Purging: A Quick-Start Guide 💭
Purging has become a buzz word in the skincare community, but what exactly is it? I often notice people misusing this word and thinking their skin is purging when it isn’t.
🌝SKIN PURGING🌚! All you need to know
Skin Purging: After using a new product, for the first couple days, your skin might purge. That means that your skin experiences a reaction (breakout) and you might get more problems than you had before. BUT, before you ditch that product, wait a little longer before completely deciding it is trash. Because sometimes things need to get worse before they get better! How it happens: Skin purging mainly happen when you are starting to use powerful ingredients like BHAs and AHAs, retinoids, anti-aging products, and acne management products. How it works: Basically skin purging brings out all the early nasties out of your pores to the surface, causing a “break-out”. It brings them out early so that they don’t appear later. Then the skin purging will slowly go away, giving you clearer skin. Skin purging usually lasts 4-6 weeks. Skin Purging is not always a bad thing! It is the first step to clear skin! 🙌🌟
Derm's SUG: Skin purging or acne?
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.
This ingredient saved my skin🤫❣️
Hello lovelies! ❣️ Today, i’d like to talk more about my favorite and my holy grail ingredient -- 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧. 🌟 Tretinoin, also known as 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐝, is an active form of 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐀. It is the 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞-𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 prescription retinoid for anti-aging and other handful of skin issues. 🌟 Tretinoin is considered the benchmark ingredient among dermatologists for treating 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞❓ Tretinoin stimulates 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 on your skin. Quicker cell turnover opens pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing acne. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and treats hyperpigmentation. The catch? It doesn’t give results immediately. You’ll have to in it for a long haul with Vitamin A. It typically takes around two to three months to really see a difference with consistent tretinoin use, but if you use it long-term, your skin will look significantly younger! Wouldn’t you want that? 🙈 𝐌𝐲 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬: I have 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧-𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 skin. I have struggled with acne for the past three years. My skin has also been very 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. I am highly prone to 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, especially along my jawline and neck and have always struggled with 𝐡𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐢𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 since my teenage years. I get 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 even from the tiniest comedones and they would usually linger for 6-12 months. 𝐌𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: I have been using tretinoin since January of 2020. I started with 0.001% from my curology prescription and now 0.05% from Galderma which I use nightly.. I did also try Adapalene from Fall 2019 to the first couple of months of this year, alternating it with tretinoin. When I started Tretinoin, I was on my purging stage with adapalene (brand name Differin), which lasted for few months. I kept my skincare routine simple; gentle cleanser, moisturizer, tretinoin and sunscreen in the AM. I got rid of my fragrance containing products (this is important! Fragrance is highly irritant.) Aside from the purging, I also experienced drying but nothing too extreme. Moreover, my skin became a lil more sensitive so since then I always made sure I don’t use any other active and tretinoin in the same routine. 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬: For the first and second month, I've seen no changes in my acne and dark marks at all. However, its effect on texture was almost instant. Tretinoin just turned my skin somewhat buttery and over time seems to prevent bumps from forming. I have not had any bad reaction so far except it dries the skin around the eye area so much (healing ointment is a must!). I’m on my fifth month now and my skin has been so much more resilient, repairs quicker, and post-acne marks now fade so much faster. I have not had any new acne since April either. Hard to believe right? Well, it’s a 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 which is why it’s my top recommended ingredient ever since. ❗️ I have also used hydroquinone for 2 months. I will talk about the ingredient in another post. For pictures please refer to my Curology post 😉
My Quarantine Skin Transformation
The first picture was taken March 20 and the second was just yesterday. I’m honestly shook to be honest. My skin was scaley and dry. I had no routine. I had lost all of my skincare stuff and was washing my face with water and would use rosehip oil to moisturize. Then I used the MARIO BADESCU - Peptide Renewal Serumand my skin WENT CRAZY. Bumps EVERYWHERE. Skin going insane. My skin has never looked like this. Then I finally got some money to buy some skincare stuff and this is what I’ve got: Oil Cleanser : KOSE COSMEPORT - SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil- I don’t know if this is working yet. It takes off makeup. I’m terrified of oil on my face but it’s not done bad yet. I did break out a little bit after I started using it but it could be purging. I use this every night and morning for 60 seconds on dry skin. Foaming Cleanser: CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin- I like this. It’s not drying I feel clean and my face feels good after wards. I use this right after oil cleansing. Toner: THAYERS - Witch Hazel AstringentI use this one in Aloe. OK SO I KNOWWW THAT PEOPLE DONT LIKE THIS. But it really changed my face. Before using it, my face was really bumpy even thought I was cleaning and moisturizing and exfoliating but this really soothed my skin and made everything go on better. I use this around my neck area too because it’s dark. Exfloliator: Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin PerfectorThis helped my skin like get rid of bumps and dryness but it also makes my skin red which I don’t like. But for now Im using it. I would recommend this to start off your exfoliating journey. MOISTURIZER: Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich Luxurious Face CreamI like this. It saved my dry skin it really hydrates and it’s not annoying. When you use it after the solution it does burn a bit. Just a warning but i really like this. SPF: Glossier. - Invisible Shield Daily SunscreenAnother glossier product. This isn’t sponsored I just did a big order. This is nice it’s a gel consistency which i genuinely love. And it’s been helping my dark spots according to cherie hehe ANYWAYS my skin is doing a LOT better but there are still problems with it. I have pimples. LOTS of blackheads. large pores. Hopefully with time I can correct those. Anyways till next time 😜
CeraVe-Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
8 Do’s and Don’ts for Hormonal Acne
☀️I have combo skin that is sensitive and I get regular hormonal acne which makes keeping my skin fully clear very difficult but I’ve gotten a lot better at it over time so wanted to share some tips! 💕Do: 1. Wash your face daily by double cleansing. I like to wash my face with a water-based cleanser in the morning personally and then at night I’ll use a cleansing balm and then a water-based cleanser. This is called double cleansing and that extra step is important at night, especially if you were wearing makeup and sunscreen during the day (hopefully SPF!). You can also find a cleanser with Salicylic Acid in it to treat breakouts like the one from Paula’s Choice or CeraVe. 2. Wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher Sunscreen daily helps my skin so much with redness and of course with acne. This is one of the most important things you can do for your skin! Do it do it do it! 3. Use clay masks Once or twice a week I will use my pink clay mask by Sand & Sky to pull out impurities from my skin. I find this mask helps with painful acne and reducing redness. It increases healing time from my experience too. This is the best one I’ve found and I will repurchase over and over again. 4. Use Vitamin C (with SPF during the day) Vitamin C helps me a TON with acne scars. You know after a big breakout how you’ll have redness? This ingredient helps me with that and fights free radicals during the day which is good too! Always pair it with sunscreen. I like to use this during the day and a retinol to increase cell turnover at night. Generally, the rule of thumb is to not mix the two! 5. Use a retinol This product increase cell turnover which for me helps heal acne faster and also seems to prevent big breakouts and even small ones from happening as frequently. I use A-Passioni by Drunk Elephant currently. It’s strong so like any product, patch test on your hand to see if your skin gets along with it. Then slowly add to your routine with a richer moisturizer. There are many options out there. I did experience peeling and purging when I first started and that purging where your skin breaks out from the product at first can last a few weeks but is so so worth it in the end. 🙈Don’t: 1. Do NOT use products with coconut oil. This isn’t true for everyone but for me and a bunch of skincare lovers I know, products with coconut oil make us breakout consistently. Yes, it can be hydrating but keep it to the body rather than your face. 2. Do NOT use products with fragrance! This isn’t true for everyone but for some people fragrance is extremely irritating for the skin. I think if you can avoid it, which you can, then definitely do. CeraVe has a lot of great and affordable products that fit this category. 3. Do NOT sleep in your make-up. I know. It can happen. But for my skin, I find I can breakout throughout just the course of the day from wearing make-up. I hope this helps! SAND&SKY - Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
SAND&SKY-Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
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