Skin purging: fact or fiction? Joel Schlessinger MD has the answer.

There is a common myth in skin care that starting a new treatment or regimen leads to skin purging. The idea is that when you start a new skin care treatment, breakouts are a good sign because your skin is purging itself of impurities. But is there any truth behind this myth? Read on to find out.

Your skin can react to any change in your daily routine, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

When your skin reacts to a new product, it’s not purging itself of impurities. In fact, it’s the skin’s job to keep things out, not detoxify the body. Any reaction you’re seeing to a new product is the skin naturally trying to restore balance. This can happen whenever you make a change to your skin care routine.

Another explanation could be that you’re having a reaction to the ingredients in the products. Products that contain alcohol, fragrance or other additives can sometimes cause irritation. Additionally, if you’re using products with too many active ingredients, this can cause skin to become overly sensitive. The products in your skin care routine should work together to improve your skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD says it’s important to determine what caused the reaction and adjust accordingly.

If you notice a sudden breakout or increased sensitivity, stop using any new products and see if the reaction clears. Once your skin calms down, you can slowly add products back into your routine. Try only applying formulas every other day or alternating treatments in the morning and the evening. If the reaction persists, it’s time to see a dermatologist.

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Posted Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 9:17 pm
Filed Under Category: Skin Care, Skin Care Myths
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