Is Your Skin Purging Or Reacting To That New Product? Here’s How To Tell

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We all have stories to tell about our skincare journey.

If you have acne, you have probably experimented with a myriad of products. Most acne sufferers tend to give up on a new product in less than a month and we are here to let you know that you may have played yourself.

Most acne products should be given at least four to six weeks to manifest results. During week one and two one may experience a reaction to the product that can either be characterized as a bad reaction or purging.

What’s the difference between the two you ask?


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Skin purging is a process in which your skin breaks out when you try a new skincare product. For example, Retinoids, hydroxy acids, anti-ageing products and other acne management and over-the-counter products that accelerate the skin exfoliation rate usually cause skin purging.

According to  due to exfoliation properties in these products, the products push all those hidden comedones to the skin surface.

This means that you should continue using the product because after your skin adjusts to the new product it’s good news from there.

Bad reaction

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The following signs should definitely raise red flags and convince you to stop using the new product immediately:

  • clogged pores
  • Itching, irritation or a rash
  • Blemishes on parts of your skin that didn’t exist before you started using the new product

That said, monitor how your skin reacts to any new product you are using so you don’t damage your already problematic skin.

Have you ever reacted to a product before?

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