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    Skin purging: Everything you need to know

    July 04, 2023 2 min read

    Skin purging: Everything you need to know

    Ever started a new skincare routine and noticed more breakouts than usual? This situation is often referred to as the 'purging phase'. Let's delve into this important (yet frequently misunderstood) step of your skincare journey.

    What is the purging phase?

    Just like a deep spring clean can initially make a home feel chaotic before it becomes clean, the same principle applies to your skin. When introducing potent ingredients like Retinals, AHAs or Vitamin C, you may discover an uptick in breakouts. This isn’t regression but rather a positive sign of your skincare’s efficacy. It means your skin is effectively eliminating impurities and preparing for a revitalised complexion. In essence, these once-dormant impurities are being brought to the surface faster, accelerating their exit.

    How long does the purging phase last?

    Purging duration depends on the person, but generally, it can span from 2 to 6 weeks.

    Differentiating: Purging vs. breakouts

    Here's how to determine whether you're en route to radiant skin or if it's time for a product change:

    • Examine the product's ingredient list. If it features actives like AHAs, Vitamin C or Retinals, it's likely that your skin is purging.
    • Keep track of the breakout duration. A timeframe from a few days up to 6 weeks is normal for purging.
    • If alongside breakouts, you observe symptoms like redness, itchiness, stinging, or burning, the product might not be suitable for your skin's unique needs.

    Trusting in the process

    Rejuvenation is a journey, not a quick fix. Take our AHA Night Serum. This potent overnight exfoliant is powered by alpha hydroxy acids, including Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone Acids. These ingredients are clinically proven to accelerate skin cell turnover, which can lead to purging. But after this phase, the result is smoother, more radiant skin.

    Pro tips on the purging phase

    Considering Retinals? They work faster than traditional Retinol, possibly prompting an earlier arrival of the purging phase. If you have a significant event lined up in the next 1-2 months, it's best to delay starting Retinals until after the event, ensuring your skin has time to adjust without any surprises. In the meantime, opt for The Quartet, our multi-peptide moisturiser. Infused with Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides, it's expertly crafted to soothe, nourish and rejuvenate even the most sensitive skin, keeping you event-ready without the concerns of skin purging.

    Beyond the purging phase

    While the purging phase can be a bit daunting, knowing that it's a step towards achieving that radiant complexion will make it all worth it. Every phase, every change, and every day is part of your journey to healthier, more radiant skin.