How long does skin need to purge and detox?

Question: Before I started using Dermalogica, I had combination skin with mild breakouts, a moderately oily t-zone and dry spots. After I had a skin mapping, I began to try different Dermalogica samples suggested by my esthetician. A couple days later, I began breaking out badly on my forehead. I was told that it was because the products were purging out whatever was clogging my pores. I also figured that my skin was just reacting to all of the new products I was using. Finally, after about a month of trial and error, I purchased the Precleanse, Skin Clearing Wash, Overnight Clearing Gel and the Skin Smoothing Cream. I have been using these products for about two months now and have not seen a reduction in the breakouts. I've noticed that I get a new pimple almost everyday and even on my jawline and cheeks, places I never used to breakout at. It's so frustrating because I never used to have breakouts this badly before using this line. However, I have been patient because I have heard so many great things about it. Also, about a week ago, I went out of town for four days and forgot to take the Overnight Clearing Gel with me. During this time, I noticed the breakouts did get a little better so I've stopped using the gel completely. I just don't understand why these products are making my skin worse when they are supposed to improve it. The esthetician has continued to tell me to be patient and that my skin is still purging, but how much bad can I possibly have in my pores? What do you recommend I do? How much longer should I use the products before I just move on to something else?

The esthetician you are seeing is right, there is a period of time where your skin should purge and detox. Unfortunately there is no given time that this takes, it can range from 2-6 weeks, everyone is different. Based on your skin type and concerns I would recommend a slightly different regimen then the one you are using. The Skin Smoothing Cream is probably too much for you right now, especially with the breakouts. Instead I suggest the Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion or Dermalogica Active Moist. I also recommend you incorporate daily supplements into your regimen to help reduce the breakouts. Consider CosMedix Clarity Supplement. Please contact me in a few weeks if you would like a completely different regimen recommended. Best skin care wishes.

Meagan, Esthetician