PURGING

Getting through the bad before the good.

What is purging?

Acne purging or “skin purging” happens when a person’s acne condition seems to get worse when they begin an effective topical treatment. This can mean more pimples popping, sometimes even in new areas. These breakouts can also be more intense than normal, often larger and more inflamed. For example, clogged pores may turn into active pimples, whereas small pimples may turn into larger pimples or even pustules.


what is purging?

Acne purging or “skin purging” happens when a person’s acne condition seems to get worse when they begin an effective topical treatment. This can mean more pimples popping, sometimes even in new areas. These breakouts can also be more intense than normal, often larger and more inflamed. For example, clogged pores may turn into active pimples, whereas small pimples may turn into larger pimples or even pustules.


What causes acne purging?

The active ingredients in acne treatment products have several “side effects” that can initially cause the acne to get worse while before producing the expected improvement, including:

• Exfoliation of the skin

• Increased cell turnover

• Rapid destruction of acne bacteria


Some of the Bombi product ingredients are essentially causing the skin's upper layers to shed off while “pushing” all the gunk, sebum, and bacteria in your skin out to the surface. The pimples and cysts that would otherwise have come to the surface in future weeks and months start to come out much more quickly and seemingly all at once....oh acne, the gift that keeps on giving!

Together, the effects trigger an immune response in your skin — essentially an overreaction of the body to “send help” to the skin. This causes an increase in inflammation, which intensifies the new and existing breakouts.

Purging is more common in people with severe and cystic acne.



How to prevent or reduce purging?

If you want to prevent skin purging or limit a purge's severity, make sure you introduce your new acne treatment products slowly into your routine. This is true for other skincare products for most skin conditions!


Slow and steady usually wins the race. Modified Application: The “slow and steady” advice is essential for topical acne treatment creams (usually left on overnight). Start with smaller amounts of the cream than directed and apply it every 2 to 3 nights. As your skin adjusts to the treatments, gradually increase the recommended amount and application frequency.


If you feel like you see more breakouts, don't worry! This is totally normal. Initial acne flare-ups should not be the reason to discontinue the treatment as this effect is a sign that improvement is pending. It may be counter-intuitive, but the best way to reduce skin purging is to continue with the treatment.


Purging should slow down within 2 weeks as the skin is cleared from impurities and is starting to heal.

That’s when you know you’re on the road to a balanced microbiome and radiant looking skin.

how to prevent or reduce purging?

If you want to prevent skin purging or limit a purge's severity, make sure you introduce your new acne treatment products slowly into your routine. This is true for other skincare products for most skin conditions!


Slow and steady usually wins the race. Modified Application: The “slow and steady” advice is essential for topical acne treatment creams (usually left on overnight). Start with smaller amounts of the cream than directed and apply it every 2 to 3 nights. As your skin adjusts to the treatments, gradually increase the recommended amount and application frequency.


If you feel like you see more breakouts, don't worry! This is totally normal. Initial acne flare-ups should not be the reason to discontinue the treatment as this effect is a sign that improvement is pending. It may be counter-intuitive, but the best way to reduce skin purging is to continue with the treatment.


Purging should slow down within 2 weeks as the skin is cleared from impurities and is starting to heal.

That’s when you know you’re on the road to a balanced microbiome and radiant looking skin.

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