3 Main Reasons Why Your Acne Won’t Go Away

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world today. Aside from acne, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation associated with acne is a top concern in people of color. Acne treatments are tailored to an individual. For the treatment to work, factors such as genetics, underlying medical conditions, type of acne and its severity, lifestyle, stress levels, environmental factors such as humidity, etc. determine the effectiveness of a particular acne treatment.

Here, we reveal three main reasons as to why your acne won’t go away.

Overdoing It

Skin affected with acne is associated with increased transepidermal water loss and a compromised skin barrier. 

Acne treatment can be irritating. More ingredients or products don’t necessarily mean faster or better results. In fact, they can further impair the barrier and worsen acne. 

Gentle cleansers and moisturizers are helpful when using irritating active ingredients, particularly in those with sensitive skin.

Be More Patient

It may take 2-3 months of using acne treatments before you will see results. Some treatments, such as retinoids, hydroxy acids, etc., may cause acne to flare at the beginning before it gets better by speeding up skin renewal which pushes out acne located deeper in the skin.

Do not keep changing products. If you do not see any improvements, or if your acne is getting worse, consider seeing a doctor. 

Acne can be worse in some individuals, despite having the same exact regimen as another. Try not to compare your journey with others.

See A Dermatologist

Mild acne often responds to OTC products, but you may need prescription medications for some. Moderate to severe facial acne and acne that occurs on the chest and back often require prescription medications. In-office procedures help. 

Additionally, adult women with persistent acne may need further evaluation by a dermatologist. A dermatologist will look at all possible causes of acne- and this is essential in finding the best treatment for you. It might not even be acne- rosacea, dermatitis, etc., require a different treatment plan.

“Hi. My name is Wambui.” I’m a Pro Makeup Artist and Beauty Content Creator. I love all things beauty, and I enjoy writing them down now.