ePharmacy Latest Promotion Consult a Specialist
Need Help?
Malaysia's #1
Health Forum

Skin purging or breakout

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: February 26, 2021 4:04 PM
Anonymous 15 months

im 26 years old (female) and have started a new skin care routine that contain salicylic acid in the cleanser and bha in the spot treatment gel. i used the cleanser everyday but rarely used the spot treatment gel. what i have noticed, there are tiny bumps appear on my face after using the spot treatment and its getting worse by day and immediately stop using it. i thought that it maybe just purging but the tiny bumps are appearing on the area that i rarely breakout. in addition to that, i also used post acne scar product to reduce the dark spot due to acne scarring. so, is it my skin truly purge and is it okay to used acne scar product while purging?. thank you :blush:

Dr Ramzdhan 15 months
General Practitioner

Hi and thank you for asking us

Through the question and statement you gave on the above section, i completely understand your concern over this matter. For your information, skin purging can be caused by retinoid creams or chemical based exfoliators. You might have a breakout initially. Skin purging usually clears out much faster than pimples. Skin purging usually happens in predominant area where you already have pimples. Purging will subside around 2-8 weeks. As your problem needs to be further looked at, it is difficult for me to diagnose your problem

Get that perfect skin with the right skin care.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. If you have any more enquiries, you can click on the link (DoctorOnCall) and speak to our doctors in private and get the consultation you need on the phone. Thank you.


Last Updated: Fri Feb 26 2021 16:04:36 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
COVID-19 Test And Vaccine
See all coronavirus COVID-19 test service providers in Malaysia. PCR/RTK test at home, clinic, drive through or to your premises.
COVID-19 Test From RM70 COVID-19 Vaccine From RM109
Do you know that your immune system plays role in the effectiveness of vaccines?
Prevention is better than cure. Is My Body Ready to Fight Infection? Find Out in only 5 short minutes!
Start FREE Health Assessment Health Screening From RM100
Health Screening Delivered!
Perform health screening from the comfort of you home! Results in 2 days.
Order Blood Test
Online Consultation
Talk to a doctor or Dermatologist Specialist online about Acne from anywhere you are without having to queue anymore
Doctor Consult RM19.99 Specialist Consult From RM80

Top Questions