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How Long It Takes To Clear Breakouts, Reduce Wrinkles, and More

Unlike other beauty products, 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.

For the average adult, 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. For example, if you’re using ingredients that zap bacteria but your issue is actually clogged pores, you may have to experiment a bit to see what product works best for you.

When in doubt, salicylic acid is a hero ingredient when it comes to treating every type of pimple. Target breakouts with our Keep the Peace Acne Cleanser, made with 1.5% salicylic acid. On average, it should take a few weeks to notice broad improvements in problem skin.

Got a zit you're trying to calm overnight? Good news: Spot treatments clear up problem spots a bit more quickly, diminishing pimples in 1-3 days. Our Game Over Acne Drying Treatment works overnight to dry up sebum and shrink whiteheads and blackheads while keeping the rest of your skin calm. And as for those deep, underground inflammatory spots, reach for our Nix It Complexion Solution—it can even be worn over makeup if you're really in a pinch.

Dehydration: Immediately

First things first: Determine whether you are dealing with dehydrated skin or dry skin (yes, there's a difference). They require different treatments, so if you're not seeing results, you may just need to swap products. 

Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe, and lactic acid will hydrate even the thirstiest skin ASAP. Try layering in a few pumps of Hydration Station, our hyaluronic acid booster, into your routine to 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. Using a physical exfoliator, like our new Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator, will result in smoother, more even textured skin right away, but lasting, noticeable changes in dullness, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation from vitamin C can take one to two months—so be patient!

Anti-Aging: 6-12 Weeks

No product will rid fine lines and wrinkles overnight, so when it comes to anti-aging, consistency is key. Look for products that promote collagen production to keep skin firm, like the peptides found in our On the Rise Firming Serum. Note: Because 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).

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