Skin purging is when your skin starts to feel tight, sore, and irritated after using certain products. Sometimes these reactions are mild and go away on their own within a few hours; other times they last up to several days. Some people experience them only with certain types of acne treatments (retinoids), while others have them with all types of skincare products.
The most common cause of skin purging is overuse of acne medications. These drugs can increase blood flow to the skin, which makes it swell and tighten up. When your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, it begins to burn out—and that’s what happens when you use acne medication too much. That’s why some people develop hives or even severe allergic reactions from using these drugs.
In addition to acne medications, other possible causes include:
– Using harsh cleansers that strip off the top layer of dead skin cells.
– Using exfoliants like glycolic acid or lactic acid without letting them sit on the skin for a couple of minutes before rinsing. This will allow the acids to work better. Also, don’t rub your face too hard after cleansing—this could irritate your skin further.
– Using multiple products at once, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s best to use one product at a time until your skin adjusts.
If you’re experiencing skin purging and your skin is burning, swollen, itchy, or red, try the following:
1. Soak a washcloth with water and lay down to relieve some of the swelling.
2. Apply a cold compress to the area.
3. Take an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Claritin or Zyrtec, to help fight swelling and itchiness.
4. Try applying some toothpaste to the affected area to relieve some of the burn and itch.
Don’t do this for any extended period of time—about 20 minutes should do the trick.
5. Eliminate your current skincare routine if you’re using multiple products and see if that helps matters.
6. If your face becomes very red, swollen, or you begin to feel like you’re having a severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, tight throat), go to the emergency room.
Sometimes skin purging comes with a vengeance. The following tips will help you get through it:
1. Stay out of the sun.
2. Continue using your regular acne medications or other treatments.
3. Wait it out.
Skin purging generally lasts a week or two, but it can last up to six weeks. During this time you should not stop using your medication or treating your skin in any way.
4. If your skin is very irritated and seriously swollen or if you begin to experience hives or difficulty breathing, see a physician immediately.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and what might work for your best friend might not work for you.
That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor or dermatologist before starting or stopping any treatments.
It’s also important to stick with a treatment for at least a few weeks before deciding if it’s working or not.
If one medication or treatment doesn’t seem to help, there are plenty of others that may work for you.
The important thing is to be patient and stick with it.
With the right products and a little time, anyone can have healthy, beautiful skin.
Due to its popularity we have included a bonus article below.
Acne isn’t just a condition that affects teenagers. It also affects millions of adults every year.
Adults of all ages can get acne. In fact, nearly 50% of the people who suffer from acne are adults.
Even men can get acne, which is a common misconception.
There are many different types of treatments for acne, but it is important to remember that each treatment doesn’t work for everyone.
One thing you can do is visit your local pharmacy and pick up an over-the-counter cleanser or treatment designed for acne. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
You can also visit your doctor or dermatologist for prescription treatment options. Your doctor may give you a prescription to treat the acne.
It is important to remember that even if a treatment option works for most people, it may not work for you, so it is best to speak with your dermatologist about available treatments.
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