Breaking out after trying a new beauty product ? Here's is how to tell if your acne is the result of temporary "skin purging ,"or if the product itself is to blame
Here's a scenario that may sound familiar: You invest in a pricey vitamin C serum, cleanser, or retinol, expecting it to work some life-changing complexion magic on your face—but instead you're greeted by an angry crop of pimples. It's a double disappointment: not only do you have deal with acne, but you've also just dropped your hard-earned cash on another product destined for the skincare graveyard in your bathroom drawer.
That said, not every breakout can be blamed on skin purging. "If you try a new product and you start to break out, it depends on the ingredients as to whether you should stop [using] it," says Debra Jaliman, MD, New York City-based dermatologist. She warns that Shea butter, silicones, and oil-based products may clog pores. "If you're using something [with these ingredients], then you could be breaking out from the product itself," she says.