Common Skincare Myths

Common Skincare Myths

Posted by ARIZONA SKIN INSTITUTE on Jan 22 2021, 08:28 AM

Most people dream of having radiant, clear skin.  But do you know, skin health is about more than just looking great? Skin is the largest organ in our body, and taking care of it is very important. 

There are many opinions and beliefs circulating both online and in magazines about ideal skincare regimen and products. There are many skincare myths circulating around due to the lack of dermatology education in public.  And with today's media influence, many people think it is easy to solve skin problems with various products and routines, but it is important to note that skincare isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone's skin is unique, like genetics. Lifestyle factors also play a major role in having clear and beautiful skin. Dermatologists at Arizona Skin Institute understand how too much information circulating about skincare can be confusing; hence, we are busting six common skincare myths. 

MYTH #1: OILY SKIN DOESN'T NEED A MOISTURIZER

Many people think that people with oily skin don't need to moisturize. However, this is a big skincare myth. All skin cleansers remove your skin's natural oils and leaves it unprotected and lacking hydration. This will lead to the skin producing even more oils in an attempt to rehydrate itself. The application of moisturizer is essential to rehydrate their skin after cleansing, regardless of the skin type.

Tip: Use products that are right for your skin type. Lightweight oil-free products are best for oily skin to provide a matte finish and lasting hydration.

MYTH #2: THE HIGHER THE SPF, THE BETTER IS THE PROTECTIONS

One myth regarding sunscreen is that the higher the SPF of sunscreen, the better the protection. However, this isn't true. Higher SPF doesn't mean that you are better protected.  It means that you can wait for more to reapply. For example, SPF 30 means you are protected 30 times longer than if you were outside with no sun protection. 

Tip:Never skip your sunscreen when spending time in the sun. SPF 15 is good for everyday use, but if you plan on being outdoors for long, it is recommended to use SPF 30 and reapply as needed. 

MYTH #3: HOT WATER IS GOOD FOR THE SKIN AND PORES

Having a hot shower and bath can be relaxing, but it can be damaging for your skin. Hot water strips your skin of all its protective natural oils, making the skin dry. Many people also believe that hot water opens up pores. This is a myth; your pores are always open. Steam from hot water can increase the moisture of the skin, but it won't help pores. 

Tip: Instead of hot water, shower in lukewarm water. Moisturize while your skin is damp to lock in extra moisture keeping your skin soft and supple.

MYTH #4: SLEEPING WITH MAKEUP ON IS OKAY

Sleeping with makeup on can cause the makeup to mix with the oil and dirt you have collected on your skin. This will clog pores and cause breakouts and skin issues. 

Tip: Double cleansing - Double cleanse your skin to give a more thorough cleanse, and revitalize dull skin, and allow other skincare products to penetrate more effectively.

MYTH #5: YOU SHOULD WAIT TILL YOU ARE 30 TO USE THE ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS AND TREATMENTS

Many people believe that you need to start using anti-aging products only once you reach the age of 30. The fact is, you can start using anti-aging products as soon as your early 20s, even if you don't have any signs of aging. The earlier you start, the better!

Tip:Make sure that you use the right products for your skin type. A combination of the right over-the-counter products, retinoids, and a good skincare regimen can reduce the signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and aging. Work with a dermatologist or skincare professional before fixing a skincare regimen.

MYTH #6: JUNK FOOD AND CHOCOLATES LEAD TO BREAKOUTS

Many people believe that junk food and chocolates are acne-inducing. However, there is little scientific evidence to support this claim;  acne is caused by sebum, an oil that is produced by your skin. Though diet plays an important role in your overall health and your skin, making changes to diet alone is not a fix for skincare problems. 

Tip: Eating a low-glycemic diet full of whole foods can help reduce acne by reducing spikes in blood sugar.  However, 81% of your risk for acne is determined by your genetics, not your lifestyle.

Being equipped with the right information can help us make educated and informed decisions about skincare. Skincare can at times be a journey of trial and error, but if you ever need any help, schedule an appointment with us.  We will help you determine your skin type and condition and will help you formulate a personalized treatment tailored to your skin and skincare goals. 

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