We get it — you come see us, you’re spending your hard-earned money on skincare products and procedures. You want to know when you’re going to see results.
Let’s start with skincare products — depending on what you’re using, it takes time for your skin to build up tolerance to certain ingredients, and sometimes you have to get past a certain point to see the benefits. For example, some ingredients cause redness and peeling, but eventually yield the beautiful, glowing skin below.
If you’re not sure what ingredients are in your products, ask us! If you want a quick cheat sheet for reference (and you can read that tiny print on the bottle!), here you go:
AHAs (glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid): You can start seeing results within minutes of the first application, but peak results — such as anti-aging effects — don’t appear until 12 weeks.
Hyaluronic acid: Results are immediate, as you’ll see increased skin hydration, improved skin volume and a youthful appearance — you should experience them within a few minutes.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide is a great ingredient for treating inflammation and pigmentation, and preventing skin aging as well as its tolerability.
Retinols: Retinols can work wonders on your skin, reversing sun damage and signs of aging, decreasing fine lines, and improving skin tone and texture. Retinols also take some time to get used to, so depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may need to use sparingly to begin with, and then work your way up to regular usage. With retinols, we recommend consulting with a dermatology provider (we’re available!) so we can determine if a more gentle OTC retinol or medical grade retinol is best for you! In three to six months, you should see results.
Prescription Retinoic Acid: Same rules as above, as these are prescription-strength versions of retinoids. Because they’re stronger, you can expect to see results in six to eight weeks.
Vitamin C: This powerful vitamin is effective in protecting against photoaging of the skin. You can expect to see results after at least three weeks.
Kojic acid, hydroquinone, mulberry extract, arbutin: These lightening agents improve the overall appearance of your skin tone. The potency, tolerability and effectiveness of these ingredients can differ greatly, so we recommend consulting prior to use to pick the one that’s best for you! Results are often noticed within 8-12 weeks of use.