If you’re holding back on a great skincare product because you’re concerned about the possibility of skin purging, this one’s for you.
In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about skin purging—what it is exactly, why it happens, and what you can do about it.
Let’s dive right in!
Skin purging is your skin’s natural reaction to certain active ingredients that trigger rapid cell turnover. Typically, the skin’s renewal process takes place every 28 days, but potent acid-based ingredients can boost the skin’s exfoliation to achieve their benefits, congestion of tiny closed or open comedones that lead to breakouts and other minor acne symptoms.
Understandably, you may think that it’s the product that’s causing you to break out when skin purging happens, so you stop using it immediately. But the truth is, those skin problems were already forming on the surface; the purge just sped up the process.
While skin purging is an indication that your product is dutifully doing its work, it’s also a sign that your skin barrier is compromised. Using hydrating products with hyaluronic acid and ceramides can effectively address this issue by locking moisture into the skin.
The most notorious active ingredients that trigger skin purging are strong chemical exfoliants in acne and anti-aging products. These include:
Skin purging can manifest as inflammatory acne or tiny, red bumps that are painful to the touch. In some cases, whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, and cysts can also appear in areas where you normally have breakouts. They also make the skin dry and flaky.
When you add a new skincare product, not all reactions can be technically considered as skin purging. Sometimes, your skin can get irritated from clogged pores caused by makeup, sunscreen, or a hydrating oil serum with a comedogenic formulation.
Depending on how congested your skin is, a typical skin purging can last around four to six weeks after starting a new skincare regimen. After that, you should already be seeing a difference and reaping the benefits of sticking to your everyday skincare habits.
However, if your skin purging symptoms persist beyond this timeframe, we recommend consulting with your doctor. Chances are, the product may not be a good fit. Your doctor may adjust the dosage or frequency of use or recommend a different regimen altogether.
While there’s no way to prevent skin purging, there are some steps that you can do to minimize its symptoms. Here are some examples.
Whether you’re dealing with acne or skin purging, our beauty experts at APT Medical Aesthetics have got you covered.
Shop our collection of medical-grade skincare products, or book a free consultation. We can develop a customized skincare treatment plan according to your skin type and unique beauty needs.BACK TO ALL ARTICLES
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