How to Know If Your Skincare Routine Is Working

 How to Know If Your Skincare Routine Is Working

A skincare routine is not a precise science, and it requires a bit of trial and error before you’re seeing the results you’re looking for. Your skin changes, and so it stands to reason that your skincare needs are going to change—so how do you know if your skincare routine is working?

The Signs of Failure and Success

When you’re first starting to find which products work for you and make sense of your skin’s needs, things may change pretty frequently. Did your new moisturizer make you break out? Did it not contain daily sunscreen? Is the scrub you’re exfoliating with too harsh on your sensitive skin? Take these lessons from early on in your self-care journey and apply them to your routine as it is now. Some signs of a good routine that’s working are easy to see, while others are not so apparent. The same goes for mistakes: not everything that you could be doing wrong will immediately raise red flags on your skin! Here are some tips for what to look for, or what not to look for, when you’re assessing your skincare routine’s effectiveness.

1: Don’t Give Up!

As we’ve said before, you need to pay attention to your skin for any changes it may be undergoing, but if you’re just starting a new product or routine and aren’t noticing anything, don’t freak out! Your skin’s natural cycles for shedding and regrowing take time, so it’s normal for visible results (whether good or bad) to take their sweet time before popping up. Don’t think that because it’s been a month and your skin isn’t suddenly perfect that your products are wrong.

2: Flaking Skin Isn’t Usually Good News

Some people notice that their skin may flake after starting a skincare routine. Peeling skin is sometimes the desired result of more intense treatments and acidic products, but that really isn’t a goal for the stuff you’re using daily. Flaking, dry skin may make sense after a chemical peel and give way to healthier skin, but if you’re seeing it after a month with a new product, it’s time to reassess. Skin should shed at a natural pace, meaning dead skin isn’t going to be visible to the naked eye often, if ever. Your exfoliation and cleansing should get rid of that, so if you’re seeing a lot of dead skin, don’t just assume the new skin is going to be healthier.

3: Try for (and Maintain) Smoothness

Obviously, the best results of a good skincare routine leave your skin feeling healthy both inside and out. Soft, smooth skin that feels hydrated (not squeaky) is the end goal here. “Squeaky” skin may be too clean, meaning you’ve stripped it of all its natural oils that are critical for its defense. Do not use harsh soaps or over-cleanse to avoid this issue. But if your skin is looking and feeling more full, supple, and hydrated, congratulations! Your skincare routine is working.

4: The Bad News About Breakouts

As you can probably guess, breaking out in acne is a very clear indication that something in your routine isn’t working. Take stock of what you’re using. If your moisturizer is heavy and you have oily skin, opt for something lighter. Your naturally oily skin doesn’t need more. Along those lines, never use oily serums unless your skin is remarkably dry. Ensure that the products you’re using in your routine and any makeup you have are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores. Some cleansers may be too intense, and instead of drying your skin out, they send your skin’s oil production sky high. More oil means shiny, unflattering skin and more clogged pores. More clogged pores means blackheads and whiteheads, more discomfort, and possibly a big hit to your self esteem.


There are a lot of considerations to make when you’re looking at the results of your skincare routine. Need more advice? Call the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.

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