How Do You Know If Your Skincare Routine Is Working?

Woman doing her skin care routine How Do You Know If Your Skincare Routine Is Working?

Getting results from your skincare routine takes time, consistency, and trips to your cosmetic dermatology provider. But how do you know if your regimen is actually working? No matter which skin concern you’re addressing, here are some signs that your skin care routine is working for you.

How to Tell Your Skin Care Routine Is Working

Your Skin Feels Balanced

Without a solid skincare routine, your skin might feel dull, dry, or too oily. However, with the right products, you may notice that your skin is feeling smooth and bright with an even texture. You’ll likely notice that your skin feels hydrated without feeling oily. These are signs that your skin is starting to balance out. Keep your routine going if you notice this progress. Adding new products could irritate your skin and throw off your progress.

You’ve Seen a Reduction in Acne

If you’re following an acne skincare routine, a reduction in breakouts is a sign that your routine is working. The skin can take time to heal from acne, and you might still notice a pimple here and there. However, sticking with the routine can keep breakouts in check in the future. You may also have to start addressing acne scars, which might require prescription skincare products and cosmetic treatments.

You Notice an Even Tone

Hyperpigmentation from age, hormones, and sun damage is a common skin concern, and a skincare routine can help keep these spots in check. Some people may also have skin redness that causes an uneven tone. If you notice that your skin tone is looking more even, your skincare routine is doing its job.

Keep in mind that you might need a dermatologist’s help to reduce hyperpigmentation. Cosmetic treatments like laser therapy and chemical peels can support at-home skin care for sun damage and aging.

You Don’t Feel Irritation

While there’s a long-held myth that “if it stings, it’s working,” irritation is a sure sign that a product isn’t right for you. Irritation likely means that you have an allergy to a certain product or are using actives, like retinol, too often. A lack of irritation is another sign that your skincare regimen is on the right track. Your skincare products should nourish and support your skin, so be sure to cut any products that lead to redness, itching, or pain.

Your Dermatologist Approves

Building an at-home skincare routine can feel like a guessing game. You might buy countless products to try out, only to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. This is why you should always talk to your dermatologist when building a routine. They can recommend products for specific concerns, like acne and wrinkles. And in some cases, a prescription product will be the boost your routine needs to really be effective.


Looking to transform your skin? The cosmetic dermatology providers at Pacific Dermatology Specialists offer a number of professional services for your skin’s needs. Located in Downey, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we also provide medical and surgical services to address a number of skin conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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