How to handle purging?
We have talked about purging in general and how it differs from breakout. However, we haven't told you how to handle purging and how to make it bearable. It's essential to practise these tips to avoid unwanted post-purging consequences.
ADD ON SOOTHING PRODUCTS
Soothing products should be able to calm down your pimples due to purging. The top soothing ingredients are allantoin, licorice root, Cucumis Sativus, rosemary etc. For example, Alluskin Hydrating Toner has allantoin to soothe irritated skin and angry pimples, while Alluskin Lightbulb Serum has rosemary and thyme to calm your acne.
CONTINUE TO USE THE PRODUCT
Like what we have explained in the previous posting, the purging process increases your skin turnover rate. Thus, the purging process is normal if you are using any products that contain active ingredients. The process will stop once you stop the products. However, you will not be able to experience the full benefits of the products. Thus, continue using it, and it will get better after a month or two.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE
A basic skincare routine consists of a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Moisturizer and sunscreen are essential to maintain your skin barrier. Neglecting your basic routine while you are using a product with active ingredients will damage your skin barrier. Thus, you might as well experience a breakout due to a damaged skin barrier.
AVOID PICKING UP YOUR PIMPLES
Do not pick your pimples. Instead, use acne spot treatment or acne patch test to fight those angry pimples. Picking up your pimples will cause further irritation and lead to breakout if they are infected.
Lets' recap the lists of active ingredients that can cause purging:
- AHAs: Glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, citric acid, fruit acids
- BHAs: Salicylic acid
- Retinols (Vitamin A derivatives): Retinoids, tretinoin, adapalene
- Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid, aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate, etc
- Benzoyl peroxide
Note: If purging lasts more than 2 months even if you are not changing your product frequently and never pick your pimples, you are most like experienced breakout instead of purging.