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Skin Purging: Why Your Breakouts Might Get Worse Before They Get Better

Skin Purging: Why Your Breakouts Might Get Worse Before They Get Better

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​​We've all been there: You start seeing results from your skincare routine, and your pimples start to dry up and disappear. But then, a few days later, those breakouts are back with a vengeance. What gives? This phenomenon is known as "skin purging," and it's actually a sign that your new skincare routine is working properly. It happens when skincare ingredients begin working more intensely after initial use, and everything hiding beneath the surface is revealed. With the launch of our new GLOfacial tool, we’ve got all the details about skin purging to answer some of your questions and address concerns. So why does this happen, what can you do about it, and when will the breakouts subside? Let's learn more about skin purging and why this process is not your enemy. 

What is skin purging?

Skin purging refers to the sudden appearance of more breakouts during the transition period after starting a new skincare routine and is very common.. Purging could happen anytime, but it's most common in the first few weeks. Using active ingredients such as retinol and exfoliating acids can cause purging to be more intense, and you may notice an increase in dryness and potential flakiness along with the breakouts. 

Why does it happen?

The increase in breakouts signals that your body is getting rid of all the gunk hiding beneath the surface, so skin purging is a good thing. Newly introduced active ingredients increase skin cell turnover, which means shedding more dead skin cells than usual. Excess dirt, oil, makeup, and all the buildup that clogs pores is pushed to the surface and "purged" during this process. Essentially, breakouts already forming under the skin are sped up during the purge, leading to the blemishes we all fear. Whiteheads, blackheads, papules (small inflamed, red bumps), and cystic (large red bumps, often painful) acne are all common during this process. 

What can you do about it, and how long will it last?

If you've already gone all in with your new routine and noticed an increase in breakouts, your first reaction may be to stop altogether. However, the best thing you can do for your skin during this process is to continue your new routine and avoid introducing new products, giving your skin time to adjust. If you haven't started your new routine, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to avoid the purge, but the answer is, unfortunately, no, not really. A more gradual transition into new products can help reduce the likelihood of intense breakouts, but you will most likely experience some form of the purge regardless. The good news is it's all temporary. Breakouts from purging typically last anywhere from 4-6 weeks. This may be a little frustrating, but you'll get through it! Keep in mind that healthy, glowing skin is worth the wait so give it some time. If your breakouts don't start to clear up after 4-6 weeks, your skincare routine may not be the cause, and you may need to consult your dermatologist for a different solution. 

Skin Purging After GLOfacial Treatment 

Our GLOfacial pore cleansing tool is designed to gently exfoliate and extract the gunk that hides inside your pores. With this groundbreaking treatment, skin purging is to be expected as all the dirt, oil, and makeup in your pores is brought to the surface. Trust us, this is a good thing. You don't want all that dirt and dead skin hanging around. GLOfacial's vacuum vortex technology provides gentle, yet powerful extractions while clarifying Salicylic and plumping Hyaluronic acid are infused in the skin to give your complexion a healthy, hydrated glow. You may notice an increase in breakouts shortly after your first couple GLOfacial treatments but trust the process. Continue your GLOfacial treatments 1-2x per week, even when experiencing those breakouts (GLOfacial works wonders on stubborn whiteheads & blackheads), and keep in mind that buttery smooth, flawless skin is waiting for you on the other side. 

It might be annoying, but skin purging doesn't last forever. Those stubborn breakouts are simply a sign that your new skincare is working its magic. Just remember that your skin needs time to adjust to your new regime. Everyone's skin is unique, so your purge cycle may be shorter or longer than someone else. A general rule is to stick to your new routine for at least one skin cycle, about 28 days. Pay attention to how your skin is reacting, and when in doubt, always consult your dermatologist for advice. You'll have the skin of your dreams in no time if you stay consistent and patient! Keep calm and glow on✨

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