5 Beauty Ingredients That Could Be The Reason Your Skin Is Purging


Have you heard people saying before things get better they get really bad? Can you imagine the same scenario for your skin? Probably not.

If you've noticed any kind of breakouts on your skin just after using a new skincare product or ingredient then it's probably because your skin is purging. Unlike acne, when your skin is purging then it happens in a pattern, usually, no scars are behind and the breakouts last for about a month or more.

If you've been there then knowing about which ingredients are more likely to make your skin purge is very important. We're here to give you the lowdown.

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Ingredients That Can Cause Skin Purging

Believe it or not but skin purging is actually good for the skin. Yes, it makes your skin look not so great but ultimately, it helps release the toxins from your skin and makes it look better.

But, what are the ingredients that can cause purging? Let's find out.

Salicylic Acid

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If you have acne-prone skin, then you need no introduction to salicylic acid. It is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that exfoliates the skin and aids in fighting off acne.

Most of the anti-acne products have salicylic acid in them. Not only that, you can totally use skincare products that are nothing but salicylic acid solutions (yup, like the famous Salicylic Acid 2% Solution by The Ordinary).

It can be drying to the skin so make sure you do not use more than a few drops on the skin, twice a week. And if it leads to skin purging, forget about using it and let your skin breathe.


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Retinol is perhaps the most common ingredient that can cause skin purging. It is a skincare vitamin that is derived from Vitamin A. Retinol is commonly found in skincare products that boost the amount of collagen in the skin, thus making the skin look plumper.

It also helps in reducing the signs of ageing, evens out the skin tone and improves the skin elasticity. All in all, it has nothing but good intentions for the skin but it is also one of the strongest ingredients you'll ever use. So make sure you read all about it before trying it out.

Just a side note: Do not apply it in daylight. Instead, apply it before going to bed as it'll help reduce the chances of your skin reacting to it.

Glycolic Acid

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Another type of superhero acid that's taking the skincare world by storm is glycolic acid. It is an odourless alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is actually derived from sugarcane! Not only it makes our skin glow but it helps to dissolve the bond between various dead skin cells and thus, revealing glowing skin.

There are a lot of toners available in the market that have glycolic acid in them. And if you are planning to introduce one to your skincare regimen, then it's better if you do a patch test first.

After all, it's better to be safe than sorry!

Chemical Peels

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A chemical peel is a skin treatment in which the trained dermatologist uses facial products that 'peels' away the dead skin, revealing brighter skin. Not only that, it helps reduce facial scarring, gives a nice glow to the skin, reduces the signs of ageing; makes you look younger!

Since it involves using chemicals, it is bound to have side effects aka purging on the skin. Before going through with a chemical peel treatment, make sure you consult your dermat and tell them all about your skin type and let them examine the skin first.

Vitamin C

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Vitamin C products are al the rage right now! Whether it is a Vitamin C serum, face masks or even common skincare products, everyone cannot stop raving about it. And if there's one thing that I've learned from experimenting with various skincare ingredients is that just because it's for everybody, chances are that it might not work for you, at all!

When used in skincare, it helps brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of scars and also encourages collagen to grow. But as all the other ingredients mentioned above, if this makes your skin breakout, time to stop using it and let your skin heal.

So next time you see a change in your skin's behaviour, you'll know for sure what's causing it!

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