Purging Vs. Reaction
Have you ever introduced a new skincare product into your routine only to find yourself breaking out after? I certainly have! If you’ve ever visited r/SkincareAddiction on Reddit, you’ve probably seen this question A LOT: “Is this product making my skin purge?” or “Is this purging or breaking out?” It can be very tricky to tell the difference.
Purging occurs when your product (likely an acid, exfoliant, or other active ingredients) increases cell turnover rapidly, and in doing so, brings up the dead skin cells and oils in your skin that create pimples. Purging causes your skin to get worse before getting better. Think of it this way: purging brings the pimples that you were going to get anyway to the surface much faster. So the pimple you would get a week from now, two weeks, three, all show up at once or almost back-to-back. Eventually, the purge will subside, and you will have clearer skin!
Here are some active ingredients or treatments that could cause a healthy purge:
- Acids ( salicylic, glycolic, lactic, azelaic, ferulic, etc..)
- Retinol ( tretinoin, retinoids)
- Chemical Peels
- Benzoyl Peroxide
A reaction to a product means that your skin doesn’t like it, causing you to breakout. You could be allergic to an ingredient, it could be clogging your pores or simply doesn’t work for you. A reaction won’t ever end until you cease the use of the product. It can be really hard to identify if your product is doing its job (increasing cell turnover rapidly), or if your skin is just having a poor reaction to it.
Types Of Breakouts
Breakouts from a purge are generally ones you are used to getting. They will show up in places you usually breakout. An example is if you normally get whiteheads on your forehead, expect to get more there during a purge. Or if you normally get cystic acne on your jawline and occasionally breakout with whiteheads on your chin, you can expect to break out in both areas more frequently.
Breakouts from reactions are typically different than ones you typically get. If you are experiencing papules and cysts when you usually only get blackheads, that’s a red flag that the product may not be for you. Or if you usually only breakout on your cheeks with pustules, and start getting painful cysts on your cheeks instead, it may be time to ditch the product.
How Quickly Your Breakouts Go Away
With a purge, the influx of new pimples will generally be less inflamed and go away almost as fast as they came on (think a few days at most). They should disappear much, much faster than your usual breakouts do.
With a reaction, along with having irritation, inflammation, and different types of acne, these pimples will seem to stick around for a long time. They will probably linger longer than your normal breakouts and likely leave a scar behind due to the inflammation.
Type Of Product You Introduced
Take into consideration what the new product is that’s making you purge or react. If your new product is a basic hydrating cleanser (no active ingredient like salicylic acid) then it shouldn’t break you out. If you break out from a basic cleanser, moisturizer, toner, serum, or other product, it’s likely a reaction to the product. Remember, a product needs to be increasing cell turnover and exfoliating to induce a healthy purge.
How Long You've Been Using The New Product
Everyone’s skin is different. Even if you are having breakouts that are familiar to you and in your acne-prone areas, if the breakouts are lasting for more than 2-2.5 months, it’s time to try something new. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells around every 30 days (this gradually slows down as we age), so increasing this process with an active means that giving your skin at least 2 months to flush out potential breakouts is ideal. If your breakouts don’t begin to subside considerably 3 months after introducing your product, you’re likely reacting instead of purging. Here's an example of how a healthy purge looked for me a year ago after using prescription-strength Retin-A for 2 months:
Retin-A purge That Led To Clearer Skin!
If you find yourself in the middle of a purge, remind yourself that the results will be worth it in the end. And don’t be afraid to ditch a product that you believe is causing a negative reaction. You can help take care of your skin during this time by following a gentle skincare routine. Stick to a routine devoid of other actives like a basic cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen every day.
*It’s very important to note that you should only introduce ONE new active product at a time. By introducing more than one product at the same time, you run the risk of not knowing which is causing you to purge or react, making it harder to figure out which one to eliminate.
The Benefits of Tomatoes
Hey Beauty’s It’s been a long week and I haven’t been on much, missed wellness Wednesday but I never let the week past without a natural skincare edition. 😉 Tomatoes 🍅 Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is an especially strong antioxidant, so it can help your overall health along with the appearance of your skin. Antioxidants help reverse signs of aging, which means plumper skin and reduced fine lines. 😁 They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Natural Face Masks to try at home: I have combination skin that tends to be on the oily side. I would suggest a patch test for sensitive skin. 🧚♀️Instantly Brighter Skin 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1 Tbsp Honey 🍯 Blend tomato 🍅 till it’s a smooth purée, stir in honey and mix well. I’m the biggest fan of honey 🍯 and adding tomato just made this mask more appealing. So I tried it! 😃 Because of the honey, it’s a very sticky mask but full of antioxidants. Honeys a natural humectant (locks moisture in skin cells), it’s antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties protect skin from bacteria and germs 🦠 🧚♀️ Refreshing Mask 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1/4 Cucumber 🥒 Peel cucumber and blend with Tomato 🍅 apply in circular motion and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off. Both cucumber and tomato are natural astringents which help tighten large pores. Cucumber is composed of 95% water and will hydrate oily skin, preventing further oiliness as well as moisturising dry skin back to its previous smoothness. It’s the cucumber that soothes the skin and can fade blemishes. Hope you have a great Friday! And let me know if you like my natural series by liking this post. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 There’s a natural Tomato 🍅 Paper Mask by Yes To, it’s available on ASOS. The Yes To Tomato Mask 🍅 is made to fight blemishes. It’s 95% natural, paraben free and cruelty free. It’s suitable for combination skin so if you want to purchase something try this, I prefer my natural Masks 😉 it saves me $$$ to spend on cleanser, my new fav product for now. 🙋🏽♀️ Cheers 🥂 Jade
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Hey Beauty’s 🧖🏽♀️ I’ve been a busy bee 🐝 here in Australia 🇦🇺 and today I opened my online gift hamper store to Australia 🇦🇺 To celebrate I wanted to offer my entire Cherie 🍒 Community an exclusive chance to win one of my Bath & Beauty Gift Hampers (pictured) which includes: 🧚♀️ 2 x K Beauty Calosemi Strawberry Hydration Sheet Masks 🧚♀️ Tanya K Australian Art Series Bath Soak 🛁 500g 🧚♀️ Tanya K Australian Art Series Hand Creme 40g 🧚♀️ Sleep Eye Mask 🧚♀️ Bubbly Me Natural Organic Rose 🌹 Shea Butter 🧈 Bath bomb 🧚♀️ Australian Cockatoo Printed Hand Towel 1. To enter like my business page Gift Therapy on Facebook. @gifttherapyaus 2. Like this post ✅ 3. Follow me here on Cherie 🍒 and leave a comment on this post so I can enter your name in the draw ✍️ my followers please comment below too. 😉 Thank you to everyone who enters and good luck over the next two weeks! Thought I’d offer an Australian themed Giveaway with a K Beauty vibe to our community. Prize will be posted standard post to the Winner. 😁 Cheers 🥂 Jade 😁
This year was definitely wild, but I’m so grateful for my family’s health. I miss seeing them for the holidays, but I’m happy they are safe and healthy! On another thankful note, I am so grateful for all of the opportunities this weird year has given me. From my new job, to meeting all the lovely people I’ve met right here on Cherie!
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