The term "skin purging" can conjure up images of gunk and grime being extracted from your pores, as seen in some videos of huge blackheads being pushed out of the pores or pus-filled pimples being pulled out of the skin. The real deal when it comes to skin purging, though, is that it's not nearly as horrific (or should be feared). Rather, a skin cleanse simply refers to the skin's reaction to certain products, namely retinols and acids. These particular ingredients are known as chemical exfoliants, and because they shed that top layer of dead skin cells, new ones regenerate faster than they would on their own, which can bring blockages to the surface and cause irritation and breakouts. The good news about purging is that it is temporary.
Exfoliating with an acid is a very important step in good daily skin care. The word 'acid' may scare you, but an acid is very mild on the skin. At home you can get started with low concentrations of acids. Acids are used for various indications such as acne, sun damage, anti aging, scars. Did you know that even pigment can be treated with an acid? This blog is about different AHA acids and their effectiveness.