Starting a new skincare product or a new brand of skincare products can be so exciting and exhilarating, from feeling the texture, to the smell, to watching your skin transform, but there are couple of noteworthy things to consider and always remember for future purposes. Sometimes, you may not get what you hoped for.

Now imagine, you started using a new skincare brand that promises clear, radiant skin, and you’re hit with a surge of excitement; a brand new, flawless skin about to be yours. Two to three days in and not only is there no improvement, but your skin looks worse😢

You might want to relax and read through…

Is your skin purging or your skin is outrightly refusing the new products? First what’s skin purging? It is the breakout that occurs when you start a new skincare routine. That is, bacteria and acne hiding deep in your pores are revealed for the glowing/radiant and fresh skin is also revealed. The active ingredients in your new products are the the cause of the increased cell turnover that in turn produces the purging. Active ingredients are chemicals or compounds in a product that are actually treating your skin for the concern the product is supposed to treat it for. Skin purge is really a necessary evil.

How do you know it’s not skin purge? Purging in form of breakouts occur in typical places you always get them, say your chin or forehead. If suddenly you have an outpouring of whiteheads on my nose, that would be cause for concern as it’s an allergic reaction. Irritation is more than your typical breakout and can be much worse.

In addition, a normal reaction to using a new product differs from an allergic reaction- One permanent thing you can’t take away when you start using a new product is ‘skin reaction’. Be it your skin accepting the new product or not, you’re bound to notice a reaction, ranging from mild stinging, burning and itching to red rashes, skin swelling and blisters. “It can be an expected but slight irritation reaction—like the mild stinging from toner or the mild burn or redness from using a an oil.

In contrast, an allergic reaction instead of mild side effects, could be painful and lasting. If you’re ever concerned, stop using the product immediately and find help from a dermatologist.

How long does it take for your skin to completely renew? You mind must have been on your skin getting it’s healing, clearing and becoming radiant even though it doesn’t achieve the glow you were told you’d achieve. At this point of skin purge, you may be asking for your former skin. When using an old or new skincare product or even a new rountine, you have to exercise patience and be consistent- PATIENCE and CONSISTENCY.

It takes about a month for your skin to completely renew. Yes, about a month. It means a full cycle of skin shedding until it’s all fresh, new skin. Everyone’s skin is differ from the other, so that time frame can differ from person to person. Dermatologists say purging should be over within four to eight weeks of starting a new skin care regimen. If your purge persists longer than eight weeks, It could be that you need to adjust the dosage and frequency of application.

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