How long does it take to get rid of acne?

a calendar showing it takes 2 months to clear acne

Acne takes much longer to get rid of  than most people realize.  You may get impatient and stop using your acne products before the acne medications have a chance to work.

How long does it take for acne to clear? 

The answer depends upon these assumptions:

  • You are using the right skin care products for your Baumann Skin Type
  • You are using an entire acne routine and all the products have been chosen to work well together
  • You are using the skin car routine every morning and night as directed
  • Your retinoid serum is not expired or inactive due to exposure to light or air
  • You are not using products with acne causing comedogenic ingredients 
  • You are not taking testosterone which causes acne
  • You are not taking Vitamins B6 or B12 which can cause acne

If you are using the right products for your Baumann Skin Type consistently, then acne should begin to clear in 8 weeks.

Why does it take so long to get rid of acne?

Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles.  Pores clog and pimples form deep down in the hair follicle.


The epidermis that lines the hair follicle plays an important role in acne because of the desquamation cycle.

You can learn more about desquamation here.

The epidermal desquamation process gets messed up.  This is called dyskeratinization.  Basically this means the dead skin cells hold onto each other and do not flake off of the skin way they should.  This occurs for several reasons:

  • toll like receptor 2
  • bacteria
  • dysfunction of enzymes
  • presence of oil (sebum)

It takes weeks for the desquamation cycle to normalize once you begin the right acne skin care. 

Then it takes about 30-45 days for all of the "messed up" epidermal keratinocytes to move to the skin's surface and flake off of the skin.

Acne will keep recurring until the keratinization process is normal again and all of the messed up keratinocytes have been replaced.  This can take 8 weeks.

Using the right skin care EVERY day is the only way to prevent the recurrence of acne.

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