The “retinol purge” is extremely normal: here’s why you shouldn’t worry about dry, flaking skin

The “retinol purge” is extremely normal: here’s why you shouldn’t worry about dry, flaking skin

Retinol promotes cell turnover, which means that it brings new, healthy cells to the surface of your skin in order to replace old dead ones,” says Dr Charlotte Woodward, co-owner of River Aesthetics. However, in the process, it ‘purges’ up all kinds of other debris hiding under your skin, which may lead to sudden breakouts. Skin purging happens when new ingredients, like retinol, promote increased cell turnover, which causes clogging and worsening breakouts. This is particularly the case as oil and debris that is trapped deeper underneath the skin comes to the surface.



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