I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while as it’s something I often consider. Skin purging is when your skin needs time to adjust to a product and therefore, allegedly, forces all the underlying issues (spots under the skin) to the surface within the first couple of weeks of using said product. I often read blogs that say that after the initial purge, the product turned out to be great, but my belief is that a product should be great from day one. If I use a product and it breaks me out, as far as I’m concerned, it isn’t worth pursuing. Why would I want to put something on my face that my skin obviously doesn’t like, that could risk more post-acne scars and that has some sort of ingredient that is forcing my pores to become infected?
Yet lots of people think that purging is something that is an acceptable part of trying new skincare. I try a lot of skincare and mix it up a lot of the time. Sometimes my skin will just freak out in protest and I know that this is the time when I need to cut it all out and give it a break. However, my skin freakouts are when my skin decides to work it’s way through all the various skin types (dry, combi, oily, dehydrated etc) in a very short space of time due to me confusing it with all sorts of different products and treatments. This is not the same as purging. If I’m using a product that is specifically aimed at treating spots, then I will not give it the benefit of the doubt if one of the first things it does is give me spots!
Within 24 hours of using a product I can tell whether I’ll continue to do so. A good product will show some signs of immediate impact, albeit often very small. So if a product appears to have given me under the skin spots that are apparently a sign it’s working as it’s purging my skin, I will quickly move on to something that bypasses this apparent essential phase.
I realise that people may disagree with me on this point, so I’ll just ask this: if I were to give you a hand cream with the instructions that it will make your skin much more dry for a couple of weeks before you start seeing any real difference, would you use it? I definitely wouldn’t, so I approach my skincare with the same logic.