Treating acne can be a confusing process, especially when you start using a new product. It’s hard to know how to correctly use the product, how long to stick with it before seeing results, and what the normal side-effects are. Read on to learn how to approach using new acne products and what to expect once you start using them.
Do a patch test
Before you begin using an acne treatment product, it’s important to do a patch test to see how your skin reacts to it. To do a patch test, apply a small amount of the acne treatment to a discreet spot around your face, like behind your ear or under your jawline. Keep an eye on the area for about 24 hours to see if any redness, bumps, or irritation occur. If there are no signs of irritation, then continue using the product as recommended, which is twice a day for the SCANTILY Pad Acne Treatment.
If there is redness or irritation then use a small amount of product once a day, instead of the recommended twice a day. You can also apply the acne treatment to affected areas, leave it on for a minute, then wash it off with a gentle cleanser. As your skin becomes used to the treatment, you can gradually begin to leave the treatment on and increase the application to the recommended twice a day. If your skin has an extreme reaction to the product (trust us, you will know if this happens to you!) then it’s likely that you are allergic to an ingredient in the product and should not continue to use it.
What to expect
Your skin might look a little worse before getting better. Since many acne medications reduce oil production, exfoliate the surface of the skin to unclog pores, and kill acne-causing bacteria, some acne medications can cause side-effects. The most common side-effects are flakiness, redness or peeling and they usually happen during the first few weeks of treatment. After a few weeks though, your skin should become used to the treatment and these side-effects will subside. Following the application of your acne treatment with a hydrating, non-comedogenic moisturizer will help alleviate these symptoms. Check out how to choose the right moisturizer here.
Be patient and consistent
It takes time for acne to develop and reach the surface of your skin. In fact, the breakouts you are currently experiencing have most likely been developing for a few weeks before you even saw these beauties on your skin! When starting a new acne treatment, it takes time to heal the current breakouts and also treat breakouts that are in development. Some people will see results after a few weeks, but the majority of people will not see noticeable results for up to 8-12 weeks and that’s with consistent treatment use. Don’t be discouraged by this timeline though! During the treatment process, you will notice that your pimples are getting smaller in size and healing faster, which is a great sign that clearer days are ahead.
We know it’s hard to stick with a treatment when it can take a few weeks to start seeing a noticeable improvement. That’s why we recommend downloading the Dermala Acne Tracker app and taking a selfie each week during your treatment journey. This will allow you to compare your pictures and actually see the progress you are having with your acne treatment.
So, remember when starting a new acne treatment, it’s important to test it out, take it slow, and give your skin time to gradually get used to it. It’s a journey of ups and downs, but definitely worth the wait!