Many users of skin rejuvenating set experience skin purging not skin reaction. We advise you to read our article on this matter for more information: PURGING VS BREAKOUTS: WHEN TO DITCH YOUR SKINCARE.
In general, skin purging while using rejuvenating set is normal. Don’t worry! You should continue using the rejuvenating set and the purging will fade away gradually. However, sometimes what you experience is allergic reaction. In that case, you must stop using the rejuvenating set.
To continue or stop, you need to know the difference between the skin purging and allergic reaction.
Your skin may flare up with pimples while using the rejuvenating set. When your skin is adjusting to the rejuvenating set, persevering with it will eventually make your skin better. In fact, the sudden crop of pimples means that the rejuvenating set is working as intended.
Skin purging occurs when skin flares up with pimples or rashes while using some new skincare products. To understand why is this normal process when using rejuvenating set, you must understand how pimples form.
When a pore becomes clogged, usually by dead skin cells that don’t detach and get to the surface properly. It forms what’s called a microcomedone.
Microcomedones aren’t visible at the surface of the skin. Sometimes they’ll develop into a whitehead, blackhead, pimple or full-blown cyst. Sometimes, they’ll go away on their own without you noticing. It can take up to 8 weeks for a microcomedone to surface.
Rejuvenating set speeds up skin turnover (the rate at which skin cells are shed and replaced). Therefore, the entire cycle will accelerate and microcomedones will turn into whiteheads, blackheads, pimples or cysts more quickly. So you’ll suddenly see a rush of blemishes rearing their ugly heads.
If the rejuvenating set is irritating (which most skin turnover-accelerating products are), some microcomedones that weren’t going to show up might join the party too. However, these microcomedones were in the skin before you started the rejuvenating set, not new blockages caused by the rejuvenating set.
Now, remember how the microcomedone started as dead skin cells that didn’t detach and get to the surface properly? Products that increase skin turnover target this exact process to treat acne!
So as the product starts to work, less microcomedones should form, and after the initial angry-volcano stage, your skin should become clearer than when you started the rejuvenating set.
On the other hand, an allergic reaction will occur when the product is either causing new clogged pores or increasing irritation. Without an improvement in how your skin is functioning because you’re sensitive to it. New clogged pores means more blemishes overall. While irritation means inflammation. This will lead to a larger proportion of your microcomedones are flaring up.
There’s a small chance that your skin will get used to the product over time. But most of the time you’ll just cause further damage and you better stop using the product.
A lot of “all-natural” companies like to claim that their products are causing purging because your skin is detoxifying from all the synthetic chemicals you’ve been using previously. This is a big fat lie. Why would your skin suddenly get angry about having less synthetic chemicals on it? (Even if synthetic chemicals were bad – which they’re not!)
Unless there’s something increasing skin turnover in the natural skincare product (e.g. fruit acids, which contain AHAs). The more likely explanation is that there’s an irritating ingredient giving your skin grief.
On the other hand, rejuvenating set rarely causes clogged pores. Actually, it will unclog the clogged pores.
There are a few things to consider to work out if it’s purging or allergic reaction, and therefore whether you should dump your product or persevere. A lot of the time it can be difficult to tell which it is, but hopefully these guidelines can help you narrow it down.
Rejuvenating set contains active ingredients such as hydroquinone and tretinoin that increase skin turnover which can cause purging. Purging is a well-documented response to tretinoin. For example, you might not find the term “purging” used in the scientific journals because they may use descriptions like “exacerbation of inflammatory lesions at the start of treatment” or “initial flare up of acne lesions (acne flaring)”).
Active ingredients and treatments that increase skin turnover include:
Most other products, like moisturizers and cleansers without these actives, won’t be able to cause purging and you should switch to a different product.
If it’s purging, it should only make pre-existing microcomedones come to the surface faster. So if you’re breaking out in places where you don’t normally experience breakouts, it’s likely that the product is wrong for you. On the other hand, if it’s an irritating product, it could be making the type of acne you’re experiencing worse. For example, an area where you used to have clogged bumps and whiteheads could start developing full-blown pimples, thanks to the extra inflammation.
Purging should only last for about a month, since that’s the length of time it take for your skin to completely renew itself. If your skin isn’t getting better after around 6-8 weeks with the rejuvenating set, ditch it.
When you use rejuvenating set, you might experience breakout in the beginning of use. Don’t worry! This breakout could be skin purging which is normal while using rejuvenating set. Actually, it’s a clue that the rejuvenating set is working and detoxifying the skin. However, it could be an allergic reaction. If so, you need to dump it or contact a skincare specialist.
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