violet extract can be hard to find. i had my local herb store order it from the herbpharm here in oregon. you don't have to worry about it hurting your skin at all. unless of course you have an alergy to violets. i stopped everything and started applying it to the area where i was broke out. the bumps started to come back, but i think they have to so the VE can do it's thing, and when it does it will take no time at all to get rid of it, and for it never to return. if you do happen to brake out it would be small just reapply and it will go away again. it took me about a week if memory serves me. i had one gal tell me it got rid of her acne as well. you can't use too much. every time i would want to scratch i would put some on until no more. sometimes every hour. i believe that the herbpharm has a website you can order from. someone told me that it took longer for their order to come than it did to get rid of PD.