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Sometimes, things get worse before they get better. This holds true for your life as well as your skin. Here’s a quick question – how many times did your skin break out when you tried a new skin care product? Most of us have experienced it. And we usually end up assuming that the product is not suitable for our skin. But, is your skin really breaking out? Or is it purging?

Both breakout and purge happen when you introduce your skin to a new product. And though they are similar, they are not the same. Scroll down to find out all about skin purging.

When you start using products that accelerate the cell turnover rate, the entire skin cell regeneration cycle is accelerated. This means:

  • The microcomedones will turn into blackheads, whiteheads, or cysts.
  • The existing pimples will get inflamed.
  • Your blemishes will become pronounced.
  • The microcomedones that were invisible will also be pushed to the surface.

These skin issues are not new – they were already present before you started using the product. Once the product actually starts working, the severity of the issues will reduce, and your skin will start to clear up.

However, if your skin is not purging but breaking out, the scenario will be different. It will:

  • Cause new clogged pores.
  • Intensify skin irritation.
  • Result in new blemishes in new areas of your skin.
  • Cause itching, pain, or a new type of rash.

Unlike skin purging, breakouts result in fresh blemishes and skin issues. And there’s very little chance that your skin will get used to the product. Most of the times, it causes further damage. Hence, it is better to stop using the product and see your dermatologist.

See Also: Reasons Why Should Exfoliate Your Skin

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