Have you ever had a breakout when trying a new skincare product? The answer is probably yes. It happens to all of us! But why? There are two explanations - the first - and most common - one is that perhaps the product or some ingredient in it is not best suited for your skin. The second is that your skin could be purging. But what is skin purging? Read on to find out!
What Is Skin Purging?
Quite simply, skin purging is when your skin breaks out when you're trying a new product because your skin is trying to adjust to it. Think of purging as your skin throwing a bit of a temper tantrum. It's 'just a phase' and after a while, everything settles down and returns to normal!
Switching from a regular skincare routine to a natural and organic skincare routine can purge your skin. Years of using skin filled with synthetic additives, potential toxins and filler ingredients and then switching to clean and organic skincare, puts your skin in a detox phase. Just like how your body recovers after a good detox involving healthy organic food and exercise, your skin detoxes in response to organic skincare!
Some organic products increase the cell turnover rate and that leads to increased pimple formation. So small pimples become bigger ones and clogged pores turn into pimples. Why does this happen? Well, it’s because the expedited cell renewal is bringing these hidden comedones (or bumps) to the surface. But you don't need to worry too much because purge pimples tend to disappear faster too.
Skin purging is only a temporary state so if you are experiencing it, you should continue to use the product. If after a few weeks, your skin is still reacting to the product then it’s time to consult a dermatologist.
How Do You Know Whether Your Skin is Purging or Breaking Out?
All this brings up a really big question - how can you tell whether your skin is purging or breaking out? The reactions are pretty much the same after all! Well, it's all about carefully observing your skin.
First off, we know that organic and natural skincare can cause your skin to purge. So if you're using a new face oil or cleanser and experience any reactions, it's probably your skin purging. This happens because of the fact that organic ingredients in these products are concentrated (at Juicy Chemistry, we don’t use any water in our products) so it takes a while for the skin to adjust to them.
Purge pimples also can look a little different than breakouts and appear in the same area as your existing blemishes. While purging appears on the skin mostly in the form of blackheads or small skin-coloured bumps, acne breakouts, on the other hand, could be in the form of blackheads, cysts or pimples.
How Long Should You Wait?
Whether your skin is purging or breaking out, its not a phase anyone likes and the last thing you want to do is damage your skin barrier. So how long should you wait before you decide to throw away your new skincare product? Well, it should take approximately one skin cycle or 28 days ( 4 weeks) for your skin to adjust to the new product. You may argue that everyone's skin is different and you're quite right but this is the average time it would take. Keep in mind, the product causing the purging is increasing the cell renewal process so 4-6 weeks is a good enough time.
The best way to make skin purging a less nasty is phase is to not switch out all your products at once. Start slow and gradually introduce new products to your skincare regimen. Listen to your skin and take your time! If it's been more than 6 weeks and you're still in that purging phase, it's time to see a dermatologist or maybe you need to alter the dosage and frequency of your application.
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