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What is Purging?

Purging is when skincare products accelerate your skin’s natural turnover process, sloughing away build-up of dead skin cells and loosening gunk to bring deep clogs in the pores closer to the surface.
Eventually, this manifests as flesh-coloured bumps, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, or cysts.

Once this initial breakout clears, new skin surfaces, revealing a smoother, clearer complexion — hence why the process is called purging. Continued use of the product should result in an improvement in your skin after this initial purge, as the shedding of dead cells reduces the chances of oil and dirt becoming trapped in the pores.

Where are You Breaking Out?

Purging causes pre-existing clogs to come to the surface, so any breakouts during this period should be well within your usual problem areas where you typically experience acne. So, say your forehead is typically bumpy and a new product causes a cluster of pimples to appear there, it’s most likely purging taking place. If you find yourself breaking out with several new bumps or pimples outside of your usual areas, it’s likely that the new product you are using is causing irritation. You may also experience significantly worse acne in your usual areas.

Is there a way to tell the Difference?

Ask yourself this question to determine if what you’re going through is a purge or a breakout.

Does Your Product Contain Actives that Increase Skin Cell Turnover?

Purging is caused by active ingredients like :

  1. AHAs and BHAs (e.g. Glow exfoliant, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid)
  2. Retinoids and Retinoic Acids
  3. Vitamin C (Clarifying Serum)
  4. Benzoyl Peroxide

These ingredients increase the rate of skin cell turnover and are commonly found in products like exfoliants and serums. Products like cleansers and moisturisers typically don’t contain actives that increase cell turnover, so if you experience a breakout after introducing a new cleanser or moisturiser, it is most likely an allergic breakout.

However, you should still check their ingredients list for actives to be sure.

How Long does purging lasts?

It takes about 4 weeks to see the results of a purge.

If your skin continues to worsen or shows no signs of improvement, stop the spot correctors (Glow Exfoliant/Clarifying Serum), and switch to Plan B. If the spot corrector doesn’t help to subside/reduce the acne, likely it’s not purging and acne could be due to skin sensitivity. In this case, we recommend trying our Plan B.

Does your skin became more inflamed? You can try Plan B.

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