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel as mentioned in the Starter Regimen. Kaya cleansing gel is included because it cleans well without drying out the skin. Keracnyl in addition with Triacneal is causing the dryness. Also, avoid using Triacneal around the mouth.

      Each product in the regimen is included for a reason, so you will see best results if you follow it precisely with no additional products. If you run into any problems, see this Regimen Troubleshooting Guide: http://acnemantra.com/acne-regimen-guide/

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    rohini October 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Ok, so… does anyone else using Triacneal feel like the skin is more tender? Drying my face is now a much more delicate process than it used to be.

    Nothing is hurting, and there’s no redness or wounds or anything, but it just feels much, much more tender and sensitive to anything placed against it. Even putting on makeup is taing more time since I’m working a little more gently on my face.

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      rohini October 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      I’ve just placed Triacneal into the basic regimen, replacing Glyco 6 and Sebonac.

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      AM October 28, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Rohini, how have you been girl? Reducing the frequency of Triacneal to every other night or every third night can reduce this tenderness / inflammation type response.

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    Neha November 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I am starting with this this week. need to know which one will be a good choice for wash-fash amongst the listed option of Kaya skin clinic one or seba med?

    Also, I already have keracynl creme and I will be using the same to go with, planning to buy kaya pigmentation reduction cream as well. Though I was using melalite as of now and also benzol peroxide.

    Please suggest

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      AM November 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Neha, it is not a choice between Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel and Sebamed Foam – read carefully – they’re both part of the regimen. Before you dive in and order products, please go through this regimen carefully to make sure you understand the regimen products and why each one is needed. This is a strong regimen, which if used carelessly can cause skin irritation and severe dryness.

      Also, you seem to mixing and matching products, which is fine, but do know that the new routine would not be Starter Regimen. Each product in this regimen has been added or avoided for a specific purpose, so skipping or substituting definitely alters results.

      The benzoyl peroxide and Melalite you’re planning to use aren’t the best products – Melalite contains hydroquinone, which hopefully you know isn’t the safest thing to use on skin without a doctor’s prescription. Benzoyl Peroxide is very irritating to the skin and in case of brown skin as in Indian skin, it can prolong the red marks from acne forever and ever.

      So Neha, the most important thing for you right now is to read up as much as you can so you understand about products better. I’d start reading here and go through each link mentioned there patiently: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/

      In order to benefit from these regimens, like many many people have, you will need to do some homework and read up as much as you can of the blog posts and community discussions, so you start on the right foot. Good luck and post any questions in the community area.

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    Vishali November 7, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    hi all..

    Wanted to share my experience of starter regimen…

    I had a a sudden outbreak of cystic acne all over my cheeks and forehead…
    I had tried all medicines, ayurvedic options and home remedies but to no avail..
    i found AM site one day during my frantic internet search sessions and now i feel it was a divine intervetion :)

    Iam religiously following the regimen for the past 2 months.. and now the cystic outbreak has subdued substantially.. some bumps keep cropping up but after the troubleshooting guide and careful observation of my skin’s behaviour, iam able to bring down them.

    now iam trying to reduce the acne marks left behind by the old acne..

    thanks so much AM, tejupriya, keepcalmancureacne and others whose posts, tips and ideas helped me a lot..

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      AM November 8, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Vishali, I cannot tell you how happy this had made me to hear of your success. Contratulations! Yes, the regimen is there, yes the troubleshooting guide is there, but it was you who paid attention to the details and plodded on. And now you have clear skin to show for it. Would you be interested in sharing your success story in a blog post?

      Of course, we’ll all be happy to cheer you on and help you clear up your remaining dark spots. Also congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Your comment below about the dark spots went without answers because people all gather in the community area – not so much in the comments section. If you post the question in the community area http://acnemantra.com/questions/ you’ll get helpful replies. :)

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    Vishali November 7, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    i want another suggestion from all..

    i am getting married in one month and i want to reduce the acne scars..

    has anyone tried lakme acne scar reducing facial or any other parlour facial to reduce marks..
    i dont have kaya skin clinic in my city

    how much does a laser treatment session for scar treatment cost approximately..


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    Vishali November 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    hi AM..

    Ya i’ll definately post my story this sunday..
    and i’ll repost my querry..


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    Deepa November 9, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Hi AM,

    Myself Deepa, my skin Type is APST3(Oily acne prone) with open pores and dull skin. I am trying to get rid of acne from many years, please help me in setting up my regimen as I am still getting pus filled breakouts.

    I currently following Starter Regimen (from past 2 weeks) with routine as listed below:

    – Cleanse face with Sebamed cleansing Foam, apply suncote sunscreen gel which is quite sticky but still fine. Wait for 5 mins and apply Sebamed clear face gel moisturiser.

    I do have Kaya pigmentation reducer gel, but cannot apply in the morning after moisturizing as I will be at work.

    – Evening back home, wash face with Kaya soothing gel and night apply Triacneal alternate nights, dab Kaya pigmentation gel on spots.

    I m still seeing pus filled pimples more on Cheeks and also my skin gets too oily if I wash face with Sebamed and use Suncote or Sebamed clear face gel(I have checked with individual products), the face feels oily and shiny if iam following starter regimen cleansing.

    Please help me in getting rid of Oilyness and shine on my face and old acne pimples spots are not at all reduced with Kaya pigmentation reducer gel(not even lightened the spots)

    In between the regimen, i only added Kojivit (for spots) and Metrogyl (for new pus filled pimples to clear faster), but the acne spots still exists.

    I need a solution for clearing new pimple formed earliest and to reduce acne spots. Please help me in my regimen…

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    Nitika Sharma November 15, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    HI,Most of my pimples have gone by now leaving red and brown scars behind though still I used to have one or two pimple every other day on my face and have some small zits on my forehead and I am using triacneal as recommended in your procedure..I want to use a good night cream now ..I was thinking to purchase Kaya Skin Clinic Nourishing Night Cream with Anti-Oxidants Fairness..Please suggest me can I use them both at night or should I skip one. I also use Kaya Skin Clinic Pigmentation Reducer with Spot Reducing Agents for spot treatment…Please suggest me Thanks

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    Power_user_EX November 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Acne Mantra this is Umang. I am having mild to medium acne past 2 years. I will be starting your Starter Regimen in few days (Purchasing products at the moment). I have a query .. similar to what Nikita has .. as mentioned above.

    My Query : Can I use “Kaya Skin Clinic Nourishing Day Cream, Fairness” as a sunscreen instead of the ones mentioned in your Starter Regimen ? The product information says it has triple suncreen to UV protection. This is because I need an option to bring back my skin shade to natural along with AM Starter Regimen – If Possible. At the moment my skin is dull and tanned. My facial skin has gotten ~2 shades darker than my body skin over a long period of time. At the moment my skin is totally crap along with acne and old acne scars :(.


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    RK November 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi AM,

    First ever time on a community or on the web to look for acne/blackhead/pimple problems :(

    Started off 6 mons ago, after using a cousins face powder and sponge(coz i never use any of these and coz of peer pressure to dress up had to do this for a wedding). She apparently has her cheeks scarred like crazy with all sort of odds. From there starting my journey with acne, blackhead and pimples.

    I never use anything, but – moisturiser (Amway’s G&H) & aveeno exfoliating brightener and that’s it for a longest time.

    I’ve been trying honey and lemon and neem powder for these skin issues( there seem to be reduction, after one is gone.. there is another on my cheek.. and has left scars). Please suggest what’s best. I have combination skin type (oily on t-zone). Usually breakouts on forehead, chin.. and blackheads and red inflammation on right side cheek alone.


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    CureAcne December 4, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    hello,acne mantra
    my qts is does triacneal beat keracnyl cream…??if yes, then in what way..?? pls can u answer in detail…

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    CureAcne December 4, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    hello,acne mantra
    my qts is does triacneal beat keracnyl cream…??if yes, then in what way..?? pls can u answer in detail…hello,acne mantra
    my qts is does triacneal beat keracnyl cream…??if yes, then in what way..?? pls can u answer in detail…

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      AM December 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi CureAcne, Triacneal has retinaldehyde, a derivative of vitamin A, which is very useful for cystic type of acne. Kerancyl doesn’t have that. Triacneal has better tolerability because of a compound in it that reduces skin irritation. Keracnyl would be best for blackheads, whiteheads and may work for cystic acne, but if the problem is mainly cystic acne, then Triacneal is a better option. If budget is not a problem, Triacneal is an all-in-one solution. I hope this answers your question in some detail. If you have any questions, please just post in the community area.

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    CureAcne December 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    ^^thanks for info and now i m on my way to community area

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    Rohini123 December 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Hi AM,

    Firstly, kudos to your initiative for such a wonderful site…..:)

    Well, I read the starter regime and also as per the suggestions I received from other members on my ” scar” thread, i bought all the necessary products to battle my pimple/scars.

    But I am confused on usage:(

    Please advice if this is fine to proceed with:

    morning: Ahaglow — sebamed foaming gel —- suncote
    evening: Ahaglow — kojivit
    night : sebamed foaming face wash —- Triacneal or Kaya night cream (alternate nights ) —– dab kojivit on scars

    Also, can I not apply kojivit on entire face or is it possible to apply it in morning to office as well?

    Please confirm.

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      AM December 9, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Rohini, Sebamed Cleansing Foam combined with AHAGlow could lead to very dry skin. There is no moisturizer in your list, you’ll actually need one once you start using these products. Also there is no Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel in your list.

      Given that you mentioned in your scars thread http://acnemantra.com/questions/acne-scar/ that your skin is sensitive, this is a very aggressive regimen that you’ve designed for yourself and is quite likely to cause problems. This is even more aggressive than the Starter Regimen mentioned here.

      Anyway, since you have already bought the products, you could start with Sebamed Cleansing Foam in the morning. Then Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel in the evening. Or, if your skin can take it and since you have it with you, see if you can tolerate AHAGlow in the evening instead of Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel.

      Just use 2 cleansers 1 morning and 1 evening, and if everything goes well, ease into Suncote and Triacneal. Kojivit can be applied all over the face, but it is uncertain how it could react on sensitive skin treated with Triacneal.

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    Rohini123 December 10, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Hi AM

    I have used sebamed foaming wash followed by suncote in the morning and evening ahaglow and the kojivit….. It’s four days now and I didn’t see my skin getting very dry . Infact I found kojivit is doing great. And as guys suggested I got ttriacneal n kaya night cream

    So now as you mentioned I would put this way:Morng : sebamed + suncote
    Eveng : ahaglow + kaya soothing gel

    Now, can I apply kojivit on top of it or triacneal at night??? And is triacneal only targeted to pimples or it can be applied on entire face????
    Please confirm

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    Rohini123 December 10, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Ah, just modified above

    Morng : sebamed+ suncote
    Eveng: ahaglow+triacneal

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      AM December 10, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Rohini, this sounds perfect. I’m happy you’re already seeing results. Just go through this Starter Regimen post slowly to understand how to use Triacneal and Kojivit together. Also go through the regimen posts and the Regimen Troubleshooting Guide carefully and many many things will clear up automatically, you won’t have to wait for me to confirm it for you at every step. :D Good luck girl!

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    Rohini123 December 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Thankyou so much AM. :) I am a fan of you now…. keep up the good work:)

    And i am very happy to get a good daily regimen….. no doctor got me this……. truly, experience brings perfection.

    Will surely share my experience after sometime:)

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    Shruti December 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi AM!!
    Why didn’t I find this site before. I am hooked and I have bookmarked. Thank you for being so kind.
    Well, I am 24 and I have pimples and some dark spots on my face. And I have a very oily skin (especially the T-zone) with blackheads and open pores ( :l ). So basically – bad ruined skin. I visited a dermatologist who suggested me to use Tretinoin cream. So I bought Tretinoin Cream -Retino-A (0.025%) along with Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer (to be used after applying Tretinoin) and Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen+ SPF30 as prescribed. Also, I use Clean and Clear face wash (for oily skin).
    I came back home and google about the products that I bought (that is how I found your amazing site) and found that although the products are safe to use, Tretinoin cream can make the skin sensitive.
    I came across this page (Starter Regimen for Acne) today (after visiting the dermatologist and buying the products) :(
    My question is – now that I have already invested in the products, can you suggest me as to how should I use them?
    Thank you in advance!

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      AM December 12, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Shruti, it’s nice to have you here. :) Your current routine sounds fine. Kaya SPF 30 sunscreen and Clean & Clear face wash are comedogenic, that is, they can clog pores and cause pimples, but since you are using heavy duty Retino-A, you may not see this problem.

      I would have you use Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel instead of C&C face wash just because you need to use a neutral, gentle cleaser when on Retino-A. This Cleansing Gel removes all traces of sunscreen, moisturizer etc. Also, do (must must) ad in a sunscreen – see the post above for options, otherwise you risk sun damage. Retino-A makes the skin very prone to darkening and sun damage, so a sunscreen is a must.
      You could give this routine a shot for 1-2 months and if you still see pimples or want a gentler routine with Retino-A, the Starter Regimen would be worth a shot.

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    Shruti December 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Thank you AM :)
    Well, I haven’t started with the routine yet. Was kind of waiting for your reply. I am still a bit skeptical about using Retino-A. I guess I can try to give it a shot for 2 months. Looking at the responses of so many Starter Regimen users makes me want to skip this Retinol treatment and try the Starter one that you mentioned :P
    About sunscreens, I thought the Kaya one was sufficient. I’ll try out Sunprotek Gel SPF 30+, the one you mentioned (or any one of those that you mentioned in your Sunscreen blog).
    Question – I can’t use Eau Thermale Avene Triacneal cream with Retinol right? :P
    Also, I travel a lot in autorickshaws, buses, etc. That has made my skin very dull too. Anything that I can use with this Retinol therapy for skin glow/brightening? [Which reminds me – I couldn’t find AHAGlow anywhere near my place or online (I tried Purplle.come) ].
    Thank you again!

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      AM December 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Shruti, I have used both Retino-A and Triacneal and I have to say that in my book, Triacneal won hands down. Retino-A left my skin feeling inflammed (swollen) because it was too much for my skin. Many people are using it without problems though. If skin brightening is the goal, then Triacneal is a better anti-acne option.

      You could give Triacneal a try for 2 months, then sort of upgrade to Retino-A since your skin’s tolerability will have improved due to Triacneal usage. Triacneal is not retinol, but retinaldehyde, which is said to be one step closer to the “real thing” whatever that is.

      Kaya sunscreen SPF 30 is sufficient alright, but it is comedogenic, that’s what I said in my comment above. The SPF 15 version of the same sunscreen is non-comedogenic, but not sufficient for outdoors.

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    Shruti December 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Thank you AM :)
    Thinking of giving Retinol a shot for 2-3 months. I have read quite a bit about it and so I will follow the routine systematically. If it doesn’t work out –> quit and change.
    I shall give you a review soon.
    (Also, I bought Sunprotek Gel. So I’ll be using that. Really hard to find online though. Bought Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel too.)
    Thank you for your suggestions. You guys deserve a big hug :)

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    Rohini123 December 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi AM,

    Following my above mentioned Starter regimen for 2-weeks now, I observed that ahaglow with triacneal on alternate nights is make my skin dry immediately… but then, I started breaking out with tiny pimples having whitehead…. Is it that I am over using the product or is that it doesn’t suit me???
    Please advice.

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      AM December 19, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Rohini, stop using AHAglow along with Triacneal. I must have missed your previous comment otherwise I would have told you this already, but as I mentioned before, if you mean to follow the Starter Regimen, you need to go through this Starter Regimen post carefully to understand the exact products and how to use them. Adding one by one here and there is what is causing your problems.

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    Rohini123 December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Yeah, you are right AM, to get myself sorted out quickly, I guess, I messed up with all products (my bad :(

    I will stop using ahaglow now….. better I stick with sebamed……

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    shahrukh December 20, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I am thinking about following this regimen but “Eau Thermale Avene Triacneal cream” is a bit costly for me, would the “sebonac gel” in the budget regimen would do fine with all other products mentioned here. I thought it would be better to ask.

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      akshaykshardul December 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Triacneal may seem costly but goes a long way. Still, there’s mentioned Keracnyl as alternative product, so may be check out that. Keracnyl doesn’t suit everyone.

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      AM December 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Shahrukh, Sebonac could work, but salicylic acid based products (Sebonac, Keracnyl) don’t suit everyone. If they work (meaning don’t cause irritation to the point of causing breakouts) then they are totally worth it. You could use the Budget Regimen itself instead of this one. People have reported great results from that one too.

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    seema January 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Acne mantra you guys are godsent for people suffering from acne. Your website is so informative. I have an acne problem since the age of 28 .I’m 43 now. I get a few pimples but under the skin nodular type which are slightly big and which take eternity to shrink. I have started using sebamed foam, sebamed gel, kaya sunscreen, ahaglow and benzac. Please tell me the sequence of using the foam and ahaglow. I use kajal and use baby oil just for cleaning my eyemakeup and use cotton with cetaphyl cleanser to remove the baby oil.how long does a tube of triacneal last since its quite expensive. Please suggest a good acne cream. This huge acne could be beause of using L’Oreal hair serum. Any suggestion for a safer hair serum.

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      AM January 7, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Seema, Triacneal is itself an acne cream, so you do not need to use anything extra with it. One tube should last for 45-60 days since you need very little of it to spread all over the face. There is no pressure on you to buy it. You can also check out the Budget Regimen.

      You do not have to use AHAGlow and Sebamed Foam at the same time. You can reserve the foam for morning use and AHAGlow for night for example.

      Best results from these regimens are obtained when the user has understood a bit of the basics of how acne prone skin works. This is essential, otherwise it will become a case of blindly following a dermatologist to blindly following a website and then wondering why the skin is not clearing up. That’s why before you jump into any regimens or start buying products listed on this website, please do go through this page carefully, slowly, following every link, so you start on the right foot and benefit quickly: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/

      Please ask the rest of your questions that are not related to this post about Starter Regimen, through the community area: http://acnemantra.com/questions/ask/ That way you will hear back from more people about their experiences and suggestions.

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    seema January 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    I also want to know what to use to wash my face many times during the day.

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    Dimpi gupta January 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    can i use avene clenance instead of kaya cleanser??? I had bad luck with kaya products???

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      AM January 12, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Avene Cleanance, both face wash and cream are comedogenic, with shea butter. The thing is, you will see results from products when you stop looking at their brands and start looking at their ingredients.

      Brand loyalty or brand rejection is a mistake because a single brand can make products for various skin types. So if you select a few products that are not right for your skin type and reject the brand as a whole, then you are going to miss out on any stellar products they may have for your skin type.

      Very few of Kaya Skin Clinic products are non-comedogenic, that’s why you had a bad experience with them. I do not recommend that brand as a whole, but their Soothing Cleansing Gel is a very safe product for acne prone skin.

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      AM January 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Hiya Dimpi, Avene Cleanance Gel cleanser contains pumpkin seed oil, not shea butter as I mistakenly posted earlier. That still makes it comedogenic though.

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    Dimpi gupta January 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Zoray aqualgel irritates my skin.. Sunprotek is not available here.. Please tell me alternative if these.

    is suncote fine???

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    Pooja February 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm #


    I had almost clear skin for the last one year with only a few zits. Then suddenly in december I had a bad breakout. I went to the dermatologist. He told me to use clindac gel and benzac ac gel. I also use cetaphil cleansing lotion. Now my acne is almost gone with only a few scabs. But benzac gel has left my skin really dry and peeling. I also have a lot of dark spots. I just wanted to know what products I should be using for maintenance of acne. I have read that if you stop using benzac the acne comes back but it has left my skin so dry that I cant keep using it. I was thinking of starting with retin-A but I’m scared that it can cause purging and bring the acne back. So can you please suggest something for maintenance of acne and also getting rid of dark spots.

    I was thinking of using kojivit gel and also kaya night cream for dark spots.

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    Dharshnee February 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I have been reading this site for past 2 days, good infos.. keep going… I have acne for past 6-7 years n my skin is too oily n i have pit scares.I have taken many treatments and it works well only for few months. I m confused , which product to use from the list of starter regimen. Please suggest me with the right product which doesnt irritate n keeps acne in control..

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      AM February 28, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Dharshnee, I’d have replied sooner. Comments sometimes get overshadowed by the flood of q&a threads. The thing is, you do not select products from the Starter Regimen – you use ALL of them. Please just take the time to go over the Starter Regimen again, slowly, and it will start to become clear why each and every product is included.

      But before you jump into any regimen, please go over this page http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ specially written up for newcomers so they can get started on the right track quickly. Go over it slowly and carefully following every link mentioned in there and some of the confusion will reduce. If you have any questions after that please just post in the q&a section: http://acnemantra.com/questions/ask/

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    Aarthak February 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi AM, can you suggest me solution to shine caused after applying sunscreen?
    Just wanna know if something like video tutorials is also there on AM? Coz sometimes i am confused about quantity of product i should use?

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      AM February 28, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Aarthak, the solution is this – change the sunscreen. :) If a sunscreen is overly shiny on you, then there’s little you can do about it. Which one are you using? If it is Suncote, then don’t even think about it – it is acne-safe but quite shiny. Zoray Aquagel SPF 30 seems to be sitting well with the oily skin folk. With sunscreen, every time you think you are using enough, add a touch more – use it generously.

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    Dharshnee February 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Can you please help me out for the above comment..

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    Dharshnee February 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks AM… I have a doubt whether i need moisturiser,..can i skip it, any issues…..Triacneal sounds too costly… I have planned to visit dermatologist today since I have black marks on my back also… can I use acne cream given by dermatologist in the place of Triacneal…

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    Ankit February 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi AM please tell me if my routine is right?
    Morning-sebamed foam while shaving followed by sunprotect/suncote(which one of the two you suggest)
    Evening-ahaglow face wash
    Night(before going to bed)- aha glow face wash and benzoyl peroxide gel2.5
    I have cystic acne and scarring

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      AM March 1, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Hi Ankit, if you don’t want to use Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel, you can use Himalaya Neem Purifying Face Wash for shaving. AHAGlow is not part of the Starter Regimen, but if you want to use it, it is best to limit it to once a day. People report major dryness and flaking if they use it more than once a day. But it also depends on how your experience is – it is not wrong to use it twice a day.

      Benzoyl Peroxide is another major irritant to the skin, so it will be best if you include a neutral face wash like Kaya or Himalaya Neem Purifying to your routine. I answered your question about sunscreen in the q&a thread.
      Please just post any questions that are not related to the Starter Regimen in a separate q&a since this post is about Starter Regimen topics. If you post in the q&a section, you will be able to receive replies from other community members too.

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    Dharshnee March 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi , Please suggest me a good paraben free,mild n non-comedogenic shampoo

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    shruti soumya March 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi AM,

    I first of all want to thank you for educating us so much on this topic. I have acne since last 10 years, and have visited 3 dermatologists, tried antibiotics, even isotretenoin and retino, adapalene gel etc etc. , nothing has worked. I have like given up and now have a bumpy face with small red and white pimples on cheeks. I am looking forward to follow this Start up regimen, I have great hopes.

    Could you please answer
    1. Is it okay to replace the mentioned sunscreen with Neutrogena Ultra sheer Sunblock, as it already suits me, and is non-comodogenic.
    2. is it okay if I use neutrogena Combination skin Moisturiser as I have a very dry skin still suffer from pimples and it already helps me overcoming the dryness?

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      AM March 12, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Shruti, if you already have a non-comedogenic skincare routine, but bumps keep coming up for no explainable reason, consider getting an internal medical checkup done to rule out vitamin D deficiency, thyroid and PCOS issues. Whenever there is such as internal hormonal upheaval going on, it is difficult to control acne with just topical treatments. There are many of us here who have benefited immensely from addressing internal issues alongside using acne-safe skincare.

      Both of your substitutions should be okay, although if you are still getting pimples, then I’d advise you to suspect Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and tread carefully with Neutrogena Combination Skin. Ultra sheer, although claimed to be non-comedogenic has reportedly caused breakouts. Same for the moisturizer. If you post your entire skincare and makeup routine in a new question in the community, the community folk can help you figure out any kinks in your routine.

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    shruti soumya March 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Hi ,
    I also wanted to know when do you use Kojivit Gel as it is not mentioned i the regimen, at night?

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      AM March 12, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Hiya Shruti, the dark spot treatment mentioned from 2nd week onwards is Kojivit Gel.

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    Nandu March 13, 2014 at 12:40 am #


    I have all the products of the starter regime with me. I must say my acné has not disappeared using the regime, but I must admit I have not followed it sticking 100% to the rules, so I want to start again following strictly every single step. I have some questions:

    1. Why do you say use triacneal ALL over the face? And not only in affected áreas? Like for example chin, or cheeks… so even in áreas where now is acné free I shall apply triacneal everynight?

    2. So I think the instructions are not very clear… In the morning I should only use Sebamed foam. (at less that I shave where I use Skin Clinic gel). For applying this sebamed do I moist my face first? Or I just apply directly the foam, Should I wash the foam away after 5 minutes?

    I am looking forward to your answers, thanks for the community, and I hope that by solving my dounts and following the régimen propperly and watching the side causes I can get rid of the problem



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    AM March 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi Supriya (@su249) BP causing dark marks to linger forever is mostly from anecdotal evidence – my experience and reports from tons of community folk. One reason why this may be is that BP is a very harsh treatment for any kind of skin. Indian / brown skin becomes much darker when subjected to any kind of skin injury, be it excessive exfoliation (BP does that), excessive drying (BP does that).

    Another reason that I’ve not yet looked much into is that the action of BP is said to release free radical into the skin, creating a leathery, damaged skin look. This may prevent marks from healing at normal rate and they linger on. BP is very effective for stopping acne in its tracks, but not without some damage to the skin. There are quite a few gentler, effective options that you may explore, many of them on this very website.

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    suman April 23, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    I’am very happy to say that..this regime was worked for me..

    I have followed this for 4 weeks and acne was almost gone…but instead of kovijit gel i used kaya skin pigmentation reducer gel…faded all acne dark marks upto some extent…but still not cleared the skin…so

    1.) Can i stop the triacnel cream now and use only kaya pigmentation reducer gel at nights?
    2.) What are the next steps to take care of regular routine skin care?
    3.) Can i choose Kaya brightning serum Intense clarify HD

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      AM April 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Suman, I’m happy to know Starter Regimen worked for you. :) You could reduce the Triacneal to once or twice a week and see if that frequency is okay. Slowly, you could phase it out (stop using it). From your regimen then, you could cut out Sebamed Foam as well. Then pigmentation reducer too slowly. Then you will be left with sunscreen, moisturizer and face wash. That could be your regular routine then. The idea is to drop the products one by one once they have served their purpose. Please post your Q about Kaya Brightening Serum in the q&a section, so others can chip in too.