5 Skin Care Myths You may be Buying Into

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Who among us doesn’t want healthy, youthful skin?  Surely no one would say, “No, thanks” to looking young and fresh-faced.  It’s why we spend billions annually on skin care and beauty.  When we look good, we feel good.  Yet, in the course of attempting to care for our skin, some of us are unwittingly making big mistakes that can actually hamper our efforts.

These skin care myths have taken hold in public consciousness as effective means by which to keep skin clear, taut, and supple.  You may have heard them from friends, your mother, or even read about them in magazines.  But, if you have fallen for any of the following, you’ll want to make some changes in order to get the results you’re after.

Myth: The more you scrub, the cleaner your skin will be.

Fact: There is such a thing as too much when it comes to cleansing your skin.  Scrubbing too hard, too frequently, or with too abrasive a product can actually damage your skin and strip it of its natural oils.  In the end, this habit can lead to skin that is overly dry and irritated, neither of which equal a good look.

Myth: Greasy foods make you breakout. 

Fact: There is no evidence to support a connection between greasy foods and acne.  However, there has been noted a connection between high-glycemic foods (think refined carbohydrates) and breakouts in those with acne-prone skin.  So, while your diet may be impacting your skin, your blame may be misplaced.

Myth: Facial exercises prevent wrinkles and sagging.

Fact: In reality, attempting to exercise muscles in your face is more likely to have the opposite result.  Many facial signs of aging such as deep lines and wrinkles come from overexertion of facial muscles over time.  Attempting to exercise them will likely do nothing more than speed up the process.  Instead, focus on your diet, staying well-hydrated, and using sunscreen.

Myth: The higher the SPF, the longer you’re protected for.

Fact: SPF is not an indication of how long you are offered protection from the sun’s rays.  Instead, it is an indicator of what percentage of rays are blocked.  For instance, a broad-spectrum SPF of 15 will block about 93 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and SPF 30 will block about 97 percent.  In either case, sunblock will need to be reapplied every 2 hours to ensure its efficacy.

Myth: Natural ingredients are better for skin.

Fact: Skin can react negatively to natural ingredients just as easily as synthetic ones.  Plus, these products are less likely to deliver results.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much regulation within the cosmetic and skin care industry, so be wary of any claims on the label.  If you want to ensure that you’re getting a good product that is both safe and effective, consult with your dermatologist.

Don’t let outdated skin care rules lead you down the wrong path.  Knowing the facts behind skin care and health will help you make the right decisions.  And, if you are ever in doubt or need a little extra help, contact Dermasurgery Center for recommendations on the products and treatments you truly need.



Chad Prather, M.D.