“I’ve been told you shouldn’t quit a new skincare product too soon as it needs time to work, but how much time does it need?”

Generally, topical acne treatments require 6 to 8 weeks in order to achieve a full benefit, so it is important to allow a product sufficient time to work before stopping it or adding another product. It is also important to consider that acne can initially flare-up or get worse with some products.

With benzoyl peroxide, for example, it is not uncommon to see a worsening of acne for the first two to four weeks of use, prior to seeing an improvement.

It may seem hard to continue when the results are not what you hoped, but given time, most acne sufferers will see a positive outcome.