When it comes to skin care, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. Sometimes these myths are perpetuated because of ignorance, or other times to sell a faulty product. Nearly everyone has a skin care routine, so it's easy to fall for one of those convincing myths now and again.
Feb 15, 2022 4:30:32 PM / by The Institute of Skin Science
Common Skin Care Myths When it comes to skin care, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. Sometimes these myths are perpetuated because of ignorance, or other times to sell a faulty product. Nearly everyone has a skin care routine, so it's easy to fall for one of those convincing myths now and again. We want our customers to be well informed with beautiful skin, so we have outlined some of the common mistakes people make to help you avoid them. Myth: Drying out your skin will help reduce acne breakouts. Truth: Dry skin is irritated skin, and you are promoting breakouts if you dry out your skin regularly. As soon as you wash off your cleanser or apply your treatment serums, you should be applying a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Even those with oily skin should be using a light moisturizer after cleansing their skin. Myth: Harsh skin care products will clear up acne. Truth: Once again, you are most likely irritating your skin more than working toward a solution. A mild cleanser used twice each day with warm water is most effective. Your dermatologist or esthetician will decide if you should use a stronger product on your skin to clear up acne. Myth: Sunscreen is necessary only when you spend long hours in the sun. Truth: SPF 15 or above should be worn every day, at all times of the year, regardless of rain or shine. Most people only apply sunscreen when spending long hours in the sun but most UV damage is caused by day-to-day exposure, such as driving to and from work, walking to the mailbox, and running our daily errands. Wearing sunscreen daily, regardless of activity is crucial to preserving healthy, beautiful skin. Even while indoors, we are still exposed to the sun’s rays. If your houseplants can survive on the little sunlight that is being let into your home, those rays are also affecting your skin. Myth: Tanning helps to reduce acne. Truth: While it may seem that it is reducing acne, it is only masking the appearance and is actually creating more damage in the skin. It temporarily dries out the skin, making it appear less oily and inflamed. However, to compensate for the lack of oils, the skin will begin to overproduce oil exacerbating the problem and leading to more breakouts. UV damage leads to more inflammation in the skin, damages collagen and elastin, increases your risk of skin cancer, and more. Myth: My skin is only affected by my hygiene and hormones. Truth: While acne and breakouts can be a result of a variety of factors, including imbalanced hormones and genetics, your breakout could actually be exacerbated by your diet. The healthier your eating habits are, the less likely you are to have a breakout. Fuel your body with vitamins A and E in the form of leafy vegetables, nuts, and foods high in good amino acids to help your body reflect its healthiness on the outside. Myth: You can never get too much exfoliation. Truth: Many people feel that the smoother their skin feels, the healthier it is and the less likely it is to have a breakout. While exfoliation is a great practice that will remove dead skin cells and help your skin look radiant, too much exfoliation (as well as too vigorous scrubbing) will result in the loss of the protective layer over your skin that keeps bacteria out. Good exfoliation practices should be performed 2-3 times a week at the most.
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Written by The Institute of Skin Science