Skin gets worse before it gets better
If you suffer from breakouts, it’s likely that you’ll have a long list of tried and tested products (including those perhaps given to you by a doctor), that you believe don’t work for your skin. It may be that a product isn’t right for you (i.e. by causing irritancy), or it may be that it doesn’t contain the right ingredients or sufficient amounts of active ingredients to be effective.
However, the most common reason for treatment failure is that many people use a product for only 1 or 2 weeks before deciding that it is not working. It is very important to realise that even with the right product(s), containing blemish-fighting ingredients (such as salicylic acid), it takes time and perseverance to see results. Although results may begin in as little as one week, it usually takes a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks to really see a significant improvement.
Initially, you should see pimples drying up and visibly diminish. They can take 2-4 weeks to fully settle, and they can leave behind red marks which can last for weeks or months. These red marks take longer to fade as they are simply remnants of the pimple that was present earlier. They should be touched or picked as little as possible to allow the skin to recover more quickly and keeping your skin hydrated with a non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking) moisturiser can help.
Will my skin get worse before it gets better? It is also important to know that when breakouts are visible, there will also be several invisible blemishes ‘brewing’ underneath the surface of the skin, just waiting to erupt (usually when you have a date or a party!). Proactiv® Complete products start to tackle these areas from day 1, helping to draw out the trapped dirt, sebum and skin debris. This may mean that your skin gets a little worse before it gets better. However, with continued use of Proactiv® Complete products, once these areas have been treated, you should start to notice that you develop fewer new breakouts and that the pimples that do appear clear more quickly and with less redness, tenderness, and scarring.
Over the next few months, the residual red marks may turn brown before they fade away, and they can be helped to fade faster using products containing glycolic acid, such as Proactiv Re-texturizing Toner and Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads.