DKR Regimen Review | How My Acne Was Finally Controlled
After I decided to stop visiting Dr. Chan, I began to explore different products that would help with my acne. The beautician who does my IPL at Lynn Aesthetic saw my skin condition, and she recommended me several products. After doing some research, I found out that she was actually recommending the DKR Regimen, otherwise known as the Dan Kern’s Regimen.
DKR Regimen (Dan Kern’s Regimen)
What is it?
Basically, it’s a regimen that focuses on using Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% to combat acne. It is a simple 3-step system – Cleanse, Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide), and Moisturise. You can find out more in depth at Acne.org.
Do I have to use his products?
After reading up, you might be wondering if it is compulsory to use Acne.org’s products. My answer is “NO”. I have not purchased from the website and I believe you don’t have to as well. The Regimen Kit is priced at US$44 and international shipping to Singapore will cost a bomb, so I would not recommend it.
Just follow the instructions on the website and substitute with products you can buy locally. Read on, I will introduce the products I use, which work well for me. 🙂
Step 1: Cleanse
I use Innisfree’s Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam to cleanse my face. I have read reviews that this cleanser is drying for some people. I did find my face a little taut after using it for the first few times, but the tautness has since gone away and is not drying for me.
It comes in a large tube of 150ml which can last me for 6 months. Best of all, it costs only S$13.00! You can get it from Innisfree stores at Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, and Bugis Junction.
Step 2: Treatment
I hereby reveal my holy grail… Benzac AC Gel 2.5%! I may switch cleansers and moisturisers, but this treatment gel will stay as part of my skincare regimen. The Benzac AC Gel 2.5% is a water based gel with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. It is available in 5% and 10% too, but DO NOT use them as anything more than 2.5% is too strong for your skin. This being a water based gel means it is light enough for oily skin too.
A tube of 60g costs S$16.50 and can last me for about half a year. You can purchase this from selected Guardian, Unity and Watsons stores (try the bigger outlets).
Step 3: Moisturise
Okay, I admit it. I’m a fan of Innisfree as I find their products affordable and effective. I’m using Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum (day and night) and Green Tea Seed Cream (at night only) as my moisturisers. I use the Green Tea Seed Cream at night only as it is heavier and my make up doesn’t sit well on it.
Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum retails at S$36.00 for a bottle of 80ml and I’ve been using the same bottle for 9 months. I use 2 pumps a day and it just never seems to finish! The Green Tea Seed Cream is priced at S$33.00 for a tub of 50ml.
I also mix in 2 drops of jojoba (pronounced as ho-ho-ba) oil into the Green Tea Seed Serum before lightly patting it onto my face. Jojoba oil is another of my holy grail because it is an excellent moisturiser and you can use it on your skin, hair, scalp, and even lips. As it is similar to our sebum, applying jojoba oil can “trick” our skin into thinking it is producing enough oil and thus, balancing our sebum level. It is also non-comedogenic (will not clog pores). If you apply it in a moderate amount, it gets absorbed nicely by the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. I also mix it into my body lotion!
You can get Desert Essence jojoba oil from Nature’s Farm at S$22 for a bottle of 60ml. Alternatively, you can purchase a bigger 118ml bottle of Now Foods jojoba oil from iHerb at US$11.50 (≈S$15), which is so much cheaper!
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Pointers before you start on the DKR Regimen
Here are some notes to manage your expectations before you start on this regimen.
1. Be prepared to give yourself at least 4 months to see results.
“No pain, no gain.” “Rome was not built in a day.” You’ve heard all these before, and it applies to this regimen too. Please don’t expect your skin to be crystal clear overnight. In fact, your skin condition might deteriorate first before you see a long term improvement. It will take time for your skin to get accustomed to Benzoyl Peroxide and in the meantime, your skin may be highly red and sensitive. You can read more on other people’s experiences at Acne.org to know what to expect.
2. Adhere to the instructions as strictly as you can.
If it says 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, stick to 2.5%. Don’t be greedy and try all sorts of products that tempt you on the drugstore shelves. Follow the DKR instructions as closely as you can. If you are to do it twice a day, then don’t skip on it and give yourself silly excuses. If you want to have better complexion, you have to work for it. Watch the video on the regimen, it gives you a clearer understanding and takes only 7 minutes of your time!
3. Don’t be obsessed or overly conscious about your skin.
I know this is easier said than done. But if you are always feeling miserable over your skin, it will be hard for you to stay positive and get the determination to see yourself through the initial tougher months. Positivity is key! 😉
My results from the DKR Regimen
After reading so much about the regimen, I guess you must be curious to find out how it worked on me? My problem area is the chin, where I get persistent and angry red zits. Hence, the photos below will focus on my chin area.
WARNING: The following images may be disturbing to some viewers!
I had lots of angry huge pimples which were so persistent, they kept coming back to haunt me! Putting on makeup was a nightmare because it seemed like the more I tried to conceal, the more obvious they got. It was extremely frustrating! It is true that makeup works best when you have a good canvas (i.e. complexion) to work with.
2nd day on regimen
Yes, this was the painful period. I warned you! My skin would feel itchy and sensitive for a few hours after I applied Benzoyl Peroxide. It was hard to fall asleep. I would suggest applying Benzoyl Peroxide about 2 hours before bedtime if you feel the same way too.
My skin became very red and sensitive, and it also started flaking. I couldn’t put on any makeup without making the flaky skin even more obvious. I would recommend staying away from makeup during this initial stage to minimise “trauma” to your delicate skin. Gosh, looking at these pictures now gives me goosebumps!
2 months on regimen
There were still bumps, but my skin was getting used to the Benzoyl Peroxide and was not as red and sensitive. Even if you don’t see significant improvement in your skin at this point, don’t give up! Give your skin more time to get used to the regimen. Remember, patience is key!
4 months on regimen
4 months on, the breakouts were in control and my skin was not as bumpy as before. My skin definitely looked more calm. Hang in there!
9 months on regimen
Ta-da! My acne prone skin is now in control and I maintain it by continuing with the regimen.
Before and After
Here’s a comparison photo to see the results of the DKR Regimen. A picture speaks a thousand words and I’ll let you judge for yourself.
What are your thoughts on the DKR Regimen? Have you tried it before or would you like to give it a shot? Feel free to ask me questions or share your thoughts by leaving a comment below! 😀