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Old 09-04-2003, 03:24 AM   #1
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Post How long do you wait???

Just wondering, how long do you give a product before you are sure that it is not working? I get really disappointed when I start using something, thinking that I'm going to see some improvement and then don't. I don't know whether I should stop and go onto something else or give it longer... any ideas?

I've got bad body acne, started using Head and Shoulders and I've been on Diane-35 for nearly 3 months. If anyone else is on Diane, how long did it take for any improvement, I am getting very frustrated!

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Old 09-04-2003, 07:09 AM   #2
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i think for bcp's, 3 months is about the trial period. For topicals, i do my best to give them 6 weeks (I know that's long, and frustrating), unless they're very clearly bad for me. Like if i get rashes, irritation doesn't stop for 2 weeks, etc.

Old 09-04-2003, 07:17 AM   #3
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Acne usually gets worse before it gets better while using tropicals/antibiotics. This stage is called "purging". It brings up everything from beneath the surface to the surface so that it could be treated.

I'd suggest giving a certain product anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

Old 09-04-2003, 01:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for replying, I will stick things out for a bit longer!

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