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Skin Purging...What Is It and What Does It Mean?

Updated: Sep 2, 2023


When your skin is purging, it's basically going through a process of clearing out all the gunk that's been clogging your pores. This can cause your skin to break out more than usual, but it's important to remember that this is a good thing! The purging process is a sign that your skin is getting rid of the impurities that have been causing your breakouts. Here are some things you can expect when your skin is purging:

  • Increased breakouts. This is the most common sign of purging. Your skin may break out more than usual, especially in areas where you typically break out.

  • Redness and inflammation. The purging process can also cause redness and inflammation in the affected areas.

  • Dryness and flaking. Some people experience dryness and flaking of the skin during purging. This is because the new skin cells that are forming are more sensitive than the old skin cells.

  • Irritation. Purging can also cause irritation of the skin. This can manifest as itching, burning, or stinging.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to be patient and not to give up on your skincare routine. The purging process can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, but it will eventually subside. Once the purging process is over, your skin should be clearer and healthier than ever before. Here are some tips to help you deal with purging:

  • Stick with your skincare routine. It's important to continue using your skincare routine even if you're experiencing purging. This will help to speed up the process and prevent new breakouts from forming.

  • Use a gentle cleanser. A gentle cleanser will help to remove excess oil and dirt from your skin without causing further irritation.

  • Moisturize regularly. Dry skin can make purging worse, so it's important to moisturize regularly. Use a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores.

  • Avoid exfoliating. Exfoliating can irritate your skin and make purging worse. Avoid exfoliating until the purging process is over.

  • Be patient. Purging can take a few weeks to a few months to complete. It's important to be patient and not to give up on your skincare routine. Once the purging process is over, your skin should be clearer and healthier than ever before.

If you have any concerns about purging, be sure to talk to your esthetician or dermatologist. They can help you determine if purging is the right process for your skin and offer guidance on how to manage it.

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