How To Avoid Skin Purging

How To Avoid Skin Purging

Thankfully skin purging is something that we do not hear about much with our Nakin products. This is because skin purging is usually a problem that can happen to your skin if you use face products with strong synthetic active anti-ageing ingredients, like retinol and vitamin C. So luckily you should not experience it badly with Nakin’s Natural Skincare as all the products are kind to skin and full of special plant actives, that work in harmony with our natural biology. However, our cleansing products are detoxing, especially our Exfoliating Radiance Tonic with its many fruit AHAs, so it is possible to experience a breakout as skin clears itself out, but this would only be mild and short lived, unlike skin purging which can have a big effect on the skin and last for 6-8 weeks. Our products should not include anything in them to make skin breakout but if switching to Nakin from products that are not so natural then skin purging might occur because of the natural content, as your skin gets used to the higher amount of natural ingredients that we use it might be detoxing in some way. 

Skin purging refers to the process where your skin experiences a temporary increase in blemishes or breakouts after starting a new skincare product. This phenomenon typically occurs when active ingredients, such as retinoids, AHAs, and BHAs, accelerate skin cell turnover. This rapid shedding helps to bring congestion and impurities to the surface more quickly, leading to a clearer complexion over time. While it can be disconcerting, skin purging is a sign that the product is effective and working as intended. It's a phase that usually lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a month, after which the skin often appears healthier and more radiant.

The Difference Between Skin Purging and a Breakout

If you are using a new product and your skin reacts to it, then it is likely to be skin purging or a reaction to an ingredient in the product. Some skincare companies advise that purging is normal and skin will take some time to get used to a product, and this is why it is purging. At Nakin we personally believe that anything which gives your skin an obvious negative reaction and distress is not something that you should use. That’s because we believe in being kind to skin and enhancing it with the best natural anti-ageing skincare instead. When we were researching this feature we found lots of queries about the difference between skin purging and a normal breakout. We would suggest that if your skin is having an unusual breakout or issue after using a new product with synthetic anti-ageing ingredients, then it is likely to be caused by the product, as opposed to being just a regular breakout.

The signs of skin purging involve a kind of breakout on the face, but there are differences between skin purging and a normal breakout. Dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk told Glamour Magazine that acne breakouts take a number of different forms including blackheads, red pimples on the surface of the skin, pustules, nodules and deeper tender bumps underneath the skin. Purging is slightly different, appearing on the skin mostly as blackheads or small skin-coloured bumps just under the surface of the skin. However, it is also possible for purging to cause similar spots to a breakout.

The Ingredients That Cause Skin Purging

There are lots of skincare ingredients that can cause skin purging. They are generally the strong synthetic anti-ageing ingredients like the below.

  • Retinol and ingredients in the retinoid family
  • Hydroxy acid exfoliators such as AHAS, BHAS and PHAS
  • Harsh exfoliators such as scrubs, peels and microdermabrasion treatments
  • Vitamin C
  • Salicylic acid & glycolic acid
  • Synthetic acne creams like benzoyl peroxide

How to Avoid Skin Purging

The best way to avoid skin purging is to switch to using natural plant based anti-ageing skincare products. Because these use high performance plant actives like hyaluronic acid, they work in harmony with skin to enhance and improve it. Natural face products are especially made to contain kind but enhancing ingredients that do not have adverse effects on skin; unless there is an allergy to a particular ingredient. At Nakin all of our cleansers, face creams and serums are packed with the best plant extracts that contain reviving ingredients, antioxidants like natural vitamin C and botanical line smoothers. The other lovely thing about Nakin’s range is that the prices suit most budgets and the formulas are kind to even sensitive skin. They are rich in nutrients, but still light enough not to clog pores. Nakin’s Anti-Ageing Skincare includes the products below for a full face care regime.

Begin with our anti-ageing Advanced Cleansing Milk to brighten & condition with the silky lightweight formula. Then follow with the anti-ageing Purifying Face Toner which is much more than your usual face toners as it detoxes, hydrates and revives. You could also use our Rejuvenating Face Wash and Exfoliating Radiance Tonic. After cleansing you can apply our anti-ageing Eye Cream Complex, Performance Face Serum and Revitalising Face Oil. These all treat skin and help to repair past damage and issues, and well as conditioning and improving skin. Then we have two anti-ageing face creams depending on your skin type. If you have more dry or normal skin then treat it to a beautiful long-lasting dewy glow with our Active Dew Face Cream. If you are oilier or you prefer a more matt look then moisturise with our Matt Formula Face Cream. Finish with our anti-ageing Lip Treatment Balm which is full of the best natural butters and oils to soften and protect even very dry lips.

We hope that you found our feature on skin purging useful. It might be completely new to you as it is not common in the natural skincare field. The good news is that if you use Nakin’s Natural Skincare it is unlikely that you would have big reactions or breakouts as the ingredients are kind to even sensitive skin, as well as being cruelty free and made in the UK. Having said that, always carry out a patch test before using any new product, including those that are natural.

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