How to Know if Your Skin is Purging vs Reacting – Episode 16
Episode Title: How to Know if Your Skin is Purging vs Reacting Ep-16
Today, we are exploring the difference between your skin purging and reacting and how to know whether your skin is just adjusting to new products or whether it’s time to ditch them.
Purging is a term commonly used to describe an adjustment period when you start using a new product, when your skin gets worse before it gets better than before. This is completely different from an adverse reaction, when your skin is straight-up irritated or allergic to something in the product, and no amount of time will change that. Purging is caused by “actives”:
- Vitamin C;
- Anti Acne Medication (i.e. Roaccutane)
- Hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic, mandelic, salicylic, lactobionic acids; gluconolactone; fruit acids)
- Retinoids (retinol, tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene, isotretinoin, retinyl palmitate)
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Chemical peels, lasers, microdermabrasion
- Other exfoliants (scrubs, brushes, enzyme exfoliants)
Signs of Purging:
- Quite common if you’re new to exfoliation;
- Occurs because skin cells are turning over quicker than usual;
- The turnaround of the spots themselves should be quick;
- In total, purging should only last around a month, because that’s how long the skin takes to renew itself
If your skin is having an adverse reaction to a product, the only way to stop it is to stop using the product.
Signs of Reacting
- The product doesn’t contain any actives (NB. Hyaluronic Acid is not an active);
- Sudden breakouts in new areas;
- Spots get consistently worse over time;
- Spots may be accompanied by itchiness, rash, inflammation
If your skin isn’t getting better after around 6-8 weeks with the new product, ditch it.
Tips to Deal with Breakouts from Purging
1. Avoid Picking at Spots
If it helps, try putting a hydrocolloid pimple patch over it like Subi Perfect Pimple Patch.
2. Prevent Your Skin from Drying Out
Skip spot treatments like Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid because they’ll dry your skin out.
3. Stay Hydrated
Opt for pH balanced moisturisers that contain ceramides. Try APLB Derma Daily Repair Cream.
4. Use SPF
Whenever you’re using acids, this is a must.
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