8 skin care myths debunked


Taking care of your skin rewards you with a very radiant and healthy skin. In order to achieve this, you should be cautious of some skin care myths that might have you worried. Amidst the constant buzz about new, must-have products, the influx of anti-aging treatments, and skin-care advice from every corner, it’s hard to separate the facts from the myths,.

These are 8 skin care myths we are going to debunk.

Myth 1: You get acne because you don’t wash your face regularly.

Though it’s one of the most popular myth, yes, you heard right, myth. You can’t just get acne because you don’t wash your face correctly or frequently enough. There are things to factor into consideration if you are getting acne. Things like, clogged pores from shedding keratin/skin cells, sebum, bacteria and inflammation. So, while not washing your face can help accelerate the  problem, it cannot be the sole cause of acne.

Myth 2: Anything marked “natural” or “chemical free” must be better for you than other types of skin care products.

This is not true for everybody. Therefore, in order to get the product that is right for you , you should make proper skin care consultation, either from your derm or any other licensed professional.  Chemical peel can also be very suitable for all skin types. It all depends on your preference and your skin type when choosing what you might consider suitable for your skin. . There is no concrete evidence that parabens and preservatives in skin care are harmful to your skin or body. In fact, without preservatives, skin care and cosmetics are more susceptible to the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast. So, whatever you decide to naturally go with, pay apt attention to details especially the expiration dates on your products, as natural products don’t last as long as the alternatives.

Myth 3: You’ll age faster if you wear makeup regularly.

This is another myth that has over time scared makeup junkies. As long as you properly remove your  makeup every day, and you also keep a consistent cleansing routine, then you are go. Relax, makeup alone, is not going to make you age faster. As adverse to that, so many double-duty makeup products actually nourish, protect or improve your skin while you’re wearing them! However, if you don’t wash your face before bed, you’re leaving not just the makeup, but the dirt, oil and toxins your skin has collected over the course of the day, which is what actually causes aging. That means, you can have your makeup on all day, as long as you remove them before you retire to bed.

Myth 4: Washing your face with hot water will open up the pores for a better clean.

You don’t necessarily need to wash your face with freezing cold water, but a lukewarm, not so hot water is just perfect. Though a steamy, hot shower or rinse might feel soothing and true to its nature, open pores, it could also strip your skin of its natural protective barrier by drying it out. The best way to tell if the water you are bathing or cleansing with, or even your hot towel is to hot is , if your skin suddenly turns red after rinsing. If red, it implies the water you are using or used in rinsing is too hot.

Myth 5: The harder you scrub or exfoliate, the better.

This is a big lie and I’m here to tell you this. You do not have to scrap your skin to get your desired effect. Rather, scrubbing too hard or even too often can damage your skin. Be nice and treat your skin gently, exfoliate only two or three times per week, depending on your type of skin Again, it doesn’t have to hurt to work. Just like your muscles when you work out, your skin needs to regenerate and recuperate. Exfoliating hard sometimes rids your skin of its essential moisture, hence making your skin susceptible to clogged pores, infections and free radicals. And this can result in premature aging.

Myth 6: If it burns, it means it’s working.

Once your skin starts burning, please, kindly clean off with a damp clean cloth. The notion “beauty is pain” has been used to support this myth. This is one of the most dangerous myths and it is rather sad that it has woven its way into some people’s minds.

Although there are some skincare products that have this tingling effect, it is safe to say that any product with the burning or stinging sensation is not good for your skin. This burning sensation might indicate that you have a very sensitive skin or it could an ingredient in the product that your skin is allergic to. Therefore, if something feels off to you, remove right away. And if the pain or irritation does not subside within a few minutes, contact your dermatologist right away.

Myth 7: Rubbing alcohol will “kill” your acne.

Rubbing alcohol on your skin can dry your skin out and also cause irritation. In most cases, it will dry you out so much that your skin will overcompensate by producing excess sebum (oil) and clog you up.”

Alcohol is a common ingredient in many skin care products because of its quick-drying abilities. When the right type of alcohol is combined with the right ingredients and in the right concentration, it is considered safe for your skin. On the other hand, rubbing alcohol has much too high of a concentration of alcohol, these can strip your skin of its natural oils, hence, breaking down your skin’s barrier and of course, making it susceptible to infections and free radicals

Myth 8: You don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin.

This is not entirely true because, most cleansers will strip your skin of its natural oils, therefore, you will need a protective layer.

No matter what your skin type—oily and acne-prone or dry and dehydrated—you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. The differences, however,  lie in the type and amount of moisturizer your skin needs. While oily skin requires the least amount of moisture, a moisturizer is still very important in keeping your skin nourished, revitalized and hydrated. Just make sure you choose a moisturizer that is of a lighter product.


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