A clog normally takes 6 weeks to emerge as a pimple. However, a closed comedone (hard lump underneath your skin) may take up to 5 months brewing as a clog before it finally surfaces as a cyst. As such, you will need to be patient and consistent with your skincare routine in order to determine what is actually working:
Commit to using an acne product or system for at least 10 weeks before making a decision as to whether it is effective. If you have closed comedones, you may need to wait 5 months before these stubborn clogs finally flush out.
You will only know if an acne treatment is effective after you have finished an entire cycle (at three months). You should notice that new breakouts have decreased dramatically, otherwise it is time to move on.
After a gradual phase in, use your acne treatment daily for the duration of the three months. Resist the urge to throw in additional products within the three month observation period as the use of multiple acne treatments will likely cause irritation and may even trigger a new wave of breakouts.
Once you have been consistently breakout-free for three months, you've hit maintenance mode whereby you can step down usage of Clear Out by applying every other day. You should have already stopped using Lighten Up and Dark Mark Defense since acne marks have been a thing of the past ;)
As the name suggests, the Clear Out will force out the clogs currently trapped inside your pores. This “purging” peaks at week 5 with a second smaller peak at week 8.
It is necessary for us to get rid of these clogs if you want to get clear skin. If we kept these clogs trapped in your pores, they would surface down the road as even larger pimples.
By the end of week 10 most of the clogs that were lurking in your pores will have been flushed out and you will turn over a new layer of skin that is less acne prone.
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Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.