Skincare timeline: When will your skincare efforts show?

Have you ever been excited to try a new skincare product, only to wonder if it's actually working? You're not alone. We all have been there. It's frustrating when you follow a routine but don't see any results. But just like any other thing, skincare takes time to work. 

When you start working out at the gym, you may not see any noticeable results immediately. However, if you maintain your routine for 2-3 months, others will start to observe the changes in your physique. Similarly, with skincare, you cannot expect to see overnight miracles. But how long should one use a particular product to witness actual results?


Evolve Organic Beauty suggests that serums targeting concerns like acne or pigmentation can take four to six weeks to show results​​. Dermatologists agree that six to 12 weeks is the average time needed to witness optimal results, especially when dealing with fine lines or pigmentation​​.

For acne treatments, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to see results from ingredients like retinol, while anti-aging benefits can take up to 3 to 6 months. This slow process allows your skin to regenerate and produce collagen. Certain products, such as face washes containing salicylic acid, may yield faster results, sometimes within a week or two. 

But for more than half of users, it takes at least 8 weeks to see strong results from a new skincare routine​​. So, if you're wondering about a product that hasn't shown results in less than 3 months, give it time – the best may be yet to come.

Our survey found that most users stick with a product for 3 to 6 months. Those who use a product for at least 3 months will likely see results and also provide the most reliable feedback. On the flip side, products used for less than 3 months may not get the chance to prove their worth, often leading to unendorsed recommendations. If you are a brand and want genuine feedback about your skincare products, seek feedback from long-term users.

Do you know what the most important thing in skincare is? Finding the right product. Before blindly trusting a product, talk to users with similar skin profiles to get honest feedback. But where will you find these people? You don't need to. Unsweetened Beauty does it for you. Take this quick quiz, and towards the end, you will see product recommendations for your skin profile from dermatologists and users like you. Find the product that works for you, then give it 3 months to work.
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