When you add a new product to your skincare routine and it does not work for you, your skin will break out. This is the point at which you should discard the product. But what if you're mistaken and you're actually purging instead of breaking out?
Skin purging is completely normal when you introduce any product that significantly enhances your skin cell turnover. One of the most common ingredients that result in skin purging is retinoid. Continue reading to learn what retinoid purging is, how to spot it, and how to prevent it.
What exactly is retinoid purging?
To maintain regular skin turnover, retinoids act at the cellular level. Retinoids draw out anything that is obstructing your pores beneath the surface. With cell regeneration, pore unclogging, and everything coming out to the surface at the same time, it can cause temporarily increased breakouts. Additionally, it may cause redness, peeling, whiteheads, blackheads, and general skin irritation. The good news is that it is merely a temporary situation and will pass in 4 weeks.
How to stop retinoid purging?
Following a few easy tips will help you overcome retinoid purging. Here’s what you can do:
- Retinoid is termed the gold standard in skincare, which basically means it can do anything. Isn't that why you're using it? Keeping this in mind, you should avoid using anything else in conjunction with retinoid and stick to a simple routine of a non-stripping cleanser, retinoid treatment and moisturizer.
- It's a good idea to use things in moderation; neither too much nor too less. One of the causes of retinoid purging is regular use of the product. Do not use retinoid daily; instead, start once or twice a week and then gradually increase.
- Many people feel that more product equals more advantages, but this is not necessarily the case with retinoids; more is not always wiser. Retinoids can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and severe breakouts if used excessively. Remember to start with tiny amounts of any new ingredient. Patch testing is a smart move.
- One of the most frequent issues when using retinoids is dryness. The first few weeks after starting to use retinol are certain to cause your skin to become dry and flaky. The easiest way to address this is to use a skin barrier-friendly moisturizer like the Ceramide Supercream Moisturizer over retinoid treatment. It has excellent ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and olive oil unsaponifiables, all of which help reinforce the skin barrier. When using retinoids, you must be diligent about moisturizing. You could even use the sandwich method to apply the retinoid treatment. It means applying moisturizer before the retinoid and then layering the same moisturizer over again. It really helps!
- If you have sensitive skin and believe that using retinoids will be too much for you, dilute the retinoid in your moisturizer. Just make sure that your moisturizer doesn’t have any other actives and is kind to your skin barrier.
- Anything that promotes skin cell regeneration is likely to make your skin more susceptible to the sun. When using retinoids, avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen.
It is true that with retinoids, things become worse before they get better, but if you want to avoid that worst-case situation entirely, follow these tips and be patient for fantastic results!