SKIN PURGING - What even is it, and is it as 'normal' as they say?

Let’s chat about new skin care products. Have you ever had a breakout after using them, only to be told when you take them back for a refund/exchange that they are working and this is normal. It’s a process called “Purging”. 

The saying goes, that your skin will get worse, before it gets better and to stick with it. 

There are 2 main reasons they tell you this. 

You all know that I’m straight up, so I’m just going to tell it like it is. The sales staff are working on commissions. If they accept refunds, that affects their monthly targets, so you know they are going to want to talk you out of a refund, anyway that they can. I know this, as I started out in retail. 

The other reason, is that the newer sales staff have heard others say this, and blindly believe it, truly thinking it’s true. So not every person that says this to you is trying to con you, some genuinely believe it’s true because they’ve heard it said so much within the retail sector. 

However, let’s look at the facts. Your body knows when something is bad for it. Think about when you get something in your eye. The tears start to flow and your eye blinks rapidly as your body tries to get it out of your system. Another example, when you eat bad food, your body does what it needs to, to rid your body of this food immediately. Your body is super smart at detecting what is bad for it, and trying it’s best to get rid of it. 

Let’s now think about recreational drug use. Let’s think about someone starting to experiment with drugs. After she uses them for a while, her body starts building up a tolerance (a pharmacological concept that describes the reduced reaction to a drug following repeated use) and she no longer feels the same as she did when she first started taking the drug, because her body has learned to deal with the substance she’s consuming. So, she increases the amount she uses and this is how a lot of people can go from ‘dabbling’ to full-on drug abuse. 

So why am I even talking about food and drugs when this is a skincare post? To demonstrate how your body reacts to various products. 

So, back to the skincare, if your skin is ‘purging’ the product back out of your skin, you know there is something in it that does not agree with your body. You should stop using it immediately. 

“But Jen, I’ve continued using the product since I first started ‘purging’ and my skin has cleared up again”.

This is where the drug example comes into it. If you keep abusing your skin, and forcing the negative products into it, eventually it’s going to give up and say, ok I can’t get rid of this product, instead I’m going to have to figure out a way to live with it. And you build up a tolerance. 

Having your body ‘deal’ with a product, doesn’t mean its suddenly good for your skin. Taking a recreational drug and no longer having a reaction to it suddenly doesn’t make that drug good for you. Just like if the first time you ate junk food you threw up, but after continually eating it, you no longer have that reaction. That doesn’t mean the junk food is somehow now healthy for you, it just means your body is figuring out a way to deal with it. 

So, the next time you try a new product and you break out. Swap it for something else. That’s your body’s way of telling you there’s something in it that is not working for you. 

And here’s the biggest take-away from this post. If you haven’t got those break outs before the products, then your skin is fine. I know people try to tell you there’s underlying issues that are coming to the surface. If your skin had problems. you’d be seeing them on the surface. Don’t listen to those who try and convince you otherwise.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been told that your skin is just purging and to keep using the products.

Much Love & Success, 

Jennifer