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8 Reasons Your Anti-Acne Products Aren't Working

Why Your Acne Products Aren't Working
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We understand the anticipation of anti-acne skincare products to work their magic. However, like all things in life, we must be patient and wait for the pimples to slowly go away. But if you think the process is taking too long, you can reevaluate your routine and check for certain things that need tweaking. Keep scrolling to decode why your anti-acne products aren't working.

  1. Your skin isn't *really* clean.

    When your face isn't properly washed, there is a film of dirt and sebum that can stop the skincare products from getting into your pores. To prevent this from happening, use the right facial wash and follow good cleansing habits. (This goes to say that your hands should be clean when applying skincare products!)

    Pond's Acne Clear Anti-Acne Facial Foam

    Pond's Acne Clear Anti-Acne Facial Foam, P169/100g, Watsons

  2. You're using the wrong type of product for your acne.

    There are different causes of acne, so there are various ways to treat them, too. The most common solutions are the following: Salicylic acid clears the pores and deep-seated dirt and sebum; retinoids unclogs pores and controls oil production; benzoyl peroxide decreases P. acnes bacteria; and tea tree oil reduces inflammation.

    Oxecure Acne Clear Potion
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    Oxecure Acne Clear Potion, P349/15ml, Watsons

  3. You work with too many products at once.

    We understand that you want to get rid of acne fast, but layering five anti-acne products can be overwhelming or probably be counter-reacting each other. Research which ingredients work well together or are worse when paired. Keep your routine simple to allow the active ingredient to work.

  4. You forget to exfoliate.

    Renewing skin cells is crucial in treating acne. Exfoliating dead skin cells with AHA and BHA will help speed up skin-healing. Add a chemical exfoliant to your routine gradually until your skin gets used to it.

    Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner

    Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner, P1,000, Seek Space

  5. You over-exfoliate.

    Of course, too much is a good thing can be bad. When you exfoliate too much, say you scrub and use a chemical exfoliant, you may damage your skin barrier. Here's a complete guide to exfoliating your skin without ruining it.

  6. You're not applying sunscreen.

    Every dermatologist prescription includes daily usage of an SPF50 face care product. Sunscreen prevents acne flare-ups pigmentation caused by sun exposure. Choose a non-comedogenic formula so it's won't clog the pores.

    Dear, Klairs Soft UV Airy Essence SPF 50 PA++++

    Dear, Klairs Soft UV Airy Essence SPF 50 PA++++, P1,200, BeautyMNL

  7. You expect instant results.

    Allow anti-acne (and other skincare products) treatments at least four weeks to work. The usual skin renewal cycle is 28 days, so it takes that long for ingredients to show results. If you want instant zit-zapping action, try powerful spot solutions like these or KI injections.

  8. Your lifestyle habits need to change.

    Treating acne requires a holistic approach. Aside from having a consistent and effective skincare routine, you need to make lifestyle changes. Switch your pillowcases and beddings often, clean your phone's screen, control stress, and reduce sugar intake.

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