When you eat a lot of chocolates or junk foods, you will get acne. Skin care products with the word ‘natural’ on the label are good for you. Pimples are caused by poor hygiene.
How many of these skin-care maxims do you believe? In a world that puts too much emphasis on physical beauty, it can be frustrating for someone who has less-than-perfect skin, which is why it can be tempting to believe in all these “principles” as far as skin care is concerned.
But the truth is, there are a lot of skin care myths out there. To help you weed out what’s true and what’s not when it comes to skin care, we put together this list of seven skin-care myths your mom probably never told you about:
1. “Acne is caused by poor hygiene, and eating certain foods aggravates the condition.”
First, acne is not caused by dirt. No matter how many times you wash your face and your body, acne may still appear. The cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, or oil, which clogs the pores. The rate at which the skin on your face produces sebum is not at all affected by dirt—hormones, stress, pollution, and bacteria are some of the culprits behind the appearance of pimples.
Second, eating junk foods like chocolates, soda, fried foods, and any other oily or greasy foods will not aggravate acne. Although we don’t recommend that you load up on junk foods, they’re not really the cause of acne.
So what’s the solution if you often have breakouts? Over-the-counter treatments like benzoyl peroxide and products with salicylic acid may help. If you have moderate to severe acne, consult a dermatologist so that he or she can recommend an acne treatment plan for you.
2. “Not washing your face often enough can cause blackheads.”
Many people have blackheads, especially on either sides of the nose. Just like pimples, blackheads are not caused by dirt, so washing your face more often than usual is not the solution. Blackheads appear when the pores become dilated; the cellular buildup leads to oxidation that causes that black color. If you want to steer clear of blackheads use a good exfoliating face scrub that’s suited for your skin type.
3. “Going to a tanning booth is the safest way to add some color to your skin.”
This is not true at all. Whether it’s natural tanning under the heat of the sun or tanning under the tanning booth, you’re still exposing your skin to UVA rays. Experts agree that this type of exposure can still penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage like premature aging. In effect, you’re also exposing yourself to the risks of developing skin cancers.
4. “When looking for products that help shield your skin from the rays of the sun, all you need to look for is a higher SPF.”
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, an ingredient that is ever-present in sunscreen lotions. Although a higher SPF will offer protection from ultraviolet rays, the SPF will only work in shielding your skin from UVB rays. There are other kinds of ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVC, which some sunscreens may not necessarily protect you from. A good compromise would be to choose a product with SPF 15 or higher that contains ingredients that block both the UVA and UVB rays from penetrating into your skin.
5. “The more expensive a skin care product is, the better it is for your skin.”
The so-called miracle ingredients that some products claim to have is usually just an excuse to increase their tag price. This is where you being a wise consumer comes in. If you want to get the best products for your skin without having to pay an arm and a leg for them, make a comparison of different brands. For example, a moisturizing facial wash from one brand that contains a particular ingredient may be better for your skin as compared to another more expensive brand. When testing out a new product, purchase smaller bottles first to check whether it will work for your skin type or not.
6. “If a skin care product claims to be natural, it should be 100 percent good for my skin.”
First, there are no regulations in the market when it comes to using the term “natural.” Therefore, even if the product contains only one herbal ingredient, they can still use the term “natural” as a marketing ploy. More often than not, consumers lean toward these natural products, but what they don’t know is that they’re actually getting synthetic or chemical-based skin care products. For this, it pays to do your research and check which natural ingredients will actually benefit the type of skin that you have.
7. “Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic products will work well for any skin type.”
Again, don’t’ be fooled by words. What causes allergies for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another person, so the term “hypoallergenic” is quite vague. Observe which products lead you to have breakouts or skin rashes and steer clear of them.
At the end of the day, taking care of your skin is all a matter of choosing the right products and having a good skin-care regimen that you can follow on a daily basis.
Now that you know about the top skin-care myths and the truth behind them, you can make an informed decision about how to better care for your skin so that you can have that clear, smooth, and flawless complexion you want.
Originally published on Skin Care Beauty Zone