How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

Skin purging can happen when you are trying a new product. But how can we tell if it is our skin acting our or an acne flare?

When you introduce a new skincare product be it a facial serum, a spot treatment, or an active ingredient such as retinol, your face can act out before it gets better. This is the difference between skin purging and an acne flare.

How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

Skin purging explained

Purging is similar to a temporary acne flare that usually happens when you introduce a new product to your skincare routine or after you've had some treatment such as a facial. 

Contradictory as it may seem when your skin is purging you should continue to use the product until your complexion clears. Especially if you have acne-prone skin, it is usually the case that the flares tend to look worse before it gets better. Topical retinoids usually cause these reactions and it typically takes around one month for the skin to get through the purge. 

How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

Breaking out is when your skin is sensitive to a compound in a new product, which does not contain active ingredients, and it reacts by breaking out. Like any other type of acne, they tend to leave a mark as it heals and it can take longer to go away. On the other hand, skin purging is only limited to certain areas and it clears off way faster than regular acne. In addition, all the breakouts will appear at the same time and they don't leave behind a mark.

How to tell the difference between skin purging and acne

The bottom line

If you are going to introduce active ingredients, it is a good idea to consult your dermatologist before. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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