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Are You Giving Your Acne Products A Chance

 

Are You Giving Your Acne Products A Chance

So you have been using a new acne regimen for about a week and your skin now looks amazing, right? Wrong. In fact it is highly likely that you are even more broken out!

It is about this time that many people would once again switch products. Believe it or not, that is one of the worst things that you can do to your skin during this crucial time in the healing process. It is important to understand how the skin works, as well as how acne products work to solve the problem of acneic skin.

Skin naturally exfoliates itself every 28-50 days, depending on your age, skin type and skin health (the condition that your skin is in).Our Acne products contain ingredients that speed up cellular turnover, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Each time that you start a new line of products for acne-prone skin, they rapidly accelerate the exfoliation process. That means that all of the soon-to-be-breakouts lurking beneath the surface of your skin are likely to appear during those first few weeks. These breakouts are not occurring because of the new acne products - they were actually there before you even purchased your new regime. They have just (much to your dismay) chosen to show up a bit sooner due to the rapid exfoliation of skin that is occurring.

The good news: the situation will get better. It normally takes up to 28 days for the skin to purge the toxins lying beneath the surface. After that, your acne products can begin to do their job of helping your skin heal while keeping new breakouts from forming.

 

Purging

When your skin is adjusting to the new product, and persevering with the product will eventually make your skin better – in fact, the sudden crop of pimples means that it’s working as intended.

How A Pimple Forms

A pore becomes clogged – usually by dead skin cells that don’t detach and get to the surface properly – and forms what’s called a microcomedone. Microcomedones aren’t visible at the surface of the skin. Sometimes they’ll develop into a whitehead, blackhead, pimple or full-blown cyst; sometimes they’ll go away on their own without you noticing. It can take up to 8 weeks for a microcomedone to surface.

How Purging Happens

Here’s how purging can actually work – if a product speeds up skin turnover (the rate at which skin cells are shed and replaced), then the entire cycle will be accelerated and microcomedones will turn into whiteheads/ blackheads/pimples/ cysts more quickly, so you’ll suddenly see a rush of blemishes rearing their ugly heads.

If the product is irritating (which most skin turnover-accelerating products are), some microcomedones that weren’t going to show up might join the party too, since inflammation is one of the factors causing acne. However, these microcomedones were in the skin before you started the new product, not new blockages caused by the product.

Now, remember how the microcomedone started as dead skin cells that didn’t detach and get to the surface properly? Products that increase skin turnover target this exact process to treat acne! So as the product starts to work, less microcomedones should form, and after the initial angry-volcano stage your skin should become clearer than when you started the product.

How Can I Reduce The Severity Of A Purge

If you’re about to start our Acne Prone Skin Regime and you want to limit the severity of a purge, there’s some evidence that introducing the new product slowly can help. This means starting at a lower concentration, starting at a smaller amount, using it less frequently, or washing it off after a few minutes before gradually increasing to the recommended usage.

We have also found using the Co Q10 Elixir along side your Acne Prone Skin Care helps reduce the affects of purging.