I’m purging right now! And by “purging,” I’m not talking about the movie where people don masks and become crazed killers for one night. I’m talking about my skin breaking out, a.k.a purging, because I started using a heavy-duty glycolic acid toner about a month ago (the Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads by BeautyRx, $70).
Shortly before the new year rolled around, I decided I was going to get my skin care routine on track (finally). I was going to start wearing sunscreen every day again (I know!), drink lots of water, and incorporate an acid toner into my routine, among other things.
I started with these pads and have been using them every other night for a month, and now my skin is breaking out.
Normally, when I’m just going about my usual business, I will occasionally get a zit here or there, but it’s been a while since a whole crop of little pimples showed up to the party… I’m assuming it’s because of the glycolic acid ramping up skin cell turnover and clearing out the stuff stuck in my pores.
This has happened to me before when I’ve added a heavy-duty exfoliating product into the mix. There’s a period when I break out for a bit, but then my skin usually clears up after about six weeks (hopefully).
It usually takes a while… I’m looking at my forehead and wondering, “When will it be over!?” Granted, this isn’t one of the worst breakouts I’ve had (in college when I had really bad hormonal acne, I went through a round of Accutane, and the purging was intense), and I don’t think it’s noticeable from more than a few feet away, but I can definitely see the bumpy texture, especially when I’m looking at myself in pictures.
Until it passes, I’m not wearing extra dewy finishes on certain areas, and I’m going to be extra good about applying an acne cream in the mornings and at night (I swear by Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion with benzoyl peroxide).
Anyway, I was wondering if you’ve ever experienced a skin purge before, or if you happen to be purging now. Stay strong, friend! This too shall pass.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy International Women’s Day! 👩⭐💖