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Why does the skin purge?

Why does the skin purge?

Starting a new skincare product range is both exciting and a little nerve racking. This is due to the concern the new range will in fact make your skin break out. Breaking out when trying a new product is totally normal and there is a term for it: these breakouts can be referred to as skin purging. Sometimes, when you start using a new skin care range, your skin goes through what is called a “Purging Process”, this refers to the initial effects some people have to products containing retinols and acids and occurs because the product is actively cleansing and bringing all the trapped oil & impurities to the surface of your skin, which can cause you to break out more. All skin types are prone to experiencing purging.  


What to do if your experience skin purging? 

The good news is that skin purging is only temporary! If anything, purging is a sign that your new product is doing an effective job. Nothing can really be done to prevent purging, but I do have a few tips: 

 5 Tips to manage the purge.

  1. Firstly, try to introduce the product into your routine slowly but surely. We suggest applying it once in the first week, twice in the second, and so on until you use it daily or as recommended for your skin type/age. Consistency is key!
  2. Use the correct amount of product. 1-2 pumps from your airless retinol bottle. It's sometimes tempting to use a little more or a little less to help but always follow the directions.
  3. Exfoliate 1-2 nights per week to prevent and clear any clogged pores and skin impurities the Retinol purges outwards from your skin. Your recommendation is our 12% AHA/BHA Exfoliating Serum.
  4. Don't pop your pimples (you probably already know this!). Popping pimples leads to scarring and can lead to the spread of breakouts further. 
  5. The next part is a little tricky, but the outcome is SO worth it. Stick to your regular routine and wait it out. The purging process usually lasts 4 weeks. During this time, we recommend monitoring your skin. Not all reactions are explained by skin purging; in some cases, the product may irritate your skin, trigger an allergic reaction, or be incompatible with your skin.

If new breakouts persist longer than 4-6 weeks please discontinue use. Remember that everyone's skin is unique, and some may experience purging for a longer or shorter period than others.

But what waits on the other side of the purge? Glowing, supple, rejuvenated skin bursting with hydration. 


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