Skin Not Improving Yet?



Skin Not Improving Yet

When treating acne, dedication and patience are key. Make sure you are using it everyday, skipping a day in the begining will set back any progress as the treatment needs time to work.

While some members see results right away, it takes some time and patience for most of us to start seeing results.

When treating acne, we can't judge how a person is responding to prescription care until at least 6 weeks have passed (although most see improvement by weeks 3 or 4). Treatment is an ongoing process with gradual improvement (and some setbacks) until the tendency to break out has passed. Note that this improvement period varies greatly.

For skin aging prevention and treatment, some (but not all!) members have a bit of an adjustment period. Even after your skin has adjusted, it’s only after months of regular use (along with daily sunscreen) that most members see benefits.

When beginning any acne treatment, some acne patients (and even some patients without pre-existing acne) may go through a “purging” period, of where the medication appears to cause new acne. In reality, the skin is likely adjusting to the medication and purging impurities from the skin. Check out our article on purging below for info and tips on how to minimize these effects.



Worsening breakouts (aka purging)

If you’ve just started a new formula and you feel like you’re seeing more breakouts, don't worry—this can be normal, and we're here to help.

What’s purging? Why does my skin look worse?

Prescription ingredients like tretinoin and azelaic acid work partly by unclogging pores, but this can mean an adjustment period for the skin, when you can see an “initial breakouts” or “purging.” The pores are getting cleared out, and the skin cells are sloughing off like they should, but this can lead to these temporary breakouts.

This may happen in about 20-25% of patients. You might see anything from small, superficial bumps to deep, inflamed pimples. It usually happens 1-2 weeks after starting one of these ingredients, and it can last up to 6 weeks, but not to worry: once your skin adjusts, you should start seeing improvement! As this can take time, patience is key.


How to manage purging breakouts

  • Back off of your SMACNE use to every other night until the purging period ends.
  • Apply a gentle moisturizer after SMACNE.