Acne Treatment SabotageThis is a guest post by Sonal Pandey from

If you are seeing breakouts in spite of using proven anti-acne treatments, it is possible there is something in your routine that is cancelling out or at least dampening the effects of those treatments.

See if you are making one or more of these 3 mistakes in your skincare regimen.

Switching Too Soon

Even the strongest acne treatments take time to show results. While you may start to see a slight clearing up of the skin within a week, you normally need to use a treatment for an extended period of time to achieve full clearance. 

Switching products too soon also does not allow the skin to get used to any of them. As your skin continues to get accustomed to a product, you will start to see less redness, less peeling and calmer skin.

This applies to oral treatments as well. The Estroblock supplement, for example, shows best results when taken for two to three months, at least.

A valid reason to discontinue a product immediately is if it starts to cause more breakouts. Even then, there is something to consider. Some products cause what is infamously known as the “initial breakout”.

The problem with an initial breakout is that you don’t know if pimples are coming because the product is at fault or if it is simply unearthing the clogged pores that were hidden underneath the skin. So this is a tricky one. Still, once you choose a product, it is worth giving it an honest shot.

Too Many Products

You do not need to use a whole line of products all laced with anti-acne ingredients. For example, you do not need to use a tea tree oil cleanser, a tea tree moisturizer, a tea tree toner and a tea tree treatment product (plus a tea tree mask on weekends!) in order to derive tea tree oil benefits.

If each of these products contains only a pixie dusting of tea tree oil, you are probably never going to see much difference even from using the whole line. God forbid if each one does contain an adequate amount of tea tree oil, then the cumulative effect of using so much tea tree oil will be skin irritation.

Many brands sell whole anti-acne lines, but you do not need an active ingredient in every single product you use. Using too many anti-acne ingredients can cause severe skin irritation, resulting in more pimples. This can also lead to increased redness and peeling.

One way to keep things simple is to use neutral rest-of-the-products. Use a neutral cleanser, toner (if needed) and moisturizer, and only a single treatment product that contains adequate percentage of active ingredients.

Neutral products are ones that only do the job they are meant to do instead of taking the place of your acne treatment. So, a neutral cleanser would just clean thoroughly, a moisturizer would only moisturize and so on.

With this simplification, you will see calmer skin.

Wrong Accompanying Products

Even if you are using a top of the line treatment be it oral or topical, it is possible to jeopardize its working by continuing to use wrong skincare and makeup products on the side. You do that by using comedogenic or pore-clogging products.

Even though comedogenicity is a debatable topic, people across genders and nationalities continue to break out from comedogenic products, with alarming regularity.

Even if the cause of acne is purely hormonal, comedogenic products continue to put a damper on any benefits you might be getting from your treatment. Because of this interference, you continue to see new breakouts, and the skin never clears up entirely.

For example, jojoba oil, considered excellent for acne prone skin, may be comedogenic depending on the source. That is why you hear conflicting reviews of this oil.

Similarly aloe vera. While pure aloe vera gel soothes redness and inflammation, many of the packaged aloe vera products contain added oils, colouring, and fragrance that irritate the skin or clog pores. Checking the label is key when selecting products.

Whether you are using natural remedies or prescription treatment, make sure that every single product that touches your skin is largely non-comedogenic.

Sonal from Acne MantraAuthor bio: Sonal and her team of acne warriors at take uncertainty out of acne through regimens, resources and technology.

One of their creations is Skingredients, a free online tool anyone can use to instantly find out if a skincare or makeup product is comedogenic (aka pore-clogging).