Sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better

Skin purging is like the dark that comes before the light.
Recently a customer emailed us to say that she started to break out after beginning to use our Strawberry Facial. At first she kind of panicked and then she remembered being told as a teenager dealing with acne, that "it will get worse before it gets better." That led her to do a google search that resulted in an education on skin purging. She suggested we write about it and that was a great suggestion. (Thanks Danielle!)
So what's skin purging exactly? 
Skin purging is a response often seen after starting a new skincare treatment, especially with products that accelerate the skin's cell turnover rate, like exfoliants. This process brings underlying issues to the surface more quickly, resulting in an initial breakout or exacerbation of skin concerns. Essentially, as the skin renews itself faster, the buildup of dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils trapped in the pores are expelled, which can lead to temporary inflammation and/or pimples. Although it might seem counterintuitive, purging is a sign that the product is effectively stimulating the skin to heal and regenerate. Unlike reactions to irritating products, which persist or worsen over time, purging is temporary and typically subsides as the skin adjusts, leading to clearer, healthier skin.
It's worth noting, that purging doesn't happen to everyone since many factors can influence whether or not it occurs in a particular individual. 
Understanding the distinction between purging and adverse reactions is crucial, especially if you have sensitive skin,  because you may make a judgment that causes you to reject what might end up being the best thing to ever happen to your skin. 
The takeaway here is that patience is a virtue. If you've ever given up sugar or tried to quit smoking, you've had a similar experience where things get worse before they improve, but once the unpleasant symptoms resolve, the improvement is significant. The same thing goes for our facials. What seems like a breakout or a "reaction" is just your body's way of getting rid of impurities and it's the first step towards a better complexion.