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Skincare Tips: What is Skin Fasting? Benefits And Side Effects Explained

What is skin fasting and why is it so popular. Read and find out

Skincare Tips: Skin fasting is the latest trend in skincare and people have been wondering whether it is effective or not. The concept of skin fasting is very similar to regular fasting. Instead of munching in between meals and doing monitored fasting, our brain starts functioning better. In the same way, fasting your skin of certain ingredients and products is also good for the skin, helping it regain its natural barrier and texture.

What is skin fasting?

The use of excessive active ingredients on the skin facilitates a constant mending of the skin. In skin fasting, we give a break to our skin from certain ingredients such as retinol, BHA and other exfoliants. Instead, we let the skin heal at its own pace. According to experts, during the skin fasting period, one can use a gentle cleanser and a hydrating moisturizer. Thats all.

Benefits of skin fasting

  • It retains the natural barrier of the skin. This barrier called the acid mantle, protects the skin and retains moisture.
  • It helps you understand your natural skin type. With no active ingredients working on the skin, the skin starts behaving in its natural type
  • It reduces sensitivity on the skin as it becomes more resilient to external factors due to skin fasting
  • It gives time to the skin to recover and heal at its own pace
  • The act of layering a lot of products could lead to the clogging of pores congestion, which could cause breakouts
  • Through skin fasting, you also get to learn about what products are working well on your skin.
  • Over-exfoliation can be potentially harmful when overused. It is important to take frequent breaks in between exfoliation.

Side effects of Skin fasting

Skin fasting in hindsight sounds harmless. However, it has some side effects to keep in mind

  • For people with sensitive skin, abruptly stopping the use of products could lead to aggregation of blemishes and inflammation.
  • It may not give fast results like the active ingredients do
  • It could lead to problems related to clogged pores due to the buildup of dead skin cells
  • It is not targeted for all skin issues. Therefore, people treating their blemishes and hyperpigmentation will not benefit from skin fasting that much.
  • It could also cause dryness and dehydration in the skin.


Skin fasting is the latest trend that has worked for many and is also backed by many dermatologists. However, it is important to make sure to gradually stop using a few ingredients instead of abruptly stopping the use. Moreover, in case of any aggravated issues, consulting a dermatologist is advised.

Disclaimer – This material, including advice, provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Take the methods, and claims mentioned in this article as suggestions only; DNP India does not confirm or refute them. Consult a doctor before implementing any such suggestions/ treatment/medicine/diet.  

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