How long does it take to see results from new skincare?

Incorporating active ingredients in your skincare routine delivers real results, but when should we expect those changes to be visibly noticeable? Many factors are contributing to it, such as your current skin condition and work to be done at the cellular level. So allow your skin adequate time to adjust to a new product before it starts to reflect positive results. Now let's get to the ingredients one by one!

Some of the reasons for lack of visible changes maybe

  • lack of sun protection

  • poor product formulation

  • improper application of the product

  • poor diet

BHAs, or Beta Hydroxy Acid

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) is also known as salicylic acid helps with clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne. It should take about a week to notice clearer pores. However, the fading of scars and pigmentation would take about a month or two. Within two to three months, you may see your skin looks more firm and radiant.

AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), are chemical exfoliators. Two most talked about and effective AHAs in skin care are glycolic acid and lactic acid. They shed off the dead cells and resurfaces the skin. It helps with pigmentation, acne scars, sun damage, improves skin textures, and provides hydration to the skin as it is a great humectant. While you will notice a more radiant complexion and hydration right away, it can take two to three months before you start to see significant improvements in pigmentation, scaring.


Vitamin C is a go-to ingredient when comes to dark spots and even skin tone.

With proper application and usage of vitamin C, you can expect visible changes in your skin such as lighter dark spots as it promotes melanin production of healthy skin cells. However, for vitamin C to yield results that it claims, you must use it for three to six months, irrespective of its concentration. With regular usage of vitamin C you may see lesser wrinkles, blemishes, and fine lines.


The bottom line is, even though different formulations take time to show visible results, consistency is the key to ensure that they work as you expect them to be! Also as these are all active ingredients you may experience purging initially. Therefore it is wise to incorporate them in your skincare routine, gradually. Start with alternate days or twice a week, and then slowly make it a daily routine. Time may vary for each ingredient to show positive results as discussed above, but give you skin at least three weeks before you judge!

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