We all want our skin to clear up quickly, and we want our acne treatment to start working right away. So it’s frustrating when it seems like our acne medications aren’t doing anything to help our skin.
Does this mean your acne treatment isn’t working? Not at all!
It takes at least eight weeks before you really start to notice a difference in your skin, and that improvement can often take as long as 12 weeks. This is assuming, of course, that you are using your treatments consistently.
Even something as seemingly simple as forgetting your treatments for a day or two can prevent them from working well. For the medications to work, they have to be used exactly as directed.
You’ll Still Get Pimples During the Initial Weeks of Treatment
Many people expect pimples will stop forming immediately after beginning treatment. In reality, you will still get new breakouts even after beginning treatment for a period of time.
This doesn’t mean your treatment isn’t effective. These pimples were already in the works below the surface of your skin before you started your treatment.
Over time, you’ll probably notice your breakouts are getting smaller and healing more quickly. This is a sign that your treatments are starting to work.
It may even seem like your skin breaks out worse before it starts to get better. Again, these are blemishes that were already forming within the pore.