What is Skin Purging? Does it Really Cause Harm to Your Clear Face?

What is Skin Purging?

Skin purging happens when you use a new product. Retinol and alpha hydroxy are two things that can cause skin purging in most of the people who have them. Retinol is a vitamin that helps your skin look better. It is usually found in skincare products with ingredients to make your skin look plumper and younger. Exfoliating acids can also cause skin purging. For example, certain facials that have a chemical peel can cause this reaction. It is because of the accelerated exfoliation and the body’s reaction to it.

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When you use a new skin product, your skin might react with breakouts, comedones (acne), blackheads, and whiteheads. These are pimples that are filled with pus or oil. Your skin might also be red and inflamed. This is called “skin purging.” It’s not anyone’s fault–it is something that happens naturally. But in the long run, it will help your skin look better, so don’t worry!

If you use active ingredients like retinol or alpha-hydroxy acid, these products might help your skin turn over cells faster. This means more cell turnover. As a result, you might have acne and pimples and other issues in the deeper layers of your skin that will be superficial at a faster rate and could even completely sluff off your skin.

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What Should You Avoid During Skin Purge

What most people do is stop using a new product when they first notice that their skin has started to purge. This is wrong and should be avoided. The purging stage only lasts for a few days, so you will still get the benefit of the product in the long run. Do not stop using it and do not scratch or pick at your skin as this can cause more problems.

Usual Skin Breakout Vs Skin Purging

Skin purging usually goes away in 21 days to a month. You don’t need any special products for it. The only thing you need to do is keep using your products and talk with your dermatologist about it again without being scared and stressed. And if acne or breakouts are still going on for more than 45 days, you should go see your dermatologist quickly.

How to Prevent Skin Purging

Some people may experience skin purging. This is when the skin gets irritated and has a lot of redness, but it can be avoided for some people. Talk to your dermatologist about doing this and make sure that if you’re having a lot of skin purging, you only use your products two times per week instead of every day.

 

 

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