Treatment and Care to Reduce the Severity of Purging Symptoms
While purging may be a frustrating part of your new skincare routine, it usually disappears faster than a normal pimple. Here are some steps you can follow to reduce the severity of purging symptoms:
Ease into the new products
Slowly introduce a new product to reduce the severity of a purge. Start by using a product with a lower concentration of active ingredients on a small patch of skin, and use it less frequently than you normally would (once or twice a week). From there, you can gradually increase the frequency or the concentration.
It’s also not recommended to use more than one new skincare product at a time during the skin purging.
Don’t pick your acne
It may be tempting to pick on your acne or touch your face during this period, but doing that would worsen your acne and even prolong the purging period.
Avoid using products that can dry your skin
Dry, peeling skin is also a symptom of skin purging. Avoid using products that can dry your skin, like harsh scrubs or soaps. To avoid exacerbating dryness, which can lead to irritation, use humectant moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated. This type of moisturizer increases moisture on a cellular level and promotes the shedding of dead skin cells.
Keep a gentle cleansing routine
Your skin becomes more sensitive during the skin purging period. Using products with harsh chemicals can further irritate your skin. Stick to a gentle cleansing routine instead.
Also, don’t forget to use sunscreen when you go outdoors to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Practice having a healthier diet and lifestyle
To complement your skin detox, you can start adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle. Eating foods rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants, like legumes and green, leafy vegetables, can help prevent and treat acne. These nutrient-rich foods can also help your body detoxify better, thus amplifying the effects of the skin purge.
A healthy lifestyle is also key to making the purge more effective. Try to manage your stress levels and get better quality sleep.