What is a Tretinoin Purge
We always talk about how “retinol is the gold standard” in skincare and, to be clear, it is a great ingredient. However, it’s not without its downsides. Especially when you’re dealing with tretinoin (that is, a prescription strength retinoid), which is some hearty stuff.
For many, there is an initial purge period, where your skin looks a lot worse before it gets better. Good news is that it’s usually temporary and there are a few simple tricks you can employ in your routine to make the experience less unpleasant.
What do you mean by “it gets worse before it gets better”?
“Many people experience an uptick in acne when they start acne medications—especially retinoids. This is often referred to as a ‘retinoid purge’ [or ‘retinol uglies’] and is due to the increase in cell turnover [which is one of the main functions of retinoid]. This can cause any below the surface pimples to move upwards,” explains Rachel Nazarian, a board-certified dermatologist at Mount Sinai Dept of Dermatology and the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York. Fear not: “There are certainly many ways to make this passing phase less difficult, and to minimize irritation,” she assures.
Source : Pure Wow – We Ask a Derm: What is a Tretinoin Purge (And How Do We Get Through One)? Edited By, Jenny Jin