YES, Skin Purging is a Thing!
Have you ever purchased a new product thinking it will immediately treat a few acne bumps and/or pimples but all of a sudden you are experiencing a full-blown breakout? Your initial thoughts are that this product doesn’t work, it’s too harsh on your skin, or you need to stop using this product all together because it’s making your breakouts worst. Well, keep reading to understand why it is that you’re breaking out when switching to a new product.
What Is Skin Purging?
You may be experiencing skin purging; this occurs when your skin is reacting to an active ingredient. Active ingredients can increase the skin cell turnover rate which causes the skin to shed dead skin cells faster than normal. There are several ingredients such as retinoids, AHAs, and BHA, etc.… in products such as cleansers, toners, moisturizers, scrubs, peels, and mask that may cause your skin to purge.
Should I Be Worried About Skin Purging?
No, skin purging may occur and is common when you start to use a new product or undergo skin treatments that scrub away dead skin cells. When dead skin cells are removed, a new layer of skin cells generates, this can result in smoother and healthier skin. When you notice your skin is undergoing purging, it is important that you are cautious with your skin care routine and products. We recommend you ease into a new skin treatment or product to reduce the chance of purging.
How Do I Know If My Skin Is Purging or I’m Breaking Out?
Purging is caused by a new product that contains active ingredients and is common in areas where you frequently breakout. While breakouts often occur in new spots, you will experience inflammation due to clogged pores and notice blackheads. Continue to use the new product or treatment, your skin is expected to clear up and improve.
How Long Does Skin Purging Last?
Skin purging can last for 4 days to 6 weeks. On average, skin purging will occur for two weeks.
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