How to Tell if You're Detoxing or Breaking Out

How to Tell if You're Detoxing or Breaking Out
How to Tell if You're Detoxing or Breaking Out

There are times when a break out is actually a good thing because it means your body is purging. The 'bad stuff' is coming up to the surface because your body is trying to get rid of it. 

And then there are times when a skincare product is throwing your skin out of balance and your skin is reacting with a few new spots. Which is fine because there's nothing wrong with acne, and there's nothing to be worried about. 

But I know it's frustrating when you're not sure what's going on with your skin. So let's talk about how you can tell if your break out is a good thing, or if you should toss that new product. 

What Is 'Detox Acne'?

To be fair, this is kind of a made up term. But you get the jist. It's acne that's caused by detoxing.

You might experience 'detox acne' after a professional facial, after lifestyle changes, or even after using a detoxifying face mask.

When your facialist does pore extractions, acne is a common effect for the next few days. If you're suddenly working out, drinking more water, or eating more veggies, your body could be detoxing, and one of the side effects is a little more acne than usual. And if you're using a detoxifying face mask with say, activated charcoal, that charcoal is going to pull all of the gunk out of your pores, leaving behind a few new blemishes. 

How Can You Tell if Your Acne is Caused By a Detox?

1. Did you see a facialist recently? Make any healthy lifestyle changes? 

If you did, it's likely detox acne. Keep doing what you're doing and it'll go away soon. 

2. Detox acne doesn't last long, and it comes in waves. 

Unlike 'normal' acne, acne caused by detoxing doesn't last long, and it shouldn't get steadily worse. It comes in waves as your body purges, heals, and purges again. 

How Can You Tell if Your Acne is Caused by a New Product? 

We all want to know right away if a product is causing our acne. While I haven't experienced a lot of products that directly cause acne, using products that aren't meant for your skin can throw your skin off balance, which can lead to more irritation, congestion, and acne. 

If you just started using a new skincare product, and find your skin is looking more red, irritated, itchy, hot, congested, or if you're getting new spots, I'd stop using the product. If your symptoms go away, then it was probably the product. But if they stick around, it's unlikely the product caused your acne. 

My biggest advice for avoiding products that won't work for you are looking for products that are meant for your skin type. If you have dry, acne prone skin, don't use the products meant for oily, acne prone skin. They'll strip your skin and make everything a lot worse. Instead, look for moisturizing, anti-inflammatory skincare to nourish and balance your skin. 

Another important tip is to avoid changing your products too much. Find a skincare routine that works, and only switch it up when you empty a product. Then take two to four weeks before trying another new product, so you can give your skin time to really see if the new product is working for you. 

What are your thoughts on 'detox acne'?

With love, 

Sarah