All to know about Retinoid purging and how to make it through All to know about Retinoid purging and how to make it through

All to know about retinoid purging and how to make it through

Retinoids have become the holy grain of antiaging and skincare in general. But ff you are new to retinol, you have to know that retinoid purging is a thing and it might happen to you. 

Retinoids are excellent to promote cell turnover, and collagen production, they are also good at unclogging your pores and generally giving you new, healthier, skin. But in the process of doing so, you might notice your skin starts to break out, become red, or peel – let's see what this is about.

All to know about retinoid purging

All to know about retinoid purging 

Retinoids work at a cellular level, so if you have acne or cell buildup, the chances are that retinoids will bring out everything trapped in your skin and clog your pores that were previously “hidden.” This is why you might experience breakouts, but don't worry this is just temporary, it is part of the process of purification and cleansing. 

You might also experience comedonal acne, redness, and peeling, especially around the nose and mouth – don't dispair, this is a sign that retinoids are working. 

How long will retinoid purging last?

The good news is that it won't last forever and while the symptoms may vary depending on your skin type, expect retinoid purging to last for about four weeks, which is a cell cycle. In some cases it might last for 2 cell cycles, that is to say for about eight weeks, and that is also normal, but if you notice redness or irritation after 3 months, it is a good idea to consult a dermatologist

How to get through the purging phase

 How to get through the purging phase

The key is consistency, if you stop using it altogether, you'll waste all the progress you've done. Instead, reduce the amount of product you use, or use it no more than 3 times a week, and you can then work your way up from there.

It is also important to support your skin barrier, this means using moisturizers with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or glycerine, this will help stop the peeling, dryness, and eventual flaking. You should also avoid other exfoliating agents, and make sure you apply SPF

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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