Navigating the Adjustment Period: Understanding Skin Reactions to New Products

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Introducing a new skincare product into your regimen can be an exciting journey towards achieving your skin goals. However, it’s not uncommon to experience an initial negative reaction, such as breakouts, irritation, or dryness. This adjustment period, often dubbed as ‘purging’, is your skin’s way of acclimating to new ingredients. But why does this happen, and how can you minimize discomfort during this phase? Let’s dive into understanding the process and how to navigate it for healthier, happier skin with Bariki Body Care.

The Science Behind Skin Purging

When you introduce a new product, especially those that increase skin cell turnover like retinoids or exfoliants, impurities are brought to the surface faster than usual. While this can result in temporary breakouts or irritation, it’s a sign that the product is working. Think of it as a detox period where your skin is shedding old layers to reveal new, healthier ones.

Tips for a Smoother Transition

  • Patch Test: Always patch test a new product on a small skin area to gauge your skin’s reaction.
  • Gradual Introduction: Start by using the new product less frequently, gradually increasing its use as your skin adjusts.
  • Opt for Silk Bedding: Enhance your skincare routine with a silk or satin pillowcase to maintain skin hydration and reduce friction. We recommend these pillow cases:
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Mindful Skincare Choices

Choosing the right products is crucial. At Bariki Body Care, we emphasize the importance of selecting products tailored to your skin type and concerns. Ingredients matter—opt for natural, soothing components that nurture the skin while it adjusts to new treatments.

When to Consult a Dermatologist

If your skin doesn’t settle after a few weeks or if irritation persists, it might be more than an adjustment phase. Consulting a dermatologist can provide insights and alternative solutions tailored to your skin’s needs.


Understanding and patience are key when integrating new products into your skincare routine. By following these tips and listening to your skin, you can navigate the adjustment period with minimal discomfort. Remember, every skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Trust the process, and don’t hesitate to make informed adjustments.