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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Beloved singer/songwriter Amy May has joined the movement of The Acne Practice.

Here she is:

here she is playing live:

I’m a fan, I bought her album “The Grace Sessions” and use it as music therapy anytime I get stressed out.

I highly recommend it.

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Let’s Discuss the Injustice of a Broken Medical System

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I was at a meeting the other day with some business types and one of them asked me, “So what’s your intent with this project?”

My answer was this: “I intend to fix the injustice of a medical system that has fumbled around with the condition of acne for far too long”

I ran into an interesting video the other day. I assume MTV’s original intention of the video below was to both bring awareness and to entertain. Inadvertently though, I think this video plays as a real documentary into how inefficient and ineffective the standard medical system is in regards to stubborn cases of acne. Let’s discuss this video below after you watch it. It’s interesting.

(Click below to watch on, then browse back here to discuss each case)
Screen shot 2012-07-27 at 3.41.34 PM

Let’s discuss:

Alexa (singer/actor)

alexa before
-chose Accutane
-paid $1595
($319/month for 5 months)
-risked side effects

Quotes from video with my comments in parentheses:

“acne may get worse when starting”

(initial breakout can be traumatic and cause real 3D scarring. This can be worse than the original condition)

At One Month:
Alexa one month front

(this is not a swift improvement. Very inefficient and slow.
reminder that, “Time = Scarring”)

Week 6: “I think it’s too early to judge”
alexa one month

(6 weeks?! This is not an acceptable trajectory in my opinion. In this practice, we expect a noticeable improvement in 24-48 hours and at least 90% improvement with severe acne at 6 weeks. If not, something needs immediate adjustment)

At 5 Months:
Alexa month 5

“I’ve been on for 5 months and just in the last week I’m starting to see some changes”

(5 months?!, 1500 dollars, are you kidding me?)

You can see she is happier at 6 months. She is not completely inactivated as hoped. I searched online to see how she was doing now and found this quote:

“Hey…this is Alexa. I was taking Accutane on the show while we filmed for 6 months. My skin stayed clear for about a year and then I started to break out again. My dermatologist recommended that I go back on Accutane but I chose not to. While I was on Accutane my spine sometimes felt odd and my vocal chords would become dry.

Bottom Line: This MTV video has inadvertently become a vivid documentary of how slow and inefficient accutane can be. Sitting, hoping, praying, and waiting for 5 months is not what I would call a masterful acne treatment.

(4 year sufferer, multiple failures, and tangible emotional trauma from the ordeal)

Brandon before
denied accutane when requested:
“You can’t have accutane without having ongoing psychiatric counseling. But no counselors are available at this time. sorry”

-chose Light and Laser Therapy as a second option.
-cost: $1700
-took a loan, add interest payments.

“I just want clear skin, Why can’t nobody help me”

(Sorry to hear this Brandon, you are working within the confines of a broken system)

Doctor quote: “Hide in the dark for 2 days”

(I guess that would be ok if the treatment worked)

After Treatment:
Brandon in car

(Is this really the best option western medicine has come up with for acne?)

Several Weeks into treatment: “I don’t see improvement yet. Mom, you see improvement, I don’t”

(As an outside observer, I see partial improvement with no confidence that full inactivation will take place)

Brandon’s after shot:
Brandon After

“my confidence is up somewhat”

(I’m happy that he is getting better, but after months of waiting and thousands spent, I’m not happy to say that this skin is still very much active)

I searched for Brandon online and found this:

“Hey! How have you lovely people been? A lot has changed for me since the show… I have come to the conclusion that I am GAY! Big shocker, right? NOT… Anyways, I continued with the laser treatments up until the middle of July and then I gave up. Although it had improved my skin, it didn’t completely clear it up and I was sick of going through all that pain.”

Bottom Line: If you have to wear a full facial shield in public, you better come out the other end sparkling.
This treatment was far too inefficient, far too expensive, and way too annoying relative to the partial improvement seen here. I don’t know if MTV realizes that they captured a documentary of the injustice and rip off of light and laser treatments for acne. I don’t recommend this treatment to anyone with chronic acne unless they are just looking for temporary facial-like treatment. It’s expensive and does nothing for future prevention despite false claims of “permanent shrinkage of oil glands”

Lily (model)
Lilly before

-chose laser therapy
-paid $950 per treatment

“Why can’t anyone help”

(I’m sorry Lily, the system is currently broken)

“That was the most painful thing that has ever happened to me in my life”

(I guess that would be ok if it worked)

“This is where I’m putting my faith and if it doesn’t work, I’m screwed”

(Lasers rarely give long term satisfaction and prevention. I was worried for her when I first heard her say this)

Lily’s side effect photos:
Lilly peeling

(I guess this would be somewhat acceptable if she came out the other end in great shape. In this case, it was not worth the struggle)

Lily’s After shot, $950 paid:
Lily after

(This young model is being scarred, robbed, and emotional twisted in a broken system. I find this to be a real injustice and do not blame any one doctor. It’s the system)

“Lily is considering more laser surgery to treat her acne”

(Think the next $950 treatment will bring her long term satisfaction? I don’t think she’s on the right track here)

Bottom Line for Lily: I don’t know if MTV realizes that they just captured a documentary of the mediocrity, lack of accountability, and ineffectiveness of laser therapy for acne. This story is upsetting to watch. What ever happened to Lily??! (I haven’t found anything online yet)

Dr. Neal’s Final Thought: It appears MTV set out to capture a documentary of the emotional effects of acne and then to show some great transformations. Unfortunately, it appears that MTV accidentally captured how ineffective the standards of western medicine are at tackling serious cases of acne. I was very uncomfortable watching this documentary. This injustice will not continue for much longer. I promise.

p.s. Just for comparison, here’s what a swift inactivation looks like within 2-4 months.

(Special thanks to MTV for bringing further awareness to this difficult situation)

Feel free to share your thoughts on our medical system in regards to the treatment of acne below:

One Response to “Let’s Discuss the Injustice of a Broken Medical System”

  1. William Joseph Says:

    There is so many men and women that is suffering from the acne problems they have and there is so many things that they can try to get results to solving or curing the their acne problems. unfortunely by the time they get a product to effectively put the acne inder control or cure it their self esteem and confidence is so low that they have a hard road to climb.


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FAQ’s: Resistance? Pregnancy? Side Effects? Movie Stars?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This single follow up video captured many frequently asked questions.

I’ll outline them all here:

FAQ #1: “Will Dr. Neal’s products work for a little while and then stop working. I’m scared it will one day not work?”

Answer: There is no resistance or immunity seen in this practice. If the products aren’t working perfectly, you will be expected to simply ask Dr. Neal.
(see the video below)

FAQ #2: “Can I use Dr. Neal’s Acne Bootcamp while I’m pregnant?”

Answer: Yes. (see full video below)

FAQ #3: “Will Dr. Neal’s products hurt my skin in any way? I’m scared to use acne medications”

Answer: These products do not harm the skin. If used properly, they can be used as an anti-aging program. (see video)

(this beautiful actress has been on the products for over 10 months. Notice the overall natural health of her skin)


FAQ #4: “Is Dr. Neal’s acne bootcamp good for models and actors who need High Definition quality skin?”

Answer: Yes. We have many models, actors, and entertainers in this practice. We have fixed up leading actors in blockbuster movies and have many clients who act on Broadway. We have many on TV series both in NY and LA, and many who model for a living in New York. (see video below)


6 Responses to “FAQ’s: Resistance? Pregnancy? Side Effects? Movie Stars?”

  1. Darren Elkins` Says:

    Another amazing video! What is it going to take for all of the sceptics out there, to finally realize that this program is changing lives! You saved my life and I’m sure countless others! Keep up the good fight Doc!!

  2. Angel moua Says:

    Does this product work on illy skin? Because my skin tends to be oily all the time and I brake out and sometimes it doesn’t. Also my face and especially my forehead is always shiny. Will this product work on my face or body?

  3. Cherese Y. Says:

    Once the acne is gone will this product need to be used for the rest of your life to continually keep the skin clear? I know I’m not the only person to ask this. However, I have found nothing that addresses this question in the FAQ’s. Thank you for posting so much comprehensive information!

  4. admin Says:


    Similar to a healthy body, anyone who seeks healthy skin will have to take some type of action for a lifetime. Whether you need only a simple shower, a single product, or multiple products depends on how stubborn your skin is. Some people use these products occasionally and others keep them going daily as needed. The refills are less expensive at 20-35 per product.

    hope that helps,
    -Dr. Neal

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