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This Is How Long It Can Take Before You See Results From Your Skincare

Unlike lipstick or bronzer, it can take some time before you start seeing results from your skincare routine. Because everyone’s skin is unique and all ingredients work differently, it can be difficult to determine how long you should wait it out— especially if you aren’t sure if a product is even working or not.

It takes around 28 days for skin cells to turn over so, as a general rule of thumb, give your products a month or so to kick in before giving up on them (unless of course you experience effects like irritation or burning, in which you should stop use immediately). When it comes to targeting problem areas and specific needs, however, there are general timelines you can follow. Keep scrolling for how long it can take to start seeing results from your skincare routine.

Acne: 4-6 Weeks

Because acne is caused by several different factors (like oil production, bacteria, and hormones—just to name a few), it can be a total guessing game when it comes to how long you’ll have to wait for your breakouts to clear. If you’re using benzoyl peroxide to zap bacteria but your issue is clogged pores, you may have to experiment a bit to see what product works best for you. On average, it can take a little over a month to start seeing broad improvements in your skin—spot treatments should work on individual breakouts in 1-3 days.


Dehydration: Immediately

When using the right product, you can hydrate even the thirstiest skin ASAP. Products like our Hydration Station, a hyaluronic acid booster, smooth and plump skin right away.

Dullness and Uneven Skin Tone: 1-8 weeks 

Exfoliation and vitamin C are two of the major players when it comes to a brighter complexion. While you will see glowy-skin results from exfoliating (including exfoliating acids like AHA’s and BHA’s) pretty quickly, products made with vitamin C can take one to two months before creating lasting, noticeable changes in dullness, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.

Anti-Aging: 6-12 Weeks

No product will rid fine lines and wrinkles overnight, so when it comes to anti-aging, consistency is key. Incorporating products with retinol like our Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum and peptides promote collagen production to keep skin firm, but since you’re working deep beneath the surface of the skin, results may not be obvious for several weeks.

Redness: Immediately

Unless you’re dealing with a skin condition such as rosacea, redness in the skin can quickly be diminished by using products that fight inflammation, such as caffeine. This fast-acting ingredient constricts blood vessels, which reduces redness, in the same amount of time it probably takes for you to finish your daily cup of coffee. Fringe benefits include reduced puffiness, making this ingredient a perfect addition to your eye care regimen (find it in The Fix Emergency Eye Mask).