Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Basics of Skin Purging

Skin Purging
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Did you just try a new skincare product and are left wondering why it caused a breakout? Depending on what's in the product, it's either an allergic reaction or it is skin purging. Chances are you may not know much or nothing at all about the latter. 

What Is Skin Purging? 

Simply put, skin purging is the process through which your skin undergoes skin cell renewal. Dead skin cells shed off, and new healthy cells appear, making the skin look fresh and young. 

What Causes Skin Purging?

It is caused by products that contain skin-drying components such as AHA's (alpha-hydroxy acids), BHA's (beta-hydroxy acids), retinol, vitamin c, and more. Take, for example, The Ordinary skincare range. A lot of the brand's products cause skin purging because they contain such ingredients. 

Is It The Same As a Breakout?

Skin purging causes irritation, blemishes, and pimples (usually a lot if you have oily skin), and that may freak you out, but it's a temporary phase that will pass. It doesn't leave any scars behind, but keep in mind that skin purging and an acne breakout are two separate things. 

How Long Does Skin Purging Last?

On average, it takes around a month to 45 days for the skin cell turnover cycle to complete for a 30-year-old adult. It'll take more time if you're older. There's nothing to be worried about because your skin is undergoing a healthy change.

If purging persists over six to eight weeks, then it may not be skin purging at all and might be an allergic reaction to a skincare product. It's time to seek medical advice, seek your dermatologist.

What Helps With Skin Purging?

Do be Patient:

  • Use gentle products on the skin. 
  • Cut down on junk food and oily food as they aid pimple formation.
  • Get a hydra facial.
  • Wear sunscreen before heading out.
  • Don't pick the pimples or touch your face.
  • Don't use skin-drying products.
  • Don't add new products to your skincare routine, when undergoing a purge.

Is Skin Purging Good?

Skin purging is a good sign. It helps your skin get rid of dirt, grime, excess sebum, and dead skin cells. It reveals healthier, younger-looking skin. It's worth the wait and the results are satisfactory.

Kiran Ahmed Author

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