Skin Purging || The Good News!
Often times we are recommended a specific skincare product that claims to be the IT and the ultimate solution to our problem.. Just to find out that this new-to-our-skin product is only making our complexion look worse.. What happens after? We raise hell! We give up on it and discount it as one of the worst products out there we have ever used..
What we don’t know yet..
This case scenario is simply our skin’s natural response to stimuli.. A.k.a. skin purging.. Very common and proves misleading, skin purging is a term referring to an adjustment period; that’s when we are dealing with new symptoms that are obviously worse than the case itself before things can get any better..
Today I will be talking about glycolic acid cream and the role it can play in the purging process.
Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, it can stimulate the skin’s renewal process while removing dead skin cells with many other proven benefits. Upon initial usage of this acid, sudden changes may occur, positive or otherwise, and typically require some kind of normal initial adjustment period.
What is It?
Glycolic acid is a fruit acid and can be found naturally occurring in plants like sugar canes, pineapples, and sugar beets. It offers many benefits when applied to the skin in the right concentration and acidity (pH) levels and at the right time. Applying low concentrations with the right acidity (pH) level and combined with the right skin care process is a must to enjoy its full benefits.
How It Works
Glycolic acid breaks down the top layer of the skin (the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the complexion) by dissolving sebum and other substances binding the cells together. It’s able to easily penetrate the skin deeply. This makes it effective for combating fine lines, acne, blackheads, and oily skin. Using glycolic acid is also more effective in lower concentrations (anything over 10% is considered high and should be used with caution).
On the skin, glycolic acid has rejuvenating and moisturizing properties. It’s a popular ingredient in many chemical peels due to being highly effective in skin treatment even for sensitive skin. Also known to treat skin conditions like melasma, psoriasis, and seborrheic keratosis, scarring, skin discoloration, aging, and wrinkles.
Why Glycolic Acid Causes Skin Purging?
Glycolic acid in your skin care products may accelerate whatever pimples and other skin maladies were already working under the surface of your skin and quicken their appearance on the surface of the skin by speeding up the entire cycle dramatically. What you need to know is that this case is temporary, and that being patient will only reap many benefits primarily boosting collagen production. Isn’t it worth it?
Having the nature of being a very small molecule that easily penetrates our skin layers makes Glycolic acid the best natural exfoliant that speeds up the renewal process when you’re sleeping, yes it is supposed to be applied at night…
You shouldn’t be afraid of purging as it’s not your body rejecting or having a bad reaction to skin care, it’s just accelerating what’s already happening.
Known as somewhat of an “adjustment period”, key ingredients in new skin care products used can temporarily throw off the skin’s natural balance by accelerating any skin issues you may already be experiencing (aka “purging”) before adjusting and working properly as intended.
All you need is patience, your skin may need to get used to glycolic acid. So while glycolic acid may lead to the unwanted purging of the skin, it’s a very helpful ingredient full of many valuable properties likely to aid in your overall skin health when used in the proper routine and products.