I TOTALLY get it. We live in a world of instant gratification, so we're trained to expect immediate results from everything we do. I know you get super excited when you go home with a new skin care product, and I know that oftentimes you're a little disappointed when this new cleanser that was supposed to change your entire life doesn't show you a noticeable difference in your skin after your first use. But with skin, we've got to be patient. Those of you who are serial switchers are never letting any of these products actually have a chance to work for your skin. Sticking with a routine for even a week and not seeing results isn't enough. So what is?
It takes an average of 28 days for your skin to go through its natural desquamation process.
So what does that mean? It takes time for your skin care to work. You may see some results sooner than that, and that's awesome! Particularly with exfoliating products we tend to see results quicker as they're doing the job of revealing newer skin cells. But if you're looking to work on hyperpigmentation, for example, you're going to need to be patient. Once a cell has too much pigment, there's nothing we can do about it. What we need to do is affect the melanocyte (the cell that creates pigment in the skin and deposits it into your skin cells) to stop overproducing melanin, our skin's pigment. This means that it's going to take time for those overpigmented cells to naturally move through their cell life and get exfoliated off.
Sometimes, you'll even see things get worse before they get better. We see this a lot with acne. It can take up to 90 days for an acne lesion to form, so there may have been lesions under the skin for a while before starting a new product that that product helps to get out of the skin. This isn't a bad thing, it's actually a good thing, but some people will see a breakout with starting a new product and assume the product is breaking them out.
So be patient with new skin care, and give it a chance. Obviously, if you're breaking out really bad or having an allergic reaction, stop use. Always check with your doctor or esthetician about any potential reactions to ensure that it's a normal reaction and nothing to be concerned about.