Why does it take so long to see benefits from a new skin care routine?

Although many advertisements claim that your skin will look better  immediately in 1-3 days, those skin improvements are temporary.  How long does it take to see permanent and meaningful  improvement after beginning a new skin care routine? Real skin benefits take months.  Sometimes even years.

Why does it take months to see skin improvement from a new skin care routine?

The epidermis takes about 40 days to renew itself in a process called desquamation.

This is why you start to see  a smooth texture and increased radiance first with your skin care products. You may see changes in hydration, smoothness, and radiance in a few hours or days. 

This is how the companies can get away with telling you you will see "instant results" from new skin care products.

Immediate skin improvement occurs with exfoliation


If you use an exfoliant- the top layer of the epidermis called the stratum corneum is partially removed.  This leaves the skin instantly smoother.

(This is the sales strategy that the skin care brand sales people use in malls when they insist on showing you how your skin is instantly smoother and more radiant.)

After exfoliating, you will see changes in smoothness and radiance immediately, but this benefit only lasts a day. Do not over exfoliate. 

Why does it take a skin care routine months to give a long term benefit?

In your customized dermatologist developed skin care routine that we design for you and your Baumann Skin Type - we are striving for long term skin improvement and healthier skin.  This takes time!

This is why we guide you through the first 3 months until we can get you on a stable long term maintenance skin care routine.

Why it takes so long to see permanent changes in skin thickness, firmness and wrinkles:

  • Fibroblast cells in the dermis must be affected by the skin care products.
  • Not all skin care product penetrate to the dermis unless the right cleansers and moisturizers are used
  • It takes time for gene to turn on and have action
  • Pathways need to get turned on an off- and stay on and off
  • Consistency is important and 95% of people use less topical creams than their dermatologists recommend (1)


Pathways that must be affected by skin care in order to improve skin

Many pathways need to be affected by skin care in order to make a long term benefits. To learn more about the complicated science of what skin care must do to improve these conditions, click on the condition below.

As you can see, there are many different biologic processes that affect how long it takes for skin to get better on a new skin care routine.  

Here is an example of a patient with acne who used her Baumann Skin Type to design the perfect customized skin care routine for her unique needs.



So start now- it is never too soon or too late to start taking care of your skin.

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  1. Storm, A., Benfeldt, E., Andersen, S. E., & Serup, J. (2008). A prospective study of patient adherence to topical treatments: 95% of patients underdose. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology59(6), 975-980.

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