Skin Purging vs. Breakout: What To Do?

Skin Purging vs. Breakout: What To Do?




So there was a 50% discount for all skincare products at your favourite drugstore and you decided to get that one face mask that twitter has been raving about. 🤣 You brought it home that Saturday evening feeling all hyped up that you have finally gotten your hands on that face mask and you immediately gave it a try.  But Oh nooo! You forgot to patch test due to excitement! 🤦‍♀️


You end up waking up the next morning with breakouts all over your face! Oh my god, what do I do??? 😱 But is it really breakouts, though? 🤔 What if it is just your skin adapting to the new product? 🤔 That means the facial mask you just bought actually works on your skin. That should be a good thing, right? But how to tell which is which? 🤔


Your skin is purging if...

Your skin is adapting to the new product. Long term use of that product will help to enhance your skin and that sudden pimples are proves that it is working. Yes! 🤗

But how is that so? Purging can happen if the product speeds up your skin's turnover (the skin renewal rate). So a rush of blemishes will appear more quickly showing that the skin is working well with the product. 

Okay, but how long will these pimples last? This process will usually last for about one month since that's the time needed for the skin to completely renew itself. If your skin isn’t getting better after using the product for more than one month, then it's time to stop using it. 🙅‍♀️


But your skin is breaking out if...

Your skin is sensitive to the ingredients in the product. It will cause irritation, inflammation or clog your pores. Then it's better to stop using it right away. 🙅‍♀️

When irritation occurs, new blockages will occur inside your pores causing breakouts to start appearing at the areas that your acne don't normally show. 😾Continued usage of this product will just damage your skin even further. 😰

So if the sudden pimples appear at the areas that you don't normally experience acne, your skin is probably just breaking out!


But how do you know which ingredients cause purging? 🤔 Read ahead, girls...

There are 5 active ingredients or treatments that normally cause purging 👇

  • 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)

So note for these ingredients 📝 the next time you get a new skincare product. Most other products without these actives, won’t be able to cause purging and should breakouts still occur, it is better to stop from using it immediately. ☝


Now that you have learned the difference between purging or breaking out, it should be easier to tell whether the product actually works on your skin or it is just damaging your skin even more. Good luck! 💪


Have you experienced purging before? Have your skin improved afterwards? Tell us about the product! 🙋‍♀️