Oh, how the acne sufferer hopes and wishes these ads could be true. I see these ads every day and I have to laugh. The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is true here. One cannot possibly get their skin clear in just 3 days (or overnight) because of one little-known fact:
Acne takes up to 30 to 90 days to form. A pimple that you see today probably started as a microcomedone up to three months ago.
It takes about three to four months to see your skin clear up. Three months worth of acne is going to surface, even when you are using the perfect acne regimen. That regimen is keeping the NEW acne from forming, so you won’t see them surface three months from now. So, just because you are seeing some breakouts doesn’t mean that your regimen (if you are on the right set of products) isn’t working. These are lesions that got a “foothold” in the pore as a microcomedone before you started using products.
Another issue that arises in acne home-care protocol is that you need to take into account the skin’s ability to adapt to product. You cannot start out with a regimen (albeit perfect for your acne type/skin) and just keep it the same. Your skin will adapt and start to form acne lesions again. This is why you need someone who can coach you through the process of getting clear.
Content provided courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic. Wendy Christman is a Certified Acne Specialist through the Face Reality Acne Clinic.