If you’re starting a new skincare product and experience a breakout, there’s no reason to panic. It’s likely not a breakout at all, but a common reaction to cell turnover called skin purging.
This can happen when you’re using a new moisturizer or face wash designed to rejuvenate your skin cells using exfoliants and retinoids. Find out what skin purging is and why it occurs when you change your skincare routine.
What is Skin Purging, and What Does it Look Like?
Skin purging occurs when you begin using a new skincare product that increases your skin cell turnover rate. Over time, these products help reveal your new, healthier cells, but first, they must purge the residual grime and dead skin cells from your face.
While similar to a breakout, skin purging appears as tiny red bumps on the skin. They may be tender and uncomfortable to the touch and are often coupled with whiteheads or blackheads. In some people, skin purging may also look like flaky, dry skin as the top layer sheds to reveal the healthy, new skin cells underneath.
Why Does Skin Purging Happen?
Skin purging happens because your skin cells react to an active ingredient in your skincare products. If you’re trying a new moisturizer like Intense Rejuvenate, a natural ingredient like hydraulic acid increases the rate of cell turnover and can improve your skin’s elasticity. A higher cell turnover rate results in you shedding more skin dead cells than usual.
How Long Does Skin Purging Last?
During skin purging, the reactions you see on your skin typically go away more quickly than a conventional breakout. After starting a new skincare routine, you shouldn’t experience skin purging for more than four to six weeks. If, after six weeks, your skin is not clearing up, you should consult a dermatologist. You may need to adjust the dosage or how frequently you apply the product.
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