How Long Does it take your Skincare Products to work?

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Aug. 14, 2020
Hey everyone! Do you get impatient and give up too soon with new skincare products? If you answered yes don't worry, I myself used to give up easily also. Just keep in mind, skincare products take time to work just like anything else. Giving up too soon is not the solution.
YOUR SKIN CELLS SHED EVERY 28 DAYS OR SO
Healthline.com states, "Be patient for one skin cycle, or about 28 days." Your skin cells need to shed each month in order to reveal newer ones; therefore, giving up before 28 days is not recommended. Most actives need at least a month before they start to work their magic.
Skin Purging
Verywellhealth.com states, "Acne treatments take 4 to 6 weeks to start working." You may notice your skin go through a “purge” phase the first couple months.
Your skin may start to breakout more when you start a new acne treatment, and this is normal in the beginning. This is just a result of the exfoliant unclogging your pores and bringing everthing to the surface. Your dermatologist will start you with a concentration that will work best for you. Always be sure to moisturize after any acne treatment to minimize irritation and redness.
Your skin need to adjust to the new treatment
As I stated earlier, your skin cells turnover every month or so. It is important to give skin time to renew itself and form new skin cells. Also you want to give your skin time to adapt to the new acne treatment and heal old breakouts. PATIENCE is your friend and in the end, hopefully it will all be worth it!
Remember the main skincare rule: Consistency is everything with skincare
Adding or switching what you are currently using is going to irritate or confuse your skin. You also may cause further irritation and new breakouts to your skin. In order to determine whether your current skincare products/regimen are working, you need to give them time before you decide what to rule out of your skincare regimen.
Stop treatment if your skin isn’t getting better isn't getting better after 12 weeks
If your skin is still having reactions or looks irritated after 3 months of using your acne treatment or regimen, your dermatologist may need to adjust the concentration. Sometimes even adjusting how frequent you use the medication can help as well. However, if your skin is breaking out after 3 months of starting your treatment or acne regimen, you may need to switch your treatment. Your esthetician or dermatologist can suggest a different prescription or acne regimen to better suit your skin type and concerns.
Sources: 
Source 1: https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/acne-and-breakouts/is-my-skin-purging-breaking-out.html
Source 2: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/skin-purging#can-you-speed-the-purging-process​
Source 3: https://stylecaster.com/beauty/how-long-til-skin-care-products-work/
Source 4: https://www.verywellhealth.com/why-arent-my-acne-treatments-working-15520
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