Skin Purging Vs. Breaking Out And How They Differ

Skin Purging Vs. Breaking Out And How They Differ

 

Okay, this is weird. You just started using that highly coveted new beauty product that all of your friends have been raving about for months, and now you’re breaking out. No one else mentioned anything like this, and you have a Zoom call scheduled with your boss in a few hours. Wasn’t this supposed to make your skin glow? Well, the good news is that your friends may not have been exaggerating, and this new product may actually be working to detox your skin and get your face looking healthy again.

 

Isn’t breaking out the opposite of having healthy skin? Technically yes, but it isn’t the same thing as what’s known as skin purging. Breaking out is a different phenomenon from skin purging. While it’s true that both processes involve acne, with skin purging, it’s a temporary thing. 

 

So, let’s break down skin purging versus breaking out, what you can expect, and what you can do to speed up these blessed little processes that are taking over your face.

 

Breaking Out 


  • Hormones 

 

It can be especially difficult to pinpoint the exact reason acne is happening. We know how often teens experience breakouts; it’s practically a trope in books and movies. That’s what happens with hormonal imbalances. Similarly, while some pregnant women see their skin glowing and radiant, others find that their hormones cause them to break out. 

 

If you are taking birth control pills, birth control shots, estrogen shots, or shots of testosterone for transitioning or gender reassignment treatments, you may also experience severe episodes of acne as your body adjusts to new and changing levels of hormones.


  • Allergic Reactions

 

Hormones aren’t the only cause of acne. Breakouts can be from allergies to a new product. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between an allergic reaction and skin purging because if it’s an allergy, you should discontinue use of the product immediately. However, if you mistake skin purging for an allergic reaction, you might end up putting your new product’s hard work to waste.

 

An allergic reaction usually appears in areas where you’re not normally prone to breaking out. These pimples usually take a total of eight to ten days to grow, mature, and shrink back down.

 

  • Stress

 

Stress is another reason many people break out when there haven’t been any major hormonal changes. Unfortunately, your skin feels your stress just as much as you. It’s hard to remember, sometimes, you also have to eat right, get enough sleep, and take a few minutes every day to calm yourself. But, trust us, if you do, your skin will thank you.

 

If you ignore stress, not only will you have to deal with dry, flaky skin, puffy eye bags, and rashes or hives, but you’ll also give your skin a recipe for acne. Stress releases a chemical in your body called cortisol, which also influences your hormones and, you guessed it, leads to breakouts.

 

  • Poor Diet

 

Poor diet is another contributing factor when it comes to acne. Overall, acne is a combination of many factors in your life, including your genes, but what you put into your body is bound to affect it. So, let’s list a few foods that have been shown to increase your likelihood of more severe episodes of acne:

 

  • Milk - Scientists aren’t sure why milk can cause breakouts, although it may have something to do with the hormones cows are making when they produce the milk.

 

  • Sugar - Sugar gets into your blood fast, and when your body makes more insulin to bring down those sugar levels, it messes with your hormonal balance. See, there are those hormones again.

 

  • Seaweed - It’s a great source of iodine, which is something your body needs to stay healthy, but too much can lead to massive breakouts.

 

Skin Purging

 

As the name implies, during skin purging, your skin is being purged of impurities by the skincare product you’re using. It’s an episode of intense acne that happens when the product has powerful detoxifying ingredients that draw out dead skin cells and grime. Those pimples lurking right under the surface come out much faster than they might have otherwise. Though it sounds a little gross, this is actually a good thing.

 

The cleansing process may also leave them looking a little more swollen than normal because they’re being yanked out of your skin by the product. This is due to the increased cell turnover that your product is promoting. This process brings your small, clogged hair particles, sebum, flakes, and build up to the surface and then turns them into whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts. 

 

The skincare product accelerates your skin’s natural regeneration, shedding, and renewal, so this purge might last through a whole skin cycle before it’s finished. But once it’s done, it’s done for good. These pimples, though they may look worse than normal, will clear up faster than normal. 

 

If you’re wondering, a skin cycle is about 28 days or up to six weeks. It’s hard to imagine having an intense breakout session for an entire month. But you’ve most likely been having pretty severe skin issues, or you wouldn’t have turned to this new product in the first place. 


If you can just get through the purge, your skin will have been completely detoxed, and it’ll be much smoother sailing from there on out. If the purge lasts for longer than six weeks, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about adjusting the dosage or frequency of application.

 

What Ingredients Cause Purging?

 

The ingredients that are likely to cause purging are called retinoids. This includes retinol, which is given for people suffering from uncontrollable and severe acne. You might also notice a similar response from tretinoin, which is a topical medication, and an oral medication called isotretinoin. The good news is that you won’t find these over the counter or take them accidentally. They are prescription only.

 

Exfoliating acids, like the kind you encounter during a chemical facial peel or wrap, can do the same thing. The accelerated exfoliation from chemical treatments brings everything icky to the surface, and your skin needs to learn to adjust to having everything pulled out.

 

Just remember, don’t pick the zits. They’re itchy and annoying, sure, but we’re telling you: restrain your impulses. Lancing or popping pimples can leave scarring or lead to infection of the open blemish, which will make everything ten times worse. 

 

Nature’s Treatment


If you’re going through a skin purge, stick to a gentler skincare routine than your usual. Your skin is going through a lot right now, and harsh methods, even if they’ve been your habit for years, can irritate sensitive skin and make everything redder and more inflamed.


  • Form A Routine. 

 

Stick to a simple routine of washing your face each morning and evening, patting it gently dry, and keeping your hair clean. Stick to all-natural ingredients in a cleanser, a soothing moisturizer, and use a gentle clay mask. 


And, of course, to continue using the product that is purging your skin. It might be tempting to stop use, especially if you’re concerned that what you are noticing is an allergic reaction, but try and resist that temptation.

 

If your doctor has prescribed you a medication, keep them updated about any reactions you have, and they’ll advise you how to proceed. If they’ve given you a retinol to clear up your skin, they’ll likely tell you to continue using it. 

 

In addition, while we always advocate wearing sunscreen whenever you’re about to head outside, you should especially wear it when your skin is purging. At this point in the process, your skin is much more sensitive than normal and doesn’t need extra damage from the sun’s UV rays.

 

  • Try a Face Mask. 

 

While you’re dealing with your skin purge, a great, gentle way to treat acne is by using a face mask. There are plenty to choose from that include various vitamins and minerals, which can help ease the transition from this stage to the next and can continue to promote skin health even after the purge is over.

 

Gleamin offers one such option: a clay face mask loaded with vitamin C, turmeric, kaolin clay, and aloe vera, among other specialized ingredients. It’s suitable for all skin types, although while you’re purging, you may want to only use a face mask once a week. 


It may be gentle, but remember, your skin is more sensitive than normal at the moment. It’s quick and easy to apply; it even comes with its own makeup brush for easy application. You only have to leave it on for 10 minutes, which means even the busiest beauty can find time for her skin.

 

The vitamin C in this mask exfoliates and rehydrates your skin. The product you’re using that’s causing the purge is probably drying out your skin, which may actually be causing your skin to produce even more facial oil to overcompensate. Vitamin C removes the dead skin cells from the surface. Plus, along with your normal sunscreen, the hydration from vitamin C helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Vitamin C, turmeric, and aloe vera all help to soothe swelling and redness. That’s a pretty big comfort when you’re worried about an episode of severe acne.  It also helps while your skincare product and vitamin C are working together to speed up the rate of cell regeneration and replacing the damaged cells with healthy new ones.

 

Gleamin’s face mask also features turmeric, which works to keep you clean and clear of acne. Its antiseptic qualities also stop the acne from spreading down your neck or back and getting to other parts of your body.

 

In Summary 

 

Trust us; we know how agonizing it is to start using a new face care product only to be left disappointed. When you’ve got high expectations about your skin clearing up right away, sometimes even herbal remedies aren’t the magic you’re hoping for. 


But stay positive and just focus on how great you’re going to look and feel once this newest, angriest batch of acne clears up. You (and your skin) will be practically glowing with delight.

 

Sources

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/skin-purging

 

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/acne.html

 

 https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-health-wellness/skin-changes-during-pregnancy-1010

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Skin Purging Vs. Breaking Out And How They Differ

Skin Purging Vs. Breaking Out And How They Differ

 

Okay, this is weird. You just started using that highly coveted new beauty product that all of your friends have been raving about for months, and now you’re breaking out. No one else mentioned anything like this, and you have a Zoom call scheduled with your boss in a few hours. Wasn’t this supposed to make your skin glow? Well, the good news is that your friends may not have been exaggerating, and this new product may actually be working to detox your skin and get your face looking healthy again.

 

Isn’t breaking out the opposite of having healthy skin? Technically yes, but it isn’t the same thing as what’s known as skin purging. Breaking out is a different phenomenon from skin purging. While it’s true that both processes involve acne, with skin purging, it’s a temporary thing. 

 

So, let’s break down skin purging versus breaking out, what you can expect, and what you can do to speed up these blessed little processes that are taking over your face.

 

Breaking Out 


  • Hormones 

 

It can be especially difficult to pinpoint the exact reason acne is happening. We know how often teens experience breakouts; it’s practically a trope in books and movies. That’s what happens with hormonal imbalances. Similarly, while some pregnant women see their skin glowing and radiant, others find that their hormones cause them to break out. 

 

If you are taking birth control pills, birth control shots, estrogen shots, or shots of testosterone for transitioning or gender reassignment treatments, you may also experience severe episodes of acne as your body adjusts to new and changing levels of hormones.


  • Allergic Reactions

 

Hormones aren’t the only cause of acne. Breakouts can be from allergies to a new product. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between an allergic reaction and skin purging because if it’s an allergy, you should discontinue use of the product immediately. However, if you mistake skin purging for an allergic reaction, you might end up putting your new product’s hard work to waste.

 

An allergic reaction usually appears in areas where you’re not normally prone to breaking out. These pimples usually take a total of eight to ten days to grow, mature, and shrink back down.

 

  • Stress

 

Stress is another reason many people break out when there haven’t been any major hormonal changes. Unfortunately, your skin feels your stress just as much as you. It’s hard to remember, sometimes, you also have to eat right, get enough sleep, and take a few minutes every day to calm yourself. But, trust us, if you do, your skin will thank you.

 

If you ignore stress, not only will you have to deal with dry, flaky skin, puffy eye bags, and rashes or hives, but you’ll also give your skin a recipe for acne. Stress releases a chemical in your body called cortisol, which also influences your hormones and, you guessed it, leads to breakouts.

 

  • Poor Diet

 

Poor diet is another contributing factor when it comes to acne. Overall, acne is a combination of many factors in your life, including your genes, but what you put into your body is bound to affect it. So, let’s list a few foods that have been shown to increase your likelihood of more severe episodes of acne:

 

  • Milk - Scientists aren’t sure why milk can cause breakouts, although it may have something to do with the hormones cows are making when they produce the milk.

 

  • Sugar - Sugar gets into your blood fast, and when your body makes more insulin to bring down those sugar levels, it messes with your hormonal balance. See, there are those hormones again.

 

  • Seaweed - It’s a great source of iodine, which is something your body needs to stay healthy, but too much can lead to massive breakouts.

 

Skin Purging

 

As the name implies, during skin purging, your skin is being purged of impurities by the skincare product you’re using. It’s an episode of intense acne that happens when the product has powerful detoxifying ingredients that draw out dead skin cells and grime. Those pimples lurking right under the surface come out much faster than they might have otherwise. Though it sounds a little gross, this is actually a good thing.

 

The cleansing process may also leave them looking a little more swollen than normal because they’re being yanked out of your skin by the product. This is due to the increased cell turnover that your product is promoting. This process brings your small, clogged hair particles, sebum, flakes, and build up to the surface and then turns them into whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts. 

 

The skincare product accelerates your skin’s natural regeneration, shedding, and renewal, so this purge might last through a whole skin cycle before it’s finished. But once it’s done, it’s done for good. These pimples, though they may look worse than normal, will clear up faster than normal. 

 

If you’re wondering, a skin cycle is about 28 days or up to six weeks. It’s hard to imagine having an intense breakout session for an entire month. But you’ve most likely been having pretty severe skin issues, or you wouldn’t have turned to this new product in the first place. 


If you can just get through the purge, your skin will have been completely detoxed, and it’ll be much smoother sailing from there on out. If the purge lasts for longer than six weeks, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about adjusting the dosage or frequency of application.

 

What Ingredients Cause Purging?

 

The ingredients that are likely to cause purging are called retinoids. This includes retinol, which is given for people suffering from uncontrollable and severe acne. You might also notice a similar response from tretinoin, which is a topical medication, and an oral medication called isotretinoin. The good news is that you won’t find these over the counter or take them accidentally. They are prescription only.

 

Exfoliating acids, like the kind you encounter during a chemical facial peel or wrap, can do the same thing. The accelerated exfoliation from chemical treatments brings everything icky to the surface, and your skin needs to learn to adjust to having everything pulled out.

 

Just remember, don’t pick the zits. They’re itchy and annoying, sure, but we’re telling you: restrain your impulses. Lancing or popping pimples can leave scarring or lead to infection of the open blemish, which will make everything ten times worse. 

 

Nature’s Treatment


If you’re going through a skin purge, stick to a gentler skincare routine than your usual. Your skin is going through a lot right now, and harsh methods, even if they’ve been your habit for years, can irritate sensitive skin and make everything redder and more inflamed.


  • Form A Routine. 

 

Stick to a simple routine of washing your face each morning and evening, patting it gently dry, and keeping your hair clean. Stick to all-natural ingredients in a cleanser, a soothing moisturizer, and use a gentle clay mask. 


And, of course, to continue using the product that is purging your skin. It might be tempting to stop use, especially if you’re concerned that what you are noticing is an allergic reaction, but try and resist that temptation.

 

If your doctor has prescribed you a medication, keep them updated about any reactions you have, and they’ll advise you how to proceed. If they’ve given you a retinol to clear up your skin, they’ll likely tell you to continue using it. 

 

In addition, while we always advocate wearing sunscreen whenever you’re about to head outside, you should especially wear it when your skin is purging. At this point in the process, your skin is much more sensitive than normal and doesn’t need extra damage from the sun’s UV rays.

 

  • Try a Face Mask. 

 

While you’re dealing with your skin purge, a great, gentle way to treat acne is by using a face mask. There are plenty to choose from that include various vitamins and minerals, which can help ease the transition from this stage to the next and can continue to promote skin health even after the purge is over.

 

Gleamin offers one such option: a clay face mask loaded with vitamin C, turmeric, kaolin clay, and aloe vera, among other specialized ingredients. It’s suitable for all skin types, although while you’re purging, you may want to only use a face mask once a week. 


It may be gentle, but remember, your skin is more sensitive than normal at the moment. It’s quick and easy to apply; it even comes with its own makeup brush for easy application. You only have to leave it on for 10 minutes, which means even the busiest beauty can find time for her skin.

 

The vitamin C in this mask exfoliates and rehydrates your skin. The product you’re using that’s causing the purge is probably drying out your skin, which may actually be causing your skin to produce even more facial oil to overcompensate. Vitamin C removes the dead skin cells from the surface. Plus, along with your normal sunscreen, the hydration from vitamin C helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Vitamin C, turmeric, and aloe vera all help to soothe swelling and redness. That’s a pretty big comfort when you’re worried about an episode of severe acne.  It also helps while your skincare product and vitamin C are working together to speed up the rate of cell regeneration and replacing the damaged cells with healthy new ones.

 

Gleamin’s face mask also features turmeric, which works to keep you clean and clear of acne. Its antiseptic qualities also stop the acne from spreading down your neck or back and getting to other parts of your body.

 

In Summary 

 

Trust us; we know how agonizing it is to start using a new face care product only to be left disappointed. When you’ve got high expectations about your skin clearing up right away, sometimes even herbal remedies aren’t the magic you’re hoping for. 


But stay positive and just focus on how great you’re going to look and feel once this newest, angriest batch of acne clears up. You (and your skin) will be practically glowing with delight.

 

Sources

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/skin-purging

 

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/acne.html

 

 https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-health-wellness/skin-changes-during-pregnancy-1010

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