Purging Or Breaking Out? How To Spot The Difference.

Have you recently gotten a facial or started using a new skincare product? You may have experienced a pimple or two pop up immediately after. Now, there are good pimples and bad pimples, the good kind is known as purging, the bad kind is known as breaking out. But how do you tell the difference? Keep reading to find out!

Let's Talk About Skin Purging.

What Is It?

Skin purging refers to your skin's reaction when you introduce a new active ingredient or advanced resurfacing treatment to the skin. These treatments and ingredients help to loosen up underlying congestion and speed up the cell turnover rate.

What Causes Purging?

- Using new products containing AHA or BHA, Vitamin A (retinoids) or Vitamin C

- Receiving professional treatments including hydro/microdermabrasion, laser treatments or chemical peels.

Common Forms Of Purging

Purging results in inflammatory acne, which is a type of acne that appears as a result of an inflammatory response from the body. Inflammatory acne includes:

  • Pustules: small red bumps with white or yellowish centers. They may be tender or sore to the touch.

  • Whiteheads: small, white, raised bumps on the skin

  • Blackheads: small, black bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair follicles

  • Cysts: large painful red bumps deep in the skin

When excess oil mixes with dead skin cells inside of a pore, they can create bacteria known as P. acnes. When your body detects this bacteria, it sends white blood cells into the area to attack the foreign substance. This is called inflammation, and this is why pimples loo