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

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam

Innisfree Bija Facial Foam Ingredients

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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

Benzac AC Gel 2.5 Box

Benzac AC Gel 2.5 Tube

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

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum Cap

Keep the bottle cap! It will prevent leakages through accidental pumping when you pack this in your luggage while travelling.
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Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

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.

Desert Essence Jojoba Oil

Now Foods Solutions Jojoba Oil

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!

TIP: If you are new to iHerb, you can use this coupon code “VLF127″ for $10 off your first iHerb order of $40 or more. For orders less than $40, you will receive $5 off.

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!

Before

Before DKR Front Carin

Before DKR Side Carin

Before DKR With Makeup Front Carin

Before DKR With Makeup Side Carin

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

2 Days On DKR Front Carin

2nd Day On DKR Front Carin

2 Days On DKR Side Carin

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

2 Months On DKR Front Carin

2 Months On DKR Left Carin

2 Months On DKR Right Carin

2nd Month On DKR Carin

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 DKR Carin

DKR After 4 Months Carin

4th Month On DKR Carin

DKR After 4th Month Carin

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

9 Months On DKR Carin

DKR After 9 Months Carin

DKR After 9 Months Carin

Ta-da! My acne prone skin is now in control and I maintain it by continuing with the regimen.

Before and After

DKR Before After Comparison Carin

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! 😀

Carin Poo

Hello! I grew up reading blogs, and now, blogging lets me share the love around. I offer a glimpse into my simple life, and maybe you can find a different perspective of the things I enjoy. My cat says Hi! :)

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  • Daddy

    hi carin, r u using one
    full finger long of bp? im using one finger long of bp, and my bp runs out in less
    than a month. I saw in ur post that ur bp can last u 6 months, how u do that? Can you let me know how much bp u r currently using? Btw, we r using e same bp brand n size.

    • Hi there, I’m not using as much. I avoid my cheek area as they are okay so I don’t want to dry them up with the BP. 🙂

      • Daddy

        Okay, thank you Carin. Your blog is beautiful 🙂

  • Haha sorry, I already bought extras during Watsons sale. How about selling them on Carousell?

    • Daddy

      Carousell? idk what’s tt.. It’s ok, i just slowly use them. haha. Anyway, I just started ordering from acne.org cus i cant seem to get the AHA in sg 🙂

  • ilovewendyg

    Hi Carin! I was searching for this acne treatment for a very long time. I like your idea of not using acne.org.. I was really tempted to buy but thanks to you I have another alternative way to solve my acne problem. Anyway, do u still wear make up after you apply the regimen? Thanks again! All the best!

    • Hi Wendy, I tried to avoid using makeup when I first started on the regimen as my skin was really red and sensitive then. It’s fine now and I do use light makeup on a daily basis. Just be sure to remove them thoroughly at the end of the day. 🙂

  • Dacarouselyn

    Hi carin! I stumbled upon your blog while looking for acne care. Im not sure if mine would be acne but i have cluster on both my left and right cheeks. Sometimes there’ll be bumps when felt as well. Do you know what i could do to ease it ?

    • Hi, if they are pimples you might want to try the DKR regimen on your cheeks. My pimples are also clustered on a specific area which is my chin. 🙂

  • Serene

    Hi Carin, I have the same problem as u.. The chin..
    May I know if your chin area still pops up pimples after the regimen?

    Thanks!!!!

    • Hi Serene, my skin is definitely more in control now but when I get the occasional pimple it’s still mostly on my chin area and I have no idea why. 🙂

  • Alvin

    I am 22, have acne and very oily skin (i feel the urge to wash it every 3 hours). I have tried everything, and the only thing that seemed to work was isotretinoin. However, the oily skin and acne (though not as bad as before) returned a few weeks after the doctor (from the national skin centre) said that I had completed the course. Will this regime help to get rid of oily skin permanently. I am thinking of taking another course of isotretinoin.

    I used to have extremely bad acne, now I “only” get a small zit every week or so and occasionally, large cystic bumps.

    • Hi Alvin, I don’t think it will help to get rid of oily skin permanently, though you should seek the opinion of your doctor on whether to go for another course. 🙂

  • carina

    Hello! I felt the same way about doc Chan’s clinic too! My cheeks had the worst problems. They are oily and sensitive. However I thought of going back to dr Chan again to go back on medication just so that it can fix my acne condition (now that my acne attacks are back). However, do you think it is advisable if I could try your skincare routine on innisfree products while I am on medication?

    • Hi Carina, I was given facial cream to apply when I was consulting Dr. Chan but I’m not sure if you’re given any. If yes, I don’t think it’s advisable to mix in other products.

      If no, you can give it a try. One thing to note though, is that if you start on both medication and the facial products at the same time, it will be hard to tell which is the one that had an impact on your skin when you see improvement. 🙂

  • shihui

    Hi, i have been getting pimples very frequently since puberty. i’m 22 this year and on normal days, i have about 1-2 pimples during every “wave”, and it goes up to 3-4 each time during my period. Usually clears up well since i use Oxy 5 (5% Benzoyl Peroxide) and i’ve been using it for the past few years and applying it on my face every night and day when i’m not leaving the house. i use it everyday cause there’s always pimples appearing on my face.

    recently my face got so bad that everyone i see (my boyfriend, mum and sis) all told me to cut down on makeup due to my complexion. my face haven’t gotten this bad for a really really long time and i don’t know how to make it better!! I’ve resorted to changing cleanser, i have been using Etude House’s acne line cleanser for more than 6 months and i always clean my makeup with a makeup remover. Now i’ve switched to Laneige’s multicleanser (my friend recommended this and said it will probably help clean my skin) which claims to be able to remove makeup and cleanse at the same time. I’ve been using this about a week now but my skin hasn’t gotten better. This means my face has been in this condition for about 2 weeks OMG.

    i haven’t been on any medication before as i didn’t want to rely on medication, plus i don’t get bad pimples often. my boyfriend went to Dr Chan’s before and told me to go to him, but warned me of the medication as it can give me dry skin. i don’t really know my skin type but i’m guessing it’s combination since it’s oily around T-zone and dry around my cheeks but sometimes my skin just shows different things.

    when i first changed my cleanser to the etude acne one, my face adapted so well and i thought this is the cleanser to my clean skin, but after a few weeks, my face starts acting up again. it’s the same for when i first tried makeup products and the new laneige cleanser. it worked well for the first few days/weeks and then starts screwing up…

    my skin oxidises the makeup a lot and usually i have to wash off my makeup by the 4th/5th hour to reapply, or else it’ll start flaking and wrinkles will get even more obvious. recently it’s gotten so bad that i have to wash off my makeup after only 1 hour. i don’t put a lot of makeup, only bb cream and some concealer.

    do you have any recommendation to help my skin? 🙁

    honestly i don’t know if it’s the makeup that’s ruining my face or my lack of water intake or sleep, or my diet, or just my skincare is not suitable….

    • Hi Shihui, wow you must be really disciplined to wash off and reapply your makeup every few hours! Even though you may look better with fresh makeup, I think overcleansing your face is not good too. Makeup remover will strip your face off its natural oils and your skin may compensate for that by producing even more oil. Over time, your skin may be conditioned to think that it has to keep on producing that much oil, resulting in excess sebum, clogged pores, and acne. It’s like a vicious cycle.

      I would suggest cleansing your face at most twice daily. If you can do without makeup, that would be even better, or use non-comedogenic ones. If you see no improvement, it may be wise to see a doctor. Depending on your condition, sometimes facial products can’t do much and you’ll need medication. That should be left to a doctor for their professional advice. I hope this helps. All the best! 🙂

  • Eve F

    Hello! I was just wondering does this regimen help with clogged pores? My main issue with my skin is blackheads and whiteheads- they are literally everywhere and I feel like I’ve tried everything else!!! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Eve, sorry I don’t think so. 🙂

  • Hx

    Hi! I’m currently on medication from doctor chan and it has been about 3 days since i started using and my cheeks are now very red 🙁 is this normal?

  • Hx

    Oops sorry i forgot to add on this! Its red and itchy so it makes me look really bad

    • Hi Hx, I can’t remember if the medication caused redness to my skin since it’s more than 10 years ago. I think it’s best for you to give the clinic a call and ask them if this is normal. 🙂