Why is My Acne Treatment No Longer Working?

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How long have you used your acne treatment?
Acne treatments can take between four to six weeks before you see an improvement if you use them consistently. By nature, most of us are impatient. We tend to think that the product is not working when we are not seeing an improvement within a few days. And that’s not all…
Are you aware that you will still get new breakouts even after beginning treatment? These pimples were already in the works below the surface of your skin before you started your treatment.
Let’s uncover some of the common reasons your acne therapy may not work.

5 Reasons Why Your Acne Treatment Stopped Working
You’ve been cleansing your face, and staying off junk food for weeks. But your face doesn’t seem any clearer. Is the treatment ineffective, or is it something else? Typically, there are five reasons why acne treatment stops working.

1. Your Stress Level Is Out of Whack

How’s your lifestyle these days? Are you under constant stress? Stress will affect your skin and the rest of your body. While we can’t advise you on how to reduce your stress, there are actions you can take to help your body cope with it.
Start by eating right. Every cell in your body needs nutrient-rich foods. The vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals in foods like fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats are good for body and in turn good for your skin, especially when fighting acne. Drink lots of water to clear toxins and take a multivitamin with minerals. Exercise and limiting sugar intake will help you feel and look better, even under stress.

2. Storing Your Skincare Products in an Improper Place
Some skincare products don’t last long if stored in a hot, steamy bathroom. Some prescription retinoid products like tretinoin must stay below 86°F (30°C) or rapidly lose potency.
Check the labels and properly store all your acne medications and skincare products.

3. You Are Using the Wrong Cleanser
It’s a myth that you need to strip your face of all the oil to fight acne. While too much oil can contribute to acne breakouts, removing all the oil and moisture from your skin will do more damage than good.
Some face cleansing products to avoid include grainy exfoliators (a.k.a. physical exfoliators), mechanical face brushes, alcohol face wipes, and peel-off masks. They don’t help your acne and can cause more irritation and redness.
Gently clean your face and reduce acne-associatedbacteria. Use a proven cleanser like PanOxyl® Acne Foaming Wash. It has 10% benzoyl peroxide that kills acne-causing bacteria but contains emollients to help combat dryness.

4. Acne Can Build a Resistance to Some Treatments
Some antibiotics don’t need to kill bacteria to defeat acne – theanti-inflammatory effects are the most useful for healing the skin. But a study conducting by the American Academy of Dermatology found that antibiotics get over-prescribed, and patients stay on them for an average of 300 days.
The side effect of using certain topical or oral antibiotics long-term is that the bacteria can build up resistance to it. Unlike oral antibiotics, bacteria can’t build up a resistance to topical benzoyl peroxide, meaning PanOxyl acne washes are better for keeping acne bacteria at bay long-term.

5. Using An Expired Acne Treatment
Chem class is in session! Today’s lesson: Some chemicals are more stable than others. Topical antibiotics can lose their potency over time. Preparations that include vitamin C or E can quickly degrade or oxidize when exposed to air. After degradation and oxidation, the products don’t work as well.
Another product that oxidizes quickly is Retinol. It can quickly lose its effectiveness once opened. Consider replacing Retinol products every four to six weeks unless you accidentally leave the lid off the bottle. Then you should replace it immediately.
Pay attention to any expiration dates of prescription medications and over-the-counter treatments that you use. Toss out expired products and replace them with fresh ones for best results.

Can Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Wash Lose Its Effectiveness?
Benzoyl peroxide is a common component in acne products, from cleansers to creams, because it kills acne-causing bacteria. That’s why doctors will prescribe topical retinoids or antibiotic therapy with benzoyl peroxide. It’s a one-two punch from the inside and the outside of your skin.
PanOxyl’s Acne Washes contain benzoyl peroxide. PanOxyl 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Foaming Wash is the #1 acne product in the U.S.*. The advantage is that benzoyl peroxide releases oxygen which kills the bacteria. Bacteria also do not build a resistance toward benzoyl peroxide, so it works every time.
Now that you know why your acne treatment is not working, use these seven tips to help clear your skin.

7 Tips Towards A Blemish-Free Complexion
Here are dermatologist-recommended guidelines for clearer skin:
1. It takes at least four weeks to see the difference – Remember, any acne treatment takes time to work. Do not stress or irritate your skin by continuously switching to different products.
2. Understand the cause of your acne – Not seeing any improvement after 4 to 6 weeks? Try a different non-prescription product such as:
a. Benzoyl peroxide to decrease acne-causing bacteria
b. Retinoids for clogged pores and oily complexion
c. Salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and unclog pores
3. Follow treatment instructions – To see the improvement, you need to apply or take the product as directed.
4. Don’t forget to wash your face – Clean your face after a workout, in the morning, or before you go to bed.
5. Use cosmetics or skincare products that don’t cause acne – Look for non-comedogenic, oil-free, and non-acnegenic cosmetics that won’t clog pores
6. Do not scrub, touch, or pick your blemishes. It’s hard to resist, but these habits only make acne worse.
7. Apply the treatment to the acne and the surrounding areas to help heal and prevent new breakouts

Still don’t see any improvement? It’s time to visit a dermatologist. They will advise you on how to clear your acne and get smoother skin.

Give Your Acne Treatment Time to Do Its Thing
The American Academy of Dermatology says that acne treatments can take four to six weeks to start working. Look for gradual improvement. Once your skin has time to adjust to the treatment, you will notice the difference. Not every acne treatment works for everyone’s skin. If you haven’t seen an improvement, it’s time to make a change.
You may think your treatments are not working because the results are slow to develop. Expect gradual improvement. Remember! Your skin takes time to adapt to new treatments and to heal itself.
Dermatologists will tell you that experimenting with too many products at once can stress your skin and worsen your breakouts. Consistency is necessary to defeat acne and prevent it from coming back.
PanOxyl’s Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Washes work best as a daily cleansing regimen. Start with the 4% Daily Cream Wash and follow up with the Oil Control Moisturizer. Try the 10% Foaming Wash for more aggressive acne, then use the Overnight Spot Patches for active pimples (and to help prevent picking!).
Give your skin time and let it adjust to benzoyl peroxide washes. If needed or recommended by a doctor, gradually increase to two or three times daily. Your patience will be rewarded with healthier and clearer skin.