Skin purging is one of the most common causes of acne breakouts. It happens when excess sebum (oil) from your pores comes out through your skin pores and into the air. When this occurs, it’s called pore clogging or sebaceous filaments blockage. Pores are tiny openings at the top of our skin where dead cells are collected to make up our epidermis. When there is too much oil and dead skin cells, the pores become blocked. This results in dryness, redness, itching and irritation.
What Causes Skin Purging?
There are many reasons why skin will get oily:
Excess sebum production. Excessive sebum production can occur due to several factors such as: Too little sleep (sleep deficiency). Not enough exercise (exercise deficiency). Stressful life situations (stress deficit). Lack of sleep.
Excessive sebum production can occur due to several factors such as: Excessive sebum production can occur due to numerous other reasons. These include: Over-eating. Eating too much fatty foods (lipid imbalance). Drinking alcohol excessively (alcoholism). Using sunscreens with oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate (sunscreen deficiency).
Taking certain medications (drug addiction). Using certain drugs (psychosis). Smoking cigarettes.
What is Skin Purging vs Breakout?
Skin purging is a part of an acne treatment plan. When you start a new medication, your skin will often begin to purge itself of impurities. This allows the medication to be more effective as it clears away dead skin cells and other blockages in the pores. If you stop taking the medication right now, you’ll most likely get a large breakouts of pimples. But by continuing the treatment and taking the medication long enough, your skin will eventually be clearer and healthier than ever before.
How to Stop Skin Purging?
It’s very important for you to stop whatever it is that you’re doing which is causing your skin to purge. For most people, this means going back on some old medication or changing some of their habits. It’ll all be worth it in the long run when you start seeing clearer skin. Since everyone’s case of acne is different, you can’t really know exactly how to react. This is why it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
There are several things that could be contributing to your skin purging:
Excessive Stressing – If you’ve been under a lot of stress lately, this could be causing your skin to purge. When your body is under a lot of stress, it begins to produce more and more oil than it normally does. This is the body’s natural way of “prepping” itself in case you need to run away from a threatening situation. It wants to make sure you’ve got enough oil to protect your skin from drying out. While this might have helped our ancestors survive back in the day, it can be very troublesome for people with skin conditions like yours.
Not Getting Enough Sleep – If you’re like most people, you probably don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. Most teenagers need at least 8 hours of sleep every night. When you deprive your body of sleep, it reacts in the same way that it does to stress. It begins to over-produce oil in the hope that this will protect your skin from drying out. When this happens, you can get skin purging.
Eating Too Much Junk Food – Certain foods that are high in fat and low in nutritional value can cause your skin to purge. This happens because your body recognizes these foods as “junk”. It thinks that you’re not going to get proper nutrition from them, so it tries to make up for this by producing more oil in the skin. This helps to protect your skin from drying out. The more junk food you eat, the more oil your skin produces.
Eating Too Many Carbohydrates – Just like eating too much junk food, eating too many carbohydrates can also cause your skin to purge. The reason for this is because your body uses carbs as its primary source of energy. If you eat too many carbs, it starts to think that you’re not getting enough to eat at all. It once again prepares for the worst and begins to over-produce oil to make up for the lack of nutrition that you’re getting.
Using The Wrong Skin Care Products – Using the wrong skin care products can also lead to purging. Most commonly, people will assume that the oilier your skin is, the more oil your skin must need. This leads people to use oil-based moisturizers and washes which ultimately worsen the problem by adding more oil to your skin. Look for non-oil based moisturizing gels, washes, and toners instead.
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