SHORT-TERM BREAKOUT NOTH­ING TO WORRY ABOUT

The Queensland Times - - WEEKEND -

There’s noth­ing more an­noy­ing than splash­ing out on the lat­est “it” beauty prod­uct, only to wake up with a full-on breakout the next day.

But be­fore you bin your beauty buy, der­ma­tol­o­gists have re­vealed ex­actly why this hap­pens – and it’s ac­tu­ally not so bad.

Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jus­tine Kluk has re­vealed that treat­ments with cer­tain ac­tive in­gre­di­ents can boost skin cell turnover, which leads to “purg­ing” – a breakout that oc­curs af­ter the use of a new prod­uct.

She said the prod­ucts could ac­cel­er­ate the shed­ding of dead skin cells, which re­sult in a short-term breakout.

“Purg­ing is a non-med­i­cal term gen­er­ally used to de­scribe break­outs that oc­cur af­ter start­ing a new skin­care treat­ment or prod­uct con­tain­ing cer­tain ac­tive in­gre­di­ents,” Dr Kluk ex­plained.

“In the shorter term... this ac­cel­er­ated shed­ding, or ex­fo­li­a­tion of dead skin cells, may trig­ger more black­heads or break­outs.”

The skin ex­pert ex­plained that “purg­ing” should end within a month, at which point the prod­uct should be very ef­fec­tive in the long run.

“The rea­son that cer­tain treat­ments can trig­ger an ini­tial breakout or “purge” is that they in­crease cell turnover.

“This means that they help us to shed our dead skin cells more ef­fec­tively in the long run so that they don’t build up and clog our pores,” Dr Kluk ex­plained.

“Retinoids are a good ex­am­ple of a treat­ment that can have this ef­fect to start off with, but they are in­cred­i­bly help­ful for most peo­ple who per­se­vere and any in­crease in break­outs tends to set­tle with con­tin­ued use.”

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Kluk, you should see ben­e­fits of a new prod­uct within about 12 weeks.

Of course, it’s not al­ways clear whether your breakout is from purg­ing, whether the prod­uct is un­suit­able for your skin or if there’s an­other fac­tor caus­ing ag­gra­va­tion.

Cys­tic acne is a con­di­tion where cysts form un­der­neath your skin. Dr Sweta Rai, a spokes­woman for the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Der­ma­tol­ogy, said the best way to treat cys­tic acne was with med­i­ca­tion.

“You have to treat them with an an­tibi­otic and you have to un­block the pore,” Dr Rai said.

It’s al­ways best to speak to a der­ma­tol­o­gist so the un­der­ly­ing cause of the spots can be di­ag­nosed.

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