The "Purge": Why Skin Breaks Out When Switching Products & Diet

If you're ready to take your health and skincare seriously, you may have recently started an all-natural or organic diet and switched all of your cosmetics to an    all-natural or organic skincare line as well.

However, even as you make these healthier changes, you may soon begin to notice pimples and other skin blemishes appearing on your skin, seemingly out of nowhere.

Don't freak out over this new development, or give up on your new healthy living plan. The breakouts are only temporary, and your skin is going through what's known as a purge or skin detox.

What is a Skin Purge or Detox?

First, your regular run of the mill breakouts often appear as angry, deep red, inflamed pimples on top of and under your skin. The new breakouts that occur as your skin purges itself are going to happen in areas that are already prone to clogged pores and pimples.

It will look very similar to your normal breakouts if you're still experiencing acne. The difference with the purging is that it appears seemingly out of nowhere; you go from clear skin to breakouts overnight.

Now, the purge or detox isn't anywhere near as bad as it looks. It's simply a way for the body to cleanse itself after years of unhealthy living either through what you eat or the cosmetics you use on your skin each day.

For example, when you cut out sugars and other processed foods from your diet, you're going to feel worse before you feel better. All of those toxins from the bad food you've been eating are still in your body, being stirred up by the new, quality foods you're eating. All of the side effects of the years of bad eating start to hit you with more issues such as irritation, tiredness, constipation, and higher levels of anxiety.

The same is true for the products you use on your skin each day. If you're currently using products with ingredients that irritate the skin and clog your pores, it can be an adjustment period from your older harsher chemical-heavy products to more natural, organic cosmetics.

As your skin adjusts and these toxins begin to leave your system you may see an uptick in skin breakouts, inflammation, and irritation. With the new, natural skin products, pimples and other blemishes that were lying beneath your skin will begin to appear, accelerating the cleansing process.

As your new healthier eating habits take over and the new natural products begin to cleanse your skin, however, the unexpected breakouts will go away, and your skin will be clearer and healthier than before. Your new diet will also help improve your overall well-being, so you will soon feel and look like a whole new person.

How Long Will It Last?

There's no need to stress about the new acne flare-ups, as they shouldn't last long providing you keep up with your new healthy eating habits and product use.

Pimples from skin purging should not last longer than a month; however, it's essential you make your new diet and skincare program your brand-new, everyday standard.

In the end, even as your skin appears to be breaking out even worse than it has in the past, stay with your new routines and product usage because that's what's going to guarantee your skin clears up and give you the healthy, beautiful skin you've always wanted.


  • Posted by John on

    I’ve never commented on anything similar to this post but I felt the need to on this one. About a week ago I started a keto diet. Since then my skin has gotten much worse and I’ve just had random aches come out of no where. I’ve had the joy of battling acne for about 5 years now and it can be unimaginably discouraging when things take a turn for the worst JUST when you think you are doing everything right.

    But hey, thats the fun of dealing with acne. It has definitely been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to figure out. But your post not only gave me hope, but also made me realize that we only get one body. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror our whole lives. Trust me, I know it’s easy to see someone you don’t like, but it’s worth trying to be proud of who you are. There’s a lot more to ya than what’s on the surface.

    And remember, if you are seeing a big change in your skin, it means you’re taking action! Which is way better than doing nothing!

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  • Posted by Vanessa on

    I recently switched to a new diet to balance my hormones before I switch off birth control in a couple months. I cut out processed foods and sugar. I also exchanged a lot of plastic tupperwares, bottles, etc. in my house and replaced them with healthier alternatives. In addition, I got rid of my aluminum deodorant and other skincare products that were toxic, such as pads and tampons with titanium dioxide. I began this process about a week ago. I have not had a skin breakout in 2 years. My skin has always been clear and never had an issue with back acne. All of a sudden, I started developing a couple pimples on my upper back and face (near my mouth). I learned that these breakout areas are linked to hormones and lifestyle. It is reassuring that these breakouts are just temporary and part of the process. Once this period of detox is over, it will be gone FOREVER. Such a small price to pay for something so beneficial. I am excited to see what the future holds.

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