Skin Care Myths Debunked!

dreamstime_m_26233442.jpgEstheticians, dermatologists and consumers are constantly bombarded with the dos and don’ts of skincare and sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. We have listed some of the most common myths below along with information on why they are inaccurate and the truths behind these misconceptions. Read our guide on the most common skincare myths to learn more!

  • Skin adapts to skin care products over time so it’s best to switch products often.

Some people believe that you have to switch up your skin care products and regimen to keep them effective; however, this is not true. Your skin does not build up a resistance to products over time but there are some external factors that could change their effectiveness. For instance, skin is constantly changing due to age, environmental factors, and seasonal changes.

  • Your skin will age just like your moms did.

Yes, genetics do play a role in how your skin ages; however, environmental factors also have a drastic impact as well. For instance, if you are a sun goddess and your mother was not, you are more likely to have the signs of sun damage such as wrinkles and dark spots.

  • Trusting that your sunscreen has “all day protection.”

Although the label on your sunscreen may say that it will protect you from harmful rays all day, that is never the case. SPF only lasts up to 4 hours and that is only if you’re not sweating or swimming. Reapply sunscreen often, especially if you are spending a lot of time outdoors.

  • Vigorous scrubbing and exfoliating your skin will clear acne.

No, no, no. Acne is caused by oil overproduction, bacteria growth, and dead skin cells. Harsh scrubbing of delicate facial skin will cause more inflammation, dry skin, and micro-tearing which can lead to premature aging and irritation. Always be gentle with your skin, especially when using abrasive scrubs.

  • Drying out oily, problematic skin will clear breakouts.

The opposite is true, actually. Those with oily, problematic skin assume that they need to dry their skin out excessively to see any improvements. However, drying the skin out can trigger the body to produce more oil so always use drying products sparingly.  The key is to keep the skin nourished, moisturized and balanced.

  • Skin repair only happens when you’re sleeping.

Getting a good night’s rest definitely helps the skin appear fresh and healthy but skin repair is ongoing. However, not getting enough sleep may contribute to high-stress levels, dark circles, puffy skin and lowered collagen production.

  • Using larger quantities of skin care products will yield better and faster results.

Less is always more when it comes to using skin care products. Usually, a dime size amount of product will suffice. Using more than is recommended can cause adverse effects and can actually damage the skin. Not to mention, using an excessive amount of product is a waste of money.

  • What you consume on a daily basis does not affect your skin’s appearance.

What you consume definitely has an impact on your skin’s health and appearance. For instance, fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants to help fight signs of aging. Healthy fats like avocados, fish, olive oil along with leafy greens help keep skin hydrated, strong and elastic. Studies have shown that reducing intake of white bread, pasta, and refined sugars can lower the stress hormone cortisol and could minimize breakouts. Switch these foods out for healthy whole grains and lean meats to help build the body’s levels of antioxidants, blemish fighting zinc and collagen building proteins. In addition, although dairy products contain vitamins, minerals, and calcium, they also contain the hormone known as IGF-1 that is good for baby cows but causes inflammation in humans and could potentially lead to acne.

  • Pores on the skin open and close.

Pores are openings on the skin that allow sebum (oil) to reach the surface. One of the most common skin care misconceptions is that pores will open with hot water/steam and close with a splash of cold water. This is completely false. Pores may appear larger if there is a large amount of dead skin cells or bacteria in them. Steam can help loosen up the sebum inside the pore and once it is removed, pores may appear smaller.

  • Facial massaging and “workouts” prevent wrinkles.

Skin has elasticity and provides very little resistance. As a result of this, massaging and “working out” the skin actually stretches the skin instead of tightening it. This causes adverse effects to occur because it actually causes fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Everyone outgrows acne. 

This myth is far from true. Studies have shown that adults ranging from twenty years old to sixty years old still suffer from acne. For women, hormonal changes are usually the culprit. Stress and dietary intake may also be a contributing factor in male and female adult acne cases. Some dermatologists suggest that adult acne can be a sign that there may be something else off internally.