I’m all about keeping my complexion flawless, so when I try out a new product—and a scary slew of breakouts pops up in its wake? Well, not ideal. But here’s the tricky part: Those pimples may, in fact, be a sign that the new formula is working. It’s called skin purging. And thanks to social media trends, it’s become a kind-of desirable skincare method that the internet is loving lately. But, truth be told, it’s not as simple as adopting a new skincare habit or reaching for a new formula.
You see, skin purging isn’t for the faint of heart. Dealing with breakouts, dryness, and flaking skin for weeks at a time isn’t exactly desirable. But one thing that is, is the end result: clear, glowing skin. We tapped dermatologists to get the scoop on skin purging, what it is, and how to deal with it as it’s happening. Plus, we’ve got the inside scoop on how to know the difference between skin purging and a breakout. Keep reading to learn more.