When trying to take care of your skin with a proper new routine, the last thing you want to see after a week or two is a less-than-stellar complexion. Whether you are using more active ingredients or are diligent with a cleaning routineYou might be wondering what the hell is causing the increase in tiny pimples, noticeably clogged pores, or even patchy dryness when you didn’t experience them before. The key questions: Are these new products the source of your problems? Are they causing a temporary purge or a permanent reaction? How can you tell if your skin is bleeding or breaking out?
This is what is happening: when you start a new regimen or add new products to your current skincare routine, skin purging is quite common. Anytime you use ingredients to promote cell renewal (think: actives that remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh, younger-looking cells), you will most likely experience a purge period as well. That is not to say that everyone will experience a purge after using a exfoliating product. All skin types are different and while some may bleed more than others, it all depends on what is inside the pores and ready to be expelled.
While it may not be encouraging to see your skin purge during the first few weeks of a new routine, there are some tips to incorporate into a routine to help your complexion get through this transition period.
What is skin purging?
Before those youthful-looking cells from the deeper layers of the skin are exposed, a lot of other things come to the surface, causing tiny pimples or blackheads, as well as peeling or dry, flaky skin. Various ingredients in a skincare routine respond better than others to the purging process. For example, active ingredients formulated to stimulate or accelerate cell renewal or exfoliate are likely to trigger a purge. chemical exfoliants Like hydroxy acids, they are one of the most common types of ingredients behind a skin purge. After applying an active exfoliator to the skin, it loosens congestion deep within the pores and pushes it to the surface of the skin, causing what looks like a breakout, but is really just your skin going through a cycle.
Another point to consider: the purging you see after starting a new skincare routine or after using active exfoliants are typically microcomedones (small pimples that are not visible to the eye) that exist below the surface of the skin and surface during accelerated cell turnover. You may also notice increased bleeding around the common areas of the breakouts, such as the nose, chin, or forehead.
Skin purge vs. Sprouts
While purging may be normal after starting a routine or using a new product, it is important to recognize the difference between purging and flare-ups due to a reaction to know what is considered ‘normal’ and whether or not you are having a reaction to an ingredient. . .
Here are some characteristics to consider when determining if your skin is purging or if you are in fact experiencing a reaction-type outbreak:
For the majority skin types, using acid scrubs for the first time could lead to some level of dryness and redness at first, especially if used too often at first. If you use products outside of this category, such as serums, toners or moisturizers They do not contain active ingredients and find that their skin becomes irritated or irritated, their problem could be a sensitivity to a particular ingredient.
Keep in mind that there are big differences between what causes purging and what promotes acne development. What Causes Acne? Factors like hormones, oil production, and bacteria are often responsible for breakouts. It is also a good idea to understand the five most common types of acne, how they differ from a skin purge, and how they are presented in different ways so you can adjust your routine.
How long does the skin purge last?
A good rule of thumb to follow when trying new products is to give it about a month to really start working and allow your skin to adjust to the ingredients and go through a proper renewal process.
Staying consistent with a routine is one of the best things you can do for your skin when starting out with new active ingredients.
An average skin cycle lasts approximately 28 days.So consider going through at least a full cycle to get rid of dead skin cells and get through most of the purging process before changing anything into a routine.
While everyone’s skin type is different, it generally takes only one cycle to perform the most noticeable purge, but it could take four to six weeks to really see the benefit of using any powerful skincare ingredient. As they say, consistency is key!
What to do if your skin is bleeding
When your skin is going through the purging process, it’s important to maintain a routine, but it should also be gentle. Keep these tips in mind when caring for your skin during a purge:
Avoid pinching bumps or small pimples.
As tempting as it may be, leave your skin alone to avoid further inflammation, acne, or discoloration.
Don’t add dry skin products to a routine.
When using active ingredients or exfoliators, avoid anything that causes dryness. For some, the purging process includes removing excess sebum or oil, so you don’t want to exfoliate too much and cause dry, red skin.
Consult a professional.
As your skin begins to purge impurities from the deep layers of your skin, contact a Eminence Organics Spa Partner for a virtual or in-person consultation and consider booking a facial. Your esthetician can help remove excess impurities and gently cleanse to amplify a clear, radiant complexion.
How to Prevent Reaction Outbreaks
Want to add new products to your routine but don’t want to deal with a complete purge process? Start slowly. Gradually incorporate active ingredients, such as acidic scrubs, into a routine that gives your skin time to adjust without experiencing a noticeable purge or reaction. The best way to start with a product is to use it twice a week and then increase to three to four times over the course of a month until you are using a product daily or as directed.
What to do if your skin reacts
Using active ingredients too quickly and too soon can lead to not only breakouts, but also dryness, peeling, and redness, all of which can be avoided by making it easier to use over time.
Are you experiencing a skin reaction that appears to be more than a purge? Stop using new products for a week; If the breakouts go away, your skin will most likely react to an ingredient, and it may not be the best option for your skin type.
One way to ensure you find the best products for your skin is to consult with a licensed professional from an Eminence Organics spa partner who can discuss your skin type and concerns, and then provide you with a variety of options to meet your needs. For more information on which active ingredients are right for your skin or to contact an Eminence Organics spa partner for an in-person or virtual consultation, visit our spa locator.