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Skin Purging: Why Your New Skincare Could Cause Acne.

Skin Purging: Here is why your new skincare could cause acne.

Let us examine this scenario; you just found out about a skincare line that would not only help you get rid of your acne but this product would also give you a nice natural glow.

And with great joy and excitement, you quickly buy this miracle in a bottle and could not wait to start using it!

Two days into the use of your new product and bam! There is a problem! Rather than your new skincare set giving you the glow you were expecting to see, instead, it darkened your face and increased the acne on your face😩. You are alarmed and about to trash it!

But wait! It is not uncommon for new skincare to cause more breakouts. In fact, it is believed that when it does this, it means that the cream is “working”.

Besides, two days is really too soon to discard a product as ineffective.

However, you need to find out what could be the cause of the outbreak. Is your skin screaming for relief or is the new acne a way for your skin to purify/purge itself?

Differences between Skin Purging and a breakout
What Is Skin Purging?

Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, the board-certified dermatologist, said while speaking with health that

“The term skin purging refers to a reaction to an active ingredient that is increasing skin cell turnover rate”.

And as the skin cell turnover speeds up, the skin starts shedding dead skin cells faster than normal. Eventually, the fresh skin cells underneath are exposed, and clearer, younger-looking skin is revealed.

Skin purging often occurs in reaction to chemical exfoliants and retinoids.

In theory, Skin purging is a good thing. But the process before the clearer skin is exposed can be a worrisome one.

How to Treat a Skin Purge
  • First off, keep using the skincare that is causing the purge. It may be tempting to stop using it but don’t.
  • Simplify your skincare routine ie use a sulfate-free cleanser, a soothing moisturizer, and sunscreen during the day.
  • Keep your pillow case clean.
  • Do not pick or pop the pimples.

Purging is an indication that your skincare is effective and doing the right thing. So be patient and within two to three weeks you will start to see an improvement.


About Oluwakemi Oyefeso

Oluwakemi is a dedicated business owner and lifestyle coach. She started her business out of the passion for providing shapewear that works! She is also the founder of The Kesabeso:: Shape Your Body Community, a fitness and lifestyle community on Facebook. The community, which has over 3000 members, strives to encourage more women to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Apart from overseeing the running of her business, she also works part time as a Freelancer, helping others build their business by offering her services as administrative/ virtual assistant, social media manager, blogging and customer service representative. Before starting her own firm, she worked for over 15 years in various administrative jobs for several organizations, including a financial services company, an upstream oil servicing company, and others. She is the mother of three wonderful children.

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