Acne or retention hyperkeratosis is a disorder of the pores – pores that get plugged up with dead skin cells much like a clogged drain in your sink. Normal pores shed about one layer of dead skin cells per day inside the pore, while an at-risk pore sheds up to five layers of dead skin cells per day. The body just can’t keep up with keeping the pore clear. When the dead skin cells shed more quickly than the pore can expel, this causes congestion under the skin, which forms acne.
The noticeable lesion starts to develop three months before you see them on the surface of the skin. This means that it will take about three to four months to see your skin clear up. Your skin regimen is keeping the NEW acne from forming, so you won’t see those surface three months from now. So, just because you are seeing some breakouts doesn’t mean that your regimen (if you are on the right set of products) isn’t working. These are lesions that got a “foothold” in the pore before you started using products. Work closely with your skincare professional and be patient and consistent with your home-care regime.