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Skin Purging, What Is It and Why Does It Happen When Using Skincare

Purging From Swapping To Highly Active Skincare

Purging is a visible reaction that occurs often when you change your skincare products, generally from a less active skincare range to a more active skincare range. But what is it really? should you be concerned and can it be avoided?

What Is Skin Purging?

Skin purging is visibly recognized through break outs, flaking, peeling and skin dryness. It happens due to a change in the active ingredients used in skincare. Generally it will happen when you swap from a low quality range of skincare such as a super market brands to an active Cosmeceutical range which are generally sold at specialist skin salons. 

Do You Only Purge When Swapping To Better Quality Skincare?

Better quality skincare includes the correct ingredients at the correct amount to make your skin start to function properly. When the active ingredients increase your skins turnover a reaction occurs similarly to tapping on the bottom of a can of fizzy drink, all the bubbles quickly rise to the surface. A similar reaction occurs in your skin where all the imperfections start to increase their speed of passage to the surface. Since it is the active ingredients that are making your skin start purging then generally you wont get skin purging when you swap to a less active range and if you are experiencing break outs in this scenario then it is more likely that your skincare in comedogenic and causing your pores to block resulting in acne.

Can You Avoid Skin Purging?

While the easiest way to avoid skin purging is not to use active skincare there are many benefits to using active skincare such as O Cosmedics, Medik8 and Dermalogica. These benefits include a reduction in wrinkles, a more uniform complexion, less acne and black heads, more visibly hydrated skin... and the list goes on. 

So if you are looking to get all the visual benefits from using active skincare but wanting to avoid the possibilty of purging there are a few things you can do to help you reduce or even avoid the initial skin purge when you swap your skincare.

1. Talk To A Specialist Skin Therapist

Its important to speak to a specialist skin therapist and not just a beauty therapist. Beauty therapists qualify with a range of skills including mani, pedi skills, massage skills, Waxing skills, makeup skills and more. A specialist skin therapist is generally someone who has done further study to focus mainly on skin, skin treatments and skincare. Our team at Bare Skin and Beauty in Perth have a main focus on skin and skincare. We have all the equipment necessary to provide an in depth view of your skin and the best products and treatments to use to get the results you want. After all our motto is "Bare skin is the best foundation you can wear".

 

2. Slowly Add To Your Range Of Skincare

It can be very tempting to go out and buy a full range of skincare products and get straight in to using them day and night but sometimes that's not the best option. Depending on what your currently using it might be better to purchase a small range of skincare products and get used to them first and then add on a retinol or serum to get the full benefits of the range in the future. Adding onto it slowly can reduce the shock to your skin and can result in a less intense purge.

 

3. Cut Down On How Often You Apply Skincare

Another option is to purchase the whole skincare range but using the serums and active products only a couple of times a week or every other day. This way you are giving your skin a break in between applications and can result in similar benefits to waiting to add a serum to your routine.

 

If Your Skin Has Started To Purge

If your skin has started to purge then dont stress, no seriously dont stress. Stress is a big cause for breakouts so if you stress then its just going to make it worse. Be sure to be gentle with your skin, the average purge lasts only 3 weeks and once its over then you generally wont purge again and will get all the benefits of using the new skincare range.

So now its time to start on your journey towards good skin. At Bare Skincare & Beauty, we stock Medik8 in Perth salon and online, Medik8 is an award-winning range of skincare products that have been proven to deliver real results. So why not buy Medik8 products in Perth and see the results for yourself? you can also schedule a consultation with our derma specialists online or instore in our Ellenbrook, Perth salon. Our Skin Specialists can help you find the perfect products to suit your skin type and create a routine that will keep your skin looking its best.