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Derm's SUG: Skin purging or acne?

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jennifertrentMD
One of the most common questions I get asked as a dermatologist is “why is my acne getting worse even though I just started using acne medicine?”  There are 2 reasons this could be happening.  Oftentimes, when you start new acne medication, your skin will begin purging, which is normal.  However, acne could get worse because of other products you are using which may not be non-comedogenic and will clog your pores.  Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you are purging or your acne is worsening.   Skin Purging can occur when patients start using acne products, like retinoids/retinol and hydroxyacids, that increase cell turnover to get rid of dead skin cells.  Patients with acne have excess oil/sebum and dead skin cells living dormant in pores under the surface of their skin.  When you start certain acne medications, it uncovers the acne, and they pop out as new acne.  The medications did not cause the acne to form, it just uncovered them.  Once they are brought to the surface, then your new acne medications will get rid of them.  Unfortunately, it can take 2-8 weeks to complete the process of purging.  It is important to stick with your regimen and not get discouraged.  You could try to use the medications less often, and that may ease some purging; however, it will slow down your progress in getting rid of the acne.  Also, avoid harsh scrubbing brushes or products/cosmetics that might dry out your skin.   Worsening of your acne can come from using products that are comedogenic, which clog your pores.  Always check the labels of all your makeup, concealers, soaps, moisturizers, sunscreens, and anything that you put on your face.  If the label doesn’t say “non-comedogenic”, or “oil free”, or “safe for acne”, it probably is not.  Other things that can make acne worse are putting your hands on your face, picking at your acne, not cleaning your cell phone or pillow cases or athletic equipment that comes in contact with your face, not washing immediately after sports, and not eating properly.  Avoid dairy and excess carbs from desserts.   If your acne does not resolve, you should seek treatment from a board certified dermatologist to prevent permanent scarring.
Sep. 17

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