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Sensitive Skin Versus The Purging Phase

The differences between sensitive skin and the purging phase can be pretty confusing and at times just down right frustrating. There are a few key components to keep in mind when trying to decipher the difference between the two.

So, what is the purging phase? The purging phase is almost always confused with having sensitive skin. This phase is best known as an adjustment period shortly after starting your new products. During this time you may see your skin appear worse before it gets better. Staying consistent with your regimen is important to ensure your products get the opportunity to do their job!

 Signs of the purging phase may include:

  • Random scattered breakouts.
  • They are lasting anywhere from 2-6 weeks of using a new product consistently.
  • The products you are using contain AHAs ( Glycolic, lactic, malic, citric acids, etc.) and BHAs ( Salicylic, etc).

 Signs of sensitive skin/allergic reaction may include:

  • Tiny red bumps that appear in a rash form. 
  • Itchiness that appears as the tiny bumps appear. 
  • Unbearable tingling or burning begins shortly after using the product. 

For some, sensitivities can be caused by anything from strong fragrances to extremely dry or cracked skin (example of this would be eczema). For those who experience these symptoms, it’s important to pin-point what products cause the reaction and how you can avoid them in the future. Choosing the right product can be tricky, however, keeping products handy like our aloe cort calming cream can be helpful for on the spot relief!

Visit our sensitive skin page for more detailed information and for products best suited for sensitive skin types! 

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