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How To Tell If Your Skin Is Going to Purge?

October 02, 2020 3 min read

How To Tell If Your Skin Is Going to Purge?

Uh oh, the skin purge… That doesn’t sound too good, now, does it?


While the sound of a “skin purge” might have you shaking in your boots, we’re here to let you know that your skin purging doesn’t have to be a bad thing. While it may mean a few more pimples than you would like are showing up, it also means, eventually, your skin will look and feel healthier than ever. 


So first, let’s make sure we’re all on the page about what a skin purge is.


What is skin purge?


Essentially, skin purging is when your skin cells start turning over at a faster rate than normal. In other words, your skin is shedding dead skin cells at an increased speed. 


The result?


Well, often, the more your skin sheds, the more likely it is that your pores clog. And yes, if you know anything about clogged pores, then you likely know this means pimples. 


While the sound of more pimples in your life probably doesn’t sound too ideal, keep in mind that as your skin purges, it means that new, healthy skin is about to come to the surface. Say hello to your most vibrant, youthful skin yet. 


Bottom line: Skin purging might not be fun to go through, but if you’re patient and can handle the temporary buildup of pimples, in the end, your skin purging is so worth it. 


How can you tell if your skin is going to purge?


So how can you tell if your skin is going to purge versus you’re just having a typical breakout?


Well, first and foremost, skin purging is usually the result of the use of a strong product that stimulates cell turnover, like retinol, acid, or even a facial that involves a chemical peel. 


If you find pimples are popping up uncontrollably, but you’re not using any of the above products, then you’re more than likely dealing with your average breakout. 


In addition, it’s also important to keep track of where you’re breaking out. While skin purging will often occur in areas of your face where you’re prone to breakouts, if you’re breaking out in an uncommon spot then you’re likely experiencing sensitivity to a product rather than true skin purging.


To put it simply: You’ll know your skin is purging if you’re using a strong product that specifically stimulates cell turnout. If you’re not, your breakouts are likely due tohormones,diet, stress, and/or hygiene. 


What should I do if my skin is purging? 


While dealing with a skin purge isn’t always fun, if you’re truly in a purge cycle and you’re not experiencing sensitivity to a new skincare product, it’s important to keep up with the use of whatever it is that caused the purge (i.e. retinol, acid, peel) 


While hearing it’ll get worse before it gets better can feel pretty discouraging, in the end, you’ll see why a skin purge is actually a good thing. 


Also, keep in mind that during this purging phase, you want to stay away from any other harsh skincare products. A gentle cleanser and moisturizer are really all you need. And oh! Don’t forget your sunscreen. When your skin is going through a purge, the last thing you want to doirritate it with a sunburn


The verdict on skin purging


All in all, we hope we’ve shown you that breakouts aren’t always bad. Sometimes you just need to get through some a pesky purge cycle, and you can have the skin of your dreams. 


Has your skin ever purged before?


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